Experience Impact: 15 Years Later
The impact of a CCS experience lasts wekk beyond your time in the filed. We're proud to share this letter from a former CCS volunteer, who is continuing to take her global engagement to new heights:
Dear Cross Cultural Solutions,
My CCS experience gave me valuable insight into development work at a crucial time in my career path. I continue to recommend CCS to everyone who expresses an interest in volunteer travel and/or international development.
The time I spent in Peru with your staff allowed me to better understand my own strengths and weaknesses before seeking full time work in a very challenging field. After some additional education, I eventually found a paid position in the Middle East as a Public Health Advisor for 2 years. I would not have had the courage to take such a leap of faith without having first volunteered with CCS for 10 weeks. Now 15 years later, my final career goal is within reach.
My next position will involve promoting labor rights and environmental best practices through international partnerships and the US Government. I will also be working alongside local staff - which reminds me of how CCS employs local subject matter experts. Local staff ensure that policies and procedures have adequate cultural relevance and sensitivity. Also there is no substitute for fluent translation skills that local experts provide. I am especially grateful for CCS local staff and the time they spend educating volunteers by creating more understanding about the context of development challenges. Without their insight and frank discussions, I would not have known to attain the knowledge and skills that I now use on a daily basis for global health initiatives.
Often times people don't get the chance to see or hear how much they have contributed to someone else's career growth. Please feel free to share my story with CCS collogues and let them all know how valuable their work really is to all CCS Alumni.
Very Best Regards,
Katherine Kay Rain, MPH, MA