We know that taking a Gap Year is a very personal decision. People want the freedom to explore and determine where they’ll go next. That’s why we encourage you to design your own custom Gap Year program using our invaluable connections and resources. What journey will you dare to imagine? We’ll help you bring it to life!

Spring Semester

Pick Your Own

We've got expert Program Specialists to help you custom build your dream gap year.

Fall Semester

Pick Your Own

No matter where you're coming from, or where you're headed, let our experts pave the way to your ultimate volunteer gap year!
Imagine taking a personal pilgrimage to explore religious traditions around the world—traveling from Morocco to India and then to Thailand to learn about Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism first-hand, all while serving others along the way. Perhaps you’d rather spend 12 weeks in your dream destination, becoming fully immersed in the culture, language, and community dynamics. When you embark on a CCS Custom Gap Year, your possibilities are endless. If having too many choices feels a little overwhelming (the world is big place, after all), then you can call and talk with a Program Specialist (who is a CCS alum) to help you plan your trip.

Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Latin America

We offer programs in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru—ideal destinations if you’re looking to improve your Spanish, explore ancient ruins and natural wonders, or wander local markets.

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“Little by little, one walks far. ”
Peruvian Proverb

"To be without a friend is to be poor indeed."
Tanzanian proverb


Leave the tourist books behind and make a real connection to the local people when you volunteer abroad in Morocco, Ghana, or Tanzania. You can make an impact by providing support at local child care centers, schools, community-led organizations, and clinics.



Seeing the Taj Mahal, hiking the Himalayas, sampling the flavors of Bangkok...all of these amazing adventures are at your fingertips when you enroll as a volunteer in Thailand or India. 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.


“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”
Dalai Lama

Our Projects

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.

Your In-Country Directors

Custom Gap Year Programs with Cross-Cultural Solutions India Director Bela


CCS wouldn’t be CCS without Bela! Not only is she our Country Director for CCS India, but she’s also one of our founding members, and serves on our Board of Directors. Between her first-hand knowledge of CCS India and her professional and academic background in counseling, Bela is an incredible resource for volunteers. She brings with her over 20 years of experience in international development and social services, and is renowned for her work in the field of special education. Bela is full of surprises: she loves all kinds of music, from classical Indian to Arabian music, to Jazz, and she’s an award-winning sharpshooter!

Custom Gap Year Programs with Cross-Cultural Solutions Director Muhammad

Mohamed Mhmmoudi

rom 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 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—he volunteered with CCS in India—and he is passionate to share his culture with you.

Custom Gap Year Programs with Cross-Cultural Solutions Director Pimsuda


Born in Bangkok, Pimsuda’s infectious laugh and witty sense of humor will keep you on your toes as you explore her home city. She is a natural leader, with a sweet disposition and extensive experience in community development and healthcare. As a trained nurse, Pimsuda has worked to improve healthcare across Asia as an educator and trainer on maternal health and child nutrition with refugee camps, the Ministry of Public Health, the Department of Technical and Economic Cooperation, and colleague agencies in Thailand. Pimsuda holds an M.A. in Community and Industrial Guidance and Counseling, and has developed curriculums, led trainings, and designed projects on HIV/AIDS prevention, environmental preservation, and integrated education and community outreach through her roles with the Institute for Health Development and the Peace Corps.

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

Spring Semester

Pick Your Own
We've got expert Program Specialists to help you custom build your dream gap year.

Fall Semester

Pick Your Own
No matter where you're coming from, or where you're headed, let our experts pave the way to your ultimate volunteer gap year!

Global Gap Year Programs

$11,500 USD
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