Is Cross-Cultural Solutions right for you?
So you've decided that you need a change of pace. Maybe you have a week's worth of vacation days to use before the end of the year, or perhaps you're in a moment of transition and have decided that a 12-week adventure is exactly what you need to shake things up a bit. But either way, one thing is for sure: you're looking for an experience that will change everything. But with all of the options out there—all of the different ways in which you can choose to explore the world—how can you ensure that you're choosing the best international experience for you?
Here at Cross-Cultural Solutions, we want to make sure that you pick the perfect experience for you—an adventure that complements your unique passions and interests and also pushes you out of your comfort zone in all the right ways.
So if you're wondering if a Cross-Cultural Solutions adventure is right for you, here are some questions to ask yourself:
What kind of experience am I looking for?
If you're in the mood for something completely different—an international adventure that combines genuine opportunities for cultural immersion, volunteer work, and endless eye-opening cultural activities—you'll find that the CCS experience will exceed all of your expectations. If you're looking for more of a "vacation" (no shame in that!) where the majority of your day can be spent shutting off and zoning out, then you'll likely be better off poolside. While you'll have plenty of evening and weekend free time to unwind, enjoy the local nightlife, get your zen on, or get lost in a good book, weekdays with CCS are filled with engaging and immersive activities and volunteer work. The takeaway: CCS is right for you if you want an adventure that's filled with tons of moments to learn, engage, and make an impact, with just enough time for rest and relaxation to ensure your batteries remain charged.
Do I want to dig deep into all aspects of a culture?
Volunteering abroad with CCS offers you what will likely be one of the most "hands-on" learning experiences you'll ever have. The Cross-Cultural Solutions experience is for international adventurers who think that conversation and contact are the best ways to learn about new people. It's for volunteers who don't feel that they understand a new place until each of their five senses has been engaged. The takeaway: CCS is right for you if you want to become completely immersed in a community's history, culture, cuisine, and social issues in order to engage in real cultural learning and exchange.
Are health and safety among my top priorities?
If you're willing to take big risks when it comes to your health, safety, and comfort, then the CCS volunteer experience definitely isn't for you. Here at CCS, the health and safety of our volunteers is our number one priority. This means that you'll live among your fellow CCS volunteers in the safe and centrally located CCS Home-Base, enjoy three healthy meals a day prepared by the CCS cooks—all expertly trained in food safety and dietary restrictions, and you'll even enjoy an extended tour around your new neighborhood to ensure that you feel oriented and at home from day one. The takeaway: If you're looking for the safest international volunteer experience around, you've found it!
Is it important to me that my volunteer impact is real, sustainable, and long-term?
When you volunteer abroad with CCS, you can rest assured that your volunteer work is community driven and incredibly impactful. This means that our volunteers only work on local, grassroots projects that align with community identified goals and objectives, and that all the work that you do will make an impact in the lives of the local people that you'll meet along the way. Want to learn more about just how we can be so sure that volunteering with CCS is "volunteering done right"? Just take a look at the CCS blog category dedicated to exploring the impact of our volunteers. The takeaway: If you want to know for a fact that your volunteer efforts are making a real difference in a community-driven project, something that will truly benefit local people in a sustainable way, CCS is the right choice for you.