August 19, 2012
I have volunteered with Cross-Cultural Solutions twice - the first was in Xela, Guatemala in 2008 and most recently I spent July 2012 in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. CCS is organized, they have great standing and great relationships in the community, and they take care of the volunteers who are living at home base. The food is awesome, the water is safe to drink, and the home base is kept very clean. The first two weeks are pretty intense - besides placement the afternoons are filled with cultural immersion type activities that you probably wouldn't be able to experience if you'd just gone to Bagamoyo on your own. I would do another trip with CCS in a heartbeat! I have been blogging in more detail over at http://girlandherbackpack.com/, and I've put some more info / pictures up at https://www.facebook.com/girlandherbackpack. It's still a work in progress since I've been blogging my daily journal entries, but if you're interested in going or wondering what "daily life" is like this would be a good resource so you'd know what to expect.
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