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  • Most people don’t wake up to the sound of gunfire, the roar of tanks, or the news of a military takeover many times in their life. In fact, for most people, this seems like something out of a big-budget Hollywood action movie. But for me, my summer in Honduras was anything but a movie—it was even...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Ever since I was five, my family has owned a sailboat. We started with a cramped 22-foot long skipper, but after years of growing ambitions and a growing family, we worked our way up to the 35-foot Catalina we have today. Her name is Noeta, meaning No Estimated Time of Arrival (A name my dad found...

  • Before departing for my six weeks home-stay through the Youth For Understanding exchange program in Japan, I felt as though I was a good listener – but I had much to learn. My first days in Japan were hectic. Arriving at Narita Airport near Tokyo, then riding the Shinkansen bullet train to Nagoya...

    Tags: Asia
  • During a grammar lesson on my second day at Keimei Academy, my class's English teacher called on me to answer a question. I looked up from my doodling to see her, staring sternly at me. Not knowing what to say - I hadn't expected to participate in class during my visit to a Japanese school -I...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring, Japan
  • Imagine for a moment, if you will, the sound of the accordion, the rush of La Seine as it slithers below your feet, the hum of foreign voices and the scent of romance in the form of any kind of perfume purchasable, from Gucci to channel. This was my first encounter with the glorious and eternal...

    Tags: Europe
  • During the summer of 2009 I went on a trip to Costa Rica with my Spanish teacher and five other students. Granted, it was a small group we still had a blast! Interact was the name of the travel company, which is often used by high school students to travel abroad. We did not stay in resorts or...

  • Walking through the sand, barefooted, with the sand grains beneath my toes I followed the anxious group of teenagers. My family and I had taken a Disney Cruise to the Bahamas and to the Disney private Island. My sister and I were part of the Teenage Outdoors Group while on Disney’s Island. My...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Tears stream down my face as I hug Eriko good-bye for the last time. I am leaving my exchange family to go see the rest of Japan in the next week... I'm excited and devastated all at once. Eriko isn't somebody you forget. Eriko is my best friend, even though I've only been with her twice. Eriko is...

    Tags: Asia
  • A select group from my eighth grade class poured into the busy Ronald Reagan National Airport, in Washington DC. The purpose of our group was to see as much of DC as we could in two and a half days. Our bus driver was  an experienced tour guide of thirty-five years with the company World Strides...

  • The first journey I took alone was my trip to New York City. When my art history teacher, Mr. Kessinger, told me about the trip, I wanted to go but I never thought I would get the chance to. Once my mom found out about the trip, she decided that no matter what it took, she would find a way for me...

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