Cross Cultural Solutions gave me an opportunity of a lifetime! I had always wanted to volunteer abroad for several years and after some research, I decided CCS would be a great start and it was definitely the best decision of my life. The program specialist works closely with you, getting you prepared to the fullest before you depart to your trip. I had many questions as I was beginning my application process and they were all thoroughly answered. Next arriving to your home base can make someone anxious especially if this is something they are doing for the very first time in their life. And that was me. Being that it was my first time doing a volunteer abroad trip, I was a bit nervous about how I would acclimate to the new culture and how I would do at my volunteer placement. However, right when I got to Guatemala, the in-country staff relieved many of my anxieties. They were extremely pleasant and so helpful in making me feel comfortable and right at home. And the volunteer placement was awesome. It was such a rewarding experience. I learned so much from the ladies that I helped at the elderly center there. I will cherish the time spent with them and will never forget this experience. It was an eye-opener for me and I wish everyone gets the opportunity to do something like this in their lifetime. Another thing I loved about CCS was their way of immersing you into the culture. Each day they had a cultural activity planned for us which gave us the chance to learn about the people, the culture, the language and the country we were visiting. CCS seriously over succeeded my expectations. I went in not know this experience would change my life, but it did. And now I can't wait to do my next trip. I want to try all of the locations CCS works with. I highly recommend everyone to look into this program. You won't be disappointed!
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As an international volunteer with Cross-Cultural Solutions, you're making a meaningful contribution, working side-by-side with local people and sharing in the goals of a community that warmly welcomes you. You're experiencing another culture like never before and really getting to know its people. You'll gain new perspectives and insight into the culture and yourself. It's an exciting and personally inspiring experience, and you'll develop memories that will be with you forever.
The volunteer work through Cross-Cultural Solutions was such a fulfilling experience. The staff at CCS are extremely helpful and prompt in the pre-departure by frequently checking up, sending updates, and answering any questions. The volunteer work was extremely rewarding, and the cultural activities that CCS provided were phenomenal in terms of providing a holistic lens of the country, along with its cultural uniqueness to be celebrated and its issues to be acknowledged and acted upon.
The in-country staff does an incredible job of making the volunteer feel at home with their friendly companionship and awareness of how you are personally feeling. The focus of exposure and education in addition to the service work allowed this trip to unexpectedly be one that teaches volunteers both the tangible and intangible aspects of this life that are so essential to be recognized.
I am considering traveling through CCS in the future, and I am extremely delighted in the opportunity. If you are considering volunteering abroad, I have hope that CCS will provide an opportunity for a life-changing experience.
This program provided the right combination of meaningful volunteer experience, cultural emersion and vacation. The staff are highly qualified and professional. The program is well structured to provide an up close and impactful volunteer experience at a variety of sites including an orphanage, children's hospital, adult english program, and several other youth programs.
Cross-Cultural Solutions provides a unique cultural emersion experience which gives you the opportunity to learn Moroccan dance, cooking, history, and social norms. You will also get the unique opportunity to learn more about the "true" muslim religion and lifestyle.
Touring and sightseeing are part of the weekly agenda, and the program provides you with the flexibility and time to tour the country - visiting exciting places such as Casablanca, Marrakech, Fez and the famous Merzauga desert (on camels of course!).
Housing accommodations were good and we enjoyed home cooked meals each day featuring the local cuisine. I did not get sick at all during my stay in Morocco!
The people are amazing - very friendly and love to speak to Americans!
I highly recommend this program!!!!
Amazing experience! I had the time of my life. I met great people and explored an amazing country. The volunteer placement was tough, but rewarding. I definitely recommend this program. I got to see the Atlas Mountains, ride camels in Sahara Desert, spend the night in the desert, see snake charmers, among other things. The country is relatively cheap compared to US prices, so that's also a plus.
I was overdue for a trip abroad and decided that I wanted to add some type of volunteer experience to get immersed in the culture. I chose Cross Cultural Solutions and decided to go to Lima, Peru since they have a one week program there. The experience was amazing! I took my mother with me as her 70th birthday present and she was never disappointed. The home base is located in very nice neighborhood. The living quarters are dormitory style so you do sleep in bunk beds. It did get chilly in the house because they don't have central heat in Lima so we had to bundle up at night. We were in between summer and winter seasons. The water doesn't get hot like we are used to back in the states but it is not bad. Breakfast, lunch and dinner (Peruvian style) are provided. A housekeeper takes care of making the beds and cleaning the bathrooms. After you finish your assignment for the day, the driver will take you on excursions to see the local attractions and you are also encouraged to go out on your own. We never felt unsafe as long as we followed all of the safety precautions discussed in our meetings. My mother and I were assigned to Los Martincitos, a senior day care in Villa El Salvador. There we prepared food and also did home visits two days out of the week. The home visits were an eye-opening experience and one we will never forget! The seniors were all so sweet and happy we were there to serve them. Everyday we were greeted with hugs and kisses. Without the volunteers, most of the seniors don't get any visitors. I had so much fun and so many memories to bring back home with me. I'm thinking about doing Brazil with CCS in a year or so. Yes, I would recommend CCS to anyone thinking of volunteering abroad.
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