I know I walked away from this event invigorated and confident that the positive impact of this experience will be so meaningful to everyone.

By: Irina Capaldi, Work and Travel Employer Relations Manager

Bucaramanga is one of the largest cities in Colombia, surrounded by mountains and incredible views of skyscrapers. Buca is often referred to as the “La ciudad de los parques” (the city of parks) as a result of their dedicated green spaces throughout the city, and also “La ciudad bonita” (the beautiful city) for obvious reasons. Buca’s diverse environment, tropical climate, friendly people, and distinctive food were all the right features for a memorable experience!

From the moment our host organizations got off the plane, our itinerary was in full motion. It was a busy job fair program, but we managed to take advantage of every minute of every day. These job fairs are a constant reminder of why we are so dedicated to the J-1 Summer Work Travel program. The candidates are not only bright and ambitious but full of hope that this program will provide a learning and cultural experience unlike any other. I know I walked away from this event invigorated and confident that the positive impact of this experience will be so meaningful to everyone – particularly our host organizations who take away so much from their encounters!

Just when I thought things couldn’t get any better, we participated in a volunteer event at the Sport Field in the Café Madrid Neighborhood. We spent the entire morning playing with the neighborhood children and engaging in activities that emphasized the spirit of teamwork. We were overwhelmed and grateful to be a part of this activity, and realized that laughter and joy conquer all cultural barriers!

It’s rare when one truly feels that they have experienced every emotion possible in one trip – but I managed to accomplish this! From the heart racing, adrenaline pumping effects of bungee jumping, to the peace and tranquility that came over us while visiting the towns of San Gil and Barichara. The mixed reactions and interesting approaches of ingesting the region’s famous local snack, the “hormiga culona” (a large fried ant), was also a noteworthy moment of reflection. Most importantly, this all would not be the same without the comradery of everyone who played a vital role in this experience!

¡Muchas gracias mis amigos, hasta que nos encontremos de nuevo!

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