SWT participants give back by volunteering at Mount Rushmore
On July 10, CCI Greenheart J-1 Summer Work Travel participants from all over the world descended on Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills region of South Dakota to clean-up this vast national memorial. After an orientation from the park staff, the participants got to work, picking up trash around the memorial grounds.
"We enjoy getting involved with national parks. We like doing environmental clean-up," said Brittney White, CCI Greenheart Work & Travel Employer Services Coordinator:
“It is part of the CCI Greenheart mission and in line with keeping our planet green.”
Yeigit, a J-1 participant from Turkey, said:
"It's a really amazing feeling to be here and part of this country, to feel a part of this country. Also to be at Mount Rushmore is exciting because it's a historical place for you, for American citizens."
Since 2011, CCI Greenheart has been planning events like the Mount Rushmore clean-up around the U.S. where J-1 participants are working and living. Not only do the participants get to learn about American culture and society, but they leave a positive impact on their host communities, and return home as cultural ambassadors for the U.S.
A video showing the SWT participants volunteering at Mount Rushmore is available here.
CCI Greenheart is one of four branches of Greenheart International, a nonprofit committed to connecting people and planet to create a more peaceful and sustainable global community. Learn more about Greenheart at greenheart.info.