Each year we challenge our High School Volunteer Abroad volunteers to share videos of their CCS experiences as part of CCS’s “Documentarian of the Summer” contest. In Rohit’s video, you will see the beauty that he found in the vibrant, joyful culture of Dharamsala. Rohit’s journey inspires us all.
When I arrived at the Cross-Cultural Solutions Home-Base in Dharamsala, India last month, I instantly felt at home. The CCS Dharamsala team introduced themselves and shared a bit of their respective stories as we all sipped chai tea in the cozy living room. After we finished our tea, introductions, and a quick Home-Base tour, I went into the bedroom that I'd be sharing with a fellow volunteer and began to unpack and settle in. It's amazing to think back and remember how in just 3 short weeks, every part of it felt like home.
This time last year, after a 14-hour direct flight, I landed in India. The first person that I met at the airport was the CCS driver, Sunil. His smile and warm welcome were exactly what I needed after such a long flight! He eagerly greeted me, loaded me (and my bags) into the air-conditioned van, and we were off! I felt a rush of excitement as I stared out of the van window in wonderment: markets, farm animals, and busy people on the streets. India's beautiful chaos is something that I've tried to describe a million times to a million people, but you really just need to see it for yourself.
Did you know that just about everyone who works at Cross-Cultural Solutions' HQ is a former volunteer? So when you call and ask a question, we're not reading from a manual. Instead, we're speaking from the heart about our own experience. We're sharing why, when we were in your shoes and doing our own research, we picked CCS.
The Seven Wonders of the World are some of the most sought-after travel experiences around, and lucky for you, Cross-Cultural Solutions offers volunteer opportunities within traveling distance of some of these epic sites. So if you're trying to figure out just where to kick off your life of international exploration and volunteer travel, why not start with one of these.
Today is a day to celebrate Cross-Cultural Solutions alumni for all that they’ve accomplished as international volunteers. In recognition of their awesomeness, we’ve invited everyone who has volunteered with CCS to dust off their memories and share them with the world!
Find out how their CCS experiences changed them …