STUDENT VOLUNTEER ABROAD PROGRAMS

It's so cliche to say that this ‘changed my life’ but I feel like it enriched my life in ways I'm still discovering. The most prominent thought in my mind as I was preparing to leave [Costa Rica] and in the days after I returned home was ‘I need to do this again.
— Anne, Volunteer
What is success? Is it having a stellar resume and a top-notch career, or a sense of connection, community, and love? Why not both? Students who volunteer abroad are better prepared for success in the 21st century—not just by honing academic and career skills, but by empowering themselves to become more passionate and active global citizens. CCS volunteer programs are designed for future change agents—for curious, passionate, adventurous students who want to engage in meaningful volunteer work, learn about complex social issues, connect with people from different cultures, and journey to places they’ve only read about in a textbook or seen on Instagram.

I feel so connected to India and am definitely going back now, I especially love the fact that I didn't feel like a tourist until I traveled at the end of my stay and was not with CCS.

— Alexandra, Volunteer

I feel I have learned more in my 2 months in Guatemala than I have in my 15 years of full time education and I have certainly grown up a lot and become much more independent. I think I have developed emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.

— Tansy, Volunteer

WAYS TO RECEIVE ACADEMIC CREDIT

Do you want credit for serving abroad? Here are some ways that can happen! You can register for an independent study or a service learning course, complete a CCS internship, or fulfill any community service graduation requirements. Some academic and licensure programs require a supervisor, which we can provide. Contact your academic advisor, education abroad office, or career services office to review your options. If you need guidance with this process, you can email our CCS Campus Engagement guru, Carlton Rounds, to help figure out your options! Email: carlton@crossculturalsolutions.org.

I was truly amazed and humbled by coming into contact with the magnitude of all the things I will never be able to really know and by how incredibly different and similar the world can be at the same time. [...] I was continuously amazed by how much hope and optimism the people, as a nation, seemed to have.

— Kathleen, Volunteer

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I was truly amazed and humbled by coming into contact with the magnitude of all the things I will never be able to really know and by how incredibly different and similar the world can be at the same time. [...] I was continuously amazed by how much hope and optimism the people, as a nation, seemed to have.

— Kathleen, Volunteer

Other Options

International Internships

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Gap Year Programs

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High School Volunteer Abroad

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