Cross-Cultural Solutions, also known as CCS, is a nonprofit working to address critical global issues by providing meaningful volunteer service to communities abroad, and contributing responsibly to local economies.

As a leader in the field of international volunteer travel for over 18 years, we know that the best approach to international volunteering—the only approach—is one designed by the community. 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 so that our volunteers can work alongside local people and make a sustainable impact. Since 1995, we've made the volunteer abroad experience of a lifetime possible for over 30,000 international adventurers just like you. And with our staff of 300+ in 10 countries around the globe, along with our 99.5% volunteer satisfaction record, you can rest assured that we'll provide you with the full experience—a safe, immersive, and impactful adventure of a lifetime.

For over 18 years, Cross-Cultural Solutions has maintained the highest level of excellence by partnering with a variety of prestigious organizations and institutions, both in the national and international arenas. Find out why Cross-Cultural Solutions is lauded as a leader in the field of international volunteering.

We partner with the world's most prestigious academic institutions. Find out what top colleges and universities have chosen CCS.


“CCS practically invented short-term international volunteering. Inspired by the Peace Corps and filling a need not addressed by most NGOs, Steve Rosenthal and his team have made international volunteering a valuable service to vulnerable communities and a life-altering experience for aspiring difference-makers. CCS was the right partner for CARE and continues as the standard bearer of international volunteering. ”
- Marilyn Grist, Former Executive Vice-President of External Relations at CARE and CEO at Help Age USA.

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

Our Values are:

Shared humanity
When people of different cultures have an opportunity to connect, there comes an understanding of our shared humanity.

We accept, appreciate, and respect that people know and understand what is appropriate for their own communities.

We commit to ensuring the safety, flexibility, professionalism, transparency, and excellence of our programs.

Volunteer in Ghana with Three Ghanaian Women

Learn about how we measure our impact.