Lima

Peru

Home to nearly a tenth of the world's rainforests, the Andes Mountains, the ancient wonders of Machu Picchu, and the Nazca Lines, Peru is a legendary place.
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.
New Delhi

India

As home to 18 languages, 500 dialects, and over a billion people, few countries offer diversity as varied as India.

Spring Semester

January 13, 2018

Peru: January 2018 (4 weeks) Tanzania: February 2018 (4 weeks) India (New Delhi): March 2018 (4 weeks)

Fall Semester

September 9, 2017

Peru: September 2017 (4 weeks) Ghana: October 2017 (4 weeks) India (New Delhi): November 2017 (4 weeks)
Whether you’re hoping to develop your Spanish language skills, explore ancient history, or sandboard golden dunes, Lima, Peru is the perfect first stop for your incredible time abroad. Then, you’ll jet off to the west Africa to visit Ho, Ghana. Volunteer alongside new friends and members of the community and meet with the witch doctors and traditional bone healers , sail along Lake Volta, or even take a weekend to see Cape Coast. Your Around the World Gap Year ends in a whirlwind of sights and sounds in New Delhi, India. Your Home-Base is located in an ideal central location for you to enjoy Delhi’s mixture of languages, religions, spectacular architecture, and distinctive cuisine.

Volunteer Opportunities

Lima

Peru

In recent years, Peruvians have struggled with significant social and economic changes following the terrorist acts of the Shining Path, a communist revolutionary group that was determined to overthrow the government in the ‘80s. These events triggered a major population shift from rural to urban areas, resulting in a strain on resources that left children and the elderly especially vulnerable. You will help support people affected by the Shining Path who are still searching for better opportunities.

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"Little by little, one walks far."
Peruvian 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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New Delhi

India

From Gandhi to modern activists, India has proven to be a center of social activism and resilience. You’ll discover this dedication to positive change and social progress first-hand. As you wander New Delhi, you’ll notice the stark socioeconomic contrast among its neighborhoods, indicating the city's rapid and unequal growth. You'll work alongside one of a variety of progressive local organizations to support efforts to address those discrepancies.

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“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Our Projects

The CCS international volunteer experience offers you a genuine volunteer experience with countless opportunities to connect with, and learn from, local people in those communities in which you'll work to support.

Your Home-Bases

Cross-Cultural Solutions Around the World Gap Year Programs Peru Home-Base
Lima

Peru

Your Peruvian home away from home is located in a lovely community, just a short walk from a convenient hour laundry service and delicious restaurants. With little gardens inside and outside of the CCS Home-Base with plum trees and grapevines, you’ll never feel too far from nature. The CCS Peru Home-Base has bedrooms upstairs and downstairs and wood floors throughout. The common area is a great spot to play board games with fellow volunteers, or study up on your español. Then there's the food in Peru. You'll enjoy incredible local meals made up of meats, salads and veggies, all served with a side of amazing fiery sauce that will quickly become a new favorite!

Cross-Cultural Solutions Around the World Gap Year Programs in Ghana - Home-Base
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.

Cross-Cultural Solutions Global Gap Year Programs India Home-Base
New Delhi

India

You’ll be living in the CCS apartment in New Delhi, a quiet oasis in a busy city with an open floor plan and a peaceful outdoor space to practice yoga or enjoy a book. Inside, you’ll find plenty of room for lounging around or playing a game of cards with your fellow volunteers. The apartment is air-conditioned, ensuring that your home away from home is comfortable year-round. You'll enjoy delicious cuisine prepared by our incredible CCS New Delhi cook, from homemade soups served with warm naan (Indian flatbread) to tandoori chicken, all of the delicious food that you’ll feast on is made with ingredients purchased at the local market.

Your In-Country Directors

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Peru

Enrique "Kique" Bossio

Kique is a hands-on leader; he is closely connected to our partner organizations in Peru. Kique is extremely knowledgable and passionate: he’ll discuss issues with you from human rights to Peruvian politics or history. He’s not entirely serious, though: his sarcastic and light-hearted humor is infectious, bringing a special light to the Home-Base. Before joining CCS, Kique was the Peru and Bolivia Country Director for the Canadian University Service Overseas (CUSO). He also served as an executive committee member for the Movimiento Homosexual de Lima (MHOL), an internationally recognized organization advocating for the rights of the gay and lesbian community as well as individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. Kique has established an AIDS hotline, a Peers Education program, and Safer Sex workshops for MHOL, and has interned with Human Rights Watch in Washington, DC.

Around the World Gap Year in Ghana
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.

India

Bela Singh

The first thing you will notice about Bela Singh is that she has a fiery spirit with a mysterious spark. She’s always asking volunteers about their observations and teaching about cultural nuances. Bela is a community leader with extensive knowledge and experience in women’s issues, education, and support for those with intellectual/cognitive disabilities. She founded the Sahan School for the Mentally Challenged; she started the Vatsalya Counseling Center in Jaipur for first-time learners; and she’s provided counseling to a wide variety of individuals as a School Counselor, a Clinical Psychologist, and a Psychotherapist. She also has a wide variety of experiences as a volunteer, lecturer, nutritional consultant, and proponent of women’s literacy. 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!

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

January 13, 2018
Peru: January 2018 (4 weeks) Tanzania: February 2018 (4 weeks) India (New Delhi): March 2018 (4 weeks)

Fall Semester

September 9, 2017
Peru: September 2017 (4 weeks) Ghana: October 2017 (4 weeks) India (New Delhi): November 2017 (4 weeks)

Custom Gap Year Programs

$11,500 USD
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