Trip of a lifetime

Empowering students through summer travel experiences

Leslie Gallardo

Summer 2010

Since I first applied to Trip of a Lifetime, I hoped so much to be accepted. When found out that I was accepted, I got so excited and sad. My teen tour was an amazing experience and showed me that the world is really big. It’s something special to me that I won’t forget about. The trip really helped me to be more active in my community and to have confidence in what I do.          

     Camping was a good experience because we got to bond and help each other. We helped each other when we had to make the tents. We bonded when we had a campfire and made s’mores. The only bad part was when we were camping near the Grand Canyon and it rained that we had water in the tents. I got to see Zion and Bryce Canyon were really big and interesting because how they were made and what they are made of helped to understand that they aren’t just rocks.       

     I like when I went on the Pink Jeep Tours because we drove to places where someone would never hike, but that was where it was more beautiful to take pictures. Also we got to see the stone that looks like Snoopy in Sedona. My group in the Jeep tour was loud and crazy because we sang the song and yelled a lot when we were going on down hills.          

     My favorite activity was waterskiing at Lake Tahoe because I never have done any water sport. Lake Tahoe was a beautiful place and very sunny, that this one girl got sunburn. The most painful and worst experience was surfing because the waves were too strong for me and the surfboard was heavy. One experience that was the funniest for me         

     By seeing how Trip of a Lifetime sent teens to explore the West Coast. In addition by going on this trip it has motivated me to help my community by raising money with my Girl Scout troop and let under privileged teens to go where they would want to explore. This trip has taught me to have confidence and have a higher self- esteem because what matters what you think about yourself. Also it taught me to be more active in my community and to motivate people in any struggle they have.

Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.

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    "I may be multiracial and I may be living in the ghetto but what I am going to do with my life is going to be historical."

    Alphonso

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    Madelyn

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