High School Volunteer Abroad: Ghana Experience
High School Volunteer AbroadOur High School Volunteer Abroad program is a way to be immersed in a new and exciting culture while making an impact in a community abroad. Not only is it practicing English and forging bonds with local students, but you’ll also get to go on weekend adventures while building friendships with other teens.
New Program Site: Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Volunteer AbroadCross-Cultural Solutions is proud to announce the opening of its new site: Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Known for its pristine beaches, biodiversity, warm weather, and welcoming people, Guanacaste is an incredible place to make a meaningful impact. Here are some quick facts from development specialist, Annie Chen about this gorgeous new location that’s ready to receive our volunteers so they can make a positive impact! Can you tell me about the overall community?
Long Term Volunteering At Ritsona Refugee Camp
Volunteer AbroadNestled among olive trees and factories, twenty minutes away from the beautiful city of Chalkida in Greece was Ritsona Refugee Camp. Formerly an air force base, Ritsona was funded by the UAE and Red Cross to address the needs of the influx of migrants that entered Greece in 2015. Cross-Cultural Solutions (CCS) manages a distribution center at this camp, where residents are provided with clean water, clothing, tea, and milk. I spent three months in Greece with CCS to help meet the needs of the camp. I was able to learn in-depth about the refugee crisis and see it through my own eyes.
Supporting Refugees in Greece
Volunteer AbroadConstantina Strikou, Program Officer for CCS Greece has been dedicated to addressing the needs of refugee communities since 2015. Starting on the coasts of Lesvos where refugees first enter Greece, Constantina now works at a camp on the mainland, Ritsona Refugee Camp. She is inspired by the resiliency of this population and has had the opportunity to analyze and understand the needs of this community through her work. We had the opportunity to sit with her and discuss the breadth of this crisis and how others can help make an impact.