In 2019, Luke participated in the Tufts 1+4 Bridge Year program with Amigos de las Américas in Cuenca, Ecuador. He lived with a host family and worked at Fundación Crea tu Espacio, a non-profit that aids migrants during their transitory periods. Some of his responsibilities included working at daycare centers for toddlers, organizing fundraisers, facilitating workshops, and assisting with a community-based project to build an auxiliary location for the Fundación. Luke also talks about how his gap year offered him the space to explore his sexual orientation and ethnic identity. He explains why his bridge year was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of his life.

Find Tufts 1+4 program details here – their 22/23 program will be a civic action semester in the southwest USA

Learn more about Amigos and their program offerings here and check them out on instagram here.