There is E, short for his long, winding Nigerian name (Aboyeji Iyinoluwa), who is only 18 years old but a boy genius. He is a president in the making whose laughs resonates throughout the WYA house and whose flexible arms could become his own personal jump rope. Hailing from Scarnton, Pennsylvania, Joe is the resident gentleman. A thoughtful and generous guy, whose pantry shelf never runs low on food and a stomach that never seems to be full. Chiara, my bella meastra, is an Italian who loves anything American from its cupcakes and cheeseburgers to its homegrown designers Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren. Always caught in Facebook, she is as sweet and patient as an older sister. Despite the long history between Spain and the Philippines, Teresa had become my partner in crime. Full of energy and enthusiasm, she has braved get-togethers being the only minority in a room full of Filipinos.
The article was written by Jessa Cruz, World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific member who joined the 2009 International Internship, Summer Term in our New York headquarters.