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Newburgh Youth Leadership Summit and Enlightenment Expo

Remember those fifteen students who traveled to Quito, Ecuador, last year?  On May 19, they hosted the Newburgh Youth Leadership Summit and Enlightenment Expo, and it was amazing to see all of their efforts and planning pay off!  Who know … Continue reading

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Eight Days and Counting!

We had our final meeting yesterday to prepare for departure, and we are beyond excited!  Our final itinerary, courtesy of Kim White and Into the Wild, includes exploring Angkor Wat and the historic sites of Phnom Penh, three days of … Continue reading

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a short documentary about our time in Ecuador

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Dreaming Big for Next Year

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It’s official!

The Foundation for Leadership and Youth Travel Education (FLYTE) has announced a partnership with Excelsior Academy’s Global to Local. In an effort to support Newburgh students as they build leadership skills to become positive change agents in our community, FLYTE … Continue reading

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What drives our students to serve…

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Our Lingering Questions

Are our fundraising goals realistic? How do we build the sustainability of the program? How can we create a valid and unbiased application process? What opportunities exist to leverage expertise from our various stakeholders? How can we make the experience … Continue reading

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Off to the next adventure!

We finished!!! We visited one of the most amazing places today, Casa de Victoria, which we have a great deal to share about, but it is late and our plane leaves early in the morning, so we will write about … Continue reading

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Tuesday and Wednesday!

First of all, there are four members of our crew that you haven’t met yet.  They are: tomas, cookie, chiquita and elvis! They live in our compound with Giovanna and Luis.  Here is Luis opening up the electrified gates to … Continue reading

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the center of the earth

So we started our day at our volunteer site, a local school for young children.  We were promptly handed paint brushes and placed in front of a long white wall and instructed to start repainting it white.  We dutifully obliged … Continue reading

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