HIGH SCHOOL VOLUNTEERING
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
As Cross-Cultural Solutions Director of Programs, it's my job to keep in close contact with all of our in-country directors and ensure that all of our expert teams around the globe are up-to-date on the latest standards in volunteer safety and security. Over the next few months, I'd like to take some time to introduce you to our country directors as well as talk a bit more about what makes each destination safe and special.
When I received my volunteer assignment—working in an elementary school in Costa Rica—I didn't quite know what to expect. The school consisted of 3 buildings perched on the upper slopes of a valley with a perfect view down through the clouds and over Cartago.
As soon as I stepped off the plane in Guatemala, I was welcomed into a family of some of the most lovely people I had ever met. They were kind, constantly smiling, and eager to help me with my goal for the week—begin to learn Spanish abroad!
When my children Emilie and Marc were teens, we decided to volunteer as a family with Cross-Cultural Solutions in Lima, Peru. CCS offered Emilie and Marc the freedom to have their own volunteer assignments. This means that they were able to have their own independent adventures at their volunteer sites during the day, and each night at dinner, we'd all sit down and share our stories.