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Review for Cross-Cultural Solutions, New Rochelle, NY, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

I completely agree with swine09. Definetely not worth the money, thank god I only signed up for one month. But still it was $3,700 dollars that I could have spent towards a more worthwhile experience in volunteerism. I was in India in the fall of 2012 with CCS in the Dehli program. It is a very dishonest company that is full of promises but falls very short of delivering. Alex Brandt the coordinator of the program in NY lied when he said I would be volunteering at least 4 hours a day, I was lucky if I volunteered one hour a day. When I wasn't volunteering there was a lot of downtime and a few scheduled cultural activities a week. Activities such as taking us to some temples, or monuments with printed handouts for us to read over. They provided a schedule for a few of the cultural buildings in town offering dance productions. I felt that the cultural activities would be rewarding to do with local guidance but most of the time they just dropped us off with a printed page on the history or told us how much to pay for a rickshaw to take us to the dances. The staff over there I felt were just going through the motions, I did not leave feeling close to any of them. Almost like we were foreigners they had to tolerate and put on fake smiles for, there was no warmth and they did play favorites. Another thing is that they exert a lot of control over you and assign curfews the whole time. I understand the importance of safety over there but they are over the top with thier rules. I still can't figure out how rooming in a 3 bedroom apartment, three meals a day, pick up and drop off 5 days a week to your NGO, and cultural activities they provide that cost barely any money to do adds up 3,700 dollars. I would completely reccomend working directly through an NGO while over there.

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Role:  Volunteer