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  • Swaziland. A small country in southern Africa facing big problems. Swaziland has the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence in the world. Some 200,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS out of a population that is on pace to dip below one million. This horrible disease only exacerbates the problems of poverty...

  •  Iran. Mentioning the land once highly revered as the Persian Empire brings images of oil companies, controversial presidential elections, and debates over nuclear weapons. To many Americans, this contentious country represents nothing more than another foreign relations issue mentioned in the...

    Tags: Africa
  • Have you ever been on one of those trips where you started to make a trip for what to bring months in advance? Well that was exactly the kind of trip that I was on this summer. Through fundraisers and church support, our youth group was able to go to the ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans. This...

  • Sometime at the start of my junior year in high school, I became obsessed with the idea of living in New York in a teeny apartment filled with more art supplies than living space. Forget the fact that I live in Florida, a land where every destination needs to be reached by way of a car — no, my...

  • What a trip! What a Journey! The Dominican Republic is certainly an interesting place to go on vacation. One of my best friends since third grade invited me on yet another one of her amazing summer vacations to the Dominican Republic for a week. And the best part, it was on June 16th 2012, my...

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  • Our youth group had been looking forward to our trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica for months. After multiple fundraisers we were all able to go! The organization we went with was called Praying Pelican Missions. Excitement and anticipation surged through my body as I gazed at the clear, blue water...

  • The trees all covered in moss watch over the wildlife that roams the moist forests. Fallen branches snap all around as they are crunched underneath the hoafs of the deer that venture through this miraculous place. I'm a Southern California resident and here there are dry forest that lack the...

  • The plan for “Roadtrip 2k14” was brilliant, in my opinion. My little green Honda Accord got excellent gas mileage and had proved itself to be a reliable car over the past year it had been in my possession. It could make the trip from Spokane, Washington to Olathe, Kansas for about $500 round trip,...

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that “traveling is a fool’s paradise” and that “our first journeys discover to us the indifference of places.” While indifference suggests an absence of spirit and a sort of state of mediocrity, it directly contradicts what it means to travel and, no offense to Mr....

    Tags: Europe

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