Cross-Cultural Solutions intentionally uses a model of sustainable volunteerism. Since the word sustainable gets thrown around a lot, it's important to really understand what it means. More than that, it will shed light on what your experience volunteering abroad with us might look like. To start, sit back and relax because I want to share a little slice of my own experience. This past December, I volunteered in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.
For those of you who are wondering how we track and analyze the impact of our volunteers and all of their hard work, we'd like to introduce you to our favorite numbers guy here at Cross-Cultural Solutions. Meet Stephen Thompson, the Senior Manager of Program Quality and Evaluation.
I never imaged that a plate of rice, a little boy, and a Thai classroom would all come together to create one of the best moments of my life.
Another round of my Instragrammed memories from #ccsRabat, Morocco. Go on and take a look through and I bet you'll get that warm, fuzzy, just volunteered kind of feeling.
We're already halfway through January, spring items are popping up in store windows, and you're staring at the weather forecast attempting to will the temperature above 40 degrees. Keeping in the spirit of winter daydreams about summer adventures, on Wednesday, January 23 from 3-5pm ET, Cross-Cultural Solutions will be hosting our very first Twitter open house to answer all of your most burning summer volunteering questions.
We don't like to brag, but lucky for us, our volunteers do! Check out this awesome volunteer review posted on Abroad Reviews by a recently returned Lima volunteer. She says it way better than we ever could
Of the four Cross-Cultural Solutions programs I've completed, my time in #ccsRabat, Morocco was my first volunteer experience since Instagram exploded onto the social media scene. Needless to say, I took a lot of photos.
If you’ve been poring over the CCS website for hours, wondering where your first —or next — CCS volunteer experience should be, I’ve got some advice. I’ve volunteered with CCS in a variety of countries, and I must admit, Thailand stole a piece of my heart!
Though some may bristle to hear it, most international volunteers—myself included—have struggled with some element of culture shock.
I remember learning about Day of the Dead in my sixth grade Spanish class, and thinking that the idea of honoring the dead with expressions of joy and thanks was utterly fascinating and completely new.