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  •      Traveling is quite a magical endeavor. No matter where in the world one journeys, it always seems as if the enchanting nature of one's experiences are shared by all who embark on personal adventures to far off places. Throughout the last eighteen years, I have enjoyed the privilege of...

  •           As they plant the first seed of a future harvest, I watch in amazement.  Sitting on the ground, looking past this one small seed, my eyes are filled with the sight of green, red and purple grapes growing on a vine.  How could something so small develop into such a beautiful, astonishing...

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  • I just spent the best three weeks of my traveling experiences this summer in France. I made the best decision of my life and signed up for an ECI cultural emersion program to stay for 2 weeks with a host family in Lyon France while spending the rest of my days traveling to visit other cities...

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  •      This past summer I took a trip that I didn’t realize would change my life forever. I took my first steps out of my country and onto the soil of the Dominican Republic. I went with the intentions of teaching the children there, who are not privileged enough to get the kind of education that...

  •   If ever you plan on traveling to China, don't hire a tour guide, or at least don't hire my tour guide. Having a tour guide around China was probably the worst experience of my life. Have you ever read The Odyssey? Do you know the part where he enters the Land of the Lotus-Eaters? Well, for...

  •   There are only a few places where one can wake up at 2 am to watch the Super Bowl. Israel is one of them. Unfortunately, an exciting semester abroad there became an uneventful "sick-mester" in bed. By halftime of Super Bowl XLIV, as tension rose between the Colts and the Saints, the mercury...

  • After a long night of packing and deciding if I would need jackets and jeans or shorts and tank tops, I was ready to board the Carnival Fantasy for a 7 day cruise that we took during January 2010. The only thing I was not ready for was the long 13 hour drive down to Mobile, Alabama. We arrived at...

  • We adopted my sister, Maya, from India when she was one year old. As she grew up she asked questions about where she was from and what it was like there. My parents promised to take her to India when she was twelve years old. Eventually the time came and we planned our trip to India. I didn’t...

  • Dust flew through the air, people ran everywhere, and the traffic is a mess of unorganized chaos. When my youth group and I first stepped outside the airport in Guadalajara, Mexico to begin our mission work, I saw cars going every which way and I realized that a car ride in Guadalajara was going to...

  • They remind me of tsunami waves, these mountains; frozen mid-air despite the rocketing temperature of mid-August, as though they would unhesitatingly envelope me if they could.HONORABLE MENTION 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPI wonder if this is what losing yourself in nature feels like.The...

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