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  • Thirty passports, thirty exhilarated students, one AeroMexico plane (of course including the complimentary six hour layover in Mexico City), a yearlong awaited trip, and one month of total Costa Rican immersion. So commenced the most sensational summer spectacle since Woodstock. Never had I...

  •   The Molding Cliff The cool mist of the rushing water sprayed my face as I stood and enjoyed the scenic beauty.  I looked ahead to see nothing but millions of gallons of water falling down a steep cliff. To my left and to my right, thousands of people crowded around the rail to see the...

  •             Emaciated men shudder like skeletons. Rotting wooden bunks are the only respite for exhausted bodies. Asphyxiating pellets spew fumes of death. Stolen shoes accumulate as their owners’ bodies are turned to ashes. This is the Holocaust.             A concrete wall stands resolute....

  •       The date had finally arrived: March 5th 2008.  My dance company had been planning this trip to New York for over six months.  We would stay there for four days and see some of the most amazing sites in the world.  The Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty, Radio City Music Hall, and...

  • "Instead of Tijuana, Mexico...we will be driving to Denver, Colorado!" These words met a chorus of unsuppressed groans. A missions trip to Denver, Colorado sounded about as useless and boring as staying home. My entire youth group thought the same thing: what work could we possibly do in Denver? If...

  • Hello! I am writing to you from Kampala, Uganda! It is 7:04pm on Wednesday night. The highlight of the day was definitely the Hospital visit. Katherine and I went to meet Nicolette for a tour of the Hospital. Nicolette is the wife of the International Director of the program.  She works in the...

  •  One of the more terrifying experiences one may encounter while traveling, is watching it fall apart around your feet. Surrounded by a group of students who speak just as much French as I do, (which consists of a select few phrases) an angry British tour guide, and a seemingly lost English teacher...

    Tags: Europe
  • As I stepped onto land for the first time after a seemingly endless flight, my first words were “take me home already.” For a Southern California teen living near the beach, the sheer humidity of mid-August heat in Beijing was overwhelming. My vision was blurred as the air instantly condensed on my...

    Tags: Asia, China, Exploring
  • Jamaica's soft sand and crystal clear water are the things most people look forward to when visiting the beautiful island, but not me. My family vacation to Jamaica was one I will never forget. We spent our time in the hills of the island, where the people of Jamaica really live. We didn't stay in...

    Tags: Caribbean
  •       The summer following my sophomore year in high school my brother, my father and I set out on a four-thousand mile bicycle tour across the United States. Our journey was what might be called a trial by fire. My brother and I had minimal training and no experience. On June 3rd weleft my...

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