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Fall Semester

September 8, 2018

Morocco: September 8, 2018 (4 weeks) Greece: October 6, 2018 (8 weeks)
Communities around the world are increasingly impacted by displaced populations, refugees, and struggles with income inequality. Join this unique gap year program, where you'll start your journey in the community of Azrou Morocco, in the Middle Atlas Mountains, to work with women and children to improve education opportunities and future income potential. After your introduction to sustainable volunteer work in Morocco, journey to Chalkida, Greece for an intensive 8-week service experience. At the Ritsona Refugee Camp in Chalkida, work closely with Syrian refugees in the distribution center, ensuring that this community receives the water, milk, hygiene supplies, and clothing needed for basic dignity and nourishment during this difficult time in their lives.

Volunteer Opportunities

Azrou

Morocco

Azrou, tucked into the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco, is a Berber village that struggles with providing education opportunities to children and employment opportunities to families. Experience life in the Moroccan mountains while you make an impact on the educational system for children and women in the community.

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Refugee & Vulnerable Populations Gap Year - MoroccoRefugee & Vulnerable Populations Gap Year - Azrou

"Love truth even if it harms you, and hate lies even if they serve you."
Moroccan proverb

Refugee & Vulnerable Populations - GreeceRefugee & Vulnerable Populations - Chalkida

"A narrow place can contain a thousand friends."
Syrian Proverb

Chalkida

Greece

Of the total 22.5 million refugees in the world today, less than 1 percent have been resettled. Over 62 thousand refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, and elsewhere are currently stranded in Greece, living in temporary camp structures while they wait, often indefinitely, for resettlement. Through your work in a Syrian refugee camp in Greece, you will distribute essential supplies, including water, milk, toiletries, and clothing, and promote dignity for this resilient population.

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Our Projects

Designed for students with a passion for making an impact in the world's most urgent social issues, the Refugee & Vulnerable Populations Gap Year immerses you in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco to work with schools and children in creating meaningful change for educational spaces. After your four week introduction to international service, journey to Greece, where you'll work in a Syrian refugee camp in a distribution center, providing essential supplies to families who have experienced first-hand the devastation of their homes and livelihoods. Experience lasting change in this challenging and eye-opening gap year.

Your Home-Bases

Cross-Cultural Solutions Refugee Gap Year Programs Morocco Home-Base
Azrou

Morocco

Your Moroccan home away from home is located on a safe, beautiful property. You’ll find enough space around Home-Base to hang out, curl up with a cup of mint tea, or practice your Arabic. The Home-Base includes a common area with a wrap-around couch. Living areas are communal and you'll have more than enough space to keep your belongings. You’ll feel right at home with the aroma of fresh home cooked Moroccan cuisine floating from the kouzina -- kitchen. Enjoy a menu full of healthy and delicious meals.

Cross-Cultural Solutions Refugee Gap Year Programs in Greece - Home-Base
Chalkida

Greece

In the town of Chalkida, on the banks of a bay off the Greek sea, you'll relax and reflect in the beautiful CCS Home-Base in a hotel just a block away from the city promenade. When you're not enjoying the views of the town from your balcony, or relaxing with your fellow volunteers in the courtyard, take a stroll along the sea and enjoy Chalkida's cafes and restaurants. Each day, you'll enjoy delicious and authentic Greek meals, including Greek salads with feta cheese, spanakopita, fresh fish, and an array of kabobs.

CCS Country Presidents

Cross-Cultural Solutions Refugee Gap Year Program Director - Mohamed
Morocco

Mohamed Mhmmoudi

From the moment you arrive in CCS Morocco, you’ll feel right at home with the welcoming and open smile of Mohamed to greet you. A lifelong student and educator, Mohamed comes from a small Moroccan village on the outskirts of the Sahara Desert. Inspired by an international volunteer, Mohamed joined the Peace Corps as a Language and Cross-Cultural facilitator, and later earned the position of Volunteer Safety & Security Officer. Mohamed’s passion for service grew while guiding volunteers and learning from them. He was later selected to become the founding Country President for CCS Morocco. Mohamed is particularly passionate about education and literacy, as it allows individuals to understand, and therefore defend, their own rights. Mohamed understands what it means to be an international volunteer—he volunteered with CCS in India—and he is passionate to share his culture with you.

Refugee Gap Year program - Greece
Greece

Constantina Strikou

Constantina Strikou has been involved in supporting refugees since the crisis hit a peak in 2015. With a background in policy and advocacy campaigns in humanitarian efforts, Constantina jumped in as a Program Coordinator and then a Communications Coordinator with ActionAid Hellas in emergency refugee response. On the front lines on the Greek islands, Constantina experienced first-hand the emotional struggles that refugee families face in arriving in a new land, and brings her perspectives and experiences to support Cross-Cultural Solutions volunteers in providing meaningful aid in Syrian refugee camps. An experienced aid professional with a rich background of on-the-ground relief work experience, Constantina's guidance during your program provides an invaluable context to a challenging and rewarding environment.

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
Morocco: September 8, 2018 (4 weeks) Greece: October 6, 2018 (8 weeks)

Refugee & Development Gap

$11,500 USD
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