Josh Trangle, an Employer Services Manager, shares his experience meeting and volunteering with J-1 participants in Missouri.

By: Work and Travel Employer Services Manager, Josh Trangle

The latest Going Greenheart Tour stop was throughout Missouri, where we had the chance to visit several employers across the state. The first stop was at Busch Stadium, the St. Louis Cardinals home field. Participants here have the opportunity to live right in the heart of downtown St. Louis working in the stadium. For many participants, this has been their first time being exposed to baseball, making it a truly genuine American experience!

Our next stop was a campground in rural Monroe City. It was here that we had the pleasure of visiting one of the historical campgrounds that we work with, Mark Twain Landing. Participants working at this campsite hail all the way from Thailand, Jamaica, and China. This worksite allows these participants the chance to experience something completely different from their home lives.

We had the exciting opportunity to participate on a Going Greenheart Service Project at the Monroe City Senior Nutrition Center. It was here that we played bingo with the local elderly community, prepared and delivered lunches around town, and helped with some maintenance work in the area. The seniors visiting that day got to share their stories with the participants, as well as learn about a foreign culture. Following the event, the volunteers got to know one another better over some pizza while sharing stories from their home countries. After the event was completed, we were featured in the local press. Go Greenheart!

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