Why students travel

  • I have gone through much of my life wrestling with -- what was for me -- the hardest question I could ever face: How can I make a difference in the lives of others? This past summer, I travelled to La Paz, Bolivia for one month on my own and volunteered at an orphanage seeking an answer to this...

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  • I am from Hawaii. No, I do not go to the beach everyday. No, I do not live in a grass hut. And, no, not everyone here can do the hula. Those are the answers to a few of the questions I get asked whenever I tell someone where I live. I get asked many questions about my home. However, the one...

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  • A week before my freshman year in high school I found myself sweating in the arid New Mexican heat of the Sangre de Christo Mountains. I was on a week long, 25-mile backpacking trip at Philmont, a national Boy Scout camp, where my dad was receiving leadership training. That week, I pushed myself to...

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  • Every January my school has a two week intersession class. Everyone picks one class or commits to a school trip, usually done through a travel agency and set up by a teacher or two. At the beginning of my junior year at High Tech High I decided that I was going to set up my own independent...

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  • Since I was a little girl, I have been blessed with a family that loves to travel. As a family we have traveled to places such as Arizona, Canada, Maine, and California. As a New Jersey resident for my whole life, these were very unique opportunities. However, it wasn’t until this past March, that...

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  •       Most people have seen something on Haiti, with an earthquake recently hitting there not too long ago, but not many people have had the experience of going there themselves. Not only that, but not many people of 17 years of age. That was my case, a seventeen year old boy who felt a need to...

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  •             “Now, friends, we are going to the Stupid Pagodas in Dali!” exclaimed our new tour guide through the screeching microphone system as we depart from the Dali Airport. I thought to myself, it’s Stupor Pagodas! as the bus jerked while the driver shifted gears. It was day 5 of our China...

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  •               I had never ventured away from my parents for longer than two days until the summer after my sixteenth birthday. My friend had invited me to stay with her and her grandparents on St. Kitts, an island in the Caribbean, for a month, and I could not refuse the offer when she mentioned...

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  • While my family has been blessed to take some extraordinary vacations across the United States, the most emotional trip I have taken was to the Big Island of Hawaii. My grandparents made all the arrangements to fly my family, my three cousins, aunt and uncle, and themselves to Hawaii as Christmas...

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  • In the land of Guatemala, luscious green country covers the terrain. Rolling rivers stretch and extend across the olive colored earth. Exotic animals hide in secret. The ancient ruins of Tikal emerge from the thick forest floor. And a people as humble and content as one can know touched my life...

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