Gap Year Programs

This is not your average Gap Year! Volunteer abroad while you immerse yourself in another culture and discover things about yourself and other parts of the world that you never knew before.

On your Gap Year volunteering experience with CCS, you will go beyond surface-level exchanges by working alongside local community members and learning about important social and cultural issues. By spending your Gap Year volunteering abroad, you will return inspired with a sense of responsibility and personal agency, knowing you can continue to serve the world as a change agent, global citizen, and an informed leader.

Gap Year Programs

Our Gap Programs

Service Initiatives

Why CCS?

Cross-Cultural Solutions Gap Year volunteers go beyond surface-level exchanges by working alongside local community members and learning about important social and cultural issues. They return inspired with a sense of responsibility and personal agency, knowing they can continue to serve the world as change agents, global citizens, and informed leaders. Here are four core components of every Cross-Cultural Solutions program.

Parents

We understand parents may have a few hesitations about their child taking a Gap Year. You might ask: What is a Gap Year? Is this safe? How will this better prepare my child for college and a career? With CCS, gap year students return more self-aware, confident, and reflective. Let us explain how it all works.

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Educators

While going to college is still a major milestone, some question whether the  university experience alone is fully preparing students for adulthood in the 21st century. With CCS, your students will avoid academic burnout and contribute to meaningful social change, and they’ll return more self-aware, purpose-driven, and ready to succeed in college.

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5 Reasons To Volunteer Abroad on Your Gap Year

Across the US, more students than ever are setting off on a Gap Year before, during, or after college—even President Obama’s daughter, Malia.

This is your chance to take charge of your life: see a new place, get inspired, and set out in a new direction. That’s why CCS has developed a unique Gap Year Abroad program.

So why volunteer abroad during your gap year?

1. You’re not a tourist; you are part of the community.

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