With over 30,000 alums in our global family, we've heard some incredible stories about how adventurous volunteers have embarked on the Cross-Cultural Solutions experience of a lifetime, and how for them, it changed everything.
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."
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!
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.
Alright. So it's February and the newness of the year has definitely started to wear off. What better time to check in on how closely you're sticking to all of those great resolutions you proclaimed just a few short months ago?
My very first volunteer experience with Cross-Cultural Solutions brought me to Bagamoyo, Tanzania. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made, so if you're thinking about embarking on an international volunteer adventure of your own, do yourself a favor and consider Bagamoyo.
Sending you love from CCS destinations around the globe!
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.