These are the kind of experiences that make you grow on every level, make you forget about the hard work and more than that, make you feel proud of yourself for even getting here.

By: Ioana, CCI Greenheart Work and Travel Summer 2016 Participant

My name is Ioana, I am a Romanian student working and traveling on the Summer Work Travel program.

I work at the Swissôtel Chicago as a room attendant, it can be a challenging job but there are many things I love about it. Especially the fact that our team leaders, colleagues, and even those working in high-level positions are very humble, friendly, dependable, and open-minded! This beautiful workplace is located downtown Chicago where opportunities are everywhere and you can never be bored!

I also had the opportunity to volunteer for Camp Greenheart. For one day, I was there with the children talking and laughing. I made a special presentation about my country and city where I taught them several Romanian customs, cuisines, and stories. The children were very polite and curious about me and my country; after my presentation, they asked a lot of questions and also asked me to sing for them which I did with pleasure! After the presentation, a personal fitness trainer from the Swissôtel organized some fun and educational speeches and contests about eating healthy, which ended with a very welcomed barbecue. I got to serve food to the children.

It was an amazing experience, and not the only one. These are the kind of experiences that make you grow on every level, make you forget about the hard work and more than that, make you feel proud of yourself for even getting here. So take the chance to go far away from home, make peace with your fears and trust that this kind of experience is a life changer!

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