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  •      This past summer I took a trip that I didn’t realize would change my life forever. I took my first steps out of my country and onto the soil of the Dominican Republic. I went with the intentions of teaching the children there, who are not privileged enough to get the kind of education that...

  • It all started several years ago. I heard my mom and dad speak in hushed tones after a call in the middle of the night immediately followed by a litany of phone calls to my relatives. My father had received a phone call from a lawyer in Poland who said that there was a building in this tiny coal...

    Tags: Europe
  •                 “May I take your order?” said the waitress politely “I’ll have General Tso’s chicken with fried rice” Is something my brother and I said almost every evening when we were in Washington D.C. It’s one of our favorite dishes. My brother, my dad, and I stayed in Washington D.C. for...

    Tags: DC, North America, USA
  • My Royal Jordanian Airlines flight had landed a couple of weeks earlier in Amman, Jordan.  I was thrilled to begin the program I was enrolled in, Journey to Jordan, which was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth.  I was so proud that...

    Tags: Africa
  •     In the spring of 2009 I went on my first real "vacation". Before that morning I had been more then five hours away from my home in Muskegon, Michigan. My whole life I had wanted a chance to explore a different part of the world I lived in and I was finally getting my chance. My plane left early...

  • I dreaded the sixteen hour plane ride and when it was over I was actually happy, which I never thought I would be on this vacation. The man at the desk asks me something and I can't understand him, so I look to my father, and he says to give the man my passport. He looks at it, looks at me and says...

    Tags: Africa
  •              Having emigrated as a tiny baby from the small country of Belarus whose inhabitant amount hardly exceeds nine million, I was finally coming back at age fifteen to visit my relatives and my homeland. Who knew that four short weeks in a small country on the other side of the world can...

    Tags: Europe, Heritage
  •                   Throughout the past years, I have been fortunate enough to go to some pretty cool places.  I’ve been to New York City, Mexico City, and Chicago.  However, not one of these trips compares to the experience that I got out of my most recent trip, my journey to South America.  This...

  • During the summer of my junior year, the pressure was mounting for me to choose a career path and work towards it. Being indecisive by nature, the countless possibilities of the future felt quite overwhelming and I simply didn’t know where to begin. Naturally, of course, my parents were more than...

  • Semi Finalist 2009 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship From the moment I glimpsed the obelisk of the Washington Monument towering into the summer sky, I couldn’t help but think, Wow! I’m here! I’m at the capital of the greatest nation in the world: Washington, D. From the moment I glimpsed...

    Tags: DC, North America, USA

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