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  • As my family and I piled into our big, white van, there was so much excitement in the air you could practically taste it. I felt like an eager little child on Christmas Eve- I seriously could not wait any longer! The ten hour drive to California felt like an eternity. We were finally going on the...

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  • On June 15th, 2009, I departed on an amazing adventure with a group of people from Raleigh, NC to a foreign land, widely known as El Salvador. They called us the “AIM team,” “Ambassadors In Mission,” or sometimes we were identified as “that group of people with the brown shirts.” Our main goal...

  • Gripping the railing, I clattered up the steps to the top deck.  It had been only six hours since we boarded the overnight DFDS Seaways ferry at the harbor in Copenhagen, Denmark, yet at 10:30 pm, the sun was only beginning its descent.  I turned around suddenly halfway up the flight of stairs,...

    Tags: Europe
  • As I look out the car window, my jaw hits the ground at what I see.  Dirt, trash, huts, poverty, sadness. I am sitting in the backseat of a bus that’s chugging its way through the dirt roads of Lusaka, Zambia, Southern Africa. The setting around me is eye popping; it’s not at all what I’m used to...

    Tags: Africa
  • In my travels to Spain this summer the idea of "family time" has been redefined. A major part of this realization had to do with the challenge our tour guide gave us at the beginning of our trip. Her challenge was for us to become a traveling anthropologist that studied the people as we traveled...

  • Travel is an important part of the education of high school students; it broadens their understanding of culture and language, enriches their experiences in the classrooms by being able to say “Hey I’ve been there” or “I took a tour of that place”, and lets students experience things that other...

    Tags: Europe
  • My trip to Costa Rica with Common Ground International was the most amazing experience of my life. First, we visited Parque Nacional de Manuel Antonio, the national park of Costa Rica. The gates (only a block from our hotel) open unto a rainforest. We saw monkeys, sloths, snakes, birds and more. ...

  • Built between the Cascade Mountain range and the Pacific Ocean, Bellingham is a hidden beauty among the trees, waterfront, and sketchy mountain roads. This town is full of it's own character, street performers downtown on Saturdays near the farmer's market, full blown works of art on the sides of...

  • My name is Margaret Ellen Ortlieb and I've never actually traveled outside of my state. Truthfully, I haven't 'traveled' at all. But, on May 22, 2007 I took a journey, or a trip as some may like to call it.   It all took place in my own backyard. It was a bright sunny day and I had decided to sleep...

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