At the end of the day we are different, but we can work together and learn from each other.

By: Katerina Labudova, CCI Greenheart Work and Travel Ambassador Scholar

Last October, I came home from the United States where I spent the whole summer as a J-1 visa participant working and traveling in the U.S. through CCI Greenheart. It was the best time of my life so I decided to go back and experience it differently! I applied for the Ambassador Scholarship program and was chosen. Then, I applied for the Greenheart Global Leaders Conference and I was selected again. Lucky me! I arrived in Washington, D.C. ready to take on whatever came my way.

The Greenheart Global Leaders Conference blew my mind. I loved every minute of it! We were divided into 3 groups by interest: International Mission-Driven Business, Environmental Sustainability, and Social Justice. I was interested in the topic of social justice and chose that track. Altogether there were 37 Global Leaders from over 13 countries, and we all shared the same passion, drive, and level of excitement. There were people from Jamaica, the United States, China, Jordan, Georgia, Hungary, Uganda, and the Czech Republic! We listened to stories from Chioma Iwuoha, Lindsay McDaniel Mapp, and Jenny Ottenhof . All three speakers inspired us to never give up. We volunteered together. We cried at the U.S. Holocaust Museum together. We laughed at the Lincoln Memorial together. We loved every minute of the conference. Together!

Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they do not know each other; they do not know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” There are plenty of those people in our world. However, all the participants I met were open-minded, inspiring, and beautiful human beings.

When we all went to the karaoke bar where we danced and sang along, I felt like we were all the same. At the end of the day we are different, but we can work together and learn from each other. Thanks to CCI Greenheart for such an amazing opportunity. I know my life will never be the same.

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