Fall Semester

September 8, 2018

Guatemala: September 8, 2018 (4 weeks)
Ghana: October 6, 2018 (4 weeks)
India: November 3, 2018 (4 weeks)

Spring Semester

February 9, 2019

Guatemala: February 9, 2019 (4 weeks) Ghana: March 9, 2019 (4 weeks) India: April 6, 2019 (4 weeks)
Whether you’re hoping to develop your Spanish language skills, immerse yourself in a unique Maya community, or soak up the beauty of the mountains and volcanoes, Tecpan, Guatemala is the perfect first stop for your incredible time abroad. Then, you’ll jet off the Volta Region of Ghana, where you'll meet with 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 Dharamsala, India, high in the Himalaya Mountains, to experience life in the highlands of India, as well as the adjacent Tibetan refugee government of McLeod Ganj.

Volunteer Opportunities

Maya Highlands

Guatemala

Immerse yourself in the Maya Highlands in the city of Tecpán, Guatemala, where 90% of the population is Kaqchikel Maya. The traditions of an ancient culture is still alive today, with colorful fabrics, fascinating ruins, and intricate ceremonies. Surrounded by lush farms and towering volcanoes, your experience in the Maya Highlands is a unique opportunity to see the true culture of rural Guatemala.

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Gap Year in GuatemalaGuatemala Gap Year

"All rise and nobody is left behind, neither not one person nor two or three."
From the Popol-Vuh, Sacred book of the Maya

Cross-Cultural Solutions Around the World Gap Year Programs in HoGap Year in Ghana

"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, sparking creativity in the minds of children attending our new summer school, or supporting workers in the overcrowded health system.

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Dharamsala

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. Your new home in the Himalaya Mountains is filled with incredible views, welcoming neighbors, and is a short walk to the Tibetan refugee government of McLeod Ganj. Work alongside inspiring leaders and progressive local organizations to support efforts to improve education and healthcare for women and children.

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Gap Year in IndiaIndia Gap Year

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

Our Projects

Embark on a semester-long adventure across 3 Latin America, Asia, and Africa as you become a part of distinct communities in 3 amazing countries. Start off your Gap Year in Costa Rica working in an under resourced community to support the early education efforts for young children. Then, experience the wonder of Dharamsala, high in the Himalaya Mountains, as you experience life and social justice in this important subcontinent. Capstone your experience of a lifetime in the Volta Region of Ghana and make your impact in a community rich with history and tradition.

CCS Country Presidents

Juan Carlos Country President Guatemala
Guatemala

JUAN CARLOS BUONAFINA

Juan Carlos Buonafina is known for his kind personality and for his dedication to the people of his home country of Guatemala. Juan Carlos is an educator, an intercultural exchange professional, and an expert at guiding international volunteer experiences. After receiving his degree, Juan Carlos started his career with CCS, specifically leading the CCS teen program in the Maya Highlands of Tecpan. Join Juan Carlos on your Guatemala journey to gain a unique and unparalleled insight into life in the mountainside towns of Guatemala.

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 Country Director Ragland
India

Ragland Devadass

Committed to supporting the youth of India through social and economic empowerment, Ragland brings 28 years of experience in community-based child, women, and youth development through programming across the country. A graduate of Madurai Kamaraj University, Ragland is an internationally-recognized development professional with experience in government and non-government agencies to develop programs aligning with Sustainable Development Goals and hosting seminars globally on child rights and child development. Join forces with a renowned development professional to make a sustainable impact in India while deeply immersing yourself in it's varied culture.

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

Fall Semester

September 8, 2018
Guatemala: September 8, 2018 (4 weeks)
Ghana: October 6, 2018 (4 weeks)
India: November 3, 2018 (4 weeks)

Spring Semester

February 9, 2019
Guatemala: February 9, 2019 (4 weeks) Ghana: March 9, 2019 (4 weeks) India: April 6, 2019 (4 weeks)

Around the World Semester Gap Program

$11,500 USD
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