CCS volunteer stories

Opening Eyes

One morning, Dana Whitaker woke up and, before getting out of bed, decided she would journey alone to Morocco. Here's a story about the people she met that changed her perspective on cultural differences and shared humanity.

“I don’t know how I am going to handle this for a month.”

That was Dana Whitaker’s first thought when she arrived at the airport in Morocco.

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Inca Kola or Crackers?

CCS alumna Joanna Schreck shares her moving experience while volunteering with the elderly in Villa El Salvador.

This past year, I hit a milestone: For every seven years of service completed where I work, the company gives employees a short sabbatical. I spent a good deal of time researching what to do with the extra two weeks off; I Googled “sabbatical” in all my free time and was getting increasingly excited about retreats and volunteering possibilities.

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How Volunteering Inspired My Debut Novel

Ed Renshaw volunteer abroad in Tanzania

by Ed Renshaw

This December marks ten years since I volunteered with CCS in Tanzania, an incredible experience that altered the course of my life and opened up a whole new world. Prior to Tanzania I was lucky enough to have travelled in Africa and Asia, but I hadn’t experienced anything nearly as intimate and powerful as the time I spent living and working in the local community.

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A Brave Decision: CCS Alumna Fights Human Trafficking through Fashion


Jessica Hendricks—entrepreneur, philanthropist, and Cross-Cultural Solutions alum—discovered a creative way to make a positive impact in the world after volunteering abroad: women’s jewelry. Her Brave Collection features handcrafted bracelets by Cambodian artisans, and 10% of profits are donated to help end human trafficking. A Brave bracelet is far more than a fashion statement—each piece is a work of art that tells a story about human connection and strength.

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