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.
Here’s some advice on how to kick the bucket list when you go abroad.
1. Don’t do anything.
One morning, Dana Whitaker woke up and, before getting out of bed, decided she would journey alone to Morocco. Here's a story about the people she met that changed her perspective on cultural differences and shared humanity.
“I don’t know how I am going to handle this for a month.”
That was Dana Whitaker’s first thought when she arrived at the airport in Morocco.
CCS alumna Joanna Schreck shares her moving experience while volunteering with the elderly in Villa El Salvador.
This past year, I hit a milestone: For every seven years of service completed where I work, the company gives employees a short sabbatical. I spent a good deal of time researching what to do with the extra two weeks off; I Googled “sabbatical” in all my free time and was getting increasingly excited about retreats and volunteering possibilities.
by Paul Cassetti
Recently, I went to my auto mechanic, Vinny, to get my car inspected.
I’ve known Vinny for over 20 years; he’s a small business owner with only about six mechanics on staff. Vinny knows what I do for a living—that I’m an accountant for a charitable organization.