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  •  It was just another hot, sweaty day in the “village” at Arkansas’ Heifer Ranch, a camp where people can experience what it’s like to live in an impoverished community. The four days I lived there seemed like forever, as there were no modern-day conveniences. In fact, it felt like the village was...

  • Of all things, I am happiest to have inherited my father's 'travel gene'. His tales of traversing the European continent with his own father instilled in me a powerful wanderlust, an ache, a passion, a need to connect with the historic cities, like Rome and Paris, that my father encountered, as...

  • The warm, salty breeze stung my nostrils, and the sweet sound of steel pan drums seemed to mimic the rhythm of my heart. Paradise had been found. The beach was the perfect utopia, a completely peaceful and serene getaway complete with Caribbean music and refreshing tropical drinks, Tabyana Beach....

  •           Gabby and Allen are going to University of Pennsylvania. Nadia is interning at UC Berkeley’s Daily Cal. Sarah got accepted into a San Jose Mercury News Journalism Workshop. My competitive insides were burning with vigor. I will not be left behind. I will not be studying SAT vocabulary...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • I had always wanted a “real” volunteer experience and so, after three years of saving and a dream I thought would never be true, I was now sleeping in the jungle of Chiang Mai, Thailand with my sister, best friend, and three half wild elephants. I was a world away from my usual life – only a...

  • It was the summer of 2007 and I had so much adrenaline pumping through me that I hadn’t slept in weeks. I, along with thirteen friends from church, had spent the previous year fund raising to help with the cost of a trip that will never be forgotten. It was the Nazarene Youth Conference of 2007....

  • Imagine the scorching deserts of the Sahara, the sparkling mysteries of the Taj Mahal, the glowering solemnities of Windsor Castle, the glittering splendors of the Vatican... Our family is the traveling type. We escape the heat of home for more than five weeks in the summer, then again when the...

  •       Located in the northern part of India, archeologists place the existence of civilization in Haridwar since 1700 BC. The reason for its religious significance is the holy Ganga River (Ganges River). Haridwar is one of the first places that the Ganga emerges from the mountains and touches the...

    Tags: Asia, India
  • Family: ”a social unit consisting of one or more adults together with the children they care for.” With that said, I have many families. One that has made the most difference in my life, besides the family that is my true blood, would have to be my People to People family.  We met in the summer...

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