Humans of Southeastern: Allison Graray Contreras

Allison Graray Contreras has traveled to six countries before she became 20 years old by working 40 hour weeks and living out of a backpack.

Contreras was born in Honduras and then moved to Louisiana when she was six years old. Contreras traveled to Spain to visit her family and while there, she is most fond of her time attending and watching a futball match.

For a personal vacation, Contreras visited Portugal on a backpacking trip, for a personal vacation. Contreras stayed at cheap motels, living out of a single backpack.

On her next adventure, Contreras traveled to Greece and Italy as a part of the People-to-People Program, a service instituted by President Eisenhower to work with orphans and impoverish families. Contreras was accepted into the program after submitting her teacher’s letter of recommendation and undergoing an extensive interview process. Through this People-to-People Program, she provided service work in Italy and Greece, which included building cages for sea turtle eggs, cleaning beaches and creating relationships with families that she is in contact with today.
Alison Graray Contreras has spent large amounts of time and hard work to travel the world. Contreras said, “I see the world in a whole new way. It makes everyday life seem so boring and all I want to do is see a whole new world.”

Contreras said her most interest exhibition outside of the country was Cuba. Contreras mother married a Cuban citizen and through legal processes, she found herself in Cuba before the recent lift of the embargo.

Alison Graray Contreras has spent large amounts of time and hard work to travel the world. When asked why she loves to travel Contreras replied, “I see the world in a whole new way. It makes everyday life seem so boring and all I want to do is see a whole new world.”
Contreras said her most interesting international experience was Cuba. Her mother married a Cuban citizen and through legal processes, she arrived in Cuba before the recent lift of the embargo.
Contreras has spent a lot of time working very hard to fund large amounts of time and hard work to travel the world. her travels into foreign countries, including working 40-hour weeks as a house cleaner, and babysitter.

Contreras friends Belle Field and Colton Bell explain that Contreras is a good and adventurous friend. Field said, “… [Alison is] supportive and cares a lot, a person who you can hang around with but also be serious…” Contreras adventurous spirit is not limited to foreign countries. Bell said,” [Alison] is always down to skateboard around campus and go on last minute adventures.”

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