VOLUNTEER TAGS: PERU

Experience Impact: 15 Years Later

The impact of a CCS experience lasts wekk beyond your time in the filed. We're proud to share this letter from a former CCS volunteer, who is continuing to take her global engagement to new heights:

Dear Cross Cultural Solutions,

My CCS experience gave me valuable insight into development work at a crucial time in my career path. I continue to recommend CCS to everyone who expresses an interest in volunteer travel and/or international development.

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Kusi Wawa Kuna Preschool - PART 2

We're back with part 2 of Bruce's blog about his volunteer experience with CCS in Peru. Dive in with us to explore how we impact child education in this community!

In Part 1 of this post I gushed a bit about how this little humble preschool is a sanctuary and oasis by explaining where it is located in order to give you a brief glimpse into what they have worked through to make this beautiful dream a reality.

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Kusi Wawa Kuna Preschool - PART 1

Ever wonder what it's like to walk into a volunteer impact assignment with CCS on day 1? Join volunteer Bruce on his journey in Peru!

The Peruvian volunteering assignment I was blessed to receive from the charity A Fresh Chapter was serving as a volunteer assistant in the Kusi Wawa Kuna preschool. Read more about the teachers and Kids of this wonderful preschool in Part 2 of this blog post, but to know the full beauty of this school you need to know a little something about its neighborhood.

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Mary-Katherine's Impact in Peru

Mary-Katherine Workman volunteered in Peru in January 2018. She wanted the opportunity to travel but also make a sustainable impact. In Peru, she worked on numerous social projects to help uplift Lima communities. Lawrence Book-McKnight, Program Manager for CCS Peru interviewed Mary-Katherine about her experience. Read about her impact journey!

When did you originally decide to volunteer with CCS, and why?

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Volunteer Interview: Madel, Peru

I had the chance to sit down and speak with Madel Leal, an intern currently in Lima Peru. Madel is currently working on her Masters’ in Social Work with a concentration in Community Organizing and Development. Within her school, she works in the Office of Global Activities doing administrative work and web content. Additionally, she does student advising for one of the grants available through the school. Madel has been very active in the community here and her passion shows through her work. She has just completed the first 4 weeks of her 13 week internship.

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Pedro Pablo's Story

There are so many stories that come from Los Martincitos, a senior center in Villa Salvador in Lima, Peru. Below, our Country President, Enrique Bossio, tells one of them:

"At 26 and having never set foot in the Senior Citizen Program “Los Martincitos” in Villa El Salvador, Pedro Pablo is an unlikely participant of the program, but the staff and our CCS volunteers pay regular visits to his home as part of the center’s activities. And now more than ever.

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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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I funded 97% of my trip with an email!

postcard from Peru with Cross-Cultural SolutionsI had considered this trip for a while (you can ask Taylor). I knew I had the vacation time accrued, but the fundraising was the most daunting part for me.

I brought it up to my boss and she committed $300 there and then and blocked off the vacation time. With that catalyst and start in the fundraising, I felt encouraged and realized that it was doable so I emailed everyone I knew.

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