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  • This last summer I had the opportunity to travel to Guatemala with my school for a Spanish trip.  The goal of the trip was for our Spanish to improve and for us to learn about a different culture.  All of us who went came back with many memories, some good and some bad, plus knowing a lot more...

  • “This is just like India,” I said to one of my fellow students as we stood waiting for our bus. Wild dogs scampered in the streets while drowsy cats slept draped over rundown steps.  The realization that you are entering a new, destitute world where people live very different lives than your own...

  • Breath-taking cathedrals, rich culture and exquisite cuisine-all are elements of trademark Spain.  From April 4-11, 42 Westhampton Beach students and eight chaperones got to experience these elements for themselves in a school sponsored event.  Guided by Natasha Mascarenhas, group members observed...

    Tags: Europe, Spain
  • "I've had enough! Can't we stop now?"                "We're not stopping now, honey. We've climbed this far and either way, we'll have to climb back. Let's move out!"                These words were my father’s, addressing my mother, sister, and I, slumped on boulders, exhausted after the...

  • During junior year, I went on the Japan trip with my Japanese 3 class. My teacher organized it and held meetings to explain how we’d get the tickets, where we were going, and the supplies we had to pack. In February, we arrived at the San Francisco Airport.                          I was really...

    Tags: Asia
  • The anticipation as I waited for my friend’s red Mazda to come pick me up was taking its toll on me. I was pacing back and forth in my living room. The only thought going through my head was that I would be snowboarding in the Olympic town of Park City in less than 72 hours. Once my friend...

  •             I’ve been taught that every generation must prepare for the next generation. To live for today is shortsighted; to live for tomorrow is vision. God gave us all the wealth of our potential, gifts, abilities, energies, creativity, ideas and dreams, to help others. We bear the...

    Tags: Europe, France
  • Mississippi, youth group, Katrina, faith, survival, hard labor... to this day, the combination of these words reminds me of the most memorable trip of my life.  The fall of my freshman year, my Mom asked me if I was willing to go on a youth trip with forty kids to Mississippi to help Hurricane...

  • Lively and dancing, her green eyes masked out her aged wrinkles. Her cheery, red-lipstick smile couldn’t be tamed. Those eyes didn’t even pause to think about masking out that beautiful smile of hers’. Grandma tugged me down by her ears, then with her raspy voice murmured a familiar tune, “The...

  •             This past summer, my life was changed after I made my way to the hilly lands of San Francisco to take in all that the city had to offer. I am a southern girl who has never experienced life outside of Louisiana, so this trip was an opportunity for growth in more ways than one. My lucky...

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