By: Malgorzata Tekgoz, Work and Travel Partner Relations Manager

At our Job Fair event in Kiev, Ukraine this past December, CCI Greenheart’s group of employers and staff not only placed many J-1 Summer Work Travel program participants with seasonal employers in the U.S., but also volunteered.  Our Job Fair employers and staff volunteered alongside our sending agency staff preparing gifts bags for a group of children at a local orphanage.

We had fun wrapping bags full of candy and learning about the local traditions around St. Nicholas’s Day on December 6th. In Ukraine, children wait for St. Nicholas to come and to put a present under their pillows, provided that the children were good during the year. Children who behaved badly may expect to find a twig or a piece of coal under their pillows.

It was our delight to provide the good news to these children with their deserved good behavior gifts! We were able to wrap over 120 bags full of candies, which were delivered to the orphanage.