During my time working and living in New York, I built strong relationships with many people which I am so excited about.

By: Sergio Lipan, CCI Greenheart Work and Travel participant

My name is Sergio Lipan and I am 21 years old. I am from Romania where I study Computer Science and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to be a Summer Work Travel participant through CCI Greenheart. I have never experienced a summer like this and I am humbled to be a part of the program.

Most people in my country only dream of visiting the United States, and I had the great opportunity to be an honorary New York citizen for three months! During my time working and living in New York, I built strong relationships with many people which I am so excited about. I also attended many concerts and festivals to see some of my favorite artists. I would like to tell you about a particular one, the Panorama Festival!

 The Panorama Festival was the first festival I attended in New York and I fell in love with the location of Randall’s Island Park, the artists and their great performances, and the many fun activities. I saw Sia performing live with the dancer from her videos, Maddie Ziegler. She danced while Sia sang and it was absolutely amazing! Hearing her marvelous voice and seeing Maddie perform gave me goose bumps, I cannot describe the feeling!

I also saw one of my favorite rappers, A$AP Rocky, who had the crowd on fire with his outstanding performance! I lost my voice, but it was all worth it.

All in all, I can undoubtedly say this was one of the greatest festivals I have ever attended and considering it happened in New York, it holds an even greater meaning. Soon, my program will be finished and I am already thinking about returning as soon as possible to the best experience of my life. Hopefully, my dreams will come true again!

You can make lifelong memories in the United States just like Sergio did! Learn more about CCI Greenheart’s Work and Travel program.