Volunteering

  • QUARTER-FINALIST 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPSpacious greenery surrounds me on all sides, dabbled with dots of civilization. We are distributing food atop a short but broad mountain in the modest village of El Diamante, which translated into English reads, “The Diamond.” Initially, this...

  • This past summer I was fortunate enough to be awarded a scholarship for a trip to Bolivia and Peru for 24 days. It was with the Youth Ambassadors program sponsored by the US State Department. I traveled with 11 other people who I didn’t know and to a continent who’s language I didn’t speak....

  • Blood dripped from the patient’s thumb as an intern jabbed the crescent needle into the nail. The man felt no pain, as he’d received painkillers moments earlier. Clad in a scratchy lab coat, I watched the needle travel through the jagged wound and a knot pull the two sides together.HONORABLE...

  •      I could feel the pressure waves reverberating through my body. They started with a tingling in my feet, raced up my torso and stopped in my chest. I was keenly aware of every heartbeat, the dull pounding amplified by the force pressing upon my body. The excitement I was feeling made it hard to...

  • Significant moments in life are often connected to memorable places such as Paris, where we snuck my grandma’s ashes into the Tuileries gardens, or Belize, where I spent my final fishing trip with my grandpa. When people think about places that have resounding effects on them many will mention...

  • Our small bus inched down the busy dirt road, unable to weave through the traffic as the cars and motorcycles did. The passengers didn’t much care, each dozing off after an exhausting day of sightseeing in the Delhi heat. All, that is, except one who refused to miss a single moment of adventure....

  • I thought I was ready for anything.  It was my second year traveling to Nicaragua to do service work.   Lulled into a false confidence, I talked excitedly with the rookies during the three-hour drive from the airport in Managua to the tiny town of Chinadenga.  We covered everything from the amazing...

  • 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...

  • There is a mountain in the Dominican Republic named Brison. Never would I have guessed, with my lack of athleticism and of experience in hiking, that I would one day reach the top. But when jumping out of the comfort zone, all doubt and hesitation must stay behind. If I was going to do this, I was...

  • A broken or separated heart is said to be a bad thing, usually. For me, my heart being in pieces is the best thing that could ever happen to me. Every place I have traveled to, owns a piece of my heart. In Paris, France my heart found adventure and spontaneity. In Germany, it learned peace and...

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