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  • The scene that lies before my eyes could best be described as hell on earth. As I walk down the school bus stairs and onto the dusty Guatemalan soil, I can’t take my eyes off what is before me. I have seen places like this, but only in commercials that make me want to reach for the remote, or in...

  • the_group_and_kids

    "Hey Chicago, what do you say?  The Cubs are going to win today!  Go, Cubs, go!" Now, as I am reading this to myself, I am thinking two words, Youth Works.   Numerous memories came to mind.  Chicago, Illinois, kids, youth, helping hands, and support.  Yes, I know Chicago is not what people would...

  • maui1

    Well, this vacation was bitter sweet. You see my grandfather was diagnosed with colon cancer the spring of 2004. As his cancer progressed his doctors told him that if there were things he wanted to see or do, that he should do them now. Knowing that he wasn't getting any better we all decided to go...

  • 100_0505

    My mother’s bedtime stories narrated her childhood encounters with fairies and dwarves, her adventures in the meadows of Natternbach (her hometown in Austria, Europe), and her memories of her family of seven, all too familiar with my own siblings, as we are now a family of six. So when we all went...

    Tags: Europe
  • kana

    Last summer I found myself on a plane with my two cousins and our aunt heading for Greece. Although my cousins and I were born in America, our parents (and so on and so forth) were born in Greece.  This was the first time I would be going to Greece in seven or so years.  After settling down in my...

    Tags: Europe
  • IMAG0065_1

    Towering, white historical doors awaited us on the other side of the glass windows of the bus. Peace met us at the doors along with our tour guide. Two steps and there I was in the slave forts, where many inhumane situations had taken place. The walls were tattered and the white paint was...

  • klimes1

    The United States holds some of the most beautiful sites in the world. During my life I have been fortunate to travel this country extensively, and I've never finished a trip without a story to tell. I've been stuck in the middle of the desert in a broken down train on my way to the Grand Canyon (...

    Tags: Europe
  • n660408357_197284_4180

    In the summer of 2007, I set out on a journey with over 40 students to explore places that I had dreamt of since childhood; Ireland, England, Wales, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.  For all but a few of us, this would be our first European experience.  43 teenagers getting ready to leave home...

    Tags: Europe
  • 392

                I circle around the slab of rock that has been placed inside of walls and is now presented under a light for all to see. An artist made this marble special; he gave it a face, but more importantly an expression. As I slowly turn, the rocks face changes and I start to see a man. "The...

  • costa_rica_cahuita_park

    I took a deep breath and stepped off the tour bus which had been my haven during the past week. When my feet hit the sidewalk I was in the true Costa Rica. I was about to spend the next week living with a family who only knew the words hello in English. I was incredibly intimidated because I had...

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