Thursday, July 18, 2013
Erin Mullins (12 year old) Blogs about her People to People Trip -- Tale of Two Cities
ERIN MULLINS (12 YEARS OLD):
My adventure started when my mom handed me a letter and asked me if I would like to be a part of People to People Ambassador Program. I was very excited. I learned that People to People was a program started by President Eisenhower. He created this program so children could help there be fewer wars. President Eisenhower believed if children could meet other children from other countries and become friends, the children wouldn’t want war. I was nominated by one of my teachers to be in this program. I don’t know who nominated me, but I would like to know so I could thank them.
If I wanted to go on this trip, which I did, I had to do a lot of work. The trip to France and England was really expensive, so I started raising money. I did car washes, sold Christmas cookies, and even cleaned my uncle’s backyard. While I was saving I also had to take online classes and quizzes about the countries where I would be going. I was the first one to finish taking all of the quizzes.
In addition to the classes, quizzes and presentation, I had to pack. I put my clothes in ziplock bags, rolled them up and sealed them. It was pretty boring. I also had a lanyard I had to wear. Before I could leave I had to have US Currency changed to euros and pounds.
The only thing I was really nervous about was the long plane ride there, but it wasn’t that long after all. We flew with Delta, so each of the seats had their own television.
I was looking forward to going to the Eiffle Tower and to see the changing of the guards. I also was really excited to try escargot (snails) even though it did not taste like chicken. Mosst of all I looked forward to telling my family all of the great things I did on this trip. This was the beginning of my great adventure.