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  • We are welcomed by a gust of hot, dry air as we walk off the plane and out the terminal. We’re an odd group: girls and boys ranging from age 13 to 18, all different sizes, from all over the country and all clad in bright neon orange t-shirts, with the words “SINO Language Gateway” plastered across...

    Tags: Asia
  •    My parents are originally from Monterrey, Mexico. In Hispanic culture when a girl turns fifteen she has a Quinceañera. A Quinceañera is a coming of age party celebrated when the young women turns fifteen. I’ve seen my two older sisters go through their parties and I just couldn’t wait to have...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • This past summer my family and I left the comfort of our Georgia home and ventured off to the west coast of the United States. In three short days, we visited Albuquerque, New Mexico, Las Vegas, Nevada, Hoover Dam, and the Grand Canyon.   What wasn’t so great was waking up at four am to head down...

  • Whether you're here for business or pleasure you can find everything you're looking for nestled in a town of about 30,000. Home to the worlds largest retailer, a world class art museum, numerous outdoor trails and parks, a thriving night life, and the quaint small town hospitality, Bentonville,...

  • When I was only twelve, my family and I, took a trip to South Africa. This trip changes my view on the way that I act, in many ways. In the United States, our families can provide for us. We can have a bountiful amount of clothing and food, but in Johannesburg, South Africa, this is not the case....

    Tags: Africa
  • There is one experience in my life that I consider poignant and memorable. It was my 10th grade high school 9-day trip to China in 2007. The 22-hour plane ride was just the start of my excursion with twenty of my fellow classmates. Since I had not been on an airplane for about five years at that...

    Tags: Asia, China
  • Founded in the 1780s as a courthouse village, Spartanburg, South Carolina, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a city with something for everyone.   QUARTER FINALIST 2013 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIP   Like history?  A great place to start your visit is Morgan...

  • New York City is arguably the most incredible city in the world, and I have the good fortune to have lived there for all 15 years of my life. It is buzzing with activity and full of culture. It is so astonishing and overwhelming that it often defines the entire state of New York; it is not common...

  • Day 1: April 4, 2012 The other 16 students and I arrived to school with our luggage ready to head to JFK, but not before reluctantly attending the first two classes of the day while the pricipal inspected our bags. Our advisors- both french teachers and our irish literature teacher- were just...

  • It was a blistering hot July in the southern New Mexican desert town of Las Cruces, with the oppressive heat making the enjoyment of summer seemingly impossible. Four teenage boys and two middle-age dads, all already perspiring, assembled in the gravel parking lot in an attempt to escape the...

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