Jurni (in red jacket and hat) and her peers enjoy a scenic hike on their trip to Ireland.
That friendliness and hospitality rubbed off on Jurni. Now she feels more open about talking to people.
“I learned that there are a lot of new things to experience in this world if you choose to actually do it. Everybody has a different background and history,” she said. “I didn’t want to leave. Ireland is 100 percent the coolest place I’ve ever been.”
Jurni says she’s been bitten by the travel bug and is already thinking about her next voyage.
“I want to take another trip back to Ireland with my family and show them what I saw,” she said. “I’d also like to visit other places. I’d love to go to Brazil.”
Heading in to her sophomore year of high school, with memories of Ireland like a gust of wind at her back, Jurni was full of gratitude for Friends First for stamping her ticket to see the world.
“I love Friends First because it really broadens your horizons,” she said. “You actually get to meet new people and try new things. And most important, Friends First introduces you to things that you’d never think you’d do.”
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