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  • Some days are always remembered, not because of the laughter or happiness, but because they changed your life forever. Touching poverty like never before, I had the privilege of being part of a volunteer project in the capital of Ethiopia. Words cannot describe what it was like to shake hands with...

  • You need to have twenty-five hours of service for next year! Why don’t you take part in a service trip over the summer?” My mother said. These were the words that constantly circulated my mind whenever I thought about the summer of 2010. My mother always urged me to accomplish tasks beforehand in...

  • A foreign place is not something one can simply imagine or feel through a book or movie.  In order to grasp the true meaning of "foreign," one must experience it first hand.  During the second semester of my sophomore year, I had the privilege of doing just that.  The Democratic Republic of Congo...

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    Tags: Asia
  • I have recently returned from an amazing journey to Peru. This trip was through my high school and was centered on volunteer work and cultural experience. The first week we spent in the city of Chaclacayo at the Hogar which is a home for kids who have some type of physical disability or handicap....

  • I take my first step into a world that, until a few years ago, I never would have conceived knowing.  The humidity shocks me, giving my straight, smooth hair a new, un-appealing frizzy due.   As I stand around the dirty carousel, waiting for my luggage, beads of sweat are dripping off me,...

  •     Three days after last Christmas, I fell in love and experienced an explosion at just thirteen years old. However, there were no flames or a handsome boy riding a white horse; it was just the family truck and the most whimsical town called Kerrville that completely changed me. Six days before we...

  • It was a blistering hot July in the southern New Mexican desert town of Las Cruces, with the oppressive heat making the enjoyment of summer seemingly impossible. Four teenage boys and two middle-age dads, all already perspiring, assembled in the gravel parking lot in an attempt to escape the...

  • My city, Omaha, Nebraska and the city, Braunschweig, Germany are sister cities. There is an exchange program, where high school students from Braunschweig stay with students in Omaha for three weeks. The German American Society in Omaha matches American students with German students. During the...

    Tags: Europe
  • When I stepped off the plane at the Heathrow airport in London, I was already enthralled with hearing so many English accents surround me that I completely forgot about the other, more crucial part of my trip: traveling to Scotland. During our trip in London we stayed at the Kensington hotel, which...

    Tags: Europe

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