The guests enjoyed my presence and my work and the way that they complimented me to my supervisors filled my heart with joy.

By: Anna Maria Toth, CCI Greenheart Work and Travel participant

My summer was beyond amazing. I fell in love with Tennessee and the people from the very beginning – it exceeded my expectations! Besides the cool J-1s I met, I made some very good connections with awesome American people of all ages! Some American families took care of us and provided us with food and social evenings. I feel so lucky that I met these people and we are still talking! What a blessing.

The volunteering part was also a blessing, and meeting Rob from CCI Greenheart was an amazing surprise! I don’t have a favorite part of my summer; there were so many fun moments and so many great people that make me want to return to America! One of my favorite places in Tennessee was this lake where my American friends brought me and we jumped from some rocks into the crystal clear water. We went there so many times after work just to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Other activities I enjoyed were going hiking, cycling, and shopping.

My job, despite some small issues, was amazing. Being a lifeguard made me feel that I was doing something useful. The guests enjoyed my presence and my work and the way that they complimented me to my supervisors filled my heart with joy. Of course, besides working, I really enjoyed life there. I came home more responsible, more mature, and I am thinking about becoming a doctor there in the future. (I am in 5th year of Med School now).

I didn’t travel as much as I wanted but we saw parts of Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia which left me speechless. I loved Virginia Beach, the buildings in Atlanta, and nature in Tennessee. The houses, nature…everything was so different from my home country!

I think I could write another couple pages on my summer experience there, but for now, I’ll let the pictures speak for me. Thank you so much for giving us the chance to experience American life!

Do you want to connect with people from all over the world and spend a meaningful summer in the U.S.? Check out CCI Greenheart’s Work and Travel program!