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Monday, January 22, 2018

In looking back, he said his time at Ritsona was “an incredibly rewarding experience.” “What was great, though, was not only are you trying to educate and help the refugees, you’re being educated yourself,” he said. But there was a lingering question of what becomes of the refugees that he went to help. “And this situation in Greece is just horrific in that … there seems to be no escape,” he said. “When is it going to end?”

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Volunteers are kept busy in this lively Afro-Brazilian city and spend most of their time working in the favelas. You’ll be fully immersed in local communities: Volunteer projects depend on community need and volunteers’ skills, so you’ll have an opportunity to care for the elderly or lead field trips and play games at a home for children with HIV/AIDs. And when you’re not busy volunteering, the city of Salvador, and the nearby beaches are there to explore.

Monday, December 18, 2017

OppenheimerFunds believes in taking an active, hands-on approach to helping the communities where we work and live. Math literacy is a critical skill for the next generation to acquire throughout their education. According to the National Assessment of Educational Program, 37% of American 12th graders were academically prepared for college math in 2015. In addition, only 7% of U.S. students reached advanced level eight-grade math

Sunday, May 7, 2017

It truly is remarkable to see the complexity of the many people who move so seamlessly throughout the roads of Guatemala City. I have hope for this country and give love to a nation that does not seem to allow despair to find a seat at the dinner table. Grind on Guatemala, grind on.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Some members of the group spent time at the community-based initiative, Los Martincitos, a center where elderly residents can go for meals, crafts, literacy lessons and more. The volunteers felt their greatest impact at Los Martincitos was socializing with the visitors. “The warm greeting we received from the participants at Los Martincitos each day was my favorite part. They were really kind and always so happy to see us. Many of [the residents] live alone and I think they enjoyed having company,” said Hannah Ranum, Forte volunteer and Product Support Specialist.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

“There’s so much more to be done, but even just with what we did, people from the community came by and thanked us. It seemed like they were beginning to feel a sense of pride about the space and wanted to keep it clean,” said Erin Wehmann, Forte volunteer and Organizational Development Manager.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Whether you call it “international volunteering,” “voluntourism” or “volunteer vacation,” such hybrid programs like those offered by Cross-Cultural Solutions really do offer something beyond the traditional models of both tourism and volunteering. By using volunteer projects as a window into the local culture — and vice versa — you can have a unique and authentic experience abroad, unparalleled by a typical vacation. Here are just a few examples of what you can do on a Cross-Cultural Solutions program that you can’t do as a tourist.

Whether you call it “international volunteering,” “voluntourism” or “volunteer vacation,” such hybrid programs like those offered by Cross-Cultural Solutions really do offer something beyond the traditional models of both tourism and volunteering. By using volunteer projects as a window into the local culture — and vice versa — you can have a unique and authentic experience abroad, unparalleled by a typical vacation. Here are just a few examples of what you can do on a Cross-Cultural Solutions program that you can’t do as a tourist.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Volunteers with nonprofit Cross-Cultural Solutions spend their mornings teaching English, serving food, and organizing games and art projects for orphans or seniors. Some assist professionals at medical centers or facilities for individuals with disabilities. In the afternoons, volunteers explore Lima or attend Spanish classes and lectures about Peru. Many travel on weekends or extend their stays to visit the Amazon, Machu Picchu or Lake Titicaca. Volunteers stay at the CCS Home-Base and eat meals prepared by the CCS cook.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

While you could spend thousands of dollars on a dream vacation to Costa Rica — and there would be nothing wrong with that — you have other options, too. Some families decide to use their time to volunteer, which allows them to make a difference and grow closer as a result. Volunteer family vacations are available in different countries across the world. Cross-Cultural Solutions is one organization that offers volunteers the chance to address a specific need in another country, but volunteers are given free time to explore and learn about the community and area, as well.

While you could spend thousands of dollars on a dream vacation to Costa Rica — and there would be nothing wrong with that — you have other options, too. Some families decide to use their time to volunteer, which allows them to make a difference and grow closer as a result. Volunteer family vacations are available in different countries across the world. Cross-Cultural Solutions is one organization that offers volunteers the chance to address a specific need in another country, but volunteers are given free time to explore and learn about the community and area, as well.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Working in Russian orphanages was the hardest and most rewarding part of volunteering in Russia. "I cried every time I left," she said. After a while, she began to realize that the orphans were content with what they had, never knowing a life with consistent affections. Sometimes, she would pick the orphans up to show them how much she cared. She taught them how to tie their shoes, read books, play games and make crafts. It deepened her appreciation for the life that she lived in the states, said Shriver. And it made her yearn to continue to volunteer abroad.

Working in Russian orphanages was the hardest and most rewarding part of volunteering in Russia. "I cried every time I left," she said. After a while, she began to realize that the orphans were content with what they had, never knowing a life with consistent affections. Sometimes, she would pick the orphans up to show them how much she cared. She taught them how to tie their shoes, read books, play games and make crafts. It deepened her appreciation for the life that she lived in the states, said Shriver. And it made her yearn to continue to volunteer abroad.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Most recently, she took a week off to visit Guatemala on a volunteer program organized by Cross-Cultural Solutions (CCS). She traveled solo, joined a diverse volunteer group, and worked closely with underprivileged children. She had a fantastic time doing something positive for the community and building relationships with her fellow volunteers. After her experience abroad, she has become an enthusiastic advocate for voluntourism and plans to volunteer in Morocco in the coming year.

"International volunteer programs serve as a bridge between the NGOs and the volunteers," Barnhart said. Many international volunteer organizations also have long-term partnerships with local community NGOs and continuously send volunteers throughout the year. Their primary focus is the development and sustainability of a community, with less emphasis placed on what the community can do for the volunteer and more focus on what the volunteer can do for the community.

Friday, April 27, 2018

My husband and I are approaching retirement and are interested in learning more about volunteer vacations. Can you give us some information on this travel option, and refer us to some good organizations that offer these types of trips?

My husband and I are approaching retirement and are interested in learning more about volunteer vacations. Can you give us some information on this travel option, and refer us to some good organizations that offer these types of trips?

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Anyone seeking to volunteer abroad and get hands-on experience in the fields of health or education need look no further than Cross-Cultural Solutions. Beyond the satisfaction of serving others, these trips help participants stand out among their peers when applying to schools and jobs.

Anyone seeking to volunteer abroad and get hands-on experience in the fields of health or education need look no further than Cross-Cultural Solutions. Beyond the satisfaction of serving others, these trips help participants stand out among their peers when applying to schools and jobs.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

"International volunteer programs serve as a bridge between the NGOs and the volunteers," Barnhart said. Many international volunteer organizations also have long-term partnerships with local community NGOs and continuously send volunteers throughout the year. Their primary focus is the development and sustainability of a community, with less emphasis placed on what the community can do for the volunteer and more focus on what the volunteer can do for the community.

"International volunteer programs serve as a bridge between the NGOs and the volunteers," Barnhart said. Many international volunteer organizations also have long-term partnerships with local community NGOs and continuously send volunteers throughout the year. Their primary focus is the development and sustainability of a community, with less emphasis placed on what the community can do for the volunteer and more focus on what the volunteer can do for the community.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

On average, students take six years to get through college. “What we find is if students have an experience at the front end that grounds them with focus and purpose and an idea for using their education, they get through college much more efficiently and with a clearer focus for their learning,” Falik explains. Her students — in fact, most gap-year students — enter college with a strong awareness of money and budgeting. I like that kind of outcome.

Ms Khan volunteered to teach English and literacy through an international programme called Cross-Cultural Solutions. “I was thinking about going away to teach for a year, or maybe three,” she said. “But I couldn’t commit to up and leaving for that long. “Cross-Cultural Solutions have different programme lengths so I thought I would try it out for the summer. They have programmes, in India, Brazil, Peru and many other places.” She chose Thailand, because she loves the culture, especially the food.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

On average, students take six years to get through college. “What we find is if students have an experience at the front end that grounds them with focus and purpose and an idea for using their education, they get through college much more efficiently and with a clearer focus for their learning,” Falik explains. Her students — in fact, most gap-year students — enter college with a strong awareness of money and budgeting. I like that kind of outcome.

On average, students take six years to get through college. “What we find is if students have an experience at the front end that grounds them with focus and purpose and an idea for using their education, they get through college much more efficiently and with a clearer focus for their learning,” Falik explains. Her students — in fact, most gap-year students — enter college with a strong awareness of money and budgeting. I like that kind of outcome.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Eli Lily’s program pays for 200 people or so to travel for two weeks to a country in Africa, Asia, or Latin America. The only requirement is that the volunteer employed at Lilly for at least two years at the time of travel, and have a successful rating on performance management reviews. This year, 1,300 Lilly employees applied to participate and 220 were approved to be Lily Ambassadors.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Most travelers are familiar with Kilimanjaro for its bucket-list-worthy mountain, and not for its overcrowded schools nearby. But Cross-Cultural Solutions runs an ongoing program in this east African nation where volunteers can explore the local side of Kilimanjaro with a chance to become a part of a the community. Volunteers support teachers and teach English, staying in shared digs run by the all-local staff.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Cross-Cultural Solutions offers international volunteer programs that range in length from one to 12 weeks. Program fees are 100 percent tax-deductible for many United States residents and payments toward program fees -- which goes toward lodging, meals, drinking water, cultural activities, and the volunteer project itself -- that are submitted online by volunteers with a billing address in the United States will automatically receive a tax receipt through the organizations online payment system.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Your room, board and airfare in some cases are tax-deductible if you travel with a nonprofit. Vincent Mirrione, 69, of Newman, Calif., has taken seven trips with Cross-Cultural Solutions, a nonprofit specializing in volunteer travel based in New Rochelle, NY. His work at a soup kitchen and orphanage in Guatemala, Russian senior centers, and a project that Mother Teresa started in India have wound up costing about $300 a week after the tax break, he says.

Wednesday, February 4, 2004

But Singh recalls the year CCS launched a program in Rajgarh, an isolated spot about eight hours southeast of Dharmsala. "Electricity had just come to the town," she recalls. One of the volunteers that season was a naval engineer. "She was a very bright girl; she stood out in the group." One afternoon, she talked to children at a local school about her job. Three years later, Singh was visiting volunteers in Rajgarh when a schoolgirl raced up to her. "She said, 'Guess what? I've just been admitted to engineering college. I'm going to build ships, too.'"

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Known as "voluntourism" or service travel, a growing number of people are combining volunteering with a vacation. Organizations that run these trips report an uptick in the number of new volunteers and inquiries, particularly after a round of natural disasters and global events that have inspired travelers to want to help out during their vacations.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Cross-Cultural Solutions experienced more than a 10 percent growth in volunteers over 50 in 2008, compared with 2007, according to company officials.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Jamie Cann and his wife, Mary, returned recently from a volunteer trip to Tanzania. Jamie spent his days in a home for orphans and vulnerable children, teaching English and playing soccer with the kids. Mary taught English and math at a nearby primary school. "It was an incredible experience for us to share," says Jamie of the trip they booked through Cross-Cultural Solutions ... "To do something like this, to share such an important, meaningful, experience has strengthened our relationship."

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