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

Rating: 5 stars  

I can't express how much I loved my experience. I got on the plane to Guatemala not knowing what to expect. Honestly, it exceeded my expectations. I went for 3 weeks and not knowing any spanish it was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!! Money very well spent. Worth EVERY SINGLE PENNY! It is really an all inclusive program. God truly blessed me with the most amazing trip!

The people at my placement were absolutely amazing and, oh, don't get me started on the staff here in Guatemala. I worked in a pediatric clinic. It helped me realize this was the career path for me. Also, the staff were so friendly and extremely helpful, especially taking extra time to help us plan weekend trips or a night out on the town. Also, the food was superb. literally drooling thinking about it!

You should definitely consider Guatemala if you are thinking about volunteering with CCS. I made great friends who I hope to keep in touch with. The city itself was beautiful and had a lot of character. I was with a very very big group, about 24 people. Honestly, I am 23 and was one of the older people there. Some of the younger people did cause some drama. That was the only thing that took away from my experience. Please don't let this sway you to not volunteer with CCS. I felt like I had true family there aside from the drama. We all took a 10 hour red eye bus ride to Tikal and it was wonderful. We made some very interesting/lasting/fantastic memories. Some were adventurous, while others were just silly. One night, I stayed in with one of the girls I became close with and we just sat in the common area for a few hours goofing around with on another. Like, sending the ugliest faces through snap chat. I could write a huge dissertation if I had the time.

Where ever you go, your experience will be different from everyone! Just go with your mind and heart open to just take everything in. Don't let yourself get in the way of immersing yourself in the culture. STAY POSITIVE!!!! Be open with the people at your placement. Follow CCS rules. Most of all just enjoy the ride, be patient, and embrace everything with a smile :)

I am definitely considering going back to Guatemala with CCS. It was very hard to leave. But, I can see myself using CCS again for sure!!! :)

Praise God for programs like this!

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Role:  Volunteer