On a CCS Gap Year, you will make a difference. You’ll provide support and an invaluable cultural exchange by working with our local partners. Our volunteers work in many different areas of service, helping with sustainable projects. We work to match your skills and interests with the current needs of the local community.
Experiencing night markets, rafting down a river, sampling the flavors of the Nan Province...all of these amazing adventures are at your fingertips when you enroll as a volunteer in Thailand. Most importantly, though, you’ll get off the tourist path as you're welcomed into a new community and genuinely immersed in the local culture through your volunteer service.
Your gap year will bring extra immersion and meaning through your focus on impactful service in the community. Find yourself working with children in Costa Rica, providing important early childhood education to low-income students. Or, head to Ghana, where you might be creating Wash stations in a school in need of basic sanitation facilities. In Morocco, immerse yourself in a unique culture when you're working with a community in need in the Middle Atlas Mountains. Or, go deep in Greece at a refugee camp, distributing water, milk, hygiene products, and clothing to refugee residents who have made an unimaginable journey. With your custom gap year, the world is truly at your fingertips.
High in the Himalaya Mountains, you'll find yourself surrounded by tranquility in a subcontinent known equally for yoga as it is for chaos. In your home away from home, relax and unwind after a busy day of volunteering, practice your newfound cooking skills at the Tandoori grill, or take a day hike on the nearby hilltops. Your sanctuary in India is your place to explore yourself while getting to deeply understand a new culture and way of life.
In the MIddle Atlas Mountains, curl up with a cup of mint tea, chat with our Moroccan team about women's issues or their perspectives, or practice your Arabic. You’ll feel right at home with the aroma of fresh home cooked Moroccan cuisine floating from the kouzina -- kitchen. Whether Fatiha, the CCS cook, is preparing a savory couscous, or you're learning the ins and outs of the perfect tagine with Khadija, the Program Officer, you'll enjoy a menu full of healthy and delicious meals.
Our Bangkok Home-Base sits on a lovely piece of land surrounded by lush Thai trees and flowers, within walking distance of any necessary conveniences. Every room has a connected bathroom and AC control. You'll enjoy common areas, including a porch, a living room filled with travel books, and a small workout room. At the CCS Home-Base, you'll find a never-ending supply of familiar and exotic fruits in the fridge, a fun assortment of Southeast Asian condiments to sample, and tons of Thai tea. Enjoy tasty local dishes including pad thai and noodle soups—and of course, you're always welcome to lend a hand in the kitchen.
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.
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. He was later selected to become the founding Country Director 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 and he is passionate to share his culture with you.
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.