By: Lucía Rosa, CCI Greenheart Work and Travel 2017 participant

Hi, my name is Lucía! I’m 20-years old and I’m from Peru. I would like to share my incredible experience in the United States! This was my first time traveling far from my home and I was excited but scared at the same time. I didn’t know what to expect, but when I arrived in Great Falls, Montana, I realized that my trip would be fantastic! I came with my friends, Monica and Vanesa, but I have made new friends along the way!

One friend I met, Joni, is like our mom here! She is a lovely person and likes to share new things with us. I met her husband and her friends and learned that each has their own lifestyle. I don’t know how to explain it, but each person is a like a world within themselves. I’m very thankful to have met great people and I’m happy to have stepped out of my comfort zone.

My favorite experience so far was going to the rodeo. I was really excited because I’ve never been to a rodeo before and it was incredible to experience something new! The event started with a woman singing the national anthem. It was my first time hearing it live and I was amazed by her incredible voice! After, we cheered on the cowboys wearing the typical cowboy outfits. I loved the cowboy hats! It was a fantastic experience and I will never forget that day!

Another great experience was exchanging recipes with the friends we have met in Montana. My friends and I cooked “causa rellena” and “lomo saltado”, which our friends loved. They, in turn, invited us to try different dishes from the United States. We were excited to share these recipes because it was like sharing a little piece of our country!

I will always be grateful for my experiences in Montana! I learned that it doesn’t matter if you’re scared to try something new; you just need to trust yourself and take the chance to live new experiences. You will meet new people and learn about new cultures and lifestyles. In the end, it will definitely be worth it!

Ready to try something new? Experience the United States through CCI Greenheart’s Work and Travel program!