At Cross-Cultural Solutions, our in-country staff always goes above and beyond to ensure the comfort of our volunteers. As members of the local community, they help to provide our volunteers with an authentic and genuine connection to their new cultural experience. From your new friend who will pick you up from the airport to the coordinator for volunteer activities, we’ll be with you every step of the way. Ivory Price, our Program Specialist for Costa Rica, spoke with some of our in-country staff so you could see why they’ll love to meet you!
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At CCS, our alumni carry a very special place in our hearts. Volunteers embark on their journeys as new friends, and leave as family. They often take their incredible service and travel experiences with them and integrate the lessons that they learned back into their daily lives. We believe that the power of international volunteering can build bridges of understanding through one simple act: service.
As a CCS staff member, I had the opportunity to visit several work assignments during my one week service trip to Costa Rica. My colleague and Program Coordinator for CCS Cartago, Juvel, accompanied me on my first stop, a nursing home founded on the donations and efforts of the local community.
What would you do if you had unlimited funds? I would travel the world and live the life I often envisioned for myself, among other things. What if you did not have unlimited funds? Does that mean that you cannot do the things that you want to do? Absolutely not! It is my personal belief that if one has a passion for something, then one can do anything that one sets their mind to.
A mother-daughter story that will inspire you to call your mom right now and start packing your bags.
MaryAnn Steinberg (left), at 82, proved that there’s no age limit to giving back.
As the plane pulled away from the gate, tears started to stream down my face. It felt as though my heart was being ripped in multiple pieces and was left scattered throughout Cartago, Costa Rica. To tell you how meaningful and extraordinary my experience was I would need to write a novel. To fully understand the heartbreak, every individual must experience a CCS program for oneself.
While in Costa Rica visiting a friend, Priscilla Thomas, photographer and Dharamsala India alum, offered to stop by CCS Cartago to document the home base and volunteer placements.
The CCS Home Base
Want to know what it’s like to volunteer for a month in Costa Rica with Cross-Cultural Solutions?
The following samplings from my journal/blog clearly depict my amazing experience volunteering abroad in Cartago with CCS.
My most successful fundraiser was a girl’s only event held at a local hunt club. I sent out flyers to my parent’s friends, all my girlfriends, and every woman I ran into including the mail delivery person. I also created a Facebook event and invited every female on my Friends list. Social media really helped to spread the word about the fundraiser. I included a link to MyCCS page, in case friends could not make the event but wanted to help.