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  • Growing up my family had always gone on vacation and traveled central and south America. From July 2009 to January 2010, I was blessed with the opportunity to travel to Ecuador with my mother and father. Since my father is a Pastor, we decided to go on a mission trip to the town Ayacucho, in the...

  • During my first year and a half of involvement with Habitat for Humanity, I volunteered in a leadership capacity at both chapter and regional levels.  After being selected for one of twelve spots on an international youth build, I took part in all-expenses-paid trip to Jacksonville, Florida, where...

  • Israel is a blossoming new country in the Middle East, but ancient tensions plague the area. These tensions often spill over into modern news.  The fighting paired with footage of old buildings made me fear Israel, so when my mom proposed a trip there for our Spring Break in 2010, I was...

  • The traveling experienced that changed my life forever happened in spring of 2012.  I signed up to go on the Pay It Forward Tour. Note, that when I decided to embark on this journey I had no idea what so ever what the Pay It Forward Tour was, I just knew that I wanted to FINALLY do something that...

  • Semi Finalist 2009 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship Have you ever been somewhere and learned more in one day than you thought you’d learn in a lifetime? Ever experienced something so vivid, so real you thought you could taste it? That was me a few summers back! I’ve been on several trips,...

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  •                         In the summer of 2008, I had the opportunity to visit Kibera Slum in Nairobi, Kenya. The slum is composed of over 1 million Kenyans, making it the largest slum in Africa. Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, is made up of about 3 million people, meaning that Kibera is about one-...

    Tags: Africa
  • I took a deep breath and stepped off the tour bus which had been my haven during the past week. When my feet hit the sidewalk I was in the true Costa Rica. I was about to spend the next week living with a family who only knew the words hello in English. I was incredibly intimidated because I had...

  • 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...

  • It was in April of 2011 that I visited New York City. I went with my grandmother (Mimi) and my best friend Hilori. We initially decided to make the trek from Orlando to New York because of a theater troupe that was performing in New Hampshire, but our travels brought us to the big city. Hilori...

  • You work your way through a mango, then discard the seed. Now you have tiny strings between your teeth, provided you just had the supermarket fake-out experience. Genuine fruit is found in the tropics. Thailand is a beautiful country in Asia with heavenly versions of many common fruits. Wild...

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