Expanding International Volunteering on Campus

CCS and CCID

Cross-Cultural Solutions is proud to partner with Community Colleges for International Development to offer exclusive group and individual programming at a customized program fee - just $1300 for a one-week program or $1625 for a two-week program, per participant. Eligible community college members of CCID can apply through Community Colleges of International Development to participate, for either student groups, faculty-led groups, or individual students. Questions? Give us a call at 914-632-0022 or send an inquiry to our Group Specialist at groups@ccs.ngo.

Perfect for:

Faculty-Led Groups

Student Groups and Clubs

Individual Students

Change their world. Change yours.

Volunteer Opportunities

The most impactful approach to volunteering abroad – the only approach – is one designed by the community. With CCS, you’ll do meaningful work that addresses a specific community need. As you immerse yourself in the community – your new neighborhood – and work alongside local people to make a real impact, you’ll find beauty in every connection and commonality discovered, large or small. The CCS international volunteer experience offers you a genuine volunteer experience with countless opportunities to connect with, and learn from, local people in those communities in which you'll work to support.

Once enrolled, your group will have the chance to select the volunteer opportunity that best fits your goals. Volunteers will always receive their first preference. The only exception to this will be when there are national or school holidays, or there are exceptional circumstances.

The CCS Process and Special Services For:

Group Leaders

Step 1
Request a proposal from CCS

Fill out our form and we will send you a custom proposal with itineraries, costs, and other exciting details.

Trip Proposal

Step 2
Confirm Availability & Trip Details

Work with our Groups Specialist to review and confirm your customized trip proposal.

Step 3
Receive Your Promotional Materials

CCS will send a kit with posters, itineraries, info for participants, and presentation materials.

Step 4
Host an Information Session

A CCS representative will either be there or be on call to help.

Step 5
Enroll Your Group

Students fill out required forms on their customized online myCCS Portal.

Step 6
Prepare To Travel

Your Program Specialist will provide advice about travel, passports, visas, packing, etc.

Step 7
Embark on your trip!

CCS is your support team!

Our attention to detail sets us apart from any other international volunteer organization. In fact, we exceed the requirements set by the International Volunteer Programs Association (IVPA). We have an impeccable safety record to prove that our strategies work. Here are just some of the many safety features CCS covers.

The CCS Support Team Transportation Home-Base

The CCS Support Team




  • Directors with 15+ years experience
  • Experienced full-time staff from the local community with full background checks
  • At least 3 CPR certified and first-aid qualified staff members
  • Continuous professional development for staff
  • 24-hour access to CCS staff
  • At least 2 fluent English-speaking CCS staff members on duty
  • Excursions at safe locations with reputable tour operators

Transportation



Countries have different standards when it comes to vehicle safety, such as whether or not people wear - or if cars even have - seat belts. We go the extra mile with transportation security for our volunteers.

  • All in-country transportation provided
  • CCS vehicles equipped with seat belts and first-aid kits
  • Gas tank at least ½ full before traveling
  • Vehicles regularly inspected

Home-Base

The CCS Home-Base is the home away from home for our volunteers, where they’ll connect with CCS staff and other volunteers, enjoy healthy and authentic meals, reflect on their experiences, or just relax. We ensure that volunteers will feel safe and comfortable.

  • Fresh food prepared by CCS cooks trained in food safety and prepared to meet dietary restrictions and preferences
  • Unlimited, safe bottled drinking water
  • Security guard on duty
  • Smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, and at least 2 fully stocked first aid kits in every Home-Base
  • Gender-separated rooms

WASH Project in Cartago

Through our public health projects, Cross-Cultural Solutions has supported the campaign spearheaded by UNICEF to ensure that all children go to a school with water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities. WASH in Schools (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) supports global efforts to realize the vision of a world where all children go to schools that provide a safe, healthy, and comfortable environment where they can grow, learn and thrive.

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