The Cross-Cultural Solutions Volunteer Abroad experience allows students and travelers to gain valuable experience overseas while working side by side with local individuals and communities to make an impact.
Since 1995, over 35,000 people have volunteered with Cross-Cultural Solutions, providing meaningful and sustainable volunteer services to international communities, and contributing responsibly to local economies.
Volunteers gain valuable experience working in areas such as education, healthcare, and social services. Visit the Cross-Cultural Solutions website to learn more about how we're changing everything.
JAge: 31-50FemaleChesapeake Beach, MD, USADuke UniversityCross-Cultural Solutions - Adult Volunteer in Costa Rica04/20/2015How could this program be improved?
I really did not have any complaints. The housing is not a four star hotel, so don't go into the experience expecting that. But, the home base is extremely clean, the food was freshly prepared every day, and the people running the program had hearts of gold.
RanaeAge: 51 or olderFemaleOgden, UtahWeber State UniversityJunior League in Guatemala03/12/2015How could this program be improved?
Volunteers can better prepare for their international experience by learning simple phrases in the language of the country that they are volunteering. Relax and be flexible and look for the beauty in your experience. Try to prepare for your placement ahead of time. Ask the CCS team questions about your placement prior to your trip. If available, buy extra texting, email and data on your phone and download translation APPS like Google Translate. Write emails and text home daily, they will be valuable emotional expressions that you will enjoy later.
Take lots of photos!
MaryAge: 19-24FemaleChicago, IllinoisKnox CollegeAmazing Experience02/21/2015How could this program be improved?
Better preparation for before you enter the country.
VickiAge: 51 or olderFemaleFirth, IdahoSouth Dakota State UniversityCartago, Costa Rica Experience with CCS02/16/2015How could this program be improved?
More Spanish classes - I had average Spanish language skills & would have liked to be more fluent