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  •   When we first arrived, it was pitch black outside, except for the headlights on our van. No one got the full effect of how this would be for four days until the next morning. The cold startled each one of us as we stepped out of our tents and into the frozen vans. Our selfish thoughts of how we...

    Tags: Caribbean
  •      The drive to Tennessee from my home in Texas was a scenic one as we travelled through the piney woods.  It was a late summer trip and a final getaway for my family before my sophomore year in high school began.        By the time we drove into Nashville we were hungry so we decided to park...

  • I thought I’d seen New York. I thought I knew an entire city by looking through the eyes of Woody Allen, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Edward Hopper. I owned coffee table books detailing the architecture of Brooklyn, the entire MoMA collection, and every quietly iconic inch of Central Park.  I was...

  •  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
  • Dark men without legs and arms, dirty women carrying naked babies, hungry children crying all around, and paralyzed young men and women sliding themselves across the rocky pavement. The polluted air that was silently buzzing around the city, danced along with the sewer smell coming from every...

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  • For nine awe inspiring days in June 2011 I was fortunate enough to travel with my high school's Spanish club to Costa Rica through the ISE travel program (www.isemn.org). The main goal of the trip was to learn about the country's unique culture and history, as well as to practice our Spanish in...

  • I've always loved the outdoors. I've spent a lot of my life running around in the woods by my house, camping with my dad and brother, or even better, off on river adventures through muddy canyons or pristine mountain rivers. For so long I viewed the outdoors solely as a beautiful place to get away...

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  • Savannah is a sweet southern jewel located in southern Georgia near the coast. The city was established in 1733 by James Oglethorpe who laid the city out in numerous squares that serve us today as mini parks filled with lush green trees, stone water fountains, refined brick pathways, and benches....

  • My eyes scan the small living room, taking in the scene of absolute chaos. I see four children fighting for my hands, a monkey-like child jumping from a bookcase onto my back, two children peeing in the corner, and two more screaming at each other. The remaining five children play with the tattered...

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