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  • This is just like India,” I said to one of my fellow students as we waited for our bus. Wild dogs scampered in the streets while drowsy cats slept draped over rundown steps.  The realization that you are entering a new, destitute world where people live very different lives than your own dawns...

  •  “Welcome home,” said the speaker at Independence Hall in Tel Aviv. Even though we all had jet-lag from the twelve hour flight, those two words are probably the most memorable of our entire trip.  We were twenty-four Jewish teens on a twenty-four day National Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) trip...

    Tags: Africa
  • In 11th grade I was given the chance of a lifetime. My German club was taking a 10 day trip to Germany, Lichtenstein and Austria. I begged my parents to allow me to participate in the trip, and to my surprise they said yes. We left on a very eraly flight out of JFK International Airport and before...

    Tags: Europe
  • Roaming around Washington DC with a school group doesn't exactly sound like an exotic or exciting trip such as traveling to Jamaica or Egypt. Obviously you have the chance to see where the president lives, where US currency is made, and where the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier rests. However, this...

  • I took off my shoes and entered the apartment. The women, each covered in a headscarf, peered at us from the doorframe of the kitchen. The only skin I saw was their smiling faces and hands holding soup ladles. The men stubbed out their cigarettes and fumbled through the words of an English greeting...

  •  “Oh Canada, our home and native land.” These were the first words I sung the first time I came to Canada. This second time in Edmonton, Alberta has been more enjoyable since I had more time to go to interesting places this summer. The weather here is not that much different from the Midwest in the...

  • Cramped and weary from our seven hour flight, we stepped onto foreign ground fatigued and in disbelief. Twenty students including myself had embarked on a week-long voyage to Paris to immerse ourselves in French language and culture. One can imagine our surprise when the first native French...

  •  Ich liebe dich.  That may or may not mean anything to you, but to those who speak German it means ‘I love you.’  This summer, I had the opportunity to travel as a People to People Student Ambassador to several European countries where I was able to explore their histories, embrace their culture,...

    Tags: Europe
  • One of the most rewarding experiences I have encountered in my life was when I traveled with my church to Jamaica. Although it took a lot of time and dedication to prepare and raise money before the actual mission trip, the journey has made a lasting impact on me.  In this poverty stricken...

  • The wind fanned my sweat-sticky face as I rode on the back of my dad’s motorbike. It was our last day in Thailand and already half of it was wasted. We had planned to leave the mainland early in the morning and spend the rest of the day on a neighboring island, but some technical issues with the...

    Tags: Asia, Soul Search

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