By: Mina Moheb, Work and Travel Summer 2014 Participant

Mina Moheb is a Work and Travel participant from Egypt, working at YMCA of the Rockies – Snow Mountain Ranch, and he traveled to Washington D.C. to be a part of the Greenheart Global Leaders Conference.

I had such great experience in Washington D.C. with CCI Greenheart. Here are some of the fun things we did…

First, we went to the Partners of the Americas, which is a great organization that specializes in volunteering in South America. We met many inspiring people at this organization. They told us about their background and how they ended up doing this great work. All of them are very educated. They studied around the globe and they all are multilingual. All of these amazing factors amused me.

Then we visited the White House in Washington D.C. and we took amazing pictures…

 

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The next day, we went volunteering with Capital Area Food Bank in D.C. Here we sorted the food according to its category. We had an amazing new experience and we now understand how serious the hunger problem is. At the Food Bank, they actually helped us experience how the people suffering from hunger feel and how they live every day. After this, we discussed what a service project is and how each one of us can and will make a difference in our countries. We learned about the different types of service, which made it easier for me to decide what kind of service I will do in my country.

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After that, we had to prepare for the presentation the next day at the Department of State. We then went to dinner at an amazing restaurant called Nando’s Peri Peri. At the end, we went to the Capitol Building and had fun wandering around and taking some pictures.

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Our third day was the biggest one because we went to the Department of State and met important officials like Robin Lerner. Ms. Lerner is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. She is an approachable person, which took away some of the stress and made our presentations easier. I shared how being here in the United States has affected my professional goals and how it will help with my career to be, of course, a great leader. I have to admit that this was the highlight of my visit in Washington, because of this amazing experience I will always remember in the future. I have a picture that I’m proud of with Ms. Lerner…

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After that, we went to the National Mall and we had a nice tour leader. She told us a lot about American History and the World Wars. We visited lots of historical places like the Washington Monument, National WW2 Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and, of course, the Reflecting Pool. We had amazing shots…

This day, we went to a fancy restaurant called Clyde’s for dinner and I had an amazing steak. At the end of this big day, we went to a baseball game between the Nationals and the Mets, and, of course, we cheered for the Nationals.

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On our last day, we went to the National Smithsonian Air & Space Museum where we saw cool planes and the first plane that was ever created.

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Then we said good-bye. Of course, I had so much fun, and I learned a lot from every single person.