VOLUNTEER ABROAD

The impact of Cross-Cultural Solutions volunteers on local partner organizations

Like most of the 35,000+ Cross-Cultural Solutions alumni out there, I am well aware of the impact that volunteering abroad has had on my life. I first volunteered with CCS when I was 18 and it has been an important part of me ever since. So it's safe to say that the experience changed me. I can feel the impact that this experience had on me. I feel it everyday. But what about the impact that my work, and the work of my fellow volunteers, has had on the community organizations with which we volunteered.

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Find the Cross-Cultural Solutions volunteer abroad program length that's right for you

Lately, we've been hearing from folks who want to know what we think is the perfect program length for an international volunteer experience with Cross-Cultural Solutions. You know, the international volunteering "sweet spot." After checking in with our alums, in-country teams, and international volunteer experts here at CCS HQ, we've got the lowdown on how it feels to be a volunteer for 1 week, 2, 3, all the way up to 12!

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Cross-Cultural Solutions as a "solo" woman traveler

When I decided to volunteer in Morocco with Cross-Cultural Solutions, I wouldn't let anything stand in my way. Due to the usual scheduling craziness, none of my friends were able to come along, so I decided to enroll with CCS as a solo volunteer. But the beautiful thing about CCS is that even if your fellow volunteers aren't your old friends, you're never really going it alone. In fact, chances are, you're about to meet some brand new, soon to be "old friends."

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International volunteering with the elderly

A community's elders are its deepest roots, a living connection to every generation. Whether CCS volunteers are trading stories with a new friend, serving meals, or leading a fun activity, they find that working with the elderly allows them to connect to their new community in a very special way. Volunteering with the elderly population is an incredibly fun and fulfilling way to immerse yourself in a new culture, and we want to tell you why!

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What I learned volunteering at an orphanage in Tanzania

This past December, I volunteered for three weeks with Cross-Cultural Solutions at an orphanage in Tanzania. Before I left home for my big adventure, my CCS Program Site Specialist was sure to remind me over and over again how important it is to be flexible and adaptable with my volunteer assignment. I don't think that I fully understood what that meant until my first day as a volunteer.

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