In-Country Presidents Express Their Gratitude

At CCS, we work alongside an incredible In-Country team who knows the needs of their local communities.Our In-Country Presidents are so grateful for the work of our volunteers that make an incredible impact in their local community. They guide our volunteers in getting to know the communities and choosing volunteer assignments to assure that we make the most meaningful change. This Thanksgiving, they wanted to reflect on what they are thankful for in their communities, traditions that make their country special, and share why they're thankful for our CCS Volunteers.

Jose

Jose Hernández-Ugalde
Costa Rican Country President

What are you thankful for about your own community?
I am thankful for the opportunity to meet community leaders who are so focused and help others and allow us to contribute through volunteers. I am so proud of meeting and working with people whose priorities are to help others and to create tighter connections.

What traditions in your country are you thankful for?
I am thankful for traditions such as the Market Fairs in town and even in the capital. I like the sense of community that we can feel and experience and it is still alive. I like the purpose of buying locally produced or locally made to support the people of Costa Rica and their willingness to create and challenge themselves. I like the traditions related to keeping families together sharing meals and stories.

Why are you thankful for our CCS volunteers?
CCS volunteers, their enthusiasm, their questions, their vision allows me to challenge myself more, they make me learn more about my culture and my country to be able to communicate areas of my culture and history, that I live and experience, but suddenly I understand and respect more. Volunteers are a group of people with their eyes wide open ready to help and to learn.

Makafaui

Makafui Amenuvor
Ghana Country President

What are you thankful for about your own community?
I am thankful for peace and security in my community.

What traditions in your country are you thankful for?
I am thankful for Ghanaian's celebration of festivals and culture through drumming and dancing. This signifies being happy in the midst of having nothing.

Why are you thankful for our CCS volunteers?
I am thankful for the dedication of CCS volunteers in support of our community effort to effect positive change at the grassroots level.

Mohammed

Mohamed Mhmmoudi
Morocco Country President

What are you thankful for about your own community?
I am thankful for the opportunity CCS gave me to help the less fortunate people in my community. I am thankful for their appreciation for what CCS volunteers and I do for them. I am thankful for having a community that is open & welcoming to our volunteers

What traditions in your country are you thankful for?
I am thankful for the peace and freedom we have in my country compared to others in the region
For belonging to a country that is very diverse and in the crossroads between Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.
For the respect of parents and older people that we still have in this country.

Why are you thankful for our CCS volunteers?
Without CCS volunteers I wouldn't have gotten to know my culture and myself as I do now. Without them, I would not have known the real situation of the poor and less fortunate people of my community. Because of our CCS volunteers, I got a chance to help my community. Because of them, I learned to appreciate and admire the world's diversity

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