www.crossculturalsolutions.orgCross-Cultural Solutions

No longer a tourist but rather an inhabitant!

Steve Rosenthal and Bela Singh launched Project India in Delhi, India in 1997. Project India’s focus is meaningful, sustainable community development – locally designed and driven – that provides a safe and comfortable environment for short-term volunteers. This unique approach to volunteerism found its niche, was renamed Cross-Cultural Solutions, and soon a second program followed in Ghana and a third in Peru.

Cross-Cultural Solutions operates volunteer programs around the world in partnership with sustainable community initiatives. Volunteers work side-by-side sharing perspectives and fostering cultural understanding. To date, over 25,000 volunteers have participated in CCS programs around the world benefiting local communities through their efforts, and giving volunteers a new perspective of the world.

Programs include a balance of volunteer work, cultural activities and free time which is divided into four categories. Volunteer Abroad is the flagship program that features over 20 program sites. Intern Abroad is for students or recent graduates interested in having an international internship or earning academic credit. Insight Abroad is for people who want to experience international volunteering for one week, and Teen Volunteer Abroad is for teens, aged 15-17, who can travel independently or in a group. CCS in-country staff serves as chaperons.

Baby boomers and their families can enjoy sharing their knowledge and expertise for 1 to 12 weeks by providing caregiving, healthcare, teaching, and community development services. Customized options offered include Career Breaks, Spring Breaks, Gap Year, Off Peak, Family Volunteering, Summer Holidays, and Winter Holidays in 12 countries including Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, or Latin America. Some of the opportunities available will have you teaching Conversational English or assisting teachers in historic Cartago or beautiful Costa Rica; providing one-on-one attention to children of all ages through recreational activities which include sports and arts and crafts in Yaroslavl, Russia; learning about the rich tradition and culture of Xi’an, China while giving personal attention and care to children in orphanages; or  participating in income-generating activities to empower women in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

It is well worth taking the time to mine all the information on this fabulous site that allows you to integrate smoothly into the lives of local community residents, make a difference and provide a much needed helping hand.