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  • Until June 2009, I had never flown on an airplane, left the country or broken a bone. But when I arrived in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, to study at the Coastal Spanish Institute all of that changed. I was on a school trip to study Spanish. Our school opted to place us with host families during our stay...

  •  Ames, Iowa provides many opportunities to experience American culture and become immersed in American history. Since the mid 1800s, Ames has become a booming college town. Culture has had lots of time to flourish in this time, and evidence of the age of this town can be found everywhere....

    Tags: Iowa, USA
  • Earlier this year, I attended an intense educational program called The March of the Living. The program brings a large group of teens, adults, and Holocaust survivors to Poland to see Nazi concentration camps and hear recollections of survivors in order to learn first hand about the tragedy of the...

    Tags: Europe
  • NaMaStae! Good day! My name is Chelsea Cravens and I am currently living in Patna, Bihar, India for three months. Before coming to India I lived in Kazakhstan for eight years. I speak fluent Russian and I will be learning Hindi. My family has been in India for three weeks and we have seen and...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring, India
  • Paris; It’s the city of lights, known for its magnificent beauty, delicious foods, and romantic qualities. Some people dream of visiting this esteemed European city their entire lives, and here I was getting to live that dream. Stepping off of the plane that carried us 3,886 miles from home to the...

  • Italy was by-far the most amazing place I had ever been. The moment I found out last May that I would be able to go on the trip, I could hardly believe it. I had been so nervous for the auditions. See, my choir was going. Or rather, the music department for my school was setting up auditions for...

    Tags: Europe
  •      I have been a rabid fan of the soccer team FC Barcelona for many years.  I dreamt of seeing my “Mecca,” Camp Nou Stadium, in person. I finally had that fantastic chance the summer before my junior year. My family and I flew on Delta Airlines from Cincinnati to Atlanta and then overnight direct...

    Tags: Europe
  • " Are we... there yet?"...I questioned my parents with gasps of exhaustion. Five vehicles in which my relatives had been riding in were lined up behind us. The scorching heat in Texas hit us as if it were a thousand shocks of corrosive acid, gradually melting the barrier of our skin. Coming from...

  • When my parents told me that we were going to Beavers Bend State Park in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, last summer, I wasn't too excited about it. I was thinking, “What fun can you have in Oklahoma?... In Beavers Bend where there are only outdoor attractions?” Fishing, boating, and swimming in a lake...

  • Grade nine was a blur, filled with things like writing your first exams, prep for high school, choosing a high school, choosing your courses, etc. It adds up to a lot of pressure and stress. Do I want to be with all my friends and continue French immersion? Or do I want to try a different program...

    Tags: Europe

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