By: Juan Macias, CCI Greenheart Work and Travel 2017 participant

Hello! I’m 24 years-old, I’m from Argentina, and I want to share my crazy American adventure with you! It all started with a friend’s proposal to go on the Work and Travel program with CCI Greenheart. At first, I was not sure about the program because I was nervous about being around a different language and culture, and also being far away from home. However, I decided to do it despite all of these concerns.

Currently, I’m living and working in Steamboat Springs – a small but beautiful ski town in Colorado. I came with my life-long friend, Mauro, and I met new friends with whom I live. We all work at McDonald’s in different positions. I work at the front counter, I take and run orders. I’m also working a second job at One Steamboat Place. Because I have to communicate with the guests all the time, I feel more confident using English.

One place I really enjoyed was Strawberry Park Hot Springs: one of the most spectacular mineral springs in the world! Strawberry Park Hot Springs was an awesome experience because my friends and I could see all the stars at night while we were taking a bath in the natural hot springs.

Another great experience was when my friends and I went to Denver City. We went to the Pepsi Center to watch the NBA match between the Denver Nuggets and the San Antonio Spurs. We saw the best Argentinian basketball player in history, Emanuel Ginobili, and it was a dream come true! All my life, I have watched the NBA matches on TV, so being at the arena was a really incredible experience!

The hardest part of living in Colorado is adjusting to the weather. It is winter and the lowest temperatures are between -20º C and -27º C.Iin Argentina, the winter temperatures are never lower than 0º C!

I know that I will return to Argentina with a lot of stories and people in my heart. I’m glad to have had the opportunity to live this experience. I feel that I am growing in a lot of aspects, and I hope that this is the beginning of a life full of trips!

Want to have your own crazy adventure? Apply for the Work and Travel program at CCI Greenheart!