I was having a Domino’s pizza party with Guatemalan children and nuns from around the world, at a home for children that are physically or cognitively disabled.
Over the Labor Day weekend, Cross-Cultural Solutions held our inaugural alumni weekend trip. The trip was for those who have previously been on a longer experience with CCS, and wanted to reconnect with an international community and meet other like-minded volunteers. With the recognition that many alumni don’t have the time to travel abroad for as long as they did on their initial program, CCS wants to continue to offer quick ways to increase cultural competency and make an impact with some of our partner programs.
Go ahead. I’ll follow.
Franco Lalama said those words to colleagues on the morning of September 11, 2001. He had led the evacuation of engineering offices on the 64th floor of One World Trade Center, but then, moments after heading down the stairs, he turned back. He wanted to check the offices one more time—to make sure no one had been left behind.
“He put himself last and everyone else first,” his wife Linda said.
By Farhana Rehman-Furs, Chief Programs Officer, Cross-Cultural Solutions
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Food is far more than fuel for our bodies—it reveals something significant about our cultural heritage and brings us together around the table. CCS volunteers consistently rave about the food at the Home-Base. CCS cooks are also trained in safe food preparation and cooking for a variety of dietary preferences, restrictions, and allergies. Check out these volunteer reviews and cultural factoids for our nine country destinations!
Countless cultures exist around the world, each with unique languages, histories, art forms, traditions, and beliefs. Yet, despite all of these differences, some things speak to our deeper selves that exist beyond any borders. Here are phrases from each of our country locations that reveal a little about their cultures—and maybe contain messages for us all.
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Ernesto Sirolli started doing aid work in Africa in the 1970's—and quickly realized how ineffective it was. In a funny and impassioned TED talk, he suggests the first step is to listen to the people you're trying to help, rather than assume what they need.
Across the US, more students than ever are setting off on a Gap Year before, during, or after college—even President Obama’s daughter, Malia.
This is your chance to take charge of your life: see a new place, get inspired, and set out in a new direction. That’s why CCS has developed a unique Gap Year Abroad program.
So why volunteer abroad during your gap year?
1. You’re not a tourist; you are part of the community.