In the year 2009 I got a letter from an organization named People To People. I had no clue what the organization was about or the purpose. I later learned it was an ambassador program and I would get the opportunity to travel to England, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland. Dwight D. Eisenhower founded this program to promote world peace. I went through my sophomore school year going to meetings, testing on material given, and do projects such as community service. As June 7th, 2010 got closer, we were taught what to pack and what not too pack. As we headed toward the airport I was so excited about meeting new people and I looked forward to seeing the different cultures and ways of life.
Our first destination was Scotland, we learned several new things especially how to sheer a sheep since they don’t have the technology we do as Americans. I enjoyed listening to how the Scottish train the sheep dogs and the puppies. The puppies’ first start out memorizing the whistles the farmer makes then they comprehend what the farmer is saying. The puppies then learn how to round up ducks. I enjoyed learning and watching the Scottish dancing and singing too.
The second destination was Ireland, we got to travel and have a home-stay which was really interesting. I had a home-stay with a family of four and we got to see what the neighborhood children did for fun. The neighborhood kids then explained to us that they have the same problem we do in the U.S. with gangs and fighting. The kids then began to explain that they have a family that lives in their neighborhood will fight anyone they can and they will try calling you over, throwing balls at you, and even following you. They said whatever you do, do not make eye contact.
The Third destination was Wales, We got to stay at a college and we had our own dorm rooms. We were taught some words in welsh and we learned to say some numbers too. The food there was different they served a lot of sheep and sausage. While we were in Wales we also go to repel down a castle tower. That took a lot of confidence and fighting to get over my fear of heights I knew I would regret it if I would of chickened out but I took a chance and succeeded.
The last destination was London, England, We got the chance to go eat in China Town and then we went to see a broad way musical “Blood Brothers.” That was the last night we were in the Europe. I learned on the trip that you can overcome anything if you got over your fears. After the trip I became Drum Major of the State Champion Sundown Roughneck Marching Band. I enjoyed the trip it taught me how to be a leader and how to support others. I met so many friends on that trip and I am still in touch with them. Now I understand Dwight D. Eisenhower’s dream and I thoroughly support what he stood for.
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