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  • Graffiti covered every wall; abandoned children roamed every street, and trash littered every foot of earth. I had traveled only two hours away from home and yet everything felt so different; I had reached Tijuana. My mission here was to build a house, help an orphanage, bathe kids, and utilize the...

  •   In 2005, I went out of the country for the first time. I was a precocious 12-year-old, out to see the world. My parents are incredible people who believe that the best way to learn about a culture and a people are to experience them, and I totally agree. We traveled to the incredible country of...

    Tags: Asia
  • Summer of 2009 I traveled as a student ambassador for People to People. The program’s destinations were the Imperial Capitals of Europe traveling to Eastern Europe and Russia. This trip is one that I will never forget and one memory that will stay with me forever happened in Berlin, Germany. On...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  • To the average American or  foreign tourist, Hollywood and Disneyland are the only places to visit in Los Angeles, but come with me for a tour of the hidden cultural and historical sites. Our first stop will be Olvera Street. Originally a small lane named Wine Street, it was extended and...

  • “Honestly, I think Americans are ignorant and arrogant,” Tessa said. Suddenly, my mouth formed a small ‘o’ and I was speechless. At that very moment, it seemed that I had to travel 8,000 miles to Cape Town, South Africa to get an honest perception of Americans from an outsider, and I was shocked by...

    Tags: Africa
  • Starting my junior year of high school, I was new. I had just moved in with my mom to Franklin, Tennessee. We had been planning a cruise for about a year and, typical of us, did not time it very well. Within a week of starting school, we were off for 10 days. So not only would I have the delight of...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • When you come from a small, rural town (technically a village) it is rather tempting to imagine yourself living anywhere else. I often imagine myself walking the crowded streets of New York City, surfing off the coast of California, or even just driving through a town with more than one stop light...

    Tags: Michigan, USA
  • The trip began as multiple performances but ended as an eye-opening experience. I sat quietly in the Chicago Airport—a reserved 14-year-old girl high school freshman awaiting a plane flight to Switzerland. Next to me stood the enormous string bass that I was to wheel around European jazz...

  • If you read my title, you will know that my most significant trip was my trip to India at 13 years old, so many events happened on this trip that I couldn’t use one single word to describe it. It was a proverbial smoothie of smells, sights, and sounds and I was the blender. I have to admit, at...

    Tags: Asia
  • I’m no economist, no political expert, no social worker, no activist; I am and was a high school student with his mind-set to pursue music and science. Though aware of avoiding the naive thought that a small group with introductory books to playing the recorder was going to change the future of...

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