Why students travel

  • Backpacking up a 7,000 ft mountain, camping out in the middle of a rainforest, trudging through mud up to my calves, and standing in rain so thick I can’t see my own hands…. believe it or not, this was the best trip of my life!   In the summer of 2006, I went on a service challenge trip to Costa...

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  • El Salvador is a hidden treasure in Central America with a size roughly that of the state of Rhode Island. The huge consumption of Coke Cola, movie premiers, and musical debuts show that El Salvador is increasingly Americanized. The only thing that compares to Coke Cola in popularity is Jesus, with...

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  • They always warn tourists about getting lost while exploring the Louvre, but I didn’t think they were serious.SEMI-FINALIST 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPThat is, until I visited Paris two summers ago. I was traveling across Europe with a tour group from my school, the kind that does...

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  • At the beginning of eighth grade, at an ungodly hour in the morning, my 36 classmates and I gathered at the airport in t-shirts, shorts, and hiking boots. Packed in our suitcases were outfits similar to what we had on, with the exception of a light jacket and a few pairs of jeans.  We were off to...

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  • In the summer before 9th grade, I went on a Mission trip to Cacalchen, Mexico on the YucatanPeninsula.  For a week, I was immersed into a culture that was totally foreign and alien to me.  What struck me the hardest was the poverty and scrappy lifestyle that the native Mexicans were living.  On the...

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  • When told our "big trip" of spring break was a day trip to Ithaca, a small city only a few hours of my own Rochester, I was less than enthused. I only managed to pump myself up about it after hearing I would have the opportunity to finally visit Cornell University and its amazing Johnson Art Museum...

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  •               A small crowd of children milled around me, excitedly spurting questions as I left the elementary school. I could tell that they were repeating a particular combination of words, but because my Spanish was so limited I could not find meaning in the beautiful sounds. I had studied...

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  • Summer of 2009 I traveled as a student ambassador for People to People. The program’s destinations were the Imperial Capitals of Europe traveling to Eastern Europe and Russia. This trip is one that I will never forget and one memory that will stay with me forever happened in Berlin, Germany. On...

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  • Her name was Lilly, or Leila, or Le-ann, or something like that. The fact of the matter is that it didn’t really matter. Name meant nothing for her, especially one that would tie her back to her gender. This is because gender meant nothing for her. It wasn’t the limitation that most of her...

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  •        As the plane bounced on the runway, and gradually began to brake, I realized that I had finally landed in the beautiful valley of Venezuela. I peeked though the plane window, and was immediately drawn to the beauty of the country's geography. Being accustomed to the flat terrain of Michigan...

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