An intensive, 12-week leadership experience that equips students worldwide with powerful skills for a lifetime of social impact. Designed as a 5-7 hour per week commitment, the Academy adds an enriching layer of purpose to high school, college, travel, or work.
A deep, 8-month immersion where students live alongside the global majority in Brazil, Ecuador or India and develop the insights, skills, and network to become the leaders our world needs. Fellows build language fluency, develop resilience, and become part of a community a world away from home.
Alumni often say, “It doesn’t even feel like it happened. It feels like a dream.” Now, as an alumni of Global Citizen Year, I can tell you, wholeheartedly, that that’s true.
So, I’m home now and I’m trying to adjust. I’m trying to get back into some sort of routine. I’m trying to feel productive and active. But most importantly, I’m trying to process everything that has happened over this past year. And while the year may often feel like “just a dream”, I can tell you that every single day, Senegal is always in the back of my mind. So while I’m trying to adapt to life back at home, I can feel the positive change and my new perspective constantly in me. But figuring out how to work with, share, and preserve the experience is a process that’s constantly in motion.
I was about to say that my story with Global Citizen Year ends here, but I’m so glad it doesn’t! I’m happy to announce that I will be interning with the program this summer – acting as a mentor to fellows of 2017 as they make their preparations for this upcoming August! I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the progress. After the summer I’ll be off to University of Puget Sound.
Often throughout the year I would think about how much love and life my family in Bandafassi had given me. Their hospitality, generosity, and excitement to help me immerse and adapt is priceless. Yet, it’s important to realize that your words of encouragement, support, and curiosity about my time have been just as key of a player. I am grateful for the emails, messages, phone calls, Skype sessions, and conversations I’ve had throughout the year, both while I was in Senegal and upon my return.
I want to say thank you by sharing with you a short video I made. This video is all of Bandafassi, except the waterfall in Dindefelo and Brooke’s mom cutting fish! I hope this gives you a sense of what I was experiencing over the year.
On jaarama fi fow. Mi wowata halude ko hondun on wadi fii ming. Alhamdulillah.
About Abigail Foy
Abby is passionate about environmental sustainability and human rights. She volunteered abroad during the summer of 2013 to promote youth and women's rights in Ecuador with Amigos de las Am_ricas. Her junior year of high school she studied environmental science at a semester boarding school in Northern Wisconsin called Conserve School. She loves to draw and stay physically active. Her goals for this upcoming year are to gain confidence and an entirely new perspective. She is inspired by Wangari Maathai's environmental and entrepreneurial work with the Green Belt Movement.