EVERY CHILD
DESERVES AN EDUCATION

CCS volunteers provide 45,000 hours of quality education in classrooms around the world each year

EVERYONE DESERVES TO BE TREATED WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT

CCS volunteers work to improve the quality of care for the elderly throughout Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

WOMEN AND GIRLS
SHOULD HAVE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

CCS volunteers inspire and impact the lives of women and girls through education and skills training.

A GREATER AWARENESS OF OTHER CULTURES LEADS TO PEACE AND UNDERSTANDING.

By becoming part of the local community, CCS volunteers gain a unique understanding of other cultures.

ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE.

Learn about the impact that CCS volunteers make.

2 DECADES, 35,000 VOLUNTEERS
AND 1,000s OF LIFE CHANGING STORIES

This speaks volumes about Cross-Cultural Solutions’ passion for sustainable international volunteering. We believe that through meaningful volunteer service we can build relationships and connections that are essential components to increased tolerance and global awareness.

Our Vision

is of a world where people value cultures different from their own, are aware of global issues, and are empowered to affect positive change.

Our Mission

is to operate volunteer programs around the world in partnership with sustainable community initiatives, bringing people together to work side-by-side while sharing perspectives and fostering cultural understanding. We are an international nonprofit organization with no political or religious affiliations.

Our Values

Volunteer in Ghana with Three Ghanaian Women
  • Shared Humanity
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  • Respect
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  • Integrity

Our Approach to International Volunteering

As a leader in the field of international volunteering for 20 years, we know that the best approach to international volunteering—the only approach—is one designed by the community. We believe that the local people are the experts. In every community in which we work, we have long-standing relationships with local organizations who communicate real-time needs and objectives to the CCS team. Our in-country team is made up entirely of local nationals and volunteers work alongside local people. This community approach was specifically designed to make sure our programs generate sustainable impact.

Our volunteer work contributes to five key objectives of the
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

  1. End Povertyin all its forms everywhere
  2. End hungerachieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  3. Ensure healthy livesand promote well-being for all at all ages
  4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality educationand promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  5. Achieve gender equalityand empower all women and girls

The United Nationsgranted CCS Special Consultative Status in May, 2003, which granted us recognition as an important leader in the field of international volunteering.The United Nations Economic and Social Council is responsible for "promoting higher standards of living, full employment, and economic and social progress; identifying solutions to international economic, social and health problems; facilitating international cultural and educational cooperation; and encouraging universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms."

GreatNonprofitsrecently awarded Cross-Cultural Solutions its top-rated award for the third year in a row! GreatNonprofits bases its voting system entirely on ratings and reviews submitted by volunteers. The organization prides itself on its mission "to inspire and inform donors and volunteers, enable nonprofits to show their impact, and promote greater feedback and transparency."

Building Bridges Coalition (BBC)is a project of the Brookings Institution's Initiative on International Volunteering and service and is comprised of international volunteer organizations, corporations, universities and colleges, government agencies, policy makers, and other stakeholders. The coalition has five work groups, each actively involved in organizing effective practices, increasing public awareness, energizing campus and corporate engagement, and advocating for public policy initiatives. CCS is a Founding Sponsor of the BBC, and our Founder and Executive Director Steve Rosenthal serves on the Board of Directors and has been named Chairman Emeritus.

The International Volunteer Programs Association (IVPA)is a distinguished group of non-governmental organizations involved in international volunteer work. In order to gain membership, member organizations must meet stringent criteria and adhere to defined best practices. The IVPA works to ensure positive, sustainable, and responsible international volunteering. CCS is a charter member of the IVPA and active in the creation of organizational principles and IVPA leadership. We proudly meet and exceed the prescribed best practices.

CCS is a BBB Accredited Charity,meeting all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. The BBB standards are voluntary standards, in some cases exceeding the requirements of local, state, and federal laws and regulations. As stated on the BBB website, "The BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability were developed to assist donors in making sound giving decisions and to foster public confidence in charitable organizations. The standards seek to encourage fair and honest solicitation practices, to promote ethical conduct by charitable organizations and to advance support of philanthropy."

Cross-Cultural Solutions is a recognized leader in the field of international volunteering. With 20 years of experience, and more than 35,000 alumni, our story has been featured in more than 500 publications and broadcasts, including CNN, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Time, Newsweek, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The Toronto Star, The Today Show, USA Today, National Geographic Traveler, and ABC Nightly News.

Our College and University Partners

We shine brightest under the most intense scrutiny. When top colleges and universities look for an exceptional international volunteering partner, they choose Cross-Cultural Solutions. One such proud example is our partnership with the Princeton Bridge Year program. Below are others:

 
 

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