Written by Zhong Jun Wan (Andrew)
Short Term Enrichment Program participant from China
Hello, my name is Andrew. My host family lives in Somersworth, NH. It is a traditional, clean and beautiful town. The people here are really friendly and enthusiastic. My host parents Bill and Martha drove us around the town and to York beach. It was the first time that I had ever been to a new beach. The water was cold but clean. Soon after I started volunteering at Seeds of Faith. I helped them organize the donations and it didn’t take long to get comfortable.
I got to explore a lot. Martha from Seeds of Faith drove us to the mall. It was amazing that the shirts were extremely cheap. Bill drove a group of us to Boston. We took hundreds of pictures of the scenery there. We visited MIT, Harvard and Berkeley. Bill also drove us to the Huashengdun mountain.
I was able to visit New York City. It was a busy trip. We saw the Brooklyn Bridge and Rockefeller Center. Later Martha drove us to her church. It is totally different from what I thought. The people are friendly and it is not serious at all. We made friends with Will, the new pastor. This church impressed me deeply. In the afternoon, we had a big party and we shared food together. I met so many friends there.
Time flies, four weeks are nearly gone. What impressed me most is the people here. They greet each other whether you are an acquaintance or stranger. With several sentences, they can turn an unfamiliar guy into a friend. My host family is very nice. Whenever Bill has the time, he will drive us to somewhere to have fun. Martha is good at cooking, she cooks different food for us every day. It tastes awesome! The environment is also great. Fresh air and clean road. My shoes are almost new after several weeks. The tap water can be drunk directly. These are the things I can`t even think about.
My host organization is very nice. They receive donations from others and organize them. They accept homeless people from the town and give them food and daily needs and teach them how to make a living. They help them get away from physical and mental sufferings.
Now it is time to say goodbye. I really had a great time here and appreciate everyone for what they have done. I hope I can hold this cherish this memory forever. It is very likely that I will be back in two years after I finished my study at university. I am looking forward to seeing my friends again soon!