Global Youth Travel Awards 2013
Extraordinary Experience Award 2013
Lucas Santos and Alliance Abroad
Lucas Santos is a young man from Brazil who went to the United States as a Summer Work Travel participant. Born without his left hand and most of his arm, Lucas pursued his dream of visiting the United States to experience American culture first-hand. After being denied participation in an au-pair program because he was considered “special needs”, Lucas’s persistence and determination paid off. Through an opportunity provided by Alliance Abroad Group, Lucas interviewed for a lifeguard position offered under the J-1 Work & Travel program. He landed a position with Great Wolf Lodge, an indoor water park located in the Wisconsin.