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Not only do HOLA alums graduate high school and attend colleges and universities around the country, but many of our alums are enhancing their educational experiences through study abroad programs. Alums have traveled to Japan, China, Spain, Italy, Peru, Australia, England, Africa and El Salvador, to name just a few. For many of the students, when they left Los Angeles to go to college, that was the first time that they left home and/or flew on an airplane and now look at where they are now.

Kevin, a junior at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, is in Peru studying Spanish and the culture and injustice in impoverished communities. Lucia, a junior at Franklin and Marshall College, went to Japan over the summer. She studied Japanese in a local university and experienced Japanese culture first hand in her stay with a host family. Alumni Association President Jenifer, a junior at UC Santa Barbara, is studying in Rome. She is excited to use this experience to learn a whole new language and culture. When Sandy was a sophomore at LMU, she traveled to El Salvador on a community service trip during her Spring Break. During the trip, the group built houses and water wells in rural communities. “Although It was only a 10-day trip, it was the best 10 days of my life,” Sandie said. Sandie’s adventures continued last summer with a trip to Africa with one of her professors. To all of our HOLA alums, we want to say: we are so proud of you.


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