Discovery Bay resident and Liberty High student Nate G. Lee recently returned from a 21-day People to People Student Ambassador Program trip to England, Wales and Ireland, where he traveled with a delegation of 40 students from Contra Costa County.
Lee met a member of Parliament, toured a Welsh Coal Mine and the Waterford Crystal Factory, and worked on an Irish farm. He also got to rappel down an ancient Irish Castle wall and walk among the ancient monoliths of Stonehenge. Lee, who plans to major in agriculture/soil sciences at college, was especially excited to learn about Irish farming and compare it to farming in the United States.
You haven't seen green till you've seen Ireland, wrote Lee in a letter to home. I feel like my eyes are broken and can't see any other color but green!
Lee, who will be a junior at Liberty in the fall, was completing the academic credit requirements related to the program's culture and heritage excursions. The recent excursion was led by Oakley Unified School District teacher Kim Ambrosino and accompanied by a local delegation manager, who coordinated the cultural and recreational activities.
Over the last five months, delegation members attended several orientation meetings with program leaders to learn about their destination. Each delegate was required to research, write a report and give an oral presentation on a chosen topic pertaining to the visit. Lee's presentation was on the history of Ireland. He chose this topic because his ancestors immigrated to North America from that country in the 17th century.
The People to People program, based in Spokane, Wash., was founded in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who believed that ordinary citizens of different nations could make a difference in ways governments could not.