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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I am a Fearless Global Citizen thanks to an au pair program in which I participated thirteen years ago! This was a tremendous experience that allowed me to grow personally and professionally, helped me broaden my horizons and opened countless opportunities to meet new people and make lifetime-lasting friendships. 

Participating in this au pair program played a big role in teaching me life skills that took me to where I am today: a very successful CPA who just recently moved from the USA to the Cayman Islands to continue gaining the international experiences which, in my opinion, are so important to become a responsible global citizen. To my host families, my counselors and friends that I met in the USA, I send a huge thank you for contributing to me becoming a Fearless Global Citizen! ~ Gosia from Poland #FearlessGlobalCitizen

"I am a Fearless Global Citizen thanks to an au pair program in which I participated thirteen years ago! This was a tremendous experience that allowed me to grow personally and professionally, helped me broaden my horizons and opened countless opportunities to meet new people and make lifetime-lasting friendships.

Participating in this au pair program played a big role in teaching me life skills that took me to where I am today: a very successful CPA who just recently moved from the USA to the Cayman Islands to continue gaining the international experiences which, in my opinion, are so important to become a responsible global citizen. To my host families, my counselors and friends that I met in the USA, I send a huge thank you for contributing to me becoming a Fearless Global Citizen!" ~ Gosia from Poland #FearlessGlobalCitizen
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What I did without fear was to play in the world to enjoy this incredible opportunity to meet people and new culture. I learned that the meaning of home is not where I live but where my heart is. ~ Caroline from Brazil #FearlessGlobalCitizen

"What I did without fear was to play in the world to enjoy this incredible opportunity to meet people and new culture. I learned that the meaning of home is not where I live but where my heart is." ~ Caroline from Brazil #FearlessGlobalCitizen ... See MoreSee Less

Growing up is scary. The older you get, the more choices you make on your own. Studying abroad was a huge leap of faith for me, initially causing a lot of fear and worry about all the unknowns ahead. 

I traveled to Prague, Czech Republic. This amazing country was so different than the United States. The personality of the locals, the food, the ancient architecture, and the stunning beauty of the Vlatva river were just a few aspects of this incredible city. 

It was so refreshing constantly learning about and observing the culture of the Czechs. The dawn of a new day brought different experiences than the day before—making every day one to look forward to. 

Our views of the world change completely when we travel to the other side of the globe and experience another life in full swing. We become more well-rounded, we appreciate all of the differences that unite us, and we adapt to the new culture. 

It is important to embrace this experience not with fear, but with open arms. You will meet some amazing friends—friends like you who have aspirations to grow and develop as they explore a new part of the world. ~ Katherine from the United States #FearlessGlobalCitizen

"Growing up is scary. The older you get, the more choices you make on your own. Studying abroad was a huge leap of faith for me, initially causing a lot of fear and worry about all the unknowns ahead.

I traveled to Prague, Czech Republic. This amazing country was so different than the United States. The personality of the locals, the food, the ancient architecture, and the stunning beauty of the Vlatva river were just a few aspects of this incredible city.

It was so refreshing constantly learning about and observing the culture of the Czechs. The dawn of a new day brought different experiences than the day before—making every day one to look forward to.

Our views of the world change completely when we travel to the other side of the globe and experience another life in full swing. We become more well-rounded, we appreciate all of the differences that unite us, and we adapt to the new culture.

It is important to embrace this experience not with fear, but with open arms. You will meet some amazing friends—friends like you who have aspirations to grow and develop as they explore a new part of the world." ~ Katherine from the United States #FearlessGlobalCitizen
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Living is already an adventure, especially if every day is an opportunity to search for new things. Traveling to other countries, getting to know other cultures, and learning something new are things that I really love doing! 

I lived abroad with an amazing host family in the USA for one year. This was ten years ago and, still today, I know it was one of the best things Ive ever done in my entire life! 

Now I decided to learn Hungarian, which is the fifth hardest language to learn. Guess what? I am not afraid of it! I just want to be able to communicate well when I first visit Budapest. Life is much better than expecting a like to your FB pictures. Go live it! ~ Ana Paula from Brazil #FearlessGlobalCitizen

"Living is already an adventure, especially if every day is an opportunity to search for new things. Traveling to other countries, getting to know other cultures, and learning something new are things that I really love doing!

I lived abroad with an amazing host family in the USA for one year. This was ten years ago and, still today, I know it was one of the best things I've ever done in my entire life!

Now I decided to learn Hungarian, which is the fifth hardest language to learn. Guess what? I am not afraid of it! I just want to be able to communicate well when I first visit Budapest. Life is much better than expecting a like to your FB pictures. Go live it!" ~ Ana Paula from Brazil #FearlessGlobalCitizen
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If you told me three years ago I would one day be a Fearless Global Citizen, I probably would have laughed in disbelief. Never would I have imagined I would travel to England, Ireland, France, Spain, and Morocco within the span of three months, and yet here I am today! 

My semester abroad in London was truly life changing, and its incredible the difference I see in myself as a result of the practically impromptu decision I made last September to study abroad. Ive become more confident in myself and my ability to communicate, and I find myself consistently seeking to learn more about the world around me. 

I would give anything to be able to travel again, and I look eagerly toward the next time I pick up my passport to begin the next adventure. ~ Brenna from the United States #FearlessGlobalCitizen

"If you told me three years ago I would one day be a Fearless Global Citizen, I probably would have laughed in disbelief. Never would I have imagined I would travel to England, Ireland, France, Spain, and Morocco within the span of three months, and yet here I am today!

My semester abroad in London was truly life changing, and it's incredible the difference I see in myself as a result of the practically impromptu decision I made last September to study abroad. I've become more confident in myself and my ability to communicate, and I find myself consistently seeking to learn more about the world around me.

I would give anything to be able to travel again, and I look eagerly toward the next time I pick up my passport to begin the next adventure." ~ Brenna from the United States #FearlessGlobalCitizen
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Cancer can inspire you to take a leap. When I was diagnosed in 2012 and told that I needed a major surgery in order to survive, I decided to spend the month before the dangerous surgery in New Zealand. I had always wanted to visit, and it was the perfect place to ring in my 30th birthday. 

I visited Hobbiton, went Zorbing, snuggled a lion cub, abseiled into a cave and swam my way out, and, of course, jumped off the Auckland Sky Tower on my actual birthday. 

I pushed myself and had an incredible adventure. When I got home, I was in such good spirits. My surgeon told me that he was convinced my surgery went so well due to my positivity. 

I am now cancer-free and always looking for the next leap! I move to London in September to pursue my masters degree in literature. Life is much more exciting when youve had to fight for it! ~ Sunny from the United States #FearlessGlobalCitizen

"Cancer can inspire you to take a leap. When I was diagnosed in 2012 and told that I needed a major surgery in order to survive, I decided to spend the month before the dangerous surgery in New Zealand. I had always wanted to visit, and it was the perfect place to ring in my 30th birthday.

I visited Hobbiton, went Zorbing, snuggled a lion cub, abseiled into a cave and swam my way out, and, of course, jumped off the Auckland Sky Tower on my actual birthday.

I pushed myself and had an incredible adventure. When I got home, I was in such good spirits. My surgeon told me that he was convinced my surgery went so well due to my positivity.

I am now cancer-free and always looking for the next leap! I move to London in September to pursue my master's degree in literature. Life is much more exciting when you've had to fight for it!" ~ Sunny from the United States #FearlessGlobalCitizen
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If you told me a couple years ago that I was going to live the life Im living now, I would have never believed you. Ive always been a girl with big dreams—but with absolutely no courage to make them come true. 

I was born in a small city in Czech Republic and raised in an even smaller town in Italy. I think that traveling has been my passion since I came into this amazing world. Every single time I had an opportunity to travel, I would pack my suitcase and go. 

Ive traveled all over Europe. Ive met people that I will never forget and fallen in love with countries that will always have a special place in my heart. 

As a dreamer, this wasnt enough for me. I wanted to do bigger things and stop limiting my trips to a duration of only seven days. I wanted to fully understand and merge into a wholly new culture. My goal was to find a completely new me, in a completely new world. This is why I decided to become an au pair in the United States.

My journey as an au pair started only two months ago, but the way it already changed me is unbelievable. I live in Washington, D.C. and believe me, for a girl from a small town, this is a big deal! These past months were a true challenge to me. Ive been through a horrible cultural shock, but this made me even stronger. 

I am slowly becoming the woman that Ive always wanted to be. I feel powerful, more independent and ready to conquer the world! My host mum gives me all the support I need in this journey of self-discovery. Ive learned how to accept and RESPECT a culture that is way different from mine and to share a piece of my life with people that two months ago were strangers to me and that now I proudly call my second family. 

America is great. America is huge. America is now part of me. I still have almost an entire year as an au pair, and I cant wait for all the adventures that are waiting for me! I finally know what freedom really means. Being a fearless global citizen is the kind of freedom I want to pursue. ~ Natalie from Czech Republic #FearlessGlobalCitizen

"If you told me a couple years ago that I was going to live the life I'm living now, I would have never believed you. I've always been a girl with big dreams—but with absolutely no courage to make them come true.

I was born in a small city in Czech Republic and raised in an even smaller town in Italy. I think that traveling has been my passion since I came into this amazing world. Every single time I had an opportunity to travel, I would pack my suitcase and go.

I've traveled all over Europe. I've met people that I will never forget and fallen in love with countries that will always have a special place in my heart.

As a dreamer, this wasn't enough for me. I wanted to do bigger things and stop limiting my trips to a duration of only seven days. I wanted to fully understand and merge into a wholly new culture. My goal was to find a completely new me, in a completely new world. This is why I decided to become an au pair in the United States.

My journey as an au pair started only two months ago, but the way it already changed me is unbelievable. I live in Washington, D.C. and believe me, for a girl from a small town, this is a big deal! These past months were a true challenge to me. I've been through a horrible cultural shock, but this made me even stronger.

I am slowly becoming the woman that I've always wanted to be. I feel powerful, more independent and ready to conquer the world! My host mum gives me all the support I need in this journey of self-discovery. I've learned how to accept and RESPECT a culture that is way different from mine and to share a piece of my life with people that two months ago were strangers to me and that now I proudly call my second family.

America is great. America is huge. America is now part of me. I still have almost an entire year as an au pair, and I can't wait for all the adventures that are waiting for me! I finally know what freedom really means. Being a fearless global citizen is the kind of freedom I want to pursue." ~ Natalie from Czech Republic #FearlessGlobalCitizen
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Nice said Natalie !!! :*

Anybody who knows me knows how much I fear heights and water. Its a terrifying feeling I could never shake. However, when I traveled to South Africa to spend the summer at Stellenbosch, Western Cape, I challenged myself to face my deepest fears and overcome them. 

I must admit, it was tremendously hard and scary. But when I started to climb my first mountain ever, I knew that I must succeed. There were plenty of times I wanted to quit. I was winded, tired, hungry and thirsty. But I pressed on. With my cohorts encouraging me to keep going, I did just that, and finally, I reached the top. 

What an awesome sensation. I conquered one of my biggest fears. I climbedStellenbosch Mountain and to boot, a few weeks later I scaled the famedTable Mountain and conquered that too! For an added boost, I went canoeing! 

I consider myself fearless because I faced my fears and overcome them both. I feel great! #fearless ~ Christopher from the United States #FearlessGlobalCitizen

"Anybody who knows me knows how much I fear heights and water. It's a terrifying feeling I could never shake. However, when I traveled to South Africa to spend the summer at Stellenbosch, Western Cape, I challenged myself to face my deepest fears and overcome them.

I must admit, it was tremendously hard and scary. But when I started to climb my first mountain ever, I knew that I must succeed. There were plenty of times I wanted to quit. I was winded, tired, hungry and thirsty. But I pressed on. With my cohorts encouraging me to keep going, I did just that, and finally, I reached the top.

What an awesome sensation. I conquered one of my biggest fears. I climbedStellenbosch Mountain and to boot, a few weeks later I scaled the famedTable Mountain and conquered that too! For an added boost, I went canoeing!

I consider myself fearless because I faced my fears and overcome them both. I feel great! #fearless" ~ Christopher from the United States #FearlessGlobalCitizen
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