Rating: 4.56 stars 162 162 reviews 14,722
Arts & Culture, International, Philanthropy, International Exchange
2 Clinton Place New Rochelle NY 10801 USA
Our Mission is to operate volunteer programs around the world in partnership with sustainable community initiatives, bringing people together to work side-by-side while sharing perspectives and fostering cultural understanding. We are an international nonprofit organization with no political or religious affiliations.
35,000+ Volunteers and 99.73% of our volunteers said they were satisfied, or very satisfied with the CCS experience.
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Reviews for Cross-Cultural Solutions
I have said many times that I was following a call in my heart, and by volunteering in Kilimanjaro all the pieces came together: The experience was rich and deep, humbling and difficult, and yet intensely personal and spiritual. In part, the choice of two weeks of work was good, not because [and in spite] that I found so much to do and to be done and left undone!, but because I fell for those African kids and for Africa in general. Africa will receive anything you have to give with extreme gratitude and humility.
The staff at the home base was incredibly friendly and personable [and yet those seem to be traits of most Tanzanians]; certain tolerance and acceptance are necessary to share different resources and goals with colleagues, but generally speaking, I have spent one of the most intense times of my life.
I loved my volunteering experience with CCS. I was moved by the children I was working with on a day to day bases, and felt privileged to also take part in day to day excursions and hindi lessons with the staff. If you are someone who is looking to volunteer this is the perfect organization to go with
I LOVED my experience with Cross Cultural Solutions. It is well worth the money as every afternoon we had the opportunity to participate in cultural lessons and/or excursions. I felt very safe and comfortable. The staff took excellent care of the volunteers and were extremely helpful in practicing our Swahili.
On five different occasions I have travelled with CCS, 4 times to Rabat, Morocco and once to Moshi, Tanzania. I would give anything to go back to both. I had the most incredible experience in both locations, so much so that I ended up changing my career path and going back to school to become a teacher. I have been fortunate to return to the Rabat, Morocco Program several times. I absolutely love the staff there, they are so nurturing and supportive, and help you through the experiences you go through at your placements. I fell in love with the children at both the orphanage in Rabat and the school in Moshi. They taught me so much about life and put things into perspective with their resilience, positivity and beautiful smiles. I also made some wonderful friendships with the staff I worked with and still stay in touch. The CCS program is great as it takes care of all the logistics for you, for example all your delicious meals, your transport to and from the airport and to and from your volunteer placement. This really puts you at ease and allows you to focus on the work you're doing. I also loved all the cultural activities that CCS organized: traditional dancing, cooking, art (batik), music and amazing day trips. The way the schedule is made you also have lots of time to explore independently in the afternoons and on weekends. Some of my most memorable experiences were during this time; trekking through the Sahara Desert, visiting the ancient ruins, going on safari in the Serengeti, and visiting the island of Zanzibar. Even the accommodations are lovely and comfortable. I would highly recommend Cross-Cultural Solutions to anyone interested in volunteering abroad.
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I just got back from an incredible two week CCS experience in Salvador, Brazil! The people, culture and volunteer assignment will always be a part of me. Furthermore, I continued to be impressed with the CCS program from start to finish. I am proud to be a CCS alumni and look forward to the next adventure!
This past summer I traveled to Thailand, on my third volunteer trip with CCS. This organization is filled with the most accommodating and genuine individuals, who are dedicated to your experience - both in and out of volunteer work. Through the program, I worked in a public elementary school in Bangkok, teaching English and visiting Wats (Temples) with the most marvelous children. Outside of volunteering, the in-country staff provided numerous cultural activities that vastly molded my experience in experiencing a new culture - touring lotus ponds, Muay Thai classes, cooking classes, visiting monuments and speaking with renowned Buddhist monks (my favorite). I would highly recommend this program!
My visit to Guatemala was more than wonderful. The people were kind, the experiences unique, and the food delicious. As a pre-med student, working in the National Hospital's pediatric unit was unique and memorable, especially speaking with both the children and their mothers. The mothers needed the help too, since they stay there day and night. The CCS staff are welcoming to volunteers, knowledgeable of Guatemala City, and fun to talk to. I highly recommend CCS Guatemala to those that want to practice Spanish as well.
June 2015 took me to Tanzania...a trip of a lifetime! The experience exceeded my expectations. When asked "did you have a good time?" my response is always..."If I could get on a plane right now and return to the same place...reunite with my new-found friends and family...I would do it in a heartbeat". Thank you CCS!!
This was my first time volunteering with CCS, and it was amazing! I was working with children from ages 1-3 in a local convent in Brazil for 2 weeks. I enjoyed every minute working with the sisters, children, and other CCS members! They did a great job of making me feel like I was apart of a family and always checking in with me about how I was doing. The organization allows for a lot of independence which I was really looking for. I also felt like I was very involved with the community so that's a plus. Overall, the entire experience was great and something that I will never forget.
I spent two weeks in Lima, Peru with CCS and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I loved the in country staff and made friends that I am still in touch with today. The community benefited a lot from our help and I think the children we worked with enjoyed our company. I would definitely do it again!