Embark on the gap year volunteer adventure of a lifetime, and discover the <h1>Africa Gap Year</h1> as you become immersed in the communities, cultures, and traditions of three distinct African nations.
Azrou

Morocco

Morocco is a stunningly beautiful and diverse country in North Africa, heavily influenced by its geographic location at the crossroads of several worlds: African, Mediterranean, Christian, and Islamic.
Ho

Ghana

Above all, the Ghanaians are peaceful, caring, and hospitable. The Ghanaians maintain a stable government, as well as one of the strongest economies in Africa.
Bagamoyo

Tanzania

In Tanzania, you'll experience rural life and traditional East African culture. You'll feel welcomed by the warmth of the Tanzanian people and their strong family values.

Spring Semester

February 10, 2018

Morocco: February 2018 (4 weeks) Ghana: March 2018 (4 weeks) Tanzania: April 2018 (4 weeks)

Fall Semester

September 8, 2018

Morocco: September 8, 2018 (4 weeks) Ghana: October 6, 2018 (4 weeks) Tanzania: November 3, 2018 (4 weeks)
Here at CCS, we understand that there is no limit to the rich and varied cultures and history that you’ll discover in Africa over your gap year. When considering a continent that hosts over 50 nations, and literally thousands of languages and dialects, we believe you must explore more than one region to begin to develop a true understanding of the many gems this continent has to offer. This is why the Discover Africa Experience immerses you in three vastly different regions of Africa. Start your gap journey in the North African nation of Morocco and explore Muslim culture and tradition and you connect with new neighbors and friends in your volunteer work in a Berber village. Next, you’ll head over to Ghana’s Volta Region and learn about the unique beauty and history of rural West Africa. There, you’ll explore jungles and beautiful coastlines. You’ll complete your gap year living and volunteering on the shores of the Indian Ocean in the fishing village of Bagamoyo. In your free time, Tanzania’s landscape will introduce you to her wealth of natural resources, including unique wildlife, coffee plantations, waterfalls, and banana fields. Discover the real Africa in this 12 week gap year program! You’ll be glad you did.

Volunteer Opportunities

Azrou

Morocco

Azrou, tucked into the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco, is a Berber village that struggles with providing education opportunities to children and employment opportunities to families. Experience life in the Moroccan mountains while you make an impact on the educational system for children and women in the community.

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"Love truth even if it harms you, and hate lies even if they serve you."
Moroccan proverb

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“A single tree cannot make a forest”
Ewe Proverb

Ho

Ghana

As the population grows in the Volta Region, the people are forced to deal with the strain on vital social resources. Schools, community groups, and care centers throughout Ghana are severely under-resourced and understaffed. By volunteering abroad in Ho, you can help the community in ways such as providing one-on-one attention for young Ghanaians, fostering economic opportunities for women, or supporting workers in overcrowded health system.

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Bagamoyo

Tanzania

Today, Tanzanians face the residual effects of its colonial past, as well as the present lack of resources and prevalence of HIV/AIDS. Women and families suffer from high levels of infant and child mortality, and only a little over half of children attend school. When you volunteer in this fishing village on the Indian Ocean, you have the chance to work side-by-side with community members to build a better, healthier future for their children.

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

Our Projects

As you explore 3 distinct African nations on your Africa Experience Gap Year program, you'll be working with sustainable community organizations in unique landscapes to help address child development and healthcare goals. In Morocco, work in small schools with Berber children to address basic sanitation needs and educational objectives. Next, explore the Volta Region of Ghana in Ho, where you'll learn about how traditional and modern medicine coincide in a community rich with culture and history. End your experience in the fishing village of Bagamoyo, Tanzania on the banks of the Indian Ocean working with organizations focused on combating the stigmas surrounding HIV/AIDS, and toward the educational goals of children.

Your Home-Bases

Cross-Cultural Solutions Discover Africa Gap Year Programs in Morocco - Home-base
Azrou

Morocco

Your Moroccan home away from home is located on a safe, beautiful property. You’ll find enough space around Home-Base to hang out, curl up with a cup of mint tea, or practice your Arabic. The Home-Base includes a common area with a wrap-around couch. Living areas are communal and you'll have more than enough space to keep your belongings. You’ll feel right at home with the aroma of fresh home cooked Moroccan cuisine floating from the kouzina -- kitchen. Enjoy a menu full of healthy and delicious meals.

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Ho

Ghana

Sitting atop a hill in a safe, residential community, your CCS Home-Base in Ghana offers beautiful views and your very own mango tree! Common areas are furnished with plenty of chairs and couches that are decorated with bright batik fabrics. Enjoy the evening breeze on the patio with fellow volunteers or bring out a book for some quiet time. Each bed also has a mosquito net, so we've got you covered, literally.

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Bagamoyo

Tanzania

Rest by the banks of the Indian Ocean, just a short walk from the CCS Home-Base, or experience the daily life of residents in this fishing community. Your Home-Base in Tanzania is comfortable and right in the community, so you can create unique friendships and connections with both your fellow volunteers and your new neighbors. Bagamoyo is truly a unique and incredible location to complete your meaningful gap year experience.

CCS Country Presidents

Cross-Cultural Solutions Discover Africa Gap Year Program Director - Muhammed
Morocco

Mohamed Mhmmoudi

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. 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.

Cross-Cultural Solutions Discover Africa Gap Year Program Director - Makafui
Ghana

Makafui Amenuvor

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 advocates for sustainable volunteer work and development in his home community of Hohoe, Ghana. He is particularly engaged in girls’ and women’s empowerment issues. Makafui 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. With the Voluntary Counseling and Outreach committee, Makafui speaks to girls and women about their health care resources in the community.

Cross-Cultural Solutions Discover Africa Gap Year Program Director - Thea
Tanzania

Thea Mushi

Born in the Kilimanjaro region, Thea came to CCS after serving as Country Director for eight years at the Irish Agency for Personal Service Overseas (APSO). She’s been with CCS since 2003, and has plenty of experience working with international volunteers like you. She is a trained accountant and social and community development worker, and an advocate for the power of education on her community’s youth. She’s really passionate about at-risk youth; she volunteers with NY Cares in her community at a shelter for kids ages 8-12, working with pre-teen girls who are in vulnerable situations at homes that might include drug use or prostitution. Mama Thea, as she is called, loves to dance and has a huge, warm smile. She’s known for her contagious laughter and beautiful singing voice.

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

February 10, 2018
Morocco: February 2018 (4 weeks) Ghana: March 2018 (4 weeks) Tanzania: April 2018 (4 weeks)

Fall Semester

September 8, 2018
Morocco: September 8, 2018 (4 weeks) Ghana: October 6, 2018 (4 weeks) Tanzania: November 3, 2018 (4 weeks)

Africa Experience Gap Year

$11,500 USD
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