Global Citizenship Project lets students travel the world

Nicholas Ruxton, ‘Doah Contributing Writer
September 4, 2013

'Doah photo courtesy of Nicholas Ruxton. One of the 2011 GCP groups in Australia.

‘Doah photo courtesy of Nicholas Ruxton.
One of the 2011 GCP groups in Australia.

If you are like me, you are a college kid with little money and an urge to travel the world. Here at Shenandoah University there is a program called the Global Citizenship Project, which is a way for students, faculty and staff to travel to a random country for free during spring break.

Every spring break, around 55 people are selected to go on one of five different trips. The trips are led by a faculty or staff member who is familiar with the country, so you don’t have to worry about what you will do once you are in the country.

I was granted the opportunity to be selected my freshman year to travel with the GCP. I got to travel to Australia with the dean of the Conservatory, a vice president, two trustees and 11 other people from the university.

At first I was very nervous about the trip and those who were in my group, but by the end I felt like I had added 15 new people to my family.

We stayed busy while over there, we visited with the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, toured the Sydney Oprah House, went to a wildlife sanctuary where we played with kangaroos and other wildlife, and plenty of other fun activities.

You may think that there is a catch to this program, but there really is not. All you have to do is write a one-page essay stating why you would like to go, and how you would give back to the university if you were chosen.

This was a once in a lifetime chance that I will never forget, and I urge everyone to apply. Do not miss out on a free trip to a wonderful country!

Applications for GCP 2014 are due at 12 p.m. on Sept. 16.

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