By: Orville Tomlinson, Work and Travel Ambassador Scholar

Getting ready to celebrate my country's 51st Independence, August 6, 2013 with friends (Jesse, & Gevaun) as we get ready to attend a Reggae show.

Getting ready to celebrate my country’s 51st Independence, August 6, 2013 with friends (Jesse, & Gevaun) as we get ready to attend a Reggae show.

This is my third summer in the USA on the Work and Travel cultural exchange program, and I must confess that this year, I really got the essence of what it means to a part of things other than work. So far the Summer has been a remarkable one as it started off with a blast and is still great! However, it is getting closer to the end.

A part of exploring American culture requires travelling to various places, meeting new people both good and bad, having a taste of the local cuisine, cultural exchange, and volunteerism, amongst a host of other things. To date I have done two mountain trips in New Hampshire; one to Mount Washington, and then to Mount Chocorua. My next stop will be Mt. Katahdin which I will complete on my last week in Maine.

Mount Washington

Mount Washington

Mount Chocorua

Mount Chocorua

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s a remarkable Summer without giving back to your host community?

Volunteering in my host community: Community Garden

Volunteering in my host community: Community Garden

Volunteering in my host community: Local library

Volunteering in my host community: Local library

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I now feel that I have achieved everything that this Work and Travel Program and CCI Greenheart is about: “Cultural understanding, academic development, fair trade, environmental consciousness, and world peace.” 

I only showed you a tiny bit of how my free time is spent here in the USA this Summer, but I am already excited for next summer!

If my summer this year wasn’t the best, tell me about yours!