Student Ambassadors to Australia

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A group of Tallahassee students have quite a story to tell about their summer vacation when they head back to school Monday. Eyewitness News sat down with them to talk about the trip "down under" and the organization that got them there.

It was a trip of a lifetime. At least that's how these Tallahassee students describe their recent trip to Australia.

Ralphie Avila, a ninth grader, says, "It was one of the best things I've ever done."

Twenty four Tallahassee area students made the trip down under through an organization called People to People. It was started in the 1950s by President Eisenhower who believed ordinary people can make a difference where government cannot, opening the eyes and minds of American students to other countries and cultures to give them an idea of who we are.

Dana Terry, a ninth grader, says, "I think it's important to know there's a great big world out there besides the United States and where we live."

Dana Terry was nominated as the national student ambassador of the year for middle school students. She got together with her fellow students to share pictures of the trip.

Debi Barrett Hayes, delegation leader, says, "These kids did a 30 wall climb, a free fall zip line, they white water rafted; they snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef."

And there's something else that made their trip a little more interesting. They were able to see a rock which is part of the 12 Apostles rock formation. Two days later it crumbled into the ocean, another story to add to the trip of a lifetime.

To find out more about the People to People organization, you can log on to its Web site at