This past summer, I volunteered in Ghana's Volta Region, and it was the most incredible two weeks of my life. After volunteering with CCS in Guatemala the year before, I knew I wanted to do it again, but in Africa this time.
This past summer, we launched our very first Documentarian of the Summer contest for our intrepid High School Volunteer Abroad participants. We challenged each of our high school volunteers to produce a video that captures their CCS experience. With so many amazing videos, it was hard to choose just one, but we're pleased to announce our very first Documentarian of the Summer: CCS High School Volunteer Abroad volunteer, Katie Roche!
It's time for another update from our group of seven Princeton Bridge Year students spending their gap year with Cross-Cultural Solutions in Brazil. The group has been in-country for about one month, and each day they share new experiences as they learn, grown, and volunteer together.
In the summer of 2012, Kirkwood Community College sent our very first group of students overseas to volunteer with Cross-Cultural Solutions. Since then, we have sent students and faculty to Tanzania, Peru, and Costa Rica. And in 2014, I'll be leading my very first group of Cross-Cultural Solutions student volunteers on an immersive cultural experience in Ghana's Volta Region.
Recently, my mom, sister, and I traveled to Guatemala to volunteer together with Cross-Cultural Solutions for one week. And although we're an incredibly close bunch, I feel like I got to see certain sides of those two (and myself), for the very first time.
I began studying Swahili during my first year at Hampshire College. I loved learning a new language and studying East African culture. So when I began my third year of school, I decided to volunteer in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania with Cross-Cultural Solutions as an independent study. CCS provided me with the perfect foundation to create a month-long program while earning academic credit.
Just a few short weeks ago, Cross-Cultural Solutions and the Princeton University Bridge Year Program kicked off our brand new partnership by sending our very first group of Bridge Year students to Salvador, Brazil.