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  •  Every individual within this world has a passion within life.  Since the age of ten, mine has been towards assisting and working with people of diverse, yet equally important cultures.  This past summer, I traveled to Ukraine for ten days on a mission trip with various members from my church.  We...

    Tags: Europe
  • During my first year at an art based middle school, I did what most 13 year olds never imagine doing.  Rain coat at the ready, violin strapped on my back and three disposable cameras handy, I embarked on a journey to Russia with my fellow orchestra members in the spring of 2006. â–º  Quarter...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  • Someone snorted in the back of the van in their sleep. The snow danced outside from the sky as the twelve person van moved at a nauseous rate. My eye lids drooped and exhaustion’s fingers tugged at my body. I tugged back, refusing to surrender. My peers were too armed with food and other...

  • Nelson Mandela once stated that “there is nothing like returning to a place that has remained unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” After completing a semester abroad in Italy, I’ve come to understand the full meaning of this proverb. Stepping foot inside my house was an...

    Tags: Europe, Italy
  • /*-->*/ Mexico was a life changing experience. It taught me how to live. Seeing people strive for happiness with only the simple things made me appreciate my life. In Mexico, 40 percent of the population lives below the poverty line (www.mexico-child-link.org). This statistic made me want to...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • I felt a tapping on my shoulder, as I opened my eyes, half awake, I saw my Grandmother pointing wildly out the taxi window. I was filled with excitement as my eyes shot open and I stared outside. In a blink of an eye I was carried hundreds of years back in history. My destination, Bamberg,...

  • On April 10, 2012 I set out on a trip to France with the French class. It was crazy, fun, stimulating, and an action-packed ten days. For the first five days our group was separated and we began our family stay. My French family consisted of three children, Laëtitia (17), Natacha (15), and Cyril...

    Tags: Europe, France
  • Located along the historic Santa Fe Trail traversed by pioneers throughout the 1800's, Baldwin City is a small town with big charm, full of activities as well as historical significance. In today's fast-paced world, many families seek small road trips or weekend getaways that offer something for...

    Tags: Kansas, USA
  • I wasn't aware how much my life would change when I boarded a plane to Darmstadt, Germany in 2011. I wasn't aware when I stepped out to see ‘airline’ replaced with ‘Fluggesellschaft.’ I wasn’t aware when my host family greeted me with hugs. In fact, it was after my trip, reflecting alone, that I...

    Tags: Europe, Germany
  • Girls Week Out. No dads allowed, no boys, just females in all our high-maitenance glory. One week at a ski resort in Virginia: five girls in four rooms, two stories, two kitchens, and two very luxurious bathrooms. The statement, "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" really did apply--except, you...

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