August 3, 2012
This is the third CCS program that I have participated in. I leave China today after a month (which I thought might be too long), and I am so sad to leave. I could not be happier with the in-country staff and with the work that I did here. I worked with an organization that works in partnership with an orphanage to care for special needs infants and toddlers post surgery, to help ready them for adoption. I fell in love with every single child I worked with, and I know how much a little love and TLC can do for a child's development. I felt extremely well prepared for the program in China, and I knew that if I needed anything, the CCS New York staff was a phonecall or email away. Once I was here, I knew the in-country staff offered the same accessability. Even for my weekend trips, they helped me make arrangements, find accomodations etc. I would highly recommend the CCS China trip to anyone interested in not only volunteering, but gaining a real understanding of local culture. During my time here, the volunteers ranged in age from 14 (there was a teen group during my stay) to 60, and eveyone was valued and treated the same. We had many opportunities for cultural activities, including Mandarin lessons, a visit to the Terracotta Warriors, a shadow puppet show, a visit from a calligrapher and a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor... I could not have asked for more (except maybe more time here!).
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