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  • Last summer, I went on a mission trip to Los Angeles, California with my church's youth group. While we were there, we served at various missions and worked at a daycare for Hispanic children whose parents worked at sweat shops. During the trip, I gained a different perspective of life by seeing...

  •  Crowds bring out the worst in me. Actually, people in general bring out the worst in me … because I’m a control freak. Thus, my parents found it strange that I was on a quest to live in New York. In my mind, although I hadn’t yet been to New York, I knew I wanted to live there, and train in such...

  • My European trip was not just an amazing experience; it was 19 days filled with many mind-changing events along with hilarious and unforgettable moments. As I traveled with People to People Ambassador Programs I had the opportunity to make the world my classroom. First stop, Italy. We settled...

  • “Mommy, Nancy Khong want this porridge, it looks nasty,” I lamented to my mommy in “Vietlish”.     “Eat up before we arrive in Vietnam within the next hour,” she replied in Vietnamese. By eating the dense chicken porridge from Cathy Pacific Airline, I felt more apprehensive about visiting the land...

    Tags: Asia
  • I had been wading in a pool of egocentric sorrow since my arrival in Mexico for our family vacation with a newly broken leg. Trying to divert my pain, I took advantage of the offer to visit a local orphanage in Acapulco. Seeing the children’s large brown eyes peering up at me, and the two girls who...

    Tags: Caribbean
  •   Last year, my grandparents offered to take me and my brother to Belize on a mission trip with their church. I was beyond excited seeing as it would be my first time out of the country. We left in February leaving behind the cold, wintry, United States for an exotic, tropical, Belize. We went...

  • Theres a place in upper Michigan where my entire extended family and I travel to every summer at the end of July. It's not some astonishing place like Paris or Australia but it's amazing and breath taking in my eyes. Pentwater, Michigan is the exact location i'm describing. Just a small town off...

  • The conditions were miserable. Claustrophobia struck me as I felt the wet arms of my sixteen friends while we rode along the Jamaican countryside in a fifteen-passenger van. I had every reason to complain: there was no air-conditioning; I was tired and hungry; and, of all things, it began to rain...

  • The city of love! The city of lights! Baguettes for breakfast, snails as a snack and cheese galore! Wine all the time, cigarettes all around, and berets abound! Sadly, this wildly stereotypical depiction of Paris, France was approximately what I had in mind when I first learned I was to visit this...

  • Traveling is my favorite thing in the world, and my favorite place in the world is Kenai, Alaska. It's breathtakingly gorgeous, and seems to become a world of its own. The town breaths with life, swaying and changing with the ever present cool mountain breeze. The greenery exudes the fresh scent of...

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