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  • “Honestly, I think Americans are ignorant and arrogant,” Tessa said. Suddenly, my mouth formed a small ‘o’ and I was speechless. At that very moment, it seemed that I had to travel 8,000 miles to Cape Town, South Africa to get an honest perception of Americans from an outsider, and I was shocked by...

    Tags: Africa
  • I took my first international flight on July 13, 2010, with a round-trip ticket to Seoul, South Korea in my hand. I had been accepted into the Camp Fulbright Junior Internship Program, held in Goesan, South Korea. Camp Fulbright is an English-immersion camp for Korean students, ages 10-17, and a...

  •      I was exhausted - mentally and physically worn out. I’d spent the entire morning taking a load off of the Thai teachers at a village school: entertaining and teaching some of  three hundred children who learned there.I took a seat on a stump with my dad’s iPad and proceeded to ignore everybody...

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    Tags: Asia
  • Stepping off of the plane and entering a foreign country was an impactful moment. Knowing it would be a week till I would see my family again and venturing out into the unknown was surreal but I had God's peace. I took in the faces and language with wide eyed wonder. Hola, audios, amigo, and como...

  • It was my junior year in high school and my school (Brandon High School) have Washington trip every year for students in AP English III or AP U.S. History or AP U.S. Government. The trip is planned by Mrs. Blankenship. In the beginning of January 2012, I explored Washington, D.C., Philadelphia,...

  •   Recently, I had the privilege to go on a week-long trip to Guatemala. My church sponsors a school there called Colegio Mark, in a small town called Cantel. I spent the week helping out in the makeshift pharmacy at the school, and helping clean teeth in a dental clinic run by my...

  • In Costa Rica, it feels as though the entire world has slowed down. Time is irrelevant. The days are long, and yet short. I had fallen into the charm of the small village called Cerritos within the first few minutes of arriving. When my youth group and I, traveling with Pura Vida Missions (http://...

  • "I remember one morning getting up at dawn, there was such a sense of possibility. You know, that feeling? And I remember thinking to myself: So, this is the beginning of happiness. This is where it starts. And of course there will always be more. It never occurred to me it wasn't the beginning. It...

  •     July in Arizona is always extremely hot. Every summer my family loads up the car with our bathing suits, boogie boards and sunscreen, then we head to the beautiful beaches of California. Coronado Island is our first stop on our 10 day San Diego vacation. Since my dad is retired from the...

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