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  • I clenched my fists around the metal bar until my knuckles turned white. Ten in the morning and my clothes were soaked with humidity and sweat.  As the truck lurched forward, seven college students, my father, and I, a thirteen-year-old girl, clung to any available surface in the bed of that beat-...

  •   “Chum reap sour” (Hello), all the smiling faces repeated over and over again as they bowed their heads with their hands clasped together as if in prayer, the traditional style of greeting in Cambodia. The children watched expectantly as 29 American students and their 8 adult chaperones...

  • My journey started in April. My Young Life leader at announced that there was a chance to go to Frontier Ranch in for our summer camp. Once I heard about the trip, it was a done deal. I was going and I was lucky to go with 8 of my good friends and three leaders. My leader talked to us on how we to...

  • Each year my father, mother and I go on vacation. Sometimes it is to the beach, sometimes it is to visit my oldest brother in Arizona, but this family vacation was dedicated to visiting the colleges I was most interested in. It was only unfortunate that they were all over 1000 miles to the north....

  •       Venic has a lot to offer for vacationers looking for natural beauty, historic sites, and relaxation! We have Venice Beach, which is world known and attracts people from all over the world. Not only has it kept its natural beauty over the years, but it’s a great place to meet new people and...

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  • Across the intersection and through the gates, my family and I arrived in Sandy Bottom Nature Park. Gazing at the sky, inhaling the fresh air, and then viewing the various wildlife surrounding, this area of Hampton, VA seemed so unfamiliar to me. I was unaware of this place within this...

  •      Yogyakarta (Yogya) is a unique metropolis, filled with history, shopping, and simple culture, but the best thing about Yogyakart, Indonesia, is the people. The people in Yogya have a slow pace life, and the children are joyful. However, most families live in poverty. My family and I...

  • We spend much of our lives trying to be something we are not. Whether one is aiming for a spiritual, social, or physical goal, we’re always headed somewhere. The future is a vast abyss, that you can not see the end of. Your field of view can only go so far. As well, the past is a quickly fleeting...

  • This past summer, I attended Catholic Heart Work camp in Mishawaka, Indiana with my youth group of Blessed Sacrament Church in Morton, Illinois. I had gone on the same trip two years before, so naturally I was expecting the events that would take place rather than looking forward to what was going...

  •     The Ojai Valley is surrounded by mountains and hills and the small town lies among the orange and avocado orchards that surround it. Not too far to wake up for an early morning surf on the beaches of Ventura, but also able to ride up into the mountains to catch a gorgeous sunset with all...

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