My first international trip wasn’t planned overnight. In fact, I spent several years thinking of exactly what it was that I wanted to experience when I left my comfort zone. And when I found Cross-Cultural Solutions, I was hooked. I knew that when I had the opportunity to finally cross the ocean, it would not be to do something only for myself. I wanted to give back as well.
This past December, I volunteered for three weeks with Cross-Cultural Solutions at an orphanage in Tanzania. Before I left home for my big adventure, my CCS Program Site Specialist was sure to remind me over and over again how important it is to be flexible and adaptable with my volunteer assignment. I don't think that I fully understood what that meant until my first day as a volunteer.
My very first volunteer experience with Cross-Cultural Solutions brought me to Bagamoyo, Tanzania. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made, so if you're thinking about embarking on an international volunteer adventure of your own, do yourself a favor and consider Bagamoyo.
Sending you love from CCS destinations around the globe!
Cross-Cultural Solutions intentionally uses a model of sustainable volunteerism. Since the word sustainable gets thrown around a lot, it's important to really understand what it means. More than that, it will shed light on what your experience volunteering abroad with us might look like. To start, sit back and relax because I want to share a little slice of my own experience. This past December, I volunteered in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.
If you're hoping to pair an incredible summer of international volunteering with a chance to hike some of the world's most epic peaks and trails, you're going to love this custom itinerary.
And now for the much anticipated conclusion of my adventures in fundraising.
Just a week after my letters went out, I got three checks in the mail for $10, $25, and $50. At that point, I was just relieved to have received a response. And not just one response; three! Over the next several days, more letters arrived and each one contained a check and a quick note of encouragement from the donor.
Let me paint you a picture:
I’m a college student. I just spent $400 on books. I buy chicken flavored ramen in bulk when it’s on sale. I work part-time at a pizza place and have an unpaid internship. I’ve also got a pretty rockin’ social life. I’m a busy lady living on a modest budget. All this, and I’ve just decided to enroll with CCS for a four-week volunteer adventure of a lifetime in Tanzania.
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 …