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  • Imagine a trip within the boundaries of your own country. I would imagine it could not be life changing; too different from the world I have come to know. However, when you step outside the lines of expectation and familiarity, yet still feel a sense of belonging, change is inevitable. It would be...

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  • I have gone through much of my life wrestling with -- what was for me -- the hardest question I could ever face: How can I make a difference in the lives of others? This past summer, I travelled to La Paz, Bolivia for one month on my own and volunteered at an orphanage seeking an answer to this...

  •                It’s summertime. Time to relax, time to read, and time to travel! I can’t wait! I chose to go to Costa Rica with my Spanish teacher and six other girls from my class to strengthen my Spanish fluency and dialect. I was able to immerse myself in a new country, family, and cultural...

  • During April of 2006, I applied for and was accepted to participate in an international trip. I was afforded the opportunity to go to Istanbul, Turkey, where I had an extraordinary experience. I had to submit a transcript, two letters of recommendation, and two essays to be considered as a...

    Tags: Europe
  • Preserved among 11th century churches and lush landscaping, is the opportunity to experience a refreshing perspective on life, where scholars say life began: the ancient villages of Armenia.  It was where I learned that anything of value is that which never runs out when it is shared.  Serving as...

    Tags: Europe
  • Ever hear of York, Pennsylvania? I doubt it. Who has? Well, other than the people living here and a few historical gurus (York has an interesting history), not many. I’ll admit you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who thinks York is big; it sure isn’t New York City or L.A. After saying that, you...

  • Pounding warmly down, the sun rested high in the sky.  Surrounding locals lay out on verdant grass, bronzing their bodies and lazily relaxing.  The river rushed rapidly and reflected a gorgeous cerulean blue.  The riverbanks, laden with swimmers just exiting the water, contained a current that...

    Tags: Europe
  •             For almost all of my seventeen years, I have had the privilege of visiting a beautiful little country in Southeastern Europe called Albania. When I was younger, I dreaded when the words “Ilira, we’re going to Albania” came out of my mother’s mouth. These five words were without a doubt...

    Tags: Europe, Heritage
  • One summer vacation I’ll never forget is the trip my family and I took to Idaho. That trip was loaded with many different “firsts” for me. Many of these firsts are things some people never get to try such as white-water rafting, tubing down a river, and dirt biking. A few days after we had arrived...

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