Stories from Fearless Global Citizens

Fearless Global Citizens are found all over the world from all walks of life. Their stories are unique to their own personal journey and can be anything from exciting to inspirational to funny to thought-provoking to bittersweet and beyond.

At the heart of each story however, is an undeniable humanity and the desire to live fearlessly.

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In 2008, my husband and I welcomed a 5.5 pound baby girl into the world and our family. Twelve months later, she was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. At the age of three, our beautiful girl underwent open heart surgery and emerged a strong, brave warrior. While we wanted her to experience having siblings, we were apprehensive. Even though most congenital heart defects are not hereditary, we didnt want to take the chance. 

After much discussion, we decided to give our daughter siblings from around the world! We may not be able to travel the world, but we are forever grateful that we can bring the world to our home, and foster better understanding and good will among nations by hosting our new children. So far, she has sisters in Germany, Italy and Malaysia. Currently she is settling in to a routine with her brother from Bangladesh. ~ Aimee from the United States #FearlessGlobalCitizen

"In 2008, my husband and I welcomed a 5.5 pound baby girl into the world and our family. Twelve months later, she was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. At the age of three, our beautiful girl underwent open heart surgery and emerged a strong, brave warrior. While we wanted her to experience having siblings, we were apprehensive. Even though most congenital heart defects are not hereditary, we didn't want to take the chance.

After much discussion, we decided to give our daughter siblings from around the world! We may not be able to travel the world, but we are forever grateful that we can bring the world to our home, and foster better understanding and good will among nations by hosting our new children. So far, she has sisters in Germany, Italy and Malaysia. Currently she is settling in to a routine with her brother from Bangladesh." ~ Aimee from the United States #FearlessGlobalCitizen
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I studied abroad on a European art and architecture program, and I cannot put into words just how momentous of an experience it was for me. Prior to my trip, I had never traveled alone; I had never set foot on non-U.S. soil, nor had I ever been in an airplane. To top it all off, I had never been away from my home state for more than a couple of weeks at a time. 

Suffice to say, this adventure was going to offer a unique set of challenges that I would have to rise up to as an individual. I’ll admit, the nerves got the better of me more often than I’d like to say, but with the rallying support of friends, family, and the International Relations network on my home campus, I was fully committed to this experience no matter what. This support, in essence, is what I would love to be for someone else who might be wearing that same pair of shoes. 

Just hours before I was scheduled to depart for London, I was speaking to a friend who was set to fly to China with the Peace Corps. He said, Don’t worry. Just take it all in. You’re a citizen of the world now.

I intend to continue to be this person going forward, and I will never stop learning from the world. ~ Brittney from the United States #FearlessGlobalCitizen

"I studied abroad on a European art and architecture program, and I cannot put into words just how momentous of an experience it was for me. Prior to my trip, I had never traveled alone; I had never set foot on non-U.S. soil, nor had I ever been in an airplane. To top it all off, I had never been away from my home state for more than a couple of weeks at a time.

Suffice to say, this adventure was going to offer a unique set of challenges that I would have to rise up to as an individual. I’ll admit, the nerves got the better of me more often than I’d like to say, but with the rallying support of friends, family, and the International Relations network on my home campus, I was fully committed to this experience no matter what. This support, in essence, is what I would love to be for someone else who might be wearing that same pair of shoes.

Just hours before I was scheduled to depart for London, I was speaking to a friend who was set to fly to China with the Peace Corps. He said, 'Don’t worry. Just take it all in. You’re a citizen of the world now.'

I intend to continue to be this person going forward, and I will never stop learning from the world." ~ Brittney from the United States #FearlessGlobalCitizen
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Leaving my family for the second time, to live in a different country, is definitely my fearless story, because family is your best part! Facing new adventures, meeting new people, discovering new cultures and learning to respect them are experiences that youll never forget. 

You not only keep the memories that you make when you live abroad, but it also makes you change in a good way. You see the world in a different way and realize how big it is, how diverse it is, and how small your problems can be. 

So, my advice is: Go fearless! ~ Bruna from Brazil #FearlessGlobalCitizen

"Leaving my family for the second time, to live in a different country, is definitely my fearless story, because family is your best part! Facing new adventures, meeting new people, discovering new cultures and learning to respect them are experiences that you'll never forget.

You not only keep the memories that you make when you live abroad, but it also makes you change in a good way. You see the world in a different way and realize how big it is, how diverse it is, and how small your problems can be.

So, my advice is: Go fearless!" ~ Bruna from Brazil #FearlessGlobalCitizen
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My name is Leslie, and from 2015-2016, I was an au pair in the United States! During this time, I had the chance to live with an amazing American host family, meet people from all over the world and to explore and travel all over America! 

It was one of the best years in my life. After my year was over, I decided that my American journey wasnt over yet. I applied for a student visa and since January 2017 Im a college student in Tennessee. The decision was really hard, because it meant leaving family and friends behind once again. But I cant wait for all the other adventures to come! ~ Leslie from Germany #FearlessGlobalCitizen

"My name is Leslie, and from 2015-2016, I was an au pair in the United States! During this time, I had the chance to live with an amazing American host family, meet people from all over the world and to explore and travel all over America!

It was one of the best years in my life. After my year was over, I decided that my American journey wasn't over yet. I applied for a student visa and since January 2017 I'm a college student in Tennessee. The decision was really hard, because it meant leaving family and friends behind once again. But I can't wait for all the other adventures to come!" ~ Leslie from Germany #FearlessGlobalCitizen
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My fearless global citizen story starts with the decision to live in Australia for six months to go to high school, because I simply live traveling and seeing new countries. I was fourteen at this point. 

In the first few months, I had to face a lot of problems: my credit card did not work, neither did my phone and my host family was horrible. But I learned as I was going through these problems, with the help of others like my friends at school and my host sister, who also encouraged me to change my host family. After that everything got so much better. I could finally live the Australian life with a host family and friends who supported me. 

The next few months are filled with the most beautiful, exciting and amazing memories that I will never forget. The experiences you make while traveling stay a lifetime, and things that dont go as you wished will make you stronger. 

Every time I travel to another country my heart opens with the desire to get filled with those memories, those experiences, new places, new cultures and new friends around the globe— even those problems waiting to be solved. Dont be afraid to go on new adventures. Traveling shows us who we are! #fearlessglobalcitizens ~ Fiona from Germany #FearlessGlobalCitizen

"My fearless global citizen story starts with the decision to live in Australia for six months to go to high school, because I simply live traveling and seeing new countries. I was fourteen at this point.

In the first few months, I had to face a lot of problems: my credit card did not work, neither did my phone and my host family was horrible. But I learned as I was going through these problems, with the help of others like my friends at school and my host sister, who also encouraged me to change my host family. After that everything got so much better. I could finally live the Australian life with a host family and friends who supported me.

The next few months are filled with the most beautiful, exciting and amazing memories that I will never forget. The experiences you make while traveling stay a lifetime, and things that don't go as you wished will make you stronger.

Every time I travel to another country my heart opens with the desire to get filled with those memories, those experiences, new places, new cultures and new friends around the globe— even those problems waiting to be solved. Don't be afraid to go on new adventures. Traveling shows us who we are! #fearlessglobalcitizens" ~ Fiona from Germany #FearlessGlobalCitizen
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Ive been in America for seven months already, and Im in love with traveling! So my new passion is to discover new places in the USA. Thats what I love about this country; you can find many different landscapes and climates in the same nation. 

When I came here, I left my family and friends to live a new experience, and now, I believe this is the experience of my life. Living abroad makes you feel like youre not scared of anything at all. For sure you always have to stay safe and feel safe all the time, especially as a girl, but the fact that youre alone with yourself also makes you feel stronger. 

I can say now that Im fearless and curious to travel more all the time! ~ Mary from France #FearlessGlobalCitizen

"I've been in America for seven months already, and I'm in love with traveling! So my new passion is to discover new places in the USA. That's what I love about this country; you can find many different landscapes and climates in the same nation.

When I came here, I left my family and friends to live a new experience, and now, I believe this is the experience of my life. Living abroad makes you feel like you're not scared of anything at all. For sure you always have to stay safe and feel safe all the time, especially as a girl, but the fact that you're alone with yourself also makes you feel stronger.

I can say now that I'm fearless and curious to travel more all the time!" ~ Mary from France #FearlessGlobalCitizen
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But youre only 25!? — a sentence I have heard more times than I care to remember. Will I ever get tired of it though? No, no I wont. You know why? Because it reminds me of why I make sacrifices to spend the majority of my money on traveling. 

The feeling you get when youre stepping into somewhere unknown and youre not quite sure how your experience is going to go is incredible. Ive been to around twenty-six countries so far, including actually living in six of them, not just visiting. It never gets old. Theres ALWAYS something new to discover and to explore. 

Sleeping in a hut in the middle of the mountains after trekking 15km with a Mong woman to her home in Vietnam. Swimming with the Great Whites in Australia. Bungee jumping in the suburbs of London. Parasailing on the beaches of Cyprus. Volunteering at an elephant shelter in Thailand. Taking a dip in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. Jet skiing around the Statue of Liberty on the 4th July. Snowboarding through the Alps of France. Cliff diving in Bermuda. Swimming with pigs in the Bahamas. The list goes on and on and on.

These experiences will never leave me. The memories and the friends made will always be there. I never regret any of it, and I have never met another global citizen with any regrets either. Its just not in our DNA. Take the bull by the horns and go for it. Believe me, you wont be sorry. ~ Becky from England #FearlessGlobalCitizen

"'But you're only 25!?' — a sentence I have heard more times than I care to remember. Will I ever get tired of it though? No, no I won't. You know why? Because it reminds me of why I make sacrifices to spend the majority of my money on traveling.

The feeling you get when you're stepping into somewhere unknown and you're not quite sure how your experience is going to go is incredible. I've been to around twenty-six countries so far, including actually living in six of them, not just visiting. It never gets old. There's ALWAYS something new to discover and to explore.

Sleeping in a hut in the middle of the mountains after trekking 15km with a Mong woman to her home in Vietnam. Swimming with the Great Whites in Australia. Bungee jumping in the suburbs of London. Parasailing on the beaches of Cyprus. Volunteering at an elephant shelter in Thailand. Taking a dip in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. Jet skiing around the Statue of Liberty on the 4th July. Snowboarding through the Alps of France. Cliff diving in Bermuda. Swimming with pigs in the Bahamas. The list goes on and on and on.

These experiences will never leave me. The memories and the friends made will always be there. I never regret any of it, and I have never met another global citizen with any regrets either. It's just not in our DNA. Take the bull by the horns and go for it. Believe me, you won't be sorry." ~ Becky from England #FearlessGlobalCitizen
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Growing up, I was pretty shy, but when I got the opportunity to study abroad, I jumped at the chance and almost took the first flight out to France. However, I did come to my senses and waited until my actual flight was leaving. When I first got there, it was a bit daunting, but after a few days with my host mom encouraging me to take a daily walk through the city, I became used to it. 

Now you may think that this story ends here, but what I can tell you is that being put into a foreign city, knowing no one, and a little bit of French isnt what brought me out of my shell. It was a speleobox. 

In case youre wondering, a speleobox is a cramped obstacle course of sorts, that mimics what its like to go spelunking. Spelunking is cave exploration that occasionally gets a bit cramped. So just imagine crawling through a 4x4 space, thats an obstacle course, with twenty of your classmates... and youre 59. 

After almost an hour, all of us slid down the exit slide to freedom. I dont know if Ill ever go spelunking, but I know I conquered my fears through this experience and made some new lifelong friends along the way. ~ Megan from the United States #FearlessGlobalCitizen

"Growing up, I was pretty shy, but when I got the opportunity to study abroad, I jumped at the chance and almost took the first flight out to France. However, I did come to my senses and waited until my actual flight was leaving. When I first got there, it was a bit daunting, but after a few days with my host mom encouraging me to take a daily walk through the city, I became used to it.

Now you may think that this story ends here, but what I can tell you is that being put into a foreign city, knowing no one, and a little bit of French isn't what brought me out of my shell. It was a speleobox.

In case you're wondering, a speleobox is a cramped obstacle course of sorts, that mimics what it's like to go spelunking. Spelunking is cave exploration that occasionally gets a bit cramped. So just imagine crawling through a 4'x4' space, that's an obstacle course, with twenty of your classmates... and you're 5'9".

After almost an hour, all of us slid down the exit slide to freedom. I don't know if I'll ever go spelunking, but I know I conquered my fears through this experience and made some new lifelong friends along the way." ~ Megan from the United States #FearlessGlobalCitizen
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