SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Thirty-one children head back to Northern Ireland after about a month in the U.S. They were staying with host families from across Central New York as part of Project Children.
The group gathered at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Eastwood to say goodbye Thursday after their four-week stay.
The goal is for the kids to explore and learn something new about themselves and their surroundings.
Organizers hope the children will broaden their view of the world and the host families help make that possible.
"They planted the seed with the child to know there's another life beyond where they are in Belfast," said Kathleen Kelly, CNY Area Coordinator for Project Children.
"I've learned that Americans are a lot different from people in Northern Ireland. They speak differently and they say different things, they dress differently, they act differently, school is different and just everyday life," participant Victoria Catterson said.
All of the kids participated in various activities with their host families, including going to Irish Night at the Syracuse Chiefs, visiting Rosamond Gifford Zoo and enjoying a summer picnic.