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  •  Haiti, hidden away on the other side of the Dominican Republic, is a tiny country no bigger than the state of Maryland. Rarely heard of or seen on the news, this little island sits only 800 miles from Florida, and the richest country in the world; yet it remains one of the poorest countries in the...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Landing was frightening. The fog outside the airplane window swept by so dark and dense, the wings disappeared; I could see the speed at which we seemed to plummet through the gray nothing. Rough turbulence shook the plane hard. My friend painfully gripped my hand with both of hers and hid her face...

    Tags: Asia
  • Family: ”a social unit consisting of one or more adults together with the children they care for.” With that said, I have many families. One that has made the most difference in my life, besides the family that is my true blood, would have to be my People to People family.  We met in the summer...

  • I step out of the car, glad that the 14 hours of airports and plane rides are over, and excited to be back in beautiful downtown Los Angeles again. I look down the road towards the pink and black stars which create the Walk of Fame. I take a deep breath as my mom and I enter the Renaissance Hotel...

  •   Erika Espinal 7/31/10                                                                           Traveling on my own   How many of you are terrified of being on planes or even hate the idea of getting close to one? Well what If I was to tell you I wasn’t what if I told you that I was actually in...

  • A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. I am proud to say that I am an optimist. I have taken the opportunity to travel to Peru and make changes in my life and in my community. I can say that the trip has had a profound effect on...

  • I was standing ankle deep in the foul smelling mud, covered in bits of hay, happier than I had been all year. Surrounded by family, friends, food, and mosquitoes of giant proportions, I was at home. As the murky water worked its way into my shoes and then socks, the scent of dirty rice and sound of...

  • Dear reader, I was born in Haiti; since 9 years old I always want to know a new country and their culture. My father who worked in a international company Carnival cruise Line was about to make that dream come true for me.When I was 12 years old my daddy fill for a cruise ship vacation in  his...

  •  In the summer of 2008, I changed. Straying from my comfortable life in Orange County, I ventured to Aix-en-Provence, France to take part in a cultural immersion program with twenty other American students. Four weeks: an intimidating group of strangers, a captivating city, and an unquenchable...

    Tags: Europe
  • We’ve all had to do it…..that family trip with our parents that initially sounds like fun but if you’re not careful, can turn into a teen’s worst nightmare. Having just returned from the family’s annual vacation – this time a six-day excursion to Rome – I can attest to the merits of having a...

    Tags: Europe

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