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Alex Ingleton

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

Rating: 5 stars  

In July of 2013, I returned from the best volunteer experience of my life! I traveled to Cartago, Costa Rica with Cross Cultural Solutions. Upon my arrival, I was greeted by two CCS staff members who welcomed me with open arms. Not only did they spot me out of a crowd of people, they even helped me take my luggage to the van. Tired and hungry from traveling all day, when I arrived at the home-base, dinner was awaiting. I felt so grateful for the hospitality I received on my very first day, I knew from that point on that these next four weeks were going to be tremendous.

Indeed, the next four weeks turned out as I hoped. I received fantastic support from all the CCS Staff members. At my work placement, not only did I feel safe and secure, but I met so many wonderful people. The locals were so nice and caring. They took the time to remember my name and always greeted me when I saw them. The cultural activities were loads of fun. Every day, with the exception of Monday's and Tuesday's, we traveled around the surrounding towns with the CCS Staff members as our guides. They explained everything to us in such a patient manner. Workable, flexible, and simply caring, they took care of all our needs. By the end of the four weeks, I felt like I was with family. It was so hard for me to leave. I feel like I need to go back simply due to the fact that I know that I have a home to go to.

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

love to get the community involved with more projects. It would be wonderful to get high school or university students to work alongside us. We can learn from each other and build ideas off of each other. Imagine what can be done when multiple perspectives are involved!

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

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Role:  Volunteer