By: Ewelina Socha, Work and Travel Ambassador Scholar

A returnee on Work and Travel program, Ewelina traveled to Hershey, Pennsylvania from Poland to work for a local employer. Read about her American adventures in the United States!

I have been in Pennsylvania now for more than two months. I along with Konrad Raksa am Summer Work Travel participants with CCI Greenheart. However, beside the work we decided to volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House Charities. I have to say that it was an amazing experience for us to help in this house as volunteers.

The Ronald McDonald House!

The Ronald McDonald House!

This is a place where local community members can gather together and help other people. The leaders at the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) showed us how this organization works and what they do. Judy – the relief manager – told us everything about the Ronald McDonald House, and we even got a great tour of the whole house. The main aim of this organization is to provide comfort and care to children and their families. This is temporary home-away-from-home for families traveling to seek treatment for a sick or injured child at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Because of the wonderful support of the McDonald’s Family and the overwhelming support of the community, they have been able to serve over 25,000 families at the House, at no charge to these families.

Volunteers are an essential aspect of this House. They can help in a number of different ways: cash donations for general operations; help keep common areas tidy; prepare a meal or baked goods for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House; or organize a fund-raising event. Konrad and I decided to bake some treats for kids.  It was amazing, because I had a great time there and kids were happy that we did it for them. I was very excited that I can be a small part of this wonderful organization, because everything what they are doing is useful, fun, and important.