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    Mosquitos, prickly plants, and oh, the heat! They were no challenge for our fearless Work & Travel participant volunteers.
    Two successful Greenheart Projects in one week!
    By: Joseph Burns, Work and Travel Employer Services Manager On June 26th, a group ofJ-1 Participants working at Indiana Beach in Monticello, Indiana, joined CCI Greenheart on a Greenheart Project t...
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    Our Work & Travel participants are doing great things! Check out this article on a group that helped clean up the grounds of Mount Rushmore.
    SWT participants give back by volunteering at Mount Rushmore | Alliance Exchange
    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 me...
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    Exchange student, Lesya reflects on her travels to New York City and Washington D.C. with Greenheart Trips.
    Dreams come true in New York City and Washington D.C.
    By Lesya Magas, FLEX exchange student and Greenheart Trip ParticipantThe end of the exchange year in the USA for me and other 15 exchange students from 13 different countries was excelled by the t...
    Facebook 26 June 2013    Like · Comment
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    CCI Greenheart's Work and Travel is going to Mackinaw City through the Greenheart Tour. Make sure you stop by and say "Hi" as we complete a Greenheart Project!
    Facebook 25 June 2013    Like · Comment
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    CCI Greenheart Summer English Academy
    Don't miss the last chance to take advantage of the $100 discount to SEA Northern California-there are only 3 days left to send in your application and receive this program discount. Don't you want to spend 3 weeks in the Bay Area with other teens practicing English?!
    Facebook 19 June 2013    Like · Comment
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    Soda or pop? Crayfish or crawfish? Traffic circle or roundabout? It depends where you are in the U.S.!
    Wordplay: The art of learning a language
    By Molly Fried, Greenheart Travel Outreach Coordinator A couple weeks ago, Malgorzata posted a great blog on CCI Greenheart’s site about the value of language immersion. I was reminded of my experi...
    Facebook 18 June 2013    Like · Comment
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    Our president and founder, Emanuel Kuntzelman, discusses what's next for Greenheart International in this video on CEO!
    "We feel fair trade is really an important aspect of making the world a more sustainable and friendly place for consumers as well as artisans."
    Facebook 17 June 2013    Like · Comment
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    For a limited time, you can receive a $100 discount on the program fee for the CCI Greenheart Summer English Academy in Northern California. Only applications completed by June 21st are eligible for the discount, so act fast! For more information and to apply visit the program website:
    ESL Summer Camp for Teens in the U.S. | CCI Greenheart
    CCI's Summer English Academy is a 2 and 3 week ESL summer camp for teens in California or New York.
    Facebook 07 June 2013    Like · Comment
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    Still searching for summer plans? Study English in Northern California! At CCI Greenheart Summer English Academy you will participate in daily excursions, learn about American culture, AND improve your English. Apply now—space is limited so be sure to apply in early June before registration closes!
    Facebook 31 May 2013    Like · Comment
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    Check out this news report of our J-1 Work Travel students volunteering in Maine this past weekend!
    International students clean up OOB park
    More than 15 international students cleaned up the Memorial Park in Old Orchard Beach.
    Facebook 28 May 2013    Like · Comment
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    A small town = big opportunities for Pat, a CCI Greenheart Local Coordinator in Oklahoma. He's been connecting volunteer host families with exchange students for years and shares some of his advice in this blog. Take a look!
    Small Towns, Big Opportunities, and other Wisdom from an Experienced LC
    by Jillian Sims, AYP Program Assistant Pat began his experience in the cultural exchange community back in the 90s when he and his wife decided to start hosting. They did this for a few years until...
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    Pat and Lori are proud host parents and they say, "You oughta try it", too! Check out their story to learn tips for hosting a CCI Greenheart exchange student.
    You Oughta Try It! Hosting Tips from a Pro
    Pat and his wife have learned a few things while hosting an exchange experience, as well as, experienced the joy and challenges of opening up their family to the world. They say, "You oughta try it...
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    Do you practice your written English but hardly have the chance to practice speaking the language? At CCI Greenheart Summer English Academy (SEA) students speak English 24/7! Since students come from around the world to SEA, English is the common language. Our English teachers live on-site, so students practice the language formally and informally throughout the day. Join SEA and experience what it is like to learn and live in English!
    Facebook 17 May 2013    Like · Comment
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    “You have to give yourself credit, not too much because that would be bragging.” - Frank McCourt
    Recognizing Service at CCI Greenheart
    By Laura Rose, CEO, CCI Greenheart (Greenheart International) Last month, CCI Greenheart implemented Service Awards to recognize staff who have been with the organization for five, ten, or 15 years...
    Facebook 16 May 2013    Like · Comment
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    Our high exchange students from Eurasia are on the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) scholarship program and this month, the US government is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the program's existence! "The best way to ensure long-lasting peace and understanding between the U.S. and Eurasia is to enable young people to learn about democracy firsthand through experiencing it." We're celebrating all of our amazing FLEX students, too, who are bridging cultures for world peace!
    Celebrating 20 Years of the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program | DipNote
    View more stories in this areaThe Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, along with more than 22,000 alumni from 12 different countries, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program. Each year, the FLEX program brings students from Eurasia to the United Sta...
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    Was last summer uneventful? Do something exciting this summer by joining the CCI Greenheart Summer English Academy in California! You will visit San Francisco, spend time at the beach, take a day trip to Berkeley and visit an amusement park, all the while practicing your English! Go to our website for more information:
    CCI's Summer English Academy is a 2 and 3 week ESL summer camp for teens in California or New York.
    Facebook 15 May 2013    Like · Comment
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    CCI Greenheart urgently needs your help to protect cultural exchange! The Senate immigration bill as it’s currently drafted is posing a threat to the J-1 Summer Work & Travel Program. We need your help to oppose certain provisions that could make the cultural exchange program more expensive and time consuming to employers or even end it altogether.

    Please take two minutes to sign the letter linked below to help support international education and public diplomacy through this program!
    Write your Senators today!
    Write your Senators today!
    Facebook 13 May 2013    Like · Comment
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    Urge your senators to support cultural exchanges like the J-1 Work Travel and Intern Trainee programs in the new Senate immigration bill. Write to them today - thank you!
    Write your Senators today!
    Write your Senators today!
    Facebook 13 May 2013    Like · Comment
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    After reading this blog from our staff member, Luis, you might want to work here, too! :)
    Greenheart International Launch Party - A launch for new staff!
    By: Luis Federico, Work and Travel Program Assistant One of the reasons I was excited to join the CCI Greenheart team was for everything that it stands for. In addition to providing amazing service...
    Facebook 09 May 2013    Like · Comment
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    Out ‘n about in Chicago today? Join us in Daley Plaza to celebrate World Fair Trade Day and our sister branch @Greenheart Shop. We are a part of the Global Action tent with games, prizes and giveaways. Today and tomorrow 9am-6pm in Daley Plaza.
    World Fair Trade Day Celebration
    Chicago Fair Trade - a not-for-profit organization dedicated to furthering the fair trade movement and making Chicago an international fair trade city.
    Facebook 07 May 2013    Like · Comment
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    Exchange students become family on Greenheart Trips!
    One Big Family on the Greenheart Hawaii Trip
    By Kate Serbul, CCI Greenheart exchange student, and Greenheart Trip participant Everybody was waiting was this trip for a long time, we all couldn't wait to have a one of a kind experience, meet ...
    Facebook 07 May 2013    Like · Comment
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    Filipino stuffed squid, Ukrainian meat plate, Peruvian ceviche - our staff has world cuisine covered!
    World Cuisine - A Cultural Experience!
    By: Joseph Burns, Work and Travel Employer Services Manager Greenheart staff is well traveled to the say the least. Most of us have studied or...
    Facebook 06 May 2013    Like · Comment
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    Interested in improving your English this summer? Then think about joining the CCI Greenheart Summer English Academy. You have less than one month to complete the application, so apply now!! For the New York program the deadline is May 24th and for the Northern California program the deadline is May 31st. Check out the program website for more information and the online application:
    CCI's Summer English Academy is a 2 and 3 week ESL summer camp for teens in California or New York.
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    It's Global Youth Service Day! Our high school exchange students all over the US are serving their community today to give back.
    Facebook 27 April 2013    Like · Comment
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    It's time to start the official 1-week countdown to the Greenheart Launch Party! Will we see you in Chicago next Friday? It's a night of organic food, open bar, globally conscious people, and music. Plus, 100% of proceeds benefit the Greenheart Travel Environmental Service Learning Scholarship!
    Greenheart Launch Party | Greenheart
    Open bar? Supporting a good cause? Special guest presenter? Yes to all! Come to Greenheart’s first annual Chicago fundraiser.
    Facebook 26 April 2013    Like · Comment
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    Read our blog on how YOU can make a small (but important) difference for Earth Day!
    Celebrating Earth Day on April 22nd: What Three Small Things Can You Do?
    By: Marcelle Benedicta, Work Programs Employer Relations ManagerTo be honest, I wasn't much of an environmental gal. My focus has always been, "what's more practical and easy for me to do?"That cha...
    Facebook 22 April 2013    Like · Comment
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    Oh Texas, we're thinking of you. Wishing you a speedy recovery. It's been a rough week.
    Fertilizer Plant Explosion In Texas Injures Dozens
    WEST, Texas -- A massive explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco on Wednesday injured dozens of people and killed an unknown number of others, leaving the factory a smoldering ruin and leveling buildings for blocks in every direction. The explosion at West Fertilizer in West, a community about 20…
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    Boston, we feel your pain. And we are sending you thoughts of hope, healing, and peace. We are connected.
    President Obama’s April 16 Speech on Boston Marathon Bombings (Transcript and Video) |
    Full text of President Obama's press briefing today on the Boston Marathon bombings.
    Facebook 16 April 2013    Like · Comment
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    Will you be a voice for cultural exchange? Tell your US Members of Congress to support funding for cultural exchange! Just click the link below. There is a meeting on Thursday and now is the time to create momentum by sending a letter to urge Congress to support FY14 State Department exchange program funding at $625 million (equal to the FY13 Senate request). Be the voice of cultural exchange! Take action!
    Urge your Members of Congress today to support FY14 exchanges funding at $625 million!
    Urge your Members of Congress today to support FY14 exchanges funding at $625 million!
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    Ready to run for a reason? Join Team Greenheart to run in the 17th Annual Chicago Half Marathon on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. The price will increase TONIGHT (04.11.13) at 11:59 p.m. Register today!
    Runners fundraise for Greenheart's Environmental Service Learning Scholarship (ESLS), which provides economically disadvantaged Chicago high school students with a special two-week environmental and cultural immersion program in Costa Rica.
    The 17th Annual Chicago Half Marathon & Hyundai Hope On Wheels 5K
    Two great races - three great medals! Experience two of Chicago's best races -- the Allstate Life Insurance Chicago 13.1 Marathon® (June 8) and Chicago Half Marathon (Sept. 8)! Runners who register for both races will automatically be registered for the Windy City Challenge!
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    Learn how Marina had a great time on her Work & Travel program in CCI Greenheart's hometown - Chicago!
    Summer in Chicago - A reflection for a Work and Travel participant
    By: Marina Fedotova, Work & Travel participant 2012 Marina worked at a popular restaurant in Chicago during the Summer 2012 season. Read what Marina learned while in the "Second City," hometown...
    Facebook 10 April 2013    Like · Comment
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    We're proud of you, Muhammad, for being chosen as the YES Student of the Month!
    CCI Greenheart Student Selected as YES
    Congratulations to CCI Greenheart student, Muhammad, for being chosen as February's YES Student of the Month!
    Facebook 26 March 2013    Like · Comment
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    Congratulations Barbara, our 2013 National Essay Contest Winner!
    2013 Greenheart High School Essay Contest Winner
    By: Molly Friend, Greenheart Outreach Coordinator Greenheart held our Third Annual National Essay Contest for all CCI Greenheart exchange students and their high school classmates this year. Stude...
    Facebook 11 March 2013    Like · Comment
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    You have seen the impact a cultural exchange experience has had on your host student, and now you have the chance to give that same opportunity to a teen in your life. The deadline to apply for a 2013 Fall Study Abroad program is April 1. Don’t let your son or daughter miss out on a life changing experience!
    High School Exchange Programs | High School Study Abroad | Greenheart Travel
    High School Exchange Programs overseas. CCI offers high school abroad programs in 18 countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Ecuador, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan. Apply today!
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    In honor of equality for all: Happy International Women's Day!

    "IWD is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia."
    International Women's Day 2013
    The International Women's Day website
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    Join us for the Greenheart Launch Party in Chicago!
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    An exchange student's perspective of the Greenheart trip to Florida!
    Florida, Greenheart Style!
    By: Ida Karin Harnes, an Academic Year Program student and Greenheart Trip participant to Florida. Ida is from Norway and is currently spending her year abroad in Washington. I’m so glad that I had...
    Facebook 01 March 2013    Like · Comment
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    "Nothing is going to stop Marianne Goyat from going to the Broadneck High School prom this spring. Marianne is already shopping for “The Dress.” It’ll be a once-in-a-lifetime cultural experience for her" -- because she's a French CCI Greenheart exchange student living Maryland. Meet Marianne and her host family featured in the Capital Gazette!
    Around Broadneck: High school student with a French point of view
    Nothing is going to stop Marianne Goyat from going to the Broadneck High School prom this spring. The 18-year-old plans on attending whether she has a date or not.
    Facebook 26 February 2013    Like · Comment
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    Hey Chicago! Join Greenheart Travel this Saturday at Adventure Travel Day an event hosted by Multilingual Chicago. Come for an afternoon of language learning, travel tips and cultural tastes. Chance to win prizes and mingle was some really cool folks!
    Facebook 25 February 2013    Like · Comment
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    "The main reason we host is because of the joy, laughter, and life that a student brings to our home each year....We would really like people who have never tried hosting to acknowledge their fear and doubts, and then just DO IT," says Laura and Gene--host parents in Wisconsin. Read about their experience with their host daughter, Caya.
    Laura and Gene are host parents and they share their stories and advice for "people who have never tried hosting to acknowledge their fear and doubts, and then just DO IT."
    Facebook 19 February 2013    Like · Comment
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    Do you have a photo of yourself with a Greenheart sticker? Show us your Greenheart love tomorrow on Valentine's day by posting your photo!
    Facebook 13 February 2013    Like · Comment
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    Chicago, our hometown, is a city where cultures mix every day - check out this Mexican bakery that is baking some sweet Polish treats in honor on Paczki Day!
    Paczki Day: Mexican Bakery in Avondale Offers Traditional Polish Treats  - Chicago
    AVONDALE — A traditional Mexican bakery might not be the first place that comes to mind when looking to buy traditional Polish paczkis.
    Facebook 08 February 2013    Like · Comment
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    Hiring with CCI Greenheart is a great cultural tool for your business, but it is also a great way to travel the world!
    Don't dig a hole to China - Travel with CCI Greenheart!
    By: Joseph Burns, Work and Travel Employer Services Manager Were you ever told as a child that if you dug a deep enough hole, you’d eventually reach China? Like many children, I was skeptical of th...
    Facebook 05 February 2013    Like · Comment
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    Find out how Greenheart Club members volunteer in Milwaukee winters!
    Celebrating Winter, Greenheart style!
    By: Molly Friend, Greenheart Outreach Coordinator Last weekend I had the opportunity to get out of the Chicago office and volunteer alongside Greenheart Club members, in the neighboring city to the...
    Facebook 31 January 2013    Like · Comment
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    We're honored to be a nominee for Chicago's River North Business Association's Best Sustainable Business. Please vote for us! We thank you from the bottom of our "green heart" :)
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    Facebook 30 January 2013    Like · Comment
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    At the beginning of March, CCI Greenheart will be travelling to China! The first city will be Guangdong. Learn all about China's 3rd largest city, and how great it would be to travel to Guangdong and hire Work and Travel participants with CCI Greenheart!
    Guangdong Travel
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    CCI Greenheart's Work & Travel program is going to Colombia in February! While there, we will be hiring participants for Summer 2013. Learn about the benefits of having Colombian culture in your workplace!
    Colombia Travel: Official guide - Tourism, Vacations & Holidays in Colombia
    Colombia's Official Travel Guide, Plan your vacations and holidays. Discover things to do, places to go and tourism information to plan your Colombian vacations & holidays
    Facebook 17 January 2013    Like · Comment
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