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Hi, my name is Maria Paredes and I am currently a student at a International baccalaureate high school. A group of students in my school are planing and organizing a school trip to Japan over spring break as part of the EF Tours, inwhich students will be allowed to interact and experience different cultures and environments and through that learn and understand more of how everyone and every culture is unique and beautiful. It's been a dream of mine to be able to travel and be able to learn and understand new cultures and their people and this will finally allow me to be able to take part in that beautiful cultural experience and learn more about the world that surrounds me its issues. This trip will be especially impactful to me because , I one day in the near future want to become a bridge between nations, as an ambassador, and help create prosperity between countries through promoting education and cultural acceptance at an international level. And thought this trip I will be able to gain knowledge and experience that is far to valuable and help me one day accomplish my dream career as an ambassador and advocate for people rights.Unfortunately I come from a very low income immigrant family where money is really tight as I try and help my mom and siblings whenever I can financially, which is why I got a job at a clothing store and hopefully getting a seasonal job at another retail store, while still attending school, being in the top 3% of my class and doing non-profit community service work with children and toddlers on the side . I will continue to work hard and try to make this trip possible and with your help I know I can reach my dream. I want to thank you so much for taking the time to read my story and will deeply treasure any help that come my way