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 December 2015, I probably made the biggest step in my life so far. I left Germany to go to another country to work as an au pair in the United States of America. I live there with totally new people, and I didnt know what would happen. Its a strange feeling to leave the place that youve known your whole life. Its hard to step out of your comfort zone and to start a new chapter in your life. For myself, I can say it was the best decision Ive ever made!

Im living here in a suburb of San Francisco, California, for almost twenty months now. My first year was so amazing that I decided to stay here for another year, and I dont regret my choice. Its amazing how strangers become family and a new place becomes a second home. I cant really describe the feeling you have when youre actually here, because I wouldnt find the perfect words for it. 

Ive seen so many amazing places I never imagined Id ever see in my life such as Grand Canyon National Park, Antelope Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Yosemite National Park and many others. Ive also seen a lot of great cities like Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Seattle, Chicago, New York City, Washington, D.C. and Portland—but I definitely left my heart in San Francisco, which is the most beautiful city I have seen so far!

I cant believe that I have just four months left until my second year will be also over. Time is flying by so fast! Leaving Germany and stepping out of my comfort zone was definitely the best decision Ive ever made. I got to know knew people from all over the world. I found a second home and family. I changed so much as a person, and I gained so many new experiences that no one could ever take away from me! 

Im not saying it was always easy, because there will be a time where its getting hard and youll ask yourself why you ever left your home country to live abroad. In these moments just think about all the positive things youve done and seen so far, all the friends you made and all the support youre getting from your family and friends at home and from your host family! 

Making the decision to live abroad will definitely change your life, at least it changed mine, and Im more than thankful for getting the possibility to live my dream here in San Francisco. ~ Janine from Germany #FearlessGlobalCitizen

"In December 2015, I probably made the biggest step in my life so far. I left Germany to go to another country to work as an au pair in the United States of America. I live there with totally new people, and I didn't know what would happen. It's a strange feeling to leave the place that you've known your whole life. It's hard to step out of your comfort zone and to start a new chapter in your life. For myself, I can say it was the best decision I've ever made!

I'm living here in a suburb of San Francisco, California, for almost twenty months now. My first year was so amazing that I decided to stay here for another year, and I don't regret my choice. It's amazing how strangers become family and a new place becomes a second home. I can't really describe the feeling you have when you're actually here, because I wouldn't find the perfect words for it.

I've seen so many amazing places I never imagined I'd ever see in my life such as Grand Canyon National Park, Antelope Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Yosemite National Park and many others. I've also seen a lot of great cities like Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Seattle, Chicago, New York City, Washington, D.C. and Portland—but I definitely left my heart in San Francisco, which is the most beautiful city I have seen so far!

I can't believe that I have just four months left until my second year will be also over. Time is flying by so fast! Leaving Germany and stepping out of my comfort zone was definitely the best decision I've ever made. I got to know knew people from all over the world. I found a second home and family. I changed so much as a person, and I gained so many new experiences that no one could ever take away from me!

I'm not saying it was always easy, because there will be a time where it's getting hard and you'll ask yourself why you ever left your home country to live abroad. In these moments just think about all the positive things you've done and seen so far, all the friends you made and all the support you're getting from your family and friends at home and from your host family!

Making the decision to live abroad will definitely change your life, at least it changed mine, and I'm more than thankful for getting the possibility to live my dream here in San Francisco." ~ Janine from Germany #FearlessGlobalCitizen
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I lived in the United States as an au pair for one year. Actually, I am in my travel month now and just enjoy traveling! Even though I lived on a little island in Hawaii, Ive seen so many different places. 

I love traveling, exploring and all these little adventures. I can say, that you really dont have to be afraid about something—this year is the most amazing year in my life. Even though I have a boyfriend back in Germany, I dont give up on my dreams and continue traveling. 

Ill go to Australia next, to explore a new country and culture, until I know what to do back in Germany. If you want to see my experience, you can see a lot pictures on my Instagram account: monja_x3. You don´t have to like or follow. I just want to inspire you! ~ Monja from Germany #FearlessGlobalCitizen

"I lived in the United States as an au pair for one year. Actually, I am in my travel month now and just enjoy traveling! Even though I lived on a little island in Hawaii, I've seen so many different places.

I love traveling, exploring and all these little adventures. I can say, that you really don't have to be afraid about something—this year is the most amazing year in my life. Even though I have a boyfriend back in Germany, I don't give up on my dreams and continue traveling.

I'll go to Australia next, to explore a new country and culture, until I know what to do back in Germany. If you want to see my experience, you can see a lot pictures on my Instagram account: monja_x3. You don´t have to like or follow. I just want to inspire you!" ~ Monja from Germany #FearlessGlobalCitizen
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I was an au pair in Alexandria, Virginia. I lived together with my host parents, their two kids and a dog. It was a wonderful year.

During summer break, they let me take the kids on vacation with their grandparents out in Seattle, Washington, which meant I was taking the kids by plane. I was at first scared and worried about the flight and the time at a different home in a new city. But I have to say, I now have two families and one of them lives in America which means a lot to me. We still are in touch, and we go on vacation together. 

I know after spending a year with them and a lot of traveling at the end of my year as an au pair that it is worth leaving all the things and people you love. Distance makes it possible to differentiate if you really belong to each other. ~ Caroline from Germany #FearlessGlobalCitizen

"I was an au pair in Alexandria, Virginia. I lived together with my host parents, their two kids and a dog. It was a wonderful year.

During summer break, they let me take the kids on vacation with their grandparents out in Seattle, Washington, which meant I was taking the kids by plane. I was at first scared and worried about the flight and the time at a different home in a new city. But I have to say, I now have two families and one of them lives in America which means a lot to me. We still are in touch, and we go on vacation together.

I know after spending a year with them and a lot of traveling at the end of my year as an au pair that it is worth leaving all the things and people you love. Distance makes it possible to differentiate if you really belong to each other." ~ Caroline from Germany #FearlessGlobalCitizen
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I am proud of my parents diversity. Lebanon and Venezuela are both stricken by social problems, but the people stand up tall and get up to face another day. I traveled to both countries. I saw tanks and military checkpoints in Lebanon and poverty and demonstrations in Caracas, Venezuela, but the people remain strong. Their belief in a better life continues. 

I stand fearless knowing that the unknown will not destroy me. Ive seen how people stand everyday not knowing what is going to happen. 

I live in a world where no one knows what will happen, and I raise my head and face the unknown with strong belief and hope not to fear but to get up and enter its world. I am proud to learn and understand the complicated world around me and continue to be fearless! ~ Gabriella from the United States #FearlessGlobalCitizen

"I am proud of my parents' diversity. Lebanon and Venezuela are both stricken by social problems, but the people stand up tall and get up to face another day. I traveled to both countries. I saw tanks and military checkpoints in Lebanon and poverty and demonstrations in Caracas, Venezuela, but the people remain strong. Their belief in a better life continues.

I stand fearless knowing that the unknown will not destroy me. I've seen how people stand everyday not knowing what is going to happen.

I live in a world where no one knows what will happen, and I raise my head and face the unknown with strong belief and hope not to fear but to get up and enter its world. I am proud to learn and understand the complicated world around me and continue to be fearless!" ~ Gabriella from the United States #FearlessGlobalCitizen
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Im nineteen years old from Germany and live in the U.S. as an au pair. I love to travel around a little, and my journey brought me and my friend to Mexico without any Spanish, but we tried. We decided to see the pyramids, and we did. As we arrived there, my friend said we should climb up. I am crazy afraid of heights and there was nothing that secured you from falling down. You just had to concentrate on walking straight up. As we arrived on top, the view was stunning, and that feeling was the best! ~ Laura from Germany #FearlessGlobalCitizen

"I'm nineteen years old from Germany and live in the U.S. as an au pair. I love to travel around a little, and my journey brought me and my friend to Mexico without any Spanish, but we tried. We decided to see the pyramids, and we did. As we arrived there, my friend said we should climb up. I am crazy afraid of heights and there was nothing that secured you from falling down. You just had to concentrate on walking straight up. As we arrived on top, the view was stunning, and that feeling was the best!" ~ Laura from Germany #FearlessGlobalCitizen ... See MoreSee Less

Becoming an au pair in America has been one of the best experiences of my life. It opened the door to a world I didnt know. A world full of adventure, knowledge, diversity, growing opportunities and lots of wonderful memories. I have a special place in my heart for this program, my host family and the friends forever I made from all over the world by participating! ~ Gertsania from Costa Rica #FearlessGlobalCitizen

"Becoming an au pair in America has been one of the best experiences of my life. It opened the door to a world I didn't know. A world full of adventure, knowledge, diversity, growing opportunities and lots of wonderful memories. I have a special place in my heart for this program, my host family and the friends forever I made from all over the world by participating!" ~ Gertsania from Costa Rica #FearlessGlobalCitizen ... See MoreSee Less

In 2014, I entered a plane heading to the United States of America. Being only 15 years old at the time, I questioned whether it was the right decision to go abroad this early. I missed my friends and family back in Germany, and I was nervous as I didnt know what to expect in Arizona, where I would live for five months.

I remember being terribly nervous when leaving the plane in Tucson, Arizona. I remember my legs shaking as I was walking down the hallway. And I remember all this nervousness being blown away the moment I met my host family for the first time.

My American host family welcomed me into their home with so much love! I always wondered how they could love a girl like their own daughter/sister, when, a couple months prior, she was a complete stranger to them and was living in a whole different country. But they did, and my host parents and I have remained close ever since!

Going abroad during my high school time was one of the best decisions of my life. It made me grow as a person, it made me appreciate family (my natural one and the new one I found across the ocean), it showed me that anything I dreamt was possible, and it made me a #FearlessGlobalCitizen!

Traveling is one of my major passions now, and whenever I can afford it, I hop on a plane or a bus and travel to other countries. Having friends all over the world is awesome, because I can visit them and learn more about their culture! In my opinion, traveling enriches life and I am grateful to be able to go places and see parts of the world—without that, my life would be a lot more boring and empty! ~ Anna from Germany #FearlessGlobalCitizen

"In 2014, I entered a plane heading to the United States of America. Being only 15 years old at the time, I questioned whether it was the right decision to go abroad this early. I missed my friends and family back in Germany, and I was nervous as I didn't know what to expect in Arizona, where I would live for five months.

I remember being terribly nervous when leaving the plane in Tucson, Arizona. I remember my legs shaking as I was walking down the hallway. And I remember all this nervousness being blown away the moment I met my host family for the first time.

My American host family welcomed me into their home with so much love! I always wondered how they could love a girl like their own daughter/sister, when, a couple months prior, she was a complete stranger to them and was living in a whole different country. But they did, and my host parents and I have remained close ever since!

Going abroad during my high school time was one of the best decisions of my life. It made me grow as a person, it made me appreciate family (my natural one and the new one I found across the ocean), it showed me that anything I dreamt was possible, and it made me a #FearlessGlobalCitizen!

Traveling is one of my major passions now, and whenever I can afford it, I hop on a plane or a bus and travel to other countries. Having friends all over the world is awesome, because I can visit them and learn more about their culture! In my opinion, traveling enriches life and I am grateful to be able to go places and see parts of the world—without that, my life would be a lot more boring and empty!" ~ Anna from Germany #FearlessGlobalCitizen
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And Anna Warda has become an always will be internal part of our family as our host daughter she showed me compassion and then more than one occasion helped me learn to slow down a bit and not be so busy. I love her with all my heart and can't wait to see her again she left Arizona three years ago and I have seen her every year since and we'll see her again next week in Poland. I love our reunions as it truly is a family reunion. My husband and I are blessed with not only our own children natural or adopted but also with Anna and the many others we have hosted over the years life is good. Life is better when you share it through the culture and love of others

While I was thinking to improve foreign language education and experiences, I heard about a high school exchange program from my friend, and it made me feel like why not? I searched a bit, and I was like yes, thats for me. I can do that. 

I attended and passed all the tests and interviews. Until the moment that I learnt when I would fly to the U.S., I was really comfortable and thinking about how its easy and going to be fun, but after that email it made me feel like wait. Im going to a place where no one knows me, and I have no one that I really can talk to. I started to have some doubts.

While I was in the U.S., I had a really good experience that I even couldnt imagine. At first, I was crying every night and doubting that I could do it, but then my host mom talked with me and made me feel more self-confident. Actually, I realized I have someone here, too, and I can feel like I belong here because I saw I really have my second family, home country, friendship and all the other things. 

While I was in the U.S. and had problems, I didnt want to say it to my home country family, and I tried to figure it out with my own ways. I started to feel Ive a more responsible personality, and I was actually thinking more about my family from Turkey. Because I was really far away from them, I didnt want to make my family and friends worried about me. When I returned, I saw myself, and I was really different than before.

Now Im not belonging to just one place or home or family. Ive lots of home and places that I can go and stay when I want! Im thankful for all the experiences of being a high school exchange student. I so appreciate that. ~ Cagla from Turkey #FearlessGlobalCitizen

"While I was thinking to improve foreign language education and experiences, I heard about a high school exchange program from my friend, and it made me feel like why not? I searched a bit, and I was like yes, that's for me. I can do that.

I attended and passed all the tests and interviews. Until the moment that I learnt when I would fly to the U.S., I was really comfortable and thinking about how it's easy and going to be fun, but after that email it made me feel like wait. I'm going to a place where no one knows me, and I have no one that I really can talk to. I started to have some doubts.

While I was in the U.S., I had a really good experience that I even couldn't imagine. At first, I was crying every night and doubting that I could do it, but then my host mom talked with me and made me feel more self-confident. Actually, I realized I have someone here, too, and I can feel like I belong here because I saw I really have my second family, home country, friendship and all the other things.

While I was in the U.S. and had problems, I didn't want to say it to my home country family, and I tried to figure it out with my own ways. I started to feel I've a more responsible personality, and I was actually thinking more about my family from Turkey. Because I was really far away from them, I didn't want to make my family and friends worried about me. When I returned, I saw myself, and I was really different than before.

Now I'm not belonging to just one place or home or family. I've lots of home and places that I can go and stay when I want! I'm thankful for all the experiences of being a high school exchange student. I so appreciate that." ~ Cagla from Turkey #FearlessGlobalCitizen
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