Cross-Cultural Solutions (CCS) volunteer abroad programs have a few factors that make them unique:
1. Volunteers stay in a CCS Home-base where they enjoy 24-hour security, delicious and safely prepared meals, and the companionship of other CCS volunteers.
2. Our on-the-ground staff (usually around 5 vs. maybe 1 for other organizations) is always there to immerse you in the community, ensure that your volunteering is productive, and of course keeps you safe.
3. The numbers tell the story: 20 years. 35,000 volunteers. And a 99.7% satisfaction rate!
Volunteering in the Volta Region of Ghana, you'll have an opportunity to effect real social change in a community dealing with all of the growing pains experienced by a region in flux. You will have the opportunity to contribute to one of six CCS projects:
1. Education & Literacy
2. Child Development
3. Girls & Women's Empowerment
4. Support for People with Disabilities
6. Global Healthcare
Professional staff of local nationals, lodging, language lessons, personalized volunteer assignment, meals, local phone calls and international incoming phone service, comprehensive travel medical insurance, a toll-free emergency hotline to the U.S., ground transportation, free online language lessons prior to departure, in-country cultural activities.
SophieAge: 19-24FemaleBerkeleyPitzer College
KristenAge: 31-50FemaleNew YorkUniversity at Albany, The State University of New York
KaleighAge: 19-24FemaleWaterloo, Ontario, CanadaWilfrid Laurier UniversityGone to Ghana: CCS Trip11/10/2014How could this program be improved?
The program is run on a 2 week rotation. Any volunteer there for more than 2 weeks ends up repeating the same activities, and not furthering their cultural experience. Allowing for more time in the local community (as opposed to travelling with others) would be beneficial. I found that as a volunteer staying for an extended period of time, I did not enjoy the experience as much in my last few weeks because the programming was so repetitive.
AlexisAge: 31-50FemaleUnited States, Washington DCHoward UniversityGood experience, room for improvement11/10/2014How could this program be improved?
Better leadership. More scrutiny in selecting volunteers. (A group of VERY disrespectful teenagers came for a week, and significantly impacted the groups experience in a negative way)
RobinAge: 51 or olderFemaleIndianapolis, Indiana, USAUniversity of Washington, SeattleIdeal Volunteer Experience for Making A Difference, Not a Donation11/10/2014How could this program be improved?
We had enormous difficulty finding any local language (Ewe) resources outside of Ghana. Most people speak English, but I would have appreciated more help from CCS to learn the language further in advance. They did send us a file, but not everyone could access it.
LaurenAge: 25-30FemaleChicago, IllinoisMiami UniversityGhana is an incredible country11/04/2014How could this program be improved?
I had no idea what type of volunteering I'd be doing until a night or two before I left. I was placed as an "English Teacher" in a local private school. I adored my co-teacher (we became quite close) and the kids (omg, the kids, I fell in love).
But, the problem is that I had no guidance or structure, and no real direction for what I should be doing or how I should be helping. I really just ended up playing with the kids most of the time and singing songs. I feel like I didn't make much of an impact beyond the cultural exchange experience.
FionaAge: 18 or youngerFemaleNew YorkMy Experience09/18/2014How could this program be improved?
I don't know. Of course we didn't have the food or showers or electronics we have here, but it meant that we could get a better idea of the culture surrounding us and it also made sure that the volunteers didn't get special treatment then the people living in the area, which to me I thought was really important.
Leigh03Age: 19-24FemaleNew York, NYThree Weeks in Hohoe, Ghana01/04/2013How could this program be improved?
If I could change one thing, it would be the cost of the program. I wanted to stay for more than three weeks so I could travel around Africa, but three weeks was already too expensive.
About the provider
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.