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  • In the summer of 2009, I decided to volunteer in Clermont-Ferrand, France through Volunteers for Peace. Our group had people from all over the world: France, Russia, North Korea, England, Germany, Finland, Turkey, and then there was me, from America.   While driving to the campsite, everyone...

  • For years, I wanted more than anything to visit New York City. I wanted to shop on 5th Avenue, stand on top of the Empire State Building, be transfixed by the lights of Times Square, and take in the magic of a Broadway musical. My dream became a reality on my sixteenth birthday. After surprising...

  • I had always wanted a “real” volunteer experience and so, after three years of saving and a dream I thought would never be true, I was now sleeping in the jungle of Chiang Mai, Thailand with my sister, best friend, and three half wild elephants. I was a world away from my usual life – only a...

  • The wheels of flight DAL22 left the ground as the plane rocketed into the sky. Those on the Boeing 767 were only minutes into a flight that would last over eight hours. I was among them, but I was not making the 4,400-mile journey alone. My travel companions included 40 teenagers from Pennsylvania...

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  • How can moving effect a sixteen-year-old teenager’s life? Well, from experience I can tell you in a very big way. It's hard to get up and go twelve hundred miles away from everyone you know and everything you grew up around. I had this happen to me about a year ago. It is the most dramatic change...

  • In the spring of 2011, I went on an unforgettable mission trip with my school to the impoverished, yet beautiful, country of Nicaragua. I was a Junior in high school and could not even begin to fathom the things I would see on this trip. The impact the people of Nicaragua had on my life is...

  • The morning seemed both cool and calm as my brother, Brandon, and our friends, Ricky and Robby, walked over to the Twin Lakes to take a gander across the water. The Twin Lakes lay near a small campground called Mono Village, which happened to be where we were staying, and the lake’s water came from...

  •   Seven kids, one van, and 3,497 miles, my April vacation to Florida was going to be “interesting” to say the least. Waking up at 4 a.m., my mother climbed into the passenger seat next to her boyfriend, Steve, while the rest of us sat as comfortably as possible in the back. The twins sat in the...

  • This past summer, I went to Finland for five weeks. The trip was a life-changing event. While over there, I stayed with a family friend. This was my first time to stay in a foreign country and I was extremely nervous. Upon arriving at the Helsinki Airport, I peered out the window and could not...

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  • Day 1 – Tuesday In the beginning, there was no fun in Arkansas. The weather was hot and the heat was unbearable. So a mother and her three children flew to Colorado using United Airlines to visit their uncle in Broomfield. There, they unpacked all of their belongings and slept to recuperate...

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