At age 17, Jakob Fjeldsted has seen more of the world than most of us have at 30 or 40. The globetrotting Maple Grove High School junior spent last year’s summer vacation traveling solo in Asia—where he focused on giving back instead of on leisure. Fjeldsted joined a volunteer program, where he taught English in a Thai village, and ventured into new cultures in Taiwan and Indonesia. Pretty impressive, huh? We talked with him about his trip and about why he decided to devote his summer to service. Read more about Maple Grove High School junior Jakob Fjeldsted talks about his summer traveling solo—and teaching English—in Asia.