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“Hogar San Francisco? Isn’t that orphanage for the deaf?” I asked anxiously as I stared at my volunteer assignment. “Um… I think so,” the woman next to me responded. “But I thought I was going to practice my Spanish with the kids,” I said frantically. “I mean, how am I supposed to communicate with...Tags:
Every day I hear friends complain about their parents; every day I listen to it without having something to add. I may be the only sixteen-year-old I know that would enjoy taking a ten day road trip with my mom, but that doesn't change the fact that it was the greatest time of my life. For years...Tags:
Summer vacations are a big deal for me. Our family plans one big trip for the summer and since I'm going off to college next year, every one counts. Last July, it brought us to British Colombia, Canada. First, you must know more about me. I am lucky enough to have traveled across the...Tags:
Every two years, my high school’s band, orchestra, choir, and dance academy take a week long trip to Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida. We spend each day a park (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot), a day in Universal Studios, and we get to perform on stage in Downtown Disney...Tags:
In June of 2008, I went on a missions/relief trip with a small group of teens and adults alike to a small city in Mexico. While we were there, we helped refurbish a church among other things, but it was a little boy at an orphanage called Casa Hagar that melted my heart. This little boy is 3 years...Tags:
In the month before school let out, my art teacher announced one last field trip to end the year right. The trip was for the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and even though I am inclined not to go look at boring pictures tacked up onto dusty walls in dimly lit rooms, I went anyways so I...Tags:
Anxiously waiting to get on the road, I began to imagine how the ribs would taste in my mouth as I ripped the meat off the bones. I started to taste a variety of flavors, sauces, and seasonings. I was brought back into my surroundings when my mother announced that we were leaving. At that moment we...Tags:
Nestled in the quiet suburbs of the Chicago-land area, Northbrook is undoubtedly a gem of not just the Prairie state but the entire Midwest region. Before anything else, the first thing you’ll notice is the hospitality of the people. Northbrook is a small enough town that you’ll feel at ease...Tags:
France. The one place I’ve wanted to go since I was a freshman. I wanted to hear the sounds of Paris – the accents, the cars, nature; smell the scent of Paris and the food. Most of all, I wanted to see places like the EiffelTower and the SacrÃ© Coeur atop the tallest hill in Paris. I wanted to...Tags:
Its one thing to travel to a different state, to a new city with the exciting unfamiliar. However, when one travels to a different country that speaks a language that has absolutely no meaning to you... that's something else. That is an experience in and of it self that not many have had and one...Tags: