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  • A Third Hope.    The taxi filled with cigarette smoke came to an abrupt stop, as my eyes glazed outside to see the broken landscape. Quickly, I paid the driver with crooked rotted smile a hundred Syrian Pounds, over double the amount he would charge a normal resident, and got out. I made my way...

    Tags: Africa
  •            It all started when my club, Madera Interact, decided to go on their annual trip to Ensenada, Mexico during Spring Break. I decided to go this year to help with just more then community service. Each year we go to Ensenada to build playgrounds in areas for kids that have none. We started...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • January 2, 2010. The hardest trip I ever had to take. The trip was to my hometown Poughkeepsie NY. I never had been so scared to go in my life. I used to love going to NY to see my family, but this time it was different. I was missing one family member. The key to our family, the apple of my eye...

  • Last summer I went on a trip that changed how I view the world. I traveled with NFTY (an international Jewish youth organization) with a hundred other teens to Europe and Israel for five weeks. The trip was designed for Jewish teens to see the past of our ancestors in Europe and the future of our...

  • 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...

  • Most people probably do not think about or even remember the crime scene in New York's Greenwich Village on March 14, 2007, but I do. It changed my life completely. It made me think more about my actions. It made me respond differently to my surroundings. It made me miss home more than ever before...

  • It is five o'clock in the morning, and I can already hear the sound of cars driving, the rapid footsteps of citizens walking to places of hope, and vendors preparing their merchandise to sell. The pleasant scent of my grandmother's coffee completely awakens me at around eight o'clock. I rise from...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • It was obvious the moment I walked out of the airport that I was nowhere near Texas. The relentless heat of Houston had been replaced by a cooler, more forgiving breeze and the aroma of newly fallen rain. This was to be my home for the next seven weeks. Luckily, Cambridge, Massachusetts was one of...

  • I have been all around the world, but one of the most important places I have ever traveled to was Naples, Italy. I Moved there from Norfolk, Virginia when I was 10 years old. I attended Naples Elementary for three years until my father got stationed back to Norfolk, Virginia. While living in...

    Tags: Europe
  • Sarasota, Florida- the home of the Ringling Museum of Art, extensive shopping, breathtaking bay, and the nation’s number one beach. I’m very proud to be able to call this town home, and fortunate that I live minutes away from the soft, white sand and gentle, turquoise waves of Siesta Key Beach...

    Tags: Florida, USA

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