Fall 2018 & Spring 2019

September 8, 2018

Guatemala: September 8, 2018 (4 weeks) India: October 6, 2018 (4 weeks) Ghana: November 3, 2018 (8 weeks) Greece: December 29, 2018 (10 weeks) Morocco: March 9, 2019 (6 weeks)

Fall 2019 & Spring 2020

September 14, 2019

Guatemala: September 14, 2019 (4 weeks) India: October 12, 2019 (4 weeks) Ghana: November 9, 2019 (8 weeks) Greece: January 4, 2020 (10 weeks) Morocco: March 14, 2020 (6 weeks)
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 an authentic Mayan culture, and volunteer in schools set along the beautiful mountain scenery of, Tecpan, Guatemala. Then, you’ll jet off to Dharamsala, India, high in the Himalaya Mountains, to experience life in the highlands of India, as well as the adjacent Tibetan refugee government of McLeod Ganj and home of the Dalai Lama. 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. 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

Maya Highlands

Guatemala

Immerse yourself in the Maya Highlands in the city of Tecpán, Guatemala, where 90% of the population is Kaqchikel Maya. The traditions of an ancient culture is still alive today, with colorful fabrics, fascinating ruins, and intricate ceremonies. Surrounded by lush farms and towering volcanoes, your experience in the Maya Highlands is a unique opportunity to see the true culture of rural Guatemala.

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Gap Year in GuatemalaGuatemala Gap Year

"All rise and nobody is left behind, neither not one person nor two or three."
From the Popol-Vuh, Sacred book of the Maya

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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Dharamsala

India

From Gandhi to modern activists, India has proven to be a center of social activism and resilience. You’ll discover this dedication to positive change and social progress first-hand. Your new home in the Himalaya Mountains is filled with incredible views, welcoming neighbors, and is a short walk to the Tibetan refugee government of McLeod Ganj. Work alongside inspiring leaders and progressive local organizations to support efforts to improve education and healthcare for women and children.

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Gap Year in IndiaIndia Gap Year

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Support RefugeesDistribute Goods for Refugee Families

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

Chalkida

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

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. Truly learn about international development and service work across your immersive journey, starting in Guatemala working in an under resourced community to support the early education efforts for young children. Then, experience the wonder of Dharamsala, high in the Himalaya Mountains, as you learn about life and social justice in this important subcontinent. 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.

CCS Country Presidents

Juan Carlos Country President Guatemala
Guatemala

JUAN CARLOS BUONAFINA

Juan Carlos Buonafina is known for his kind personality and for his dedication to the people of his home country of Guatemala. Juan Carlos is an educator, an intercultural exchange professional, and an expert at guiding international volunteer experiences. After receiving his degree, Juan Carlos started his career with CCS, specifically leading the CCS teen program in the Maya Highlands of Tecpan. Join Juan Carlos on your Guatemala journey to gain a unique and unparalleled insight into life in the mountainside towns of Guatemala.

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 advocates for sustainable volunteer work and development in his home community of Hohoe, Ghana. He is particularly engaged in girls’ and women’s empowerment issues. Makafui 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.

Ragland India Country Director
India

Ragland Devadass

Committed to supporting the youth of India through social and economic empowerment, Ragland brings 28 years of experience in community-based child, women, and youth development through programming across the country. A graduate of Madurai Kamaraj University, Ragland is an internationally-recognized development professional with experience in government and non-government agencies to develop programs aligning with Sustainable Development Goals and hosting seminars globally on child rights and child development. Join forces with a renowned development professional to make a sustainable impact in India while deeply immersing yourself in it's varied culture.

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.
When can I go?

Dates & Fees

Fall 2018 & Spring 2019

September 8, 2018
Guatemala: September 8, 2018 (4 weeks) India: October 6, 2018 (4 weeks) Ghana: November 3, 2018 (8 weeks) Greece: December 29, 2018 (10 weeks) Morocco: March 9, 2019 (6 weeks)

Fall 2019 & Spring 2020

September 14, 2019
Guatemala: September 14, 2019 (4 weeks) India: October 12, 2019 (4 weeks) Ghana: November 9, 2019 (8 weeks) Greece: January 4, 2020 (10 weeks) Morocco: March 14, 2020 (6 weeks)

Around the World Gap Year Program

$24,500 USD
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