5 Reasons To Volunteer Abroad on Your Gap Year

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.

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Opening Eyes

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.

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Inca Kola or Crackers?

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.

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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.

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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.




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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!

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

What is Kiswahili you ask?

Well. Let me tell you.

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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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