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  •  As much as I am able to appreciate the beauty of the American culture, especially the concept of the American Dream, I am convinced that there's no better place on this planet than one's homeland.  After moving to America six years ago, I had not been able to return to Kyrgyzstan, a small country...

    Tags: Asia
  • Hey there! My name is Alexis and I currently reside in New York City. I've lived here all of my life and it is a pretty astonishing place. I've lived in East Harlem but I enjoy downtown Manhattan more. Everything down there is just so full of life. Times Square is pretty much the main hangout...

  • I went to Oaxaca, Mexico with 32 of my closest friends and a couple of adult chaperones. Well actually I wasn’t really close friends with all 32 before we left, but during the trip I got to know most everyone well. We lived together in a dorm and hanging out with friends was a blast.   This was a...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • I step off the oversized chartered bus and I am floored. I am standing outside Auschwitz 1. The misty, cold air gave me an eerie sense. It is the middle of June 2009. My classmates and myself are on a trip around Europe. We have already traveled through Germany and the Czech Republic and we are now...

    Tags: Europe
  •             As my feet scuffled across the cool summer sand, my mind was racing, unable to imagine where my friends were leading me on my last night in this magic place. After the bandana was removed from my eyes a beautiful moonlit scene was revealed.  My friends had prepared for me a special...

    Tags: Europe, Spain
  • Jérémie is a port on the north coast of western Haiti. Unaffected by the recent earthquake but receiving thousands of refugees daily, it was one of the most disproportionately under-aided cities in the U.S. relief effort. Through connections to a privately-owned missions center in Jérémie called “...

  •   “We’re spending the day driving around, looking at trees?” My brother moaned, slumping into the back seat of our bronze minivan, his eyes lazily scanning the scene outside the window. Tall conifers stretched towards the sky on both sides, dense thickets of life extending for miles in each...

  • My dream came to life on summer 2008, on my way to a new continent and to seven wonderful countries. My destination was Europe, spending almost an entire month over there, I couldn’t be happier. After approximately 12 hours on a direct flight from the international airport in Los Angeles, the LAX,...

    Tags: Europe
  •   I spent my senior year in Virginia, while the rest of my family lived in Ethiopia. Over Christmas, my parents arranged for me to fly over and meet them in Kenya, where we were going to spend a week on the beach. There were some complications on my flight over, but my dad managed to stay...

    Tags: Africa
  • Washington D.C. we hear of this place all the time during our schooling career. At first you learn that this is the capital of our nation. Then you learn that this is where the President of the United States lives. You then learn in middle/high school that this is where our laws are made, and this...

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