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April Student Blog

Two weeks ago, I was able to cross something off my bucket list. What’s a bucket list? It’s all the things you’d like to accomplish or do before “kicking the bucket” (which is slang for dying). I had the opportunity to do several once-in-a-lifetime bucket list items, from crawling to the center of the Great Pyramid of Giza, to taking a hot air balloon ride across the Nile River into the Valley of Kings, to seeing Petra where the classic Indiana Jones was filmed, to walking in the footsteps of Jesus in Nazareth.  

Overlooking Nazareth, Israel

It’s fun to have a list of things you would like to accomplish in both the near and far future. God tells us that we can make plans, but God is the one that brings them to pass. Having goals is a great motivator to keep pushing through challenging or even boring days. Not all items on a bucket list need to be as exotic or grand as the experiences I just described. Visiting a local tourist attraction, trying new food, getting into an exercise routine, or meeting a new friend can be examples of worthy, small goals that can be achieved soon. 

The end of the school year is almost here. For some of you, you will be coming to the end of your time at school, with your host family, or even in the United States. What bucket list items do you want to accomplish before you finish out this year?


Visiting Petra in Jordan and taking my first hot-air balloon ride with my husband!


Tiffanee M. Wright, MA, MPH | Executive Director
AHLI – International Education and Homestay

Students, reach out to me on WeChat to tell me what’s on your bucket list!