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In our search for the 2016 Global Citizen of the Year, we were reminded of a profound and personal truth: Each of us has the power to make the world a better place.

Meet the Global Citizen of the Year Award Winners who prove that when we follow our passions on a global scale — be that through volunteer work, research, or anything in between — we truly can change the world through study abroad.

2016 Global Citizen of the Year Award Winner

SYDNI WILLIAMS 
University of Michigan | Madrid

From Detroit to Madrid, Sydni followed her commitment to improve youth education around the world. Discover how her internship with the Social Services Center of Los Yébenes in Spain reinvigorated her passion — one which inspired us as a student-focused, mission-driven organization. 

"When I sought out to change the lives of children who the world deems less-fortunate...I didn’t realize that mine would be changed, too." 
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FINALISTS


HANNAH DALLMAN 
"The Educator"
Gettysburg College | Cape Town

Hannah spent her semester in Cape Town activley involved with organizations and activities such as the Equal Education Society, Disrupting Whiteness talks, and Investment Society. Previously, she interned with PeacePlayers International.


JOHN LUKE HAWKINS 
"The Activist"
Hope College | Cape Town

As an ally and activist, John Luke remained educated during campus protests, allowing himself to be open-minded and self-aware during challenging times.


REED FOSTER
"The Anthropologist"
Occidental College | Buenos Aires

Reed's passion to learn first-hand about social issues in Buenos Aires was made evident through his work with the Pilares Center to teach English to children and establish a tutoring program for the Center.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

ILEANA EXARAS
"The Musician"

Lehigh University | Vienna

Ileana’s musical talents mixed with her passion for social justice and economics flourished during her time in Vienna. She created musical compositions and conducted global research, acting as a positive force for change.

SOPHIA IOSUE
"The Volunteer"

Harvard University | Vienna

Sophia spent her semester abroad volunteering at SOS-Kinderdorf, where she mentored refugees from the Middle East during her time in Vienna. She formed new friendships, where she learned of the linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic barriers refugees face first hand.

ALICE WOODS 
"The Advocate" 

University of Miami | Cape Town

Alice's ongoing efforts in Cape Town shed light on HIV-prevention and gender equality, where she worked with local organizations such as Sonke Gender Justice and Community Media Trust. Studying abroad gave her a new perspective and a new found purpose for the future.