OTHER CCS PROGRAMS
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.
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.
Thailand • Dharamsala
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.
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!
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.
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.