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  • My Vacation Experience   Two years ago I had traveled down to Florida to Disney World for a week trip, it was not only my very first trip to Disney but it was also my first time traveling on an airplane. Going to Disney was not just an average vacation trip for me either. My high school marching...

  • “Nostoros somos pobres, pero estámos lleno de cariño. (We are poor, but we are filled with joy).” My host ‘abuela’ said this to me during my first week in rural Paraguay this past summer as a community development volunteer through an organization called Amigos de las Americas. I didn’t believe...

  • Two summers ago I went to Sweden with a program called CISV. Four fifteen-year-olds from a dozen countries around the world were selected to live, eat, debate, plan, clean, and learn together. We lived in a small high school where we shared bathrooms, feelings, and our deepest secrets. CISV is a...

  •   During the summers of 2009, 2010, and 2011, I traveled to Mexico to visit my family and spend some time with the side of my family that I get to rarely see. I had great fun with my cousins that I rarely get to see and was able to explore the entire central region of the country. From the...

  • I had just graduated from middle school, and my french class had decided that we wanted to visit France together. Using the group, Global Works, we set up our trip, but I was scared. We were going to be spending a couple of days living with a french family and I was going to be alone. All of my...

    Tags: Europe
  • “This is the best part!” says Hannah as we watch cheese buyers and sellers haggle. We are at the cheese market in the cobblestoned courtyard of Old City Hall in the town of Gouda, in the The Netherlands.HONORABLE MENTION 2014 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPHannah, 13, is Dutch and has been to...

    Tags: Europe, Vacations
  •  When I was informed in April of 2008 that my family would take a vacation to New York in May to celebrate my stepsister's graduation, I was temperately excited. Obviously the news of such a trip should excite any teenager; however, I was fairly unsure of whether or not it would be a nice voyage...

  • As I look back now, there was one time I thought that I would never make it through life. It was three years ago, March 21st, 2006 to be exact, when I was forced to move to a whole different time zone. I went from a small town in Alta, Iowa with a population of 1800 to a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia...

  •             I stared out the window, five miles from the Hoover Dam, and it hit me. This was one of the worst traffic jams I had ever been in.             It was Spring Break, and while the rest of my friends were staying at home, I had taken a plane from Portland to San Jose. The purpose of the...

  • “People get stronger whenever they hit obstacles” is a phrase that was well tested in the disaster that struck Japan this year. On March 2011, Tohoku, the northeastern part of Japan, was struck by a disastrous earthquake and tsunami. This incident illustrated the disparity between the power of...

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