My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Cross-Cultural Solutions, New Rochelle, NY, USA
I had an amazing and overwhelming time with CCS in Hohoe, Ghana. For me this was the very first trip to a developing country in Africa so I tried to gather as much information as I could before leaving. CCS was outstandingly helpful as well in getting me prepared for my trip. Still, knowing and having read about things is not the same as really experiencing and FEELING reality.... I will never forget these kids at school, how open and cheerful and friendly they were! After a few days only, they told me already that they would be missing me when I am gone back home.... And this is what I feel now, I truly miss them, see their faces, remember the good times we had, the dancing and playing.... Helping one another is so much more complex than donating money and gifts! One thing I have learned here is that you really need to talk to people, find out how they live, what they need, why things are the way they are.... and then help using these insights, strengthening local economy rather than bringing gifts from abroad, even if sometimes you might get impatient acknowledge that imposing things will not have a long-lasting effect even if done in the very best intentions. CCS has really helped me in getting insights into many aspects of Ghanaian life and I am very grateful for that!!! The team at the home base in Hohoe has been amazing in making sure we get as many insights as possible as well as making us feel welcome, at home, and safe at any time!!!
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
try to provide placement information to volunteers a little bit earlier. Especially at school it may be helpful to know the kids' age a little earlier and know where they are in their lessons to be better prepared with some teaching ideas.
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