A couple of kids the author worked with on his trip to Nepal.

Cayden Young, Sports Writer

Going on a humanitarian trip is such an eye opening experience, as well as traveling to different countries to understand and learn their culture, and the way the people there live everyday life. They are so beneficial to you in many ways.Yyou can put it on college applications, job resumes, and most importantly, you can understand what other people actually go through in their day-to-day life.

A free in-state option for service is becoming a teen ally at Circles Salt Lake. It is an organization that takes families in poverty and gives them the resources and lessons necessary to get over the poverty line. If you choose to help with Circles, you would meet every Thursday and play with the kids while their parents are upstairs taking classes on financial literacy. It is a great opportunity to get involved in your community. Head over to their website to get involved!

Youthlinc is an organization that has people in each country who tells them what the people need help with. Youthlinc then sends teams to countries all over the world, to help people in third world countries in any way they can. It is a reliable organization that has been around since 1999. All the money that you raise goes towards the trip in some way, whether that is food, transportation, or supplies, it all goes to a good cause. Now if you are worried about the safety of the trips, I can ensure you will be okay. The only things that will happen to effect your experience is getting sick or being injured. Youthlinc sends several chaperones on the trip with the kids, and safety is always the number one priority.

A non-humanitarian option for traveling is joining the Europe trip led by East High teacher Mrs. Wilson-Steffes. It’s a ten day excursion to Italy, France, the UK, and a couple other amazing places. It is an amazing opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful countries in the world.

This past summer, I was lucky enough to go on a humanitarian trip to Nepal and it was the most amazing experience. Seeing the smiles on the kids faces as we pulled into the orphanage gave me a feeling that you won’t find anywhere else. I talked to a close friend of mine who went on a trip to Fiji, and he said it was the best trip he had ever been on. “It was so fulfilling to know that I was making a change in the world. I would recommend it to everyone,” says Bryce Hurlburt, a student from East High School, on how life changing the trip was for him.

I can’t stress enough how great an experience like that is. To have the understanding of what people in a third world country go through everyday is so important and it makes you so grateful for everything you have. I promise you won’t regret it.