Cross-Cultural Solutions

Rating: 4.57 stars   176 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, International, Philanthropy, International Exchange

Location: 2 Clinton Place New Rochelle NY 10801 USA

Mission: 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.
Results: 35,000+ Volunteers and 99.73% of our volunteers said they were satisfied, or very satisfied with the CCS experience.
Geographic areas served: International
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 1 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

I've been looking for volunteer programs for my 8-yr old son and myself and came across CCS because they aggressively advertise family opportunities.

The question I have according to the attached 2011 Financial statements: Executive Director, Steven Rosenthal, made almost 400K in direct compensation in 2011. The statements also document that he owns the property CCS works on - and made an additional $718,413 in rent from CCS in 2011. Same in 2010, 2009, etc.

I hate to be cynical but it does sound a bit suspicous. The ED is making over 1 million dollars a year on CCS. Possibley a travel agency disguised as a non-profit?!

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I turned them down as to volunteering and they continue to send me their propaganda including this page where there are reviews. 3 out of 11 rate it as a 1! That is one out of 5. I go to Panama and teach English and do it for free and live on my monthly Social Security check of less than $900.00 a month. I'm sure I'm closer to the real life of the public in the countries than one could be in their resort style accomadations. It's a good palyground for the rich to make them feel good while pretending to do a service, but really quite a laugh when it comes down to it.

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Have them gracefully withdraw when one has told them no. They are as bad as those religious people who knock on doors asking questions of where will you spend eternity.

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Rating: 2 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I was interested in this organization until I looked up on Charity Navigator that the Ex. Director makes over $275,000 year and they spend nearly $1.3 million on administrative and fundraising expenses. I'm not sure how this is a non-profit in spirit; more like an eco-travel group. Charity is charity, not to make nearly $300K year. Sorry. I'll find another group.

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