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.
Cross-Cultural Solutions proudly welcomes volunteers to our new site: Bagamoyo in Tanzania. Bagamoyo is a small fishing village located on the East coast of Africa. Known for its rich history as a vital trading port, the town carries a friendly and unique atmosphere that you won’t find anywhere else. With the Indian Ocean a short walk away from the Home-Base, you have the perfect place to relax and unwind after making a meaningful impact.
Authored by: Megan Heise
Since launching our Refugee Program in Greece in June of this year, we’ve witnessed the incredible impact of over 100 dedicated CCS volunteers! One crucial project that CCS volunteers contribute to is the sustainable day-to-day operations of the Ritsona camp’s distribution center. We caught up with current CCS Greece volunteer Miranda Coombe, to learn more about her experience volunteering in the distribution center, and the impact CCS volunteers and donors are making there.
“There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. They make up less than 5 percent of the world's population, but account for 15 percent of the poorest”(United Nations Indigenous Day). Cross-Cultural Solutions works with indigenous populations, among the most underserved populations, throughout the world to alleviate their plight. In Tecpán, the first Capital of Guatemala, 90% of the population is indigenous people.
Hayden Kemp, Program Specialist for Guatemala shares her incredible journey through the lush, ‘cloud forest’ of Guatemala, El Biotopo.
From teaching English to the sweetest students in a Thai school, to exploring the jungles of Asia with elephants, CCS Thailand fostered the most incredible experience for Ohio State University’s Kim Hosbach.
I spent the better part of my 20’s abroad, whether it was living out of a backpack for a year in Asia, eating street food (hey pad thai, I miss you!) or volunteering at various projects around the world while working with CCS (trust me, you can’t go wrong on country selection!) or even running an administrative office for two years in Panama. I loved my adventures, made friends that I still am in touch with weekly, and even fell in in love with a Panamanian, swearing I could live abroad for the rest of my life.