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About Meagan
Hi! My name is Meagan Grace Franz. I’m 17 years old and I just finished up my junior year of high school at East High School.  I live in Salt Lake City, Utah with my mom and siblings.  Our dad lives just a few blocks away.  I’m the second oldest out of six kids. Courtney is 20, Lexie is 16, Lizzie and Boris are 6, and Sam is 3.  Even though I’m the second oldest, I act as the oldest because Courtney has Down’s syndrome.  Having Court in our lives has had such an impact on our family that my parents decided to adopt Boris, who also has Down’s syndrome, from Russia almost 4 years ago.  My family is very unique and is extremely important to me.
About a year and a half ago my parents got a divorce.  It was hard on everyone, but I took it especially badly.  I gave up on school, and had no drive or will to succeed at anything.  I stopped doing my school and homework, and eventually just stopped going to class altogether.  My once 4.0 grade point average plummeted.  I thought things would get better my junior year, after a summer off to relax and do what I wanted to do.  But my junior year started out the way my sophomore year had ended: badly.
My mom started looking at student travel programs that I might be able to do the following summer.  She thought it might motivate me to do something with my life.  But the programs we looked at weren’t what we wanted.  That is about the time that Teresa called offered me the opportunity of a lifetime.  But I could only do it if I got my act together. And so I did.
And now I’m going on this amazing trip.  Leaving everything I know and love behind for a year to help those less fortunate than me.  It is definitely the experience of a lifetime.  I can’t wait!

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We Need To Get Out More…

US vs Everyone else… the essay How many of you have ever traveled abroad?  Chances are that if you are American you have never been anywhere but stateside, and most likely never will be.  As a matter of fact, only 15-25% (depending on who you ask) of Americans even own a passport!  Comparatively, 60-70% of […]

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Laos Reading Room Visit

We were able to visit one of the three reading rooms that you made possible in Laos! Thanks for all of your support!

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War Crimes and Gutter Balls

A day of touring around Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. There’s so much to see and do here- including bowling!

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Motorbikes in Cambodia

A short post on one of our most recent adventures: learning to ride motorbikes in Cambodia!

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skydiving
50 Things To Do Before I Die

I’m 18. And I’ve already been places, seen things, and had experiences that most people only dream about! What’s next?

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Indian Culture: 10 Things You Might Not Have Known

From the way people eat to how they drive, a few of the cultural differences between the US and India.

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The All-In-One Room

Picture your house (or apartment, or trailer, or box- whatever you’re currently living in).  How big is it? It has few bedrooms, a kitchen, maybe a dining room if you’re lucky?  I’m assuming you have at least one bathroom… that’s pretty standard, although most people have more.  If, for some reason, you’re having a hard […]

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Learning to Teach

Teaching is a much harder job than I thought it was. Especially when you don’t know the native language, or much about the subject!

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Not Your Average Nose Piercing Story

Getting my nose pierced in India turned out to be much more of an adventure than I thought it would be!

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Passing out Christmas Cake in my Indian attire
International Wardrobe

One of my favorite things to do when we get to a new place is go shopping for local clothes. Find out what other people wear, and what I’m adding to wardrobe from around the world!

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