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Cross-Cultural Solutions
July 26, 2013

My experience with Cross Cultural solutions in Cartago, Costa Rica completely exceeded my expectations. I wasn't sure how well I would fit considering this was my first time volunteering abroad and I knew I would be considerably older than most of the volunteers. My Spanish was less than ideal, I had only been studying for about 5 months.
In spite of my uncertainty, everyone from the staff to the other volunteers and people at my placement made me feel comfortable and accepted from the first day. I had the best time I've had in recent memory.
The home base was well organized and comfortable, the food was great, everyone works very hard to make the experience as simple and enjoyable as possible. From the moment we were met at the airport to departure, it seemed that the staff had everything in control.
I was unsure how my skills would apply at placement,and once again found that my concern was unnecessary. The staff and residents, while being entertained with my linguistic abilities, made me feel welcome and found good use for my time. My only regret regarding this entire experience is that my stay was too brief. Everyone at my placement was really easy to work with, we overcame the language barrier and became very freindly.
My fellow volunteers were absolutely great! I haven't had the pleasure of meeting so many good-hearted people in one place for many years. We had a great time wandering around Cartago, talking at Homebase, and several of us travelled to La Fortuna for an excellent weekend. I consider these people good freinds now, and am grateful for the opportunity to meet them.
When I started out on this adventure I wasn't sure how any of it would work out. I can honestly say that everything was exceptional.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of one thing I would change

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Volunteer