Hello my name is Rachelle MacCauley and I am a 2017 participant in NYA’s Canadian program. My placement is in Kitchener, Ontario, where I have been working at the Queen Street Commons Cafe. This work experience has been a great opportunity for me as I would like to have a career working in a bakery or cafe. The cafe offers a vegetarian menu with homemade meals, snacks, desserts, fresh roasted coffee, and has a unique gift shop. My host family are very kind and nice to me. They brought my host buddy and I to Niagara Falls which was so much fun. The experience being in the south is different coming from a small community of around 500 people. It has been unbelievably great having the opportunity to explore the south and experiencing the culture differences. This past week I have got the opportunity to work at the bakery and greenhouse where they prepare most of the food for the cafe which was awesome to be a part of. I have learned a lot of new things along the way and I look forward to seeing what else comes my way!