Memories of Volunteering

Today is a day to celebrate Cross-Cultural Solutions alumni for all that they’ve accomplished as international volunteers. In recognition of their awesomeness, we’ve invited everyone who has volunteered with CCS to dust off their memories and share them with the world!

Find out how their CCS experiences changed them …

Kate, Volunteer: Dharamsala
It was my last day volunteering today. In three weeks I taught English (present simple, continuous, future, past tense; did lessons on the use of articles, irregular verbs, prepositions), we had discussions about women’s rights and American culture. I did a lesson on Mozart and today for fun, I taught painting. The women loved painting but hadn't ever mixed colors before.

Photo by Jenni, Volunteer: Thailand

Dianna, Volunteer: Bangkok
I’m vividly aware of how much this experience will change my life – in so many ways, it already has. It’s a delirious sort of happiness and again, that knowledge that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.

Beth, Volunteer: Kilimanjaro
We ate and we enjoyed. And we discussed the quote that gets us through the most frustrating days here: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” If I have learned just one thing throughout my time in Africa, it is that I can’t singlehandedly change the world. But, you sure as hell can try.

Photo by Alana, Volunteer: Salvador

Jocelyn, Volunteer: Salvador, Guatemala City, Cartago
It was the first time I had travelled alone to a different country and I had no idea what to expect. Turns out doing that program was the best thing to ever happen to me. It gave me the confidence to believe that if I could ‘sort of’ control a class of 30 three year olds who didn’t speak a word of English; I could pretty much do anything.

Hannah, Volunteer: Rabat
To me, there is no better way to grasp a "foreign or unknown" culture than to go there and live in it. You realize how many similarities there are to your life at home. AND you see the many differences as well of course. But you realize: all people just want to live and make their lives livable.


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