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  • I was blessed with the opportunity to travel to Chile as a Youth Ambassador of the United States to experience the different culture, customs, food, and language. This was a 3 week, eye-opening adventure where I stayed with two volunteer families; one in Santiago, Chile, the other in Concepcion,...

  • I was twelve years old when my family hosted in our house five people from Murcia, Spain. I temporarily surrendered my bedroom to three non-English-speaking women and slept a mere two feet away from the ceiling in the stuffy top bunk bed in my little sisters' room. Under normal circumstances,...

    Tags: Europe
  • /*-->*/ When I walked underneath the infamous gate saying “Arbeit macht frie”, chills ran down my spine. There I was standing underneath the very sign that three million people passed through, not knowing but fearing the worst. I was looking into the largest Nazi concentration and death camp...

    Tags: Europe
  • My name is Ashley Agnos. Last summer, I went on a trip to San Antonio, Texas to volunteer at a camp for disabled children and adults. I spent 3 weeks there. I'm from Sacramento California and I have never been gone from my family for more then a week. My friend Macy Sprock invited me to go with her...

  • Graffiti-dappled brick and chopsticks probing like violin bows. This is New York City’s Chinatown. It is brown, grey, and crowded with pudgy pigeons, and is also where I spent some of the summer of 2010. Despite the fact my family and I visited Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, and West Point, my...

  • September 13, 2009, 1:30 AM.  I boarded EVA Air Flight BR17 at the San Francisco International Airport bound for Jakarta, Indonesia.  The purpose of my trip: badminton training for the next three months to qualify for the Inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010.  This may seem extreme to...

    Tags: Asia
  • Take it from me, taveling is not just a piece of cake. It takes careful planning and even with that you never know what to expect! I have been to twenty different countries and almost all of the states. My father was in the military -- that's how I got so lucky. When it comes to traveling there...

    Tags: Europe
  • My trip to Virginia during the summer of 2009 was one of the most memorable trips I’ve ever been on. It was both exciting and scary, and it changed my life for the better. In August, my mother planned a trip for us to visit Virginia. We were going down there to visit my aunt and also to visit one...

  • In January, I visited Morocco with my grandmother. It was the first time I'd ever visited a country and seen how most people really live there: I met with Moroccans in the town and in the desert -- real nomads who spoke no English and relied on our translator to communicate. I was worried about...

    Tags: Africa, Exploring
  • For as long as I can remember my twin sister and I were inseparable, we went everywhere and did everything together. So why was I on a plane, traveling thousands of miles by myself to Argentina with no Spanish background? I was offered a full scholarship to travel abroad. Initially, I wanted to...

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