It’s always nice to have options, right? Yeah, we think so too. That’s why our new website comes equipped with a super cool tool that allows you to explore all of your options for possible CCS destinations, program lengths, availability, and fees. Need some help with the ins and outs? We’ll show you how it works.
Today is a day to celebrate Cross-Cultural Solutions alumni for all that they’ve accomplished as international volunteers. In recognition of their awesomeness, we’ve invited everyone who has volunteered with CCS to dust off their memories and share them with the world!
Find out how their CCS experiences changed them …
Recently, we’ve gotten requests from interested parents and adventurous teens looking for more info on the CCS teen program. As always, we’ve got the answers.
It’s November 20th and that can only mean one thing: it’s time to do some serious cooking for a rowdy house full of your closest friends and family. That’s right, it’s Thanksgiving!
If your family is anything like mine, everyone probably has their signature dish that they bring along year after year. But perhaps there’s room for something deliciously different this time around?
So, what are you going to do with the kids on their next break from school? The way we see it, you've got a few options...
Your gap year has the potential to be absolutely anything. The sky is the limit; the world, your proverbial oyster. But once your gap year has drawn to a close, and you’ve unpacked – and Febreezed – your backpack, it would be nice to have more than a few new Facebook photos and a serious case of jetlag to remember your experience, right?
Land of the Incas
Volunteer in Peru
Peru has historically been one of the poorest and most unequal countries in Latin America. Despite sustained economic growth for over a decade, distribution of wealth remains one of Peru’s greatest challenges. More than 70% of the population lives in cities, with 33% of the urban poor found in the capital of Lima. It is estimated that 1/3 of the population of Lima live in poor conditions in shantytowns like Villa el Salvador.
Join CCS in Peru as we continue to build on nearly two decades of volunteer work in Villa el Salvador. Together we work on programs that reinforce the importance of education, health, and dignity for children, mothers, and their families. The educational, recreational, and public health curriculums we deliver targets school dropout rates and promote child health and the empowerment of families that are under-resourced.
CCS has been working in Peru for nearly two decades as a leader in early childhood education with the support of our international volunteer base.
Village in the Sky
Volunteer in Dharamsala
Persistent inequality in India is reflected in the low human development attainments of the country’s most marginalized groups including castes, women, the transgender community, people living with HIV, migrants, and tribal and rural populations. More than 800 million of India’s 1.25 billion people live in the countryside, and a quarter of this rural population lives below the poverty line, totaling 216 million individuals. The government estimates average monthly incomes per agricultural household across the whole of India at only US $105.
Families in Dharamsala face the reality of a rural economy and the pressures that come with it. Very often education is not viewed as a way out of poverty, and children are instead encouraged to contribute to the cultivation of the family land and animals. Additionally, access to health care in rural settings can be extremely limited and under resourced.
Join CCS to volunteer in Dharamsala as we support the education of vulnerable children and girls, and deliver public health campaigns to those that lack adequate health care.
The family you never knew you had
Volunteer in Ghana
Poverty is endemic in Ghana and has devastating effects on children and families. There are 1.2 million children in Ghana living in extreme poverty, often suffering from malnutrition, and not meeting child development milestones (28% of the country). Nearly 623,500 children of primary school age are not enrolled in school, in addition to one in four kindergarten-age children.
Join CCS to volunteer in Ghana to fight for girls education and combat rural poverty. Together as a movement, we can help break the cycle of poverty by systematically implementing programs that work directly with young children to help them meet developmental goals, while supporting nutrition projects, providing them with health care services that keep them in school, and support their families to create a loving home environment.
CCS in Ghana has been working for the last 20 years as a leader in early childhood education with the support of our international volunteer base.
If you’re a 50+ volunteer looking for a once-in-a-lifetime international experience, you’ve come to the right place. See what other volunteers just like you had to say about their CCS experience.