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.Learn more about Volunteer Opportunities in Peru »
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 here, you have the chance to work side-by-side with community members to build a better, healthier future for their children.Learn more about Volunteer Opportunities in Tanzania »
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.Learn more about Volunteer Opportunities in India »
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 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!
On a clear day, you can see Mt. Kilimanjaro from your CCS home away from home. Located in a safe and beautiful neighborhood, your Home-Base in Tanzania boasts gardens with avocado trees and a huge outdoor eating area. Almost every room has a connected bathroom, and all rooms are equipped with a full-sized mirror. Whether you're nesting on the first or second floor, there is an abundance of shared space to enjoy, both indoors and out.
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.
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.
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.
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!