community service

On a cold and windy November day, eight au pairs from five different countries joined forces to raise more than $700 for an Autism Speaks walk in Pennsylvania.

The au pairs, who are part of two different clusters in the Philadelphia area, held three fundraisers before the day of the event and surpassed their goal of $500 by $200. And even though the actual day of the walk was cold, the hearts of the au pairs were warm.

The following are some of the thoughts they shared after the event:

Author: Go Au Pair

Crowds lined up at the end of the Philadelphia finish line cheering the racers home November 17th. At the finish line, more than 30,000 marathon and half marathon participants were greeted by Au pairs volunteering for the American Cancer Society, handing out race bags full of snacks and gifts.

Close to a dozen Au pairs participated in the event. The countries represented were Brazil, China, Columbia, Salvador, Ecuador, Germany, Panama, South Africa, and Mexico. Au pair Ophelia Mengting He from China said about her experience:

Author: Go Au Pair

Sushania is a three-time CCI Greenheart J-1 Summer Work Travel participant from Jamaica. This year, Sushania is working at Federal Jacks Restaurant and Brewpub in Kennebunkport, Maine. She is also the recipient of the CCI Greenheart Ambassador Scholarship that rewards active volunteer service during the Summer Work Travel program with a full reimbursement of the program fee upon completion of scholarship requirements.

Author: CCI Greenheart

Summer Work Travel students took to the trails in Saco, Maine, as part the Center for Cultural Interchange's Going Greenheart Tour. CCI staff members, Erin Nyhan and Muffy Grant, along with 20 CCI Work and Travel participants worked with the Old Orchard Beach Conservation Commission on a variety of projects, from maintaining trails to installing fence posts at a community garden.

Author: CCI Greenheart

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