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  •                   My name is John Thompson, and I’d consider myself an avid traveler. I’ve been to more than a dozen countries in my short sixteen years of life. I have never been to Europe, though. Most have been countries in southeast Asia. I’m half Thai on my mom’s side so I go to Thailand every...

    Tags: Asia
  • have done a lot of traveling for a 17-year old but I'd say the most memorable trip that I've had is a three-week stay in Sweden in June 2008.     We went to Stockholm to attend a high school graduation for an exchange student that lived with us the year before. For graduation, the students file...

    Tags: Europe
  • For spring break my junior year, I went on vacation with my family, my friend, Sarah, and my brother’s friend, Blake. We flew out of the Hubert H. Humphrey terminal in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The flight was smooth and quick, and before we knew it, we had landed at the airport in Fort Meyers,...

    Tags: Caribbean
  •       In 2009 I went to El Peten, Guatemala with my father. We spent ten days there helping families in the villages rebuild their houses. I was also able to play soccer and love the kids, help build the mission building, and was a part of helping teach Sunday school. One day while I was there I...

  • The Dominican Republic, known by most Americans for little more than its love of baseball, produces far more people living below the poverty line than it does people who make it to the Major Leagues.  Through the Students International organization, my youth group was able to travel to the...

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  • The first thing I remembered about traveling along a rough desert road to the Grand Canyon was “Arizona is hot!” Donning a lightweight gray sweater and tan cargo pants that blended well with the arid surroundings, I trickled a few drops of sweat as my family’s van wobbled from side to side...

  • The dreams of many teenagers consist of being independent, being successful, having fun and finding the purpose for life. San Francisco, California is just the place for that. Through the numerous museums, colleges, stores, beaches, and even forest like atmospheres, this is the perfect place to...

  • Swaziland. A small country in southern Africa facing big problems. Swaziland has the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence in the world. Some 200,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS out of a population that is on pace to dip below one million. This horrible disease only exacerbates the problems of poverty...

  • The brisk air rushes past my figure as I the metal I am standing on shakes and quivers. Through the cargo mesh I can see a man with a parachute looking at me with a strange curiosity. I cautiously look around and see that I am in a plane and the breeze is actually the back hatch of the plane being...

  • Have you ever heard the saying,”A picture is worth a thousand words”? To me seeing the objects in the pictures are worth much more. This last summer was my opportunity to see a thousand word picture in person, when I got to go teach in China. There were so many different thoughts that went through...

    Tags: Asia

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