5 Reasons To Volunteer on a Gap Year

Across the US, more students than ever are setting off on a Gap Year before, during, or after college—even President Obama’s daughter, Malia.

This is your chance to take charge of your life: see a new place, get inspired, and set out in a new direction. That’s why CCS has developed a unique Gap Year Abroad program.

So why volunteer abroad during your gap year?

1. You’re not a tourist; you are part of the community.

As a CCS volunteer, you become part of the community where you travel: You interact with kids, the elderly, teachers, parents, neighbors, and community leaders on a daily basis. CCS has built long-standing relationships with local organizations who communicate real-time objectives to the CCS team, ensuring that your volunteer work is sustainable and effective.

2. You’ll learn about the local culture in authentic ways.

CCS provides Cultural & Learning Activities to give you an inside perspective of the culture. You practice the language, discuss critical social issues with fascinating guest speakers, learn how to cook your favorite traditional dishes, and participate in local activities and events. And with free time to explore on the evenings and weekends, you can get to know the community in your own way and discover unforgettable parts of your host country.

3. Our staff are legit.

CCS in-country teams are made up entirely of local people who truly understand the needs of their own communities and who can provide expert guidance during your journey. Each team is led by a Country Director who's an expert in the field of international development with many years of experience with various international organizations.

4. You’ll feel right at home in our Home-Base.

The Home-Base is located in the heart of the community and is the center of activity for volunteers; it’s where you’ll develop lifelong friendships as you share meals with your fellow volunteers, and unwind. In the Home-Base, you will feel safe and relaxed with your friends, while still immersed in the local culture.

5. With CCS, you have choices.

Cross-Cultural Solutions has three different Gap Year Abroad programs: Spanish Immersion, Discover Africa, and Global Gap. Each program is a semester long; you spend one month in three different countries. And if one of those doesn’t catch your fancy, you can design your own Custom Gap Year using CCS’ invaluable connections and resources. No matter what you decide, the CCS Gap Program Specialist will help you prepare for your journey.


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