This week, we've got a great interview with Lauren Maitland, Director of Programs here at Cross-Cultural Solutions. Wondering how we can be so sure that CCS is the absolute safest option around? Just take a look at what she had to say.
In honor of the 3 year anniversary (it's crazy how time flies!) of my Cross-Cultural Solutions volunteer experience in Costa Rica, I wanted to share an excerpt from the blog that I kept during my time in country, way back when. Enjoy!
As soon as I stepped off the plane in Guatemala, I was welcomed into a family of some of the most lovely people I had ever met. They were kind, constantly smiling, and eager to help me with my goal for the week—begin to learn Spanish abroad!
A member of the Cross-Cultural Solutions HQ staff asked me some questions when I returned from my High School Volunteer Abroad experience in Guatemala. I think my answers can help you make the right decision about the best volunteer abroad program for you, and so I wanted to share.
You know two things: You keep finding your gaze drift over to the continent of Africa as you search for your next big adventure, and you're certain that teaching English abroad is the way that you want to make your impact. When you teach English in Africa with Cross-Cultural Solutions, you're supporting our partner organizations in their efforts to provide better access to education for children and adults alike. But you may be wondering, "How can I choose between Morocco and Tanzania?" These are the right questions to ask; Africa is a massive and incredibly diverse continent.
For an international volunteer, there are few moments more invigorating and fulfilling than those that take you off the tourist path. They offer a rare glimpse into a new country and culture, and rare insights into yourself, as well.
When you volunteer abroad with Cross-Cultural Solutions, each day brings new opportunities to get off the tourist path. Here are a few special moments experienced by some of the staff here at Cross-Cultural Solutions during their volunteer abroad adventures.
Cross-Cultural Solutions is a mission-driven organization, and one of our core values—something connected to everything we do, and every decision that we make—is Shared Humanity. As a proud CCS alumnus, I can say from experience that every moment abroad with CCS involves a chance to connect with the people around you. Even when you're not busy volunteering, everything you do during your time in-country with CCS helps to build bridges of understanding.
In my last blog post, I focused on the community impact data collected from our local partner organizations through the Cross-Cultural Solutions Partner Program Survey. And since I promised to share some of the universal trends and amazing quotes that best illustrate these trends, I'm back with a few of my favorites.
Here at Cross-Cultural Solutions, we've been helping groups of all sizes, interests, and ages realize the volunteer abroad adventure of a lifetime since 1995. In fact, it's my job as the Group Specialist—along with my co-Group Specialist, Kemper—to make sure that your group volunteer abroad experience is everything that every single member of your group dreamed that it would be!
When you volunteer abroad with Cross-Cultural Solutions, what awaits you at the Home-Base is a family of local people who’ll immediately plug you into your new community. It's the family in a faraway place that you never knew you had; the CCS in-country team.