Who's Your Vinny?

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.


5 Facts That Will Make You Fall In Love With Guatemala

How much do you know about Guatemala? Here are 5 interesting things that you can experience firsthand during your Cultural & Learning activities or free time when you volunteer with Cross-Cultural Solutions!

1. The first chocolate bar was invented by the ancient Maya civilization.
With CCS, you’ll be welcomed into a local family’s home where you’ll sit down and talk while eating real chocolate together.


The Kiswahili Challenge

If you’ve ever seen The Lion King, then you probably know that “hakuna matata” basically translates to “no worries.” But do you know what language Timon and Pumbaa are speaking? Read about how Julie Webb, a multi-program alum, is studying Kiswahili here in New York before returning to Tanzania for her Public Health internship!


So I’m learning Kiswahili before I head to Tanzania this summer.

What is Kiswahili you ask?

Well. Let me tell you.


Think Higher, Feel Deeper

A year after their daughter’s tragic death, Todd and Michelle Willen are now inspiring young people to “Live Like Ally” by offering scholarships for life-changing travel experiences to help make the world a better place. Cross-Cultural Solutions is proud to partner with the Live Like Ally Foundation in carrying on her legacy.


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How Volunteering Inspired My Debut Novel

Ed Renshaw volunteer abroad in Tanzania

by Ed Renshaw

This December marks ten years since I volunteered with CCS in Tanzania, an incredible experience that altered the course of my life and opened up a whole new world. Prior to Tanzania I was lucky enough to have travelled in Africa and Asia, but I hadn’t experienced anything nearly as intimate and powerful as the time I spent living and working in the local community.



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