I’ve been living in Salvador, Brazil for six months now. Although my primary CCS service placement is teaching at a community preschool, I also sometimes visit a nonprofit organization in Salvador that works with AIDS patients and individuals who are seropositive for HIV. One of my first days there, another volunteer, Alexander, and I are asked to shave the hair of the patients. It is my first time cutting hair, and the results quickly reveal that fact. Help comes in the form of a patient who used to cut hair on the streets. He teaches us patiently how to hold the razor and guide with our wrist.KEEP READING
GROUP VOLUNTEER ABROAD TRIPS
We're of the "more the merrier" school of thought. If you're organizing a group of more than five volunteers, we've got some great options that will help you get your entire group from point A to point B-eautiful international volunteering experience, stress-free!
Whether you're looking to enroll a group of colleagues, family members, students, alternative spring breakers, or traveling circus performers, we take all kinds! Plenty of groups travel with us each year, so we've got this down to a science. Get more information on group volunteering with CCS today. When you're ready to enroll, we'll put you on the phone with a specialist for the destination your group has selected.
For every 8 paying participants for education groups, 1 participant (a chaperone, staff member, or student leader) goes free! If you are leading a group with minor participants, please contact your Group Specialist for information on required chaperones and complimentary programs. In addition, you will receive $500 off every paying group participant if your program ends before June 8, 2016 or begins after August 14, 2016.
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We've mastered the formula for a safe, impactful, and fun international volunteer experience for young people. By traveling abroad with CCS, you can inspire your students and bring your classroom to the world! Learn more about CCS student group travel.
We've organized hundreds of service-learning programs for every type of academic group—from high school groups and university and college clubs to professional student associations and fraternities and sororities. Learn more about taking your own group abroad with CCS.
We connect with you to create a unique experience that is customized around your group, your people, and your goals. Some groups we’ve partnered with include A Fresh Chapter, The Junior League, and Alexander Hamilton Friends Association. Learn more about taking your special group abroad with CCS.
We partner with a wide variety of companies to develop incredible international volunteer programs for large groups of employees. Companies we've partnered with include Google, Eli Lilly & Company, OppenheimerFunds, Salesforce, Travelocity, Mohawk Today, and the Cartoon Network. Find out more about corporate volunteering abroad with CCS.
The CCS experience is perfect for educators who are eager to show their students the “real world” outside of the classroom walls—who want to inspire them to apply their studies and become world-changers in the future. We’ve partnered with numerous universities to organize international group volunteer programs. Learn more about CCS University Faculty-Led Groups.
CCS has a long history of partnering with Universities. We’ve heard the same comments again and again. Our infrastructure makes it easy for administrators. Our program quality sets us apart. Our on-the-ground staff are critical. And our commitments to safety and security are essential. Those and other reason are why we’ve been chosen by the following and more:
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In the summer of 2012, Kirkwood Community College sent our very first group of students overseas to volunteer with Cross-Cultural Solutions. Since then, we have sent students and faculty to Tanzania, Peru, and Costa Rica. And in 2014, I'll be leading my very first group of Cross-Cultural Solutions student volunteers on an immersive cultural experience in Ghana's Volta Region.KEEP READING
During my time volunteering in Salvador, Brazil as a member of the Eli Lilly and Company corporate volunteer group, I kept a personal journal. I wanted to share with you just a snippet of a "day in the life" of a CCS volunteer, in hopes that perhaps you'll be inspired to do the same someday. Happy reading!
A few weeks ago, we shared the incredible volunteer story behind A Fresh Chapter—a place for cancer survivors to find strength and fresh starts through a supportive community and international volunteering. Here's a beautiful video from The Fresh Chapter Alliance's most recent CCS group experience.KEEP READING
Here at Cross-Cultural Solutions, we've been helping groups of all sizes, interests, and ages realize the volunteer abroad adventure of a lifetime since 1995. In fact, it's my job as the Group Specialist—along with my co-Group Specialist, Kemper—to make sure that your group volunteer abroad experience is everything that every single member of your group dreamed that it would be!KEEP READING