Perfect for:

Team Building

Enhanced Communication

Problem Solving Skills

And so much more . . .

Why CCS?

CCS is a service-focused NPO with 20 years of experience, explicitly recognized by the U.N. for our level of expertise in international volunteering. This means that your service learning experience will be optimally structured to make a real difference in the lives of local people. Experience has also taught CCS how to integrate cultural learning and adventure activities to produce a perfectly-balanced experience-of-a lifetime.

Home-Base
Staff
Groups of Any Size
Program Costs
Customized Programs
Online Tools

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.

Corporate Volunteer Abroad Programs

Destinations

CCS Corporate Partners

For the past several years, OppenheimerFunds has partnered with Cross Cultural Solutions to provide employees with volunteer opportunities across the globe. Teams volunteer in various parts of the world, not only to lend hand and heart, but also to work side by side with the very people we are helping.

Salesforce works in partnership with Cross-Cultural Solutions to provide opportunities for employees to travel abroad on volunteer leave, and supports employee volunteerism through matching gifts.

Cross-Cultural Solutions is Lilly’s primary partner for Connecting Hearts Abroad, a global employee volunteer program focused on global health introduced by Lilly in 2011.

Celanese partners with Cross-Cultural Solutions for their global employee volunteer program, traveling to 2 CCS destination per year.

Our partnership started with CEB (Corporate Executive Board) in 2015. Eleven participants from locations all over the world joined together for service and cultural immersion as a group with CCS Costa Rica.

Nineteen members of the Horizon Media team, from both their Los Angeles and New York headquarters, joined CCS Peru in October 2015 for a week long program in Lima, Peru.

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 Support for:

Group Leader

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

Participants 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.

CCS Support Team Home-Base Transportation

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

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

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

Minimize Your Cost

 
 
Cross-Cultural Solutions is the leader in international volunteering; our work is driven by volunteer contributions. The program fee offers mutual benefits: it ensures that the local communities we work with are not financially burdened by our volunteers, and it may be tax deductible for U.S. residents. Many CCS volunteers fundraise for their program fee—some even fundraise their entire program fee! We will help you navigate funding tools, tap into financial resources, and find creative ways to raise money in order to turn this amazing experience from a possibility to a reality. You can read successful fundraising stories on our blog, and you can talk to one of our Program Specialists directly by calling 1-914-632-0022.  FIND OUT MORE

Gracias, Asante, Akpe, Shukran, Thank You

Gracias, Asante, Akpe, Shukran, Thank you.

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My 5+ year career at CCS has taught me a lot about “being thankful.” I continue to learn to wake up every single day, with the aim to live my life with gratitude and wonder at the diversity of human experience on this planet. Currently having the opportunity to work remotely from Tanzania (Hi Mount Kilimanjaro, nice to see you this morning!) and soon en route to India, by December, I will have had the chance to experience seven out of eight CCS programs.

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