Constantina Strikou, Program Officer for CCS Greece has been dedicated to addressing the needs of refugee communities since 2015. Starting on the coasts of Lesvos where refugees first enter Greece, Constantina now works at a camp on the mainland, Ritsona Refugee Camp. She is inspired by the resiliency of this population and has had the opportunity to analyze and understand the needs of this community through her work. We had the opportunity to sit with her and discuss the breadth of this crisis and how others can help make an impact.
Celeste Torrens , 77 and Nathalie Weeks, 73 are two sisters that showed the world that you can make an impact at any age through Cross-Cultural Solutions. Both sisters were Peace Corps volunteers who shared a love for assisting communities throughout the world, and learning about humanitarian issues. As the refugee crisis was continuously brought to their attention, they both knew they needed to do something, and decided to make their difference together.
Denise Riebman decided to ring in the new year the right way--dedicated to the service of others. Denise is a career development specialist that decided to embark on her first CCS adventure to provide resources to refugees at the Ritsona Refugee Camp. Before her trip to Greece, she reached out to her friends and family to collect vital item donations for the distribution center at Ritsona. Unique to the Greece Refugee Program, CCS provides volunteers with a list of appropriate and useful donations that will make a positive impact on the residents of the camp.
At Cross-Cultural Solutions, our in-country staff always goes above and beyond to ensure the comfort of our volunteers. As members of the local community, they help to provide our volunteers with an authentic and genuine connection to their new cultural experience. From your new friend who will pick you up from the airport to the coordinator for volunteer activities, we’ll be with you every step of the way. Ivory Price, our Program Specialist for Costa Rica, spoke with some of our in-country staff so you could see why they’ll love to meet you!
The Nan Province in Thailand offers volunteers unique and versatile experiences that you can’t get elsewhere. From the picturesque lands surrounded by lush Thai trees and flowers to the beautiful culture of the Hill Tribes, you are sure to fall in love with this province. As a location that is less known to tourists, you will have an authentic experience surrounded by locals. Supporting one of our volunteer programs, you will have the opportunity to truly interact with the locals, and engage in incredible human-to-human interactions that leave a positive impact on both parties.
Jill Grossman is an incredible alumni that embodies exactly what being a CCS Volunteer is about. Through her volunteer trip to Tanzania, Jill was deeply impacted by what she saw. Being exposed to such a different culture and having the opportunity to work with underserved populations sparked something within her. Following her CCS trip, she began researching how she could continue to make an impact, and worked to receive her Master’s in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and went on to work for an African Non-Profit.
Azrou, Morocco offers adventurers an incredible destination to have the trip of a lifetime. From exploring the culture of the local community to indulging in the unique and decadent food items; this trip will create memorable experiences and leave a life-changing, transformative impact. As a town located in the center of Morocco, volunteers have the opportunity to immerse themselves fully in the culture, with plenty of opportunities to travel and explore. We spoke with our In-Country President, Mohamed, to see why volunteers will fall in love with Azrou.
Lima is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, and you’ll find that it boasts some of the most beautiful views of any big city in South America. Whether you are relaxing in El Parque del Amor in Miraflores or racing against the sunset in Barranco, you are sure to find a view that takes your breath away.
Support for Refugees - A Humanitarian Crisis
Social Work Internship
The refugee crisis in Greece has reached record levels. There are more than 62,000 refugees from Syria and elsewhere stranded in Greece with more families arriving daily. CCS Social Work Interns in Greece provide important and meaningful services to support the physical, social, and emotional needs of camp residents through work in the distribution center and supporting daily census activities for new arrivals.
Due to the sensitive nature of a social work internship at a refugee camp, Interns must be 20 years of age or older and commit to a 12-week position. University students under 20 are invited to support the distribution of clothing, water, and hygiene supplies through our Volunteer Abroad Refugee Program in Greece.
Before you know it, it’s time to start looking at colleges. The pressure is on--college fair after college fair, thousands of brochures, late-nights up researching the endless choices for majors; all while taking finals and trying to finish off high school. At this point in life, high school graduates are still in the process of figuring out who they are and understanding the world, but they are simultaneously forced into making the biggest decision of their life. What if going directly into college directly after completing high school isn’t the best choice?