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  • Traveling to the Philippines is a very long trip from Sulphur Springs, Texas. Three flights and an overnight boat ride all adds up to almost two days of traveling non-stop.  First a three hour flight from Dallas to Los Angeles, next a fourteen hour flight to from L.A. to Hong Kong, then another...

  •  On my mission trip to New Orleans I discovered many god moments. In Peoria I realized how much disaster foundations actually do for disaster victims , in Memphis I learned how everyone doesn’t live the same life style as I do, and in New Orleans I learned that using my own ability to read actually...

  • Sitting outside the dormitory and laughing with the students, I realized how much this cultural exchange will affect me in the future.  Looking back now, this incredible experience has changed my perspective and over-all level of appreciation.  Ever since I was chosen to travel for two weeks over...

    Tags: Africa
  • During the spring of 2012, I had the magnificent opportunity of traveling to Costa Rica with 14 other third and fourth year Spanish students from my school. We stayed for eight days in the beautiful country, traveling between four different hotels. We participated in several service projects and...

  • I wanted a fresh start. I wanted to go somewhere where nobody knew my name, my history, anything. Well, not quite. What I really wanted was to go back to Clara Dunn and see all my friends who have a cleaner past than I do. Driving with my Dad to Brighten Creek for a youth camp for Baha'i's was...

  • At the end of my sophomore year in high school, I was anxious for summer break to begin. To my surprise, my parents had been saving for a two-week trip to Alaska! My family enjoys nature and is delighted in the majesty of wild life and surrounding environments. When we first arrived by plane...

  • Visiting another country is an amazing experience, especially when the country that you are visiting is vastly different from your own. When my family went to Iceland I was placed in another world. We visited numerous volcanoes and flew in a plane over Iceland’s glaciers. The view was amazing...

    Tags: Europe
  • I reach to my collarbone and touch the small gold coin hanging on a worn leather strap. I look at the crested crane and the words “Bank of Uganda” and memories flood my mind. I hear their voices ring in my ears. I see their smiling faces. I feel the touch of our hands intertwined as we walk down...

  •             I never once actually expected my parents to agree to let me spend ten days alone in Mexico. Of course I would not be completely unsupervised—the trip was school-sponsored and would have plenty of chaperones—but it would be my first time traveling without my family. We prepared for that...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • I was lucky enough to have been born in the Big Apple almost 17 years ago. Although I was raised in the Bronx, I identify more with the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where my grandparents live. These days, the Upper West Side is known for being an upper-middle class neighborhood, but my dad...

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