By: Yu Yang (Alina), Work and Travel Summer 2014 Ambassador Scholar

Yu Yang (Alina) is a Work and Travel participant from China, working at Big Mountain Deli & Creperey in Lake Placid, NY. She enjoys her time working in the Adirondack Mountains.

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How time flies! The three month work and travel program has ended, and I’m at home now. I miss everyone I met in Lake Placid and the great time I had in Washington D.C. with CCI Greenheart. Thank you to everyone for creating precious memories with me.

I enjoyed working, but I still liked my free time and journey in USA. Thanks to all the people in the local library and Church; my life became more abundant and meaningful.

During my days in Lake Placid, communication with local people, culture exchange, volunteering, and taking part in various activities made my free time meaningful. I learned how to make cookies from Judy. I went on a boat trip and enjoyed the scenery around Saranac Lake with people from Church. I improved my English from all the volunteer English lessons I had in the local library. I met more people from some of my volunteering activities. I felt a lot of kindness from all the people around me. What they did helped me to feel at home, and I was welcomed with open arms. Lake Placid, NY, is now my second home in my heart.

 

 

After finished work, I went on a 5-day travel excursion in the East with other 3 guys. We found each other through Internet. During the five days, I went to New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Corning Glass Center, Niagara Falls, and Boston. We took a bus every day to go to the next tourist attraction. It was a little boring, but my 3 friends made it much more fun. I was so lucky to meet them during the journey. What a beautiful trip.

It was a wonderful end of my summer in USA! Thanks to all the people who helped, encouraged, and supported me. I love all of you and it was an honor to meet you!