Carol Brown, a 2013 graduate of Highland Park High School, spent her gap year in Ecuador helping out in special education classes through a program called Global Citizen Year. The organization sends recent American high school graduates to Ecuador, Brazil, and Senegal.
The lifelong Highland Park resident lived with a host family in Archidona, in the Providence of Napo. Throughout the month of July she will be displaying photos in the Highland Park Public Library from her journey.
Before her trip, Carol received training in language, leadership, and sensitivity to other cultures. Because of her experiences, she is entering her first year at the New School this fall, as a sophomore.
“Over my travels, I could easily have been robbed blind on a daily basis, but instead, I have been adopted into generous families, guided by friends, and fed by strangers,” Carol said.