Africa

  • The opportunity to journey to Malawi, Africa came at the start of the new year. What I didn’t know was that along with the colorful fireworks exploding in the New Year sky, I would soon burst forth into a new person as I prepared for this expedition. I applied, interviewed, and celebrated when I...

  • Extending mile upon mile, towering over us, the cold stone wall encompasses the city, history, and culture of Morocco. I mentally prepare myself for what is waiting within. Images from  A Thousand Splendid Suns flood my mind. In this classic work of literature Hosseini depicts the plight of women...

  • This was a trip three years in the making.HONORABLE MENTION 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPFrom the moment we stepped off the plane, the thick, balmy air hit me like a wall of tropical bricks, inducing the hazy, dreamlike feeling that dominated the week. Walking through the airport, we...

  • I was hesitant to go and had no idea what to expect, but ever since I have been back home, I am eager to return to the place that flipped my perspective about life.  QUARTER-FINALIST 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPIn June 2015, I journeyed to the foreign, poverty-stricken nation of Kenya...

  • The plane landed in Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport on June 24th at 2:37 P.M. I looked around and saw cacti and emptiness. I was slightly disappointed, to say the least. Vast stretches of desert spread for miles. I drove two hours to arrive at a circle of brick houses. Cars were...

  • The roads are full of cars that don’t seem to be following any rules. People stand by the car window holding maimed body parts up to the glass begging for money. Men, women, children and animals run across traffic darting around cars. Kids stare at our white faces calling, “farrengi (foreigner)”....

  •         Uganda is troubled with Malaria, a disease not commonly found in America. Despite the risk of entering a malaria zone, I traveled there for three weeks this summer. I was joined by 23 other high school students for a unique experience vastly different from everyday life in America.       ...

  • I’m no economist, no political expert, no social worker, no activist; I am and was a high school student with his mind-set to pursue music and science. Though aware of avoiding the naive thought that a small group with introductory books to playing the recorder was going to change the future of...

  • Many times when people write about visiting Africa, it tends to be about a missionary trip. The term ‘Africa’ is usually synonymous with poverty, dirt, corruption and illness.  Africa is often portrayed as an uncivilized mass in need of donations. Yes, just like any other nation, there are parts of...

  • Journal Entry Day 5:             “As I step off the bus into an unknown desolate, I feel warm hands of strangers start to grab onto me.  Even though they don’t know us, bonds were formed instantly. Kids jump with joy as if they know something good is going to happen.”  Even though languages are not...

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