Jessica Rios, a Physical Therapy student, from Illinois Central College (ICC) was always interested in traveling internationally, but hadn’t had many opportunities to do so. She wanted to find an experience that offered her first-hand insight in the field of healthcare so that she could have a firm grasp on how different countries approach and overcome systemic challenges in the healthcare system.
In Ghana, girls are often provided with fewer opportunities than their male counterparts. With little economic opportunities, women are often caught in the cycle of poverty, and unable to find jobs. For the past 20 years, CCS has worked to fight for girls education and combat rural poverty.
“I didn’t really like eating American salad when I came to Salisbury. I thought it was kind of weird,” eighteen-year Theo Quartey admits. Theo, an international student at the Salisbury School, has had to adjust to many aspects of life in the Northeast, from the bitter cold winters of Connecticut, where the campus is located, to the choices for school meals.
CCS alumna Courtney Hudson recently won CCS' 20th Anniversary Alumni Storytelling Contest with her photo of a Tanzanian boy who communicates through his smile.
While other kids dream about becoming vets or doctors, since Courtney Hudson was eight years old, she dreamt of going to Africa to help other people.
At age 20 I flew to Accra, Ghana with the hopes of completing my undergraduate internship requirements. My young, naive self had no idea what was really in store for me. I volunteered at a rural hospital and learned how to do blood tests for Malaria, Yellow Fever, and HIV. As I dreamed of becoming an American Medical Doctor, this was an exciting learning opportunity. Still, I was unaware of how much I was truly learning.
Is it June already? A lot has happened since my last blog post in September 2013.
Kirkwood Community College completed a campus-wide application process for the Cross-Cultural Solutions program. We selected seven outstanding students and one faculty member from the English Language Acquisition (ELA) Program.
I have three young kids at home and getting away for 10 days is a big deal that doesn't get to happen that often.
My trip to Ghana was just the soul food I needed.
Here's something that just about all of my friends and family know about me: I'm a backpacker. I love waking up in the morning, pointing to a spot on the map, hopping on a bus and ending up somewhere new. In fact, I've backpacked through 42 countries and counting. When I had the opportunity to volunteer in Ghana with Cross-Cultural Solutions in November of 2013, I could hardly believe that I'd be making my very first trip to the African continent.
This past summer, I volunteered in Ghana's Volta Region, and it was the most incredible two weeks of my life. After volunteering with CCS in Guatemala the year before, I knew I wanted to do it again, but in Africa this time.
This past summer, we launched our very first Documentarian of the Summer contest for our intrepid High School Volunteer Abroad participants. We challenged each of our high school volunteers to produce a video that captures their CCS experience. With so many amazing videos, it was hard to choose just one, but we're pleased to announce our very first Documentarian of the Summer: CCS High School Volunteer Abroad volunteer, Katie Roche!