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  • Normal 0 /*-->*/ As I stepped out of the gated area that held rows of small ordinary homes, I couldn’t help but think I was stepping into a different world. The road was now just a rusty-colored powder and as I looked up I knew this was the Africa I expected to see all along. Small huts were...

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  •               The heat blew strongly onto my face as I exited the airport into Guatemala City, anxiously looking for someone holding a “Cross Cultural Solutions (CCS)” sign. A man named Willy, who I soon learned was my group advisor for the CCS Teen Volunteer Abroad Program, soon greeted me and...

  • I was hesitant to go and had no idea what to expect, but ever since I have been back home, I am eager to return to the place that flipped my perspective about life.  QUARTER-FINALIST 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPIn June 2015, I journeyed to the foreign, poverty-stricken nation of Kenya...

  •               This past summer my extended family and I took a trip to the Gatlinburg, Tennessee area.  It was expected to be a very memorable trip for all of us to remember forever, and it would be. The first excursion we took part in was white water rafting. I have a very big family so the raft...

  • I had never ventured abroad before. Arizona had been at the edge of my travel map; beyond that, 'here be dragons'. I knew nothing about flying, passports, baggage checks, or customs.And yet, I found myself sitting in the airport on March 12th, 2014, preparing to fly to  London, Paris, Barcelona,...

  • Rugby allows the students from South Africa’s Zisukanyo Secondary School and American International School to interact in an experience that would under any other circumstance have never occurred. “We are in a disadvantaged school,” Ms. Sotashe solemnly declares to her Business Studies class at...

  •         I am a Bostonian born and raised. The city gleams at night. Officers left and right providing you with protection. Paved roads that feel smooth under your car. This world was all I knew before my trip to El Salvador. My family is Salvadorian so I have been to El Salvador before. But this...

  •       Falling for the Falls I was fifteen years old and more than eager to earn some driving hours towards my license. What better way to accomplish that than with a road trip? My mother and I discussed different places we could go. We needed a place not to far from my small hometown of Clio,...

  • Whitehall, Michigan. A place where my instincts and emotions run deep. My roots are here. A town where my grandfather grew up…and then my dad, aunts and uncles…and now me. My family has a cottage up there on Lake Michigan which we visit several times in the summer. Growing up there we do a lot of...

  • Jamaica is usually known as the island of turquoise ocean and no worries, mon. But instead of checking right in to a touristy resort (although they looked pretty nice), our two packed busloads drove right past white sand beaches on a three-hour trip to Harmons, a small city in south central...

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