By: Marilenny Dishmey Almeida, Greenheart Exchange, Work and Travel participant and 2017 Ambassador Scholar

 My name is Marilenny and I am spending my summer in Pennsylvania! I have had the wonderful opportunity to come to work in the United States, and this experience has been incredible.

At the beginning of the summer, I did not think I had enough capacity to make it through the summer! I had a very low self-esteem, but when I realized that this could be a good opportunity to expand my knowledge and see another perspective, I began to believe in myself. Now, when I want to achieve a goal I just say, “I can do it!”

I also learned to collaborate and work as a team. I used to always think that it would be better to work alone because I did not think that teamwork could be very important. But since I have had the opportunity to work outside my country with people of different cultures, I discovered that teamwork is the best way to innovate, create and produce good business results.

Now, I’m a person with an open mind, I have more passion to help people, and I am more compassionate. This job and this summer have also taught me the importance of responsibility and honesty!

Do you want to gain new skills, confidence, and learn about yourself in the process? Check out the Work and Travel program!