Rating: 4.53 stars 148 148 reviews 13,604
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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I recently went to Costa Rica with a party from my college system and was assigned to an elementary school. As a professor, being an extra pair of hands in a school staffed by committed, welcoming teachers was a humbling and rewarding experience. They reminded me of how much we owe to those to whom we commit our youngest children. While the school lacked the resources we expect in US schools, the enthusiasm and dedication of the teachers was inspiring. The youngest children were already learning to read and write English - most impressive.
My CCS trip was in Costa Rica and I was placed in the HIV clinic. At first, I was a little worried about working there because everyone was telling me that it wasn't a safe place. Once I got there, I understood how incorrect everyone was about it. The people in the clinic were quite healthy individuals and they were so kind and curious about us volunteers. I felt like I made a positive impact on on the people I helped there, and they made a positive impact on me. The CCS staff was amazing, they were very welcoming, patient, kind, and fun to be around! They were always willing to help us out with any issues we had during our stay, and it was truly amazing getting to know each and every one of them. They all had amazing back-stories and they all made an impact on me. I am so glad I participated in this trip, because I will never forget the memories/friendships I made there. I would definitely recommend this program for anyone interested in making an impact in the world, having a lot of fun, and experiencing new cultures!
I volunteered at the Costa Rica site along with a group of co-workers from my consulting company. I had an absolutely incredible experience, and was surprised by how much we were able to do in just one short week. The CCS staff is very organized, and did a great job scoping our volunteer project and making sure that we were always working hard in the mornings. Our group volunteered a a local nursing home, and formed some great relationships with the residents while there. The cultural activities were great every evening, and I felt like I learned a lot about the local culture. I was able to practice my Spanish as well. Overall, the CCS staff and the experience was great!
I would definitely recommend this program for somebody looking for a fun, engaging, well-organized, and meaningful international volunteer experience.
WOW!!!... where does one begin..upon arrival you knew instantly you were in another place, maybe even in another time... for Costa Rica is truly paradise from the culture to the people everywhere we went, the people made you right at home. My assignment was the Pueblito Orphanage, on my first day I notice that the children's playground equipment was in horrible shape from swings hanging from one chain to the see saws with no seats for the children to sit on.. so I used my 5 days in repairing 6 swings, 4 see saws and put in 3 new tire swings as well. The most inspirational part was on Friday, when a little girl was swinging on the very tire swings I had just put up hours prior. That moment was what this trip was all about for me. Thank you CCS for giving me the opportunity to display my talents as a carpenter, and to bring smiles to children's faces for months to come...Also the Home base was great, Jose Hernandez and the rest of the CCS staff were very welcoming, inspirational and dedicated to their work. I will miss them all... Pura Vida!!!!
The week that I spent in Guatemala City this summer was by far the best week I've had in years. This program gives you the opportunity to do something good for yourself by using your time to help others, learn an incredible amount about something important, have a good time, meet other people with similar interests, and relax. Going to another country can be scary, you know the things you want to do or see but you might not be sure how to go about it. The CCS staff helps you do whatever it is you desire. You also have the chance to make a difference in the lives of others.
I have often said that if i could change anything about the trip I would have wanted to stay longer. I will continue to volunteer through CCS; they have exceeded my expectations.
I would recommend the Guatemala City location to anyone. The in-country staff there is fantastico!
Words can't describe the incredible journey that I had in Dharamsala, India. I knew that it would be life-changing, but I had no idea exactly how much it would be. It was the experience of a lifetime. The staff, fellow volunteers, locals, and everyone else I came in contact with were such amazing and inspiring people. If you're looking to have an awesome volunteer experience, look no further than CCS!
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If offered full time employment at the orphanage I was assigned to volunteer at, and if not for the grandchildren I cherish at home, I’d still be in Guatemala. I’ve never been so profoundly moved and have never gathered as much knowledge in the short 7 days I spent with CCS. I learned about cultural differences, tradition, history, and politics, and most importantly I learned things about myself. The preconceptions I had about extreme poverty and the people that live in it led me to believe I had to be on guard at all times from fear of being robbed or cheated. Example; I’d watched a man sprint an entire city block just to return a shopping bag accidentally left at his store by one of my classmates. This was my "a-ha moment". All my life I’ve taken pride in my ability to instantly sum up any situation and a person’s character with a glance. I was wrong. I don’t have or have never had this ability and when I realized it my eyes were open to a world I never knew existed. I can’t wait to work with CCS again.
Thank you, Matt Biaso, Guatemala, 5/15
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I spent 3 amazing weeks in Cartago, Costa Rica during May 2015. No words can truly describe how completely spectacular this experience was. The relationships I made in the short 3 weeks are now everlasting friendships. My assignment that I requested was at the HIV home, and I am so glad to have been placed there. Everyone was so grateful even if it was the smallest thing. Saying goodbye was the hardest thing I've had to do, and I cried during each one. The in-country staff was so outstanding that I consider these people more of family than I consider staff. They make you feel so at home and are there for you no matter what you need. So compassionate, so caring, and such amazing individuals. Adjusting back to my life in the States has been a complete struggle, but that's only because this organization is so outstanding. I would go through CCS again and again for years to come.
It's hard to believe that only a week ago I was in Rabat, Morocco, ending a week of service with Cross Cultural Solutions. I am a faculty member at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida and I was with a group of faculty and students from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa.
Although we were well-prepared by CCS staff prior to actually getting to Morocco, it was the in-country staff that brought the experience to life. Mohamed Mhmmoudi, CCS Morocco Director, and his staff made us feel at home and helped us connect to Moroccan culture. Our service locations were a Women's Center for adults to learn and practice English, a Children's Hospital, and an orphanage where we worked with children with special needs. Each service location welcomed our assistance and made us feel valued. CCS staff also led Moroccan cultural experiences on cooking, language, and religion as well as opportunities to visit key sites and experiences in Rabat such as ancient Roman/Moroccan ruins, the medina, and the casbah. Our home base was, indeed, our home away from home. Meals literally provided us with literal "tastes" of Moroccan cuisine. The home base was well-maintained, comfortable, safe and secure. I am convinced that being a part of CCS was the ideal way to experience Morocco.
In one word to sum up my experience: Amazing
In one word to sum up what I experienced: Growth
In one word to sum up what I felt in India: Gratitude
Volunteering in Dharamsala India with my 17 year old daughter was an experience of a lifetime. I am blessed to have found such a wonderful organization who made the process simple. I am a life coach and learned more about myself during the two weeks in India, then I learned in a year of career training. I would recommend anyone who is looking for an amazing opportunity to travel, learn, immerse and grow to take the leap and use CCS as your guide through the process. The staff was amazing, knowledgeable, fun, and truly wanted us to have the best experience possible....mission accomplished! I plan to take groups of women over for my business to have the same experience....CCS will be my partner Organization!
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