Denise Riebman decided to ring in the new year the right way--dedicated to the service of others. Denise is a career development specialist that decided to embark on her first CCS adventure to provide resources to refugees at the Ritsona Refugee Camp. Before her trip to Greece, she reached out to her friends and family to collect vital item donations for the distribution center at Ritsona. Unique to the Greece Refugee Program, CCS provides volunteers with a list of appropriate and useful donations that will make a positive impact on the residents of the camp.
At Cross-Cultural Solutions, our in-country staff always goes above and beyond to ensure the comfort of our volunteers. As members of the local community, they help to provide our volunteers with an authentic and genuine connection to their new cultural experience. From your new friend who will pick you up from the airport to the coordinator for volunteer activities, we’ll be with you every step of the way. Ivory Price, our Program Specialist for Costa Rica, spoke with some of our in-country staff so you could see why they’ll love to meet you!
The Nan Province in Thailand offers volunteers unique and versatile experiences that you can’t get elsewhere. From the picturesque lands surrounded by lush Thai trees and flowers to the beautiful culture of the Hill Tribes, you are sure to fall in love with this province. As a location that is less known to tourists, you will have an authentic experience surrounded by locals. Supporting one of our volunteer programs, you will have the opportunity to truly interact with the locals, and engage in incredible human-to-human interactions that leave a positive impact on both parties.
Jill Grossman is an incredible alumni that embodies exactly what being a CCS Volunteer is about. Through her volunteer trip to Tanzania, Jill was deeply impacted by what she saw. Being exposed to such a different culture and having the opportunity to work with underserved populations sparked something within her. Following her CCS trip, she began researching how she could continue to make an impact, and worked to receive her Master’s in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and went on to work for an African Non-Profit.
Azrou, Morocco offers adventurers an incredible destination to have the trip of a lifetime. From exploring the culture of the local community to indulging in the unique and decadent food items; this trip will create memorable experiences and leave a life-changing, transformative impact. As a town located in the center of Morocco, volunteers have the opportunity to immerse themselves fully in the culture, with plenty of opportunities to travel and explore. We spoke with our In-Country President, Mohamed, to see why volunteers will fall in love with Azrou.
Lima is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, and you’ll find that it boasts some of the most beautiful views of any big city in South America. Whether you are relaxing in El Parque del Amor in Miraflores or racing against the sunset in Barranco, you are sure to find a view that takes your breath away.
At CCS, we work alongside an incredible In-Country team who knows the needs of their local communities.Our In-Country Presidents are so grateful for the work of our volunteers that make an incredible impact in their local community. They guide our volunteers in getting to know the communities and choosing volunteer assignments to assure that we make the most meaningful change. This Thanksgiving, they wanted to reflect on what they are thankful for in their communities, traditions that make their country special, and share why they're thankful for our CCS Volunteers.
Our Program Specialist Team is filled with dedicated world travelers that are ready to make an incredible impact in communities throughout the world. They work tirelessly to assure that we are addressing the needs of the communities that we serve throughout the world and that everything runs smoothly-- from enrollment all the way through re-entry back home, and beyond. CCS is proud to have such an amazing group of change-seekers supporting our mission.
Our Program Specialist Team wanted to share with you, what inspires them to continue to give back to the world.
Jessica Rios, a Physical Therapy student, from Illinois Central College (ICC) was always interested in traveling internationally, but hadn’t had many opportunities to do so. She wanted to find an experience that offered her first-hand insight in the field of healthcare so that she could have a firm grasp on how different countries approach and overcome systemic challenges in the healthcare system.
In Ghana, girls are often provided with fewer opportunities than their male counterparts. With little economic opportunities, women are often caught in the cycle of poverty, and unable to find jobs. For the past 20 years, CCS has worked to fight for girls education and combat rural poverty.