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  • Duffel bag in hand, I stepped out of the van into the blazing sunlight. My eyes scanned the horizon and clapboard houses around me. How could somewhere so close to home be so opposite from home? I was used to paved streets, brick houses and grassy lawns. I was used to hearing the laughter of little...

  • When I first stepped off the Carnival Pride cruise ship that I had been on for the last several days, the stunning beaches and resorts of Ocho Rios surrounded me. I had arrived in a lavish, picturesque country that was by far one of the most beautiful places I had ever encountered in my travels....

    Tags: Caribbean
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    Tags: Asia
  • I looked to my left and to my right. “Ohmigod! It worked!” I squealed to my friend Carson who was, like me, laying at the bottom of the Washington Monument.  According to our friend and Washington D.C. local, Sheba, if you lay on your back at the bottom of the Washington Monument and put your feet...

    Tags: DC, North America, USA
  •   Every year since I was in kindergarten all the way up to 10th grade, it seems as though everyone has a story to tell about going somewhere for the summer except for me. I’ve always dreamed about it, but I never really go anywhere. I do the same thing I do every year: tell about what I did at home...

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  • Who says that mission trips have to be all work and no play?  Well, certainly not Global Alliance for Africa (GAA), which combines tourist fun and mission work with local communities in Africa.  It is remarkable what two weeks in a foreign country will do to you!  In March of 2009, I traveled with...

    Tags: Africa
  •   Disappointment sucks. At least that’s what being a Chicago Cubs fan my whole life has taught me. So when I first heard the news that our family vacation to Florida was canceled, due to the oil spill, I was thrilled that our consolation trip was Michigan. Oh Michigan, the place where you can be...

  • Did you know that 72 million children of primary school age in the developing world are not in school?! It shocked me because in America, every child has access to education.  Due to my outstanding community service, an organization called buildOn, chose me and 11 other students to help build a...

  • Two years ago, at a family dinner, I was extremely interested and excited as my father spoke about AFS (American Field Service), an American-founded organization established during World War I, which brings together teens and young adults from all over the world, introducing them to new lifestyles...

    Tags: Europe

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