Around the World: 32 Weeks

September 14, 2019 - April 11, 2020

Peru
Thailand
Ghana
Greece
Morocco

Around the World: 12 Weeks

February 2, 2019 - April 27, 2019, or
September 14, 2019 - December 17, 2019

Peru
Thailand
Ghana
A once in a lifetime opportunity to make an impact in some of the inspiring and enriching places on Earth. Start in Latin America where you'll develop your Spanish skills, immerse yourself in a vibrant culture, and volunteer in schools set along the beautiful rugged coastlines of Lima, Peru. Then, you’ll jet off to the Nan Province of Thailand among the rice terraces and mountains to experience life in an authentic northern town among the hill tribes. Next, take off to Ho, Ghana a town in the beautiful Volta Region, where you'll volunteer in rural under resourced farming schools, sail along Lake Volta, and take a weekend to see the historic Cape Coast slave castles. If you're joining for our 32 week program, next, lose yourself in service at CCS' refugee distribution center in Ristsona, Greece where you'll provide essential supplies to families in need and learn about the global refugee crisis first hand. You'll finish your amazing year abroad in Azrou, Morocco, surrounded by the gorgeous Atlas Mountains, to work in improving child education and reflecting upon your amazing experience.

Volunteer Opportunities

Lima

Peru

The city of Lima is the gateway for travel throughout the diverse landscapes of Peru, featuring deserts, rainforests, and the Andes Mountains. In Lima, on the banks of the Pacific Ocean, discover a varied and deep culture combining indigenous and Spanish populations, with the influences of migration bringing world-renowned food and art. With a unique neighborhood at every turn, you'll never run out of opportunities to explore what makes this capital shine.

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Gap Year in LimaGap Year in Peru

"Little by little, one walks far."
Peruvian Proverb

Cross-Cultural Solutions Around the World Gap Year Programs in HoCCS Gap Year in Ghana

"A single tree cannot make a forest."
Ewe Proverb

Ho

Ghana

As the population grows in the Volta Region, the people are forced to deal with the strain on vital social resources. Schools, community groups, and care centers throughout Ghana are severely under-resourced and understaffed. By volunteering abroad in Ho, you can help the community in ways such as providing one-on-one attention for young Ghanaians, sparking creativity in the minds of children attending our new summer school, or supporting workers in the overcrowded health system.

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Nan Province

Thailand

Discover authentic and stunning northern Thailand in the Nan Province. You'll discover a new dedication to social change through education first-hand through your work with communities in need of sustainable volunteer services. Work alongside inspiring leaders and progressive local organizations as you explore your new Thai home.

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“When the water rises, hurry to get some.”
Thai proverb

Support RefugeesDistribute Goods for Refugee Families

"A narrow place can contain a thousand friends."
Syrian proverb

Chalkida (Included in 32 Week Program)

Greece

Of the total 22.5 million refugees in the world today, less than 1 percent have been resettled. Over 62 thousand refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, and elsewhere are currently stranded in Greece, living in temporary camp structures while they wait, often indefinitely, for resettlement. Through your work in a Syrian refugee camp in Greece, you will distribute essential supplies, including water, milk, toiletries, and clothing, and promote dignity for this resilient population.

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Azrou (Included in 32 Week Program)

Morocco

Azrou, tucked into the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco, is a Berber village that struggles with providing quality educational opportunities to children. Experience life in the Moroccan mountains while you make an impact on the educational system for children through engaging lessons and activities.

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Gap Year in MoroccoMorocco Gap Year

"Love truth even if it harms you, and hate lies even if they serve you."
Moroccan proverb

Our Projects

Your gap year around the world with Cross-Cultural Solutions takes you to 5 countries on 4 continents in 32 weeks, or 3 countries on 3 continents for our 12 week program. Truly learn about international development and service work across your immersive journey, starting in Peru working in an under resourced community to support the early education efforts for young children. Then, experience the wonder of the Nan Province of northern Thailand as you learn about life and social justice in Asia. For the next 8 weeks, become part of a unique community in the Volta Region of Ghana and make your impact in a community rich with history and tradition. Get deep in Greece, working to distribute essential supplies at a Syrian refugee camp, then return to your home in the waterfront city of Chalkida. The final leg of your Around the World Gap Year takes you to Morocco, where you'll experience the wonders of winding medinas, and even travel the Sahara Desert on camel.

Your Home-Bases

Peru Home-Base
Lima

Peru

Your Peruvian home away from home is located in a lovely community, just a short walk from a convenient hour laundry service and delicious restaurants. With little gardens inside and outside of the CCS Home-Base with plum trees and grapevines, you’ll never feel too far from nature. The CCS Peru Home-Base has bedrooms upstairs and downstairs and wood floors throughout. The common area is a great spot to play board games with fellow volunteers, or study up on your español. Then there's the food in Peru. You'll enjoy incredible local meals made up of meats, salads and veggies, all served with a side of amazing fiery sauce that will quickly become a new favorite!

Ghana Home-Base
Ho

Ghana

Sitting atop a hill in a safe, residential community, your CCS Home-Base in Ghana offers beautiful views and your very own mango tree! Common areas are furnished with plenty of chairs and couches that are decorated with bright batik fabrics. Enjoy the evening breeze on the patio with fellow volunteers or bring out a book for some quiet time. Each bed also has a mosquito net, so we've got you covered, literally.

Thailand Home-Base
Nan Province

Thailand

The Nan Province home-base is located in one of the most beautiful and genuine communities in Thailand. Surrounded by plenty of outdoor space and greenery that characterizes this agricultural area volunteers can unwind in authentic Thai living areas or retreat to a cozy bedroom at the end of a rewarding work day. With shops only a 5 minute walk away, and the town center 10 minutes away, you'll have access to local amenities and soak up the unique cultures of the Nan Province. If you're looking for city life, the town of Nan offers vibrant night markets, unique street food stalls, and a seemingly unlimited number of coffee shops.

Greece Home-Base
Chalkida

Greece

In the town of Chalkida, on the banks of a bay off the Greek sea, you'll relax and reflect in the beautiful CCS Home-Base in a hotel just a block away from the city promenade. When you're not enjoying the views of the town from your balcony, or relaxing with your fellow volunteers in the courtyard, take a stroll along the sea and enjoy Chalkida's cafes and restaurants. Each day, you'll enjoy delicious and authentic Greek meals, including Greek salads with feta cheese, spanakopita, fresh fish, and an array of kabobs.

Morocco Home-Base
Azrou

Morocco

Your Moroccan home away from home is located on a safe, beautiful property. You’ll find enough space around Home-Base to hang out, curl up with a cup of mint tea, or practice your Arabic. The Home-Base includes a common area with a wrap-around couch. Living areas are communal and you'll have more than enough space to keep your belongings. You’ll feel right at home with the aroma of fresh home cooked Moroccan cuisine floating from the kouzina -- kitchen. Enjoy a menu full of healthy and delicious meals.

CCS Country Presidents

Peru Country President Karol
Peru

Karol Hermoza

Karol Hermoza is a passionate advocate for education for all children. With a background that ranges from cultural heritage to tourism to social responsibility, her passion for her home city of Lima shines through in the support to volunteers in creating meaningful change. Karol's unique insights into Peru will take you on a journey to explore the vibrant history, food, and culture of Peru as you experience a unique and diverse city.

Around the World Gap Year in Ghana
Ghana

Makafui Amenuvor

Makafui Amenuvor is kind, patient, and wise—an innovator and a go-getter. He often teaches volunteers how to hilife dance—not because he is a dance expert, but because he fully embraces life, which you’ll see in his dancing and in everything he does. Makafui is particularly engaged in girls’ and women’s empowerment issues and has worked with the Municipal Office of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice to facilitate discussions and develop community outreach campaigns aimed at educating women and girls about their rights and resources in regards to domestic and sexual violence.

Thailand Country President Jack
Thailand

Jack Nitsiri

Inspired by the work of volunteers in his community, Jack is passionate about providing children and families the tools they need to improve their lives. His passion for education was only enhanced by an experience abroad in the US, where he realized how much English language can open up ones world. Through his impactful work in Thailand, Jack keeps in mind the words of his Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who upholds the principle of giving the needy a tool to catch fish, rather than handing out fish as their food. This commitment is reflected in Jack's work to have a long-term impact on communities who need it most.

Global Gap Year Director - Greece
Greece

CONSTANTINA STRIKOU

Constantina Strikou has been involved in supporting refugees since the crisis hit a peak in 2015. With a background in policy and advocacy campaigns in humanitarian efforts, Constantina jumped in as a Program Coordinator and then a Communications Coordinator with ActionAid Hellas in emergency refugee response. On the front lines on the Greek islands, Constantina experienced first-hand the emotional struggles that refugee families face in arriving in a new land, and brings her perspectives and experiences to support Cross-Cultural Solutions volunteers in providing meaningful aid in Syrian refugee camps. An experienced aid professional with a rich background of on-the-ground relief work experience, Constantina's guidance during your program provides an invaluable context to a challenging and rewarding environment.

Mohamed Country President
Morocco

Mohamed Mhmmoudi

From the moment you arrive in CCS Morocco, you’ll feel right at home with the welcoming and open smile of Mohamed to greet you. A lifelong student and educator, Mohamed comes from a small Moroccan village on the outskirts of the Sahara Desert. Inspired by an international volunteer, Mohamed joined the Peace Corps as a Language and Cross-Cultural facilitator, and later earned the position of Volunteer Safety & Security Officer. Mohamed’s passion for service grew while guiding volunteers and learning from them. He was later selected to become the founding Country President for CCS Morocco. Mohamed is particularly passionate about education and literacy, as it allows individuals to understand, and therefore defend, their own rights. Mohamed understands what it means to be an international volunteer—he volunteered with CCS in India—and he is passionate to share his culture with you.

In-Country Staff
The CCS staff members are passionate about international volunteering and committed to the success of each program. It takes knowledge and experience to place an international volunteer into a community project, which is why all of our in-country staff members are from the communities where we work. They can share cultural insights with you that only a local person would know.
Their dedication doesn’t stop there: our staff wants you to feel completely at home. They’re always on--hand to support your needs, no matter how big or small. The CCS office is even located in the Home-Base. When you meet our staff, you’ll discover that these are the people who make CCS so special.
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Dates & Fees

Around the World: 32 Weeks

September 14, 2019 - April 11, 2020
Peru
Thailand
Ghana
Greece
Morocco

Around the World: 12 Weeks

February 2, 2019 - April 27, 2019, or
September 14, 2019 - December 17, 2019
Peru
Thailand
Ghana

Around the World Gap: 32 Weeks

$24,500 USD

AROUND THE WORLD GAP: 12 Weeks

$11,500 USD
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