Volunteer Interview: Madel, Peru

I had the chance to sit down and speak with Madel Leal, an intern currently in Lima Peru. Madel is currently working on her Masters’ in Social Work with a concentration in Community Organizing and Development. Within her school, she works in the Office of Global Activities doing administrative work and web content. Additionally, she does student advising for one of the grants available through the school. Madel has been very active in the community here and her passion shows through her work. She has just completed the first 4 weeks of her 13 week internship.

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Pedro Pablo's Story

There are so many stories that come from Los Martincitos, a senior center in Villa Salvador in Lima, Peru. Below, our Country President, Enrique Bossio, tells one of them:

"At 26 and having never set foot in the Senior Citizen Program “Los Martincitos” in Villa El Salvador, Pedro Pablo is an unlikely participant of the program, but the staff and our CCS volunteers pay regular visits to his home as part of the center’s activities. And now more than ever.

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Welcome to Azrou: A letter from Mohamed

Mohamed, our Morocco Country Director, is thrilled to be able to offer a new site in Morocco, available immediately for both our High School volunteers, and student groups. In an open letter below, he describes why our new ventures in the community of Azrou is important to him, as well as the impact he hopes to make with the help of our volunteers.

“Dear Future Morocco Volunteer,

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Being a CCS volunteer means more than just traveling, or just volunteering. It means becoming part of a unique community; an international network of CCS alums, in the fellow-volunteers that you’ll meet at the Home-Base, and of course, the local people in your new home away from home. The CCS experience is all about creating community and meaningful connections, and all of this happens organically from the comfort of your Home-Base and with the support of a full-time in-country staff.

Located at the crossroads of Europe, Africa, and Asia, Greece boasts the longest coastline of the Mediterranean Basin and 227 inhabited islands. The birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, Western literature, historiography, political science, and major scientific and mathematical principles, the country retains world-renowned landmarks and historical sites to explore. In Chalkida, the city of "mad waters" and the administrative and commercial capital of the mainland island of Evia, you can take in Greek culture on pedestrian boardwalks or take in a Greek sunset along the waterfront.

Top 5 Places to Visit in Guatemala

Guatemala is such a hidden gem in Central America, with so much to see and learn! From the rich culture of Mayan and European influence, to the amazing food--always including fresh corn tortillas and black beans, to the stark contrast between the rich and the poor, more impacted by the recent civil war…..Guatemala hosts some of the most beautiful scenery I’ve ever encountered, as well as some of the best history and cultural lessons. Here’s what you HAVE to see on a trip to the “Land of Eternal Spring.”

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Gracias, Asante, Akpe, Shukran, Thank You

Gracias, Asante, Akpe, Shukran, Thank you.

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My 5+ year career at CCS has taught me a lot about “being thankful.” I continue to learn to wake up every single day, with the aim to live my life with gratitude and wonder at the diversity of human experience on this planet. Currently having the opportunity to work remotely from Tanzania (Hi Mount Kilimanjaro, nice to see you this morning!) and soon en route to India, by December, I will have had the chance to experience seven out of eight CCS programs.

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Gracias, Asante, Akpe, Shukran, Thank You

Gracias, Asante, Akpe, Shukran, Thank you.

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My 5+ year career at CCS has taught me a lot about “being thankful.” I continue to learn to wake up every single day, with the aim to live my life with gratitude and wonder at the diversity of human experience on this planet. Currently having the opportunity to work remotely from Tanzania (Hi Mount Kilimanjaro, nice to see you this morning!) and soon en route to India, by December, I will have had the chance to experience seven out of eight CCS programs.

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