Volunteering with Cross-Cultural Solutions: A Canadian Perspective, CCS Webinar Presentation


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Volunteering with Cross-Cultural Solutions: A Canadian Perspective, CCS Webinar Presentation

  1. 1. Volunteering with CCS A Canadian PerspectiveWEBINARSWednesday, July 25th4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT www.crossculturalsolutions.org
  2. 2. Agenda• Review of the Agenda• Introductions• About Cross-Cultural Solutions (CCS)• Why CCS?• Alumni Panel Discussion o Kaleigh Dey o Erica Plante o Natasha Rollings• Questions from the Audience• Next Steps
  3. 3. Introductions Jelayna Da Silva Hien Thach Program Advisor Program Advisor Alumna of CCS Alumna of CCS Guatemala and Costa Rica and India South Africa Alumni Panelists Kaleigh Dey Erica Plante Natasha RollingsCCS Morocco (3x) CCS Tanzania CCS Intern Morocco &Tanzania (3 weeks, 2012) (4 weeks, 2011) (2009-2012)
  4. 4. About CCS Recognized Leader Over 15 years and 26,000 volunteers• Types of Programs Available • Volunteer Abroad (2-12 weeks) • Intern Abroad (3-12 weeks) • Insight Abroad (1 week) • Teen Volunteer Abroad (1-3 weeks)• The CCS Experience • Volunteer Work • Cultural & Learning Activities • Free Time • Home-Base Our Mission is to operate volunteer• Information for Prospective Canadian programs around the world in partnership with sustainable community Volunteers initiatives, bringing people together to • Program fee and tax-deductibility work side-by-side while sharing perspectives and fostering cultural understanding. We are an international not-for-profit organization with no political or religious affiliations.
  5. 5. Why CCS? Respecting Local Expertise in Community Development Our Approach & Why It Works Respecting Local Expertise in Community Development • Volunteer Placements • Deferring to the needs of the community • Partner Programs in-country • Skills & Interest Survey & Placement Process • Support from Start to Finish • Program Advisors, Program Site Specialists, In-Country Staff • Volunteer resources in-country such as the Home-Base Resource Room • Safety in a volunteer program • Our #1 Priority • Transportation, meals, and 24-hour staff presence
  6. 6. Ask Our AlumniSome Questions to Get Started•How did you feel being prepared to travel by a US-based CCS staff member?•Describe the last day of your volunteer placement and how it differed from yourfirst day.•How important were your fellow volunteers to your experience?•How would you describe living in the Home Base?•What was your favorite Cultural & Learning Activity?•How critical was your Free Time to your experience?•Describe the leadership of the CCS in-country staff.•Offer a piece of advice to future volunteers.
  7. 7. Alumni DiscussionKaleigh DeyLondon, ONCCS Three-Time Morocco Alumna, 2009-2011CCS Tanzania Alumna, 4 weeks, 2012Type of Volunteer Work:Teaching and caring for infants and childrenFun facts:Volunteered abroad with family.Quote:“I feel grateful that I was able to share my recent skills and expertise in thefield of education with educators internationally. I believe the sharing of ideaswill truly impact the students.”
  8. 8. Alumni DiscussionErica PlanteGuelph, ONCCS Tanzania Alumna, 3 weeks, 2012Type of Volunteer Work:Worked with people affected by HIV/AIDSand shared professional skillsFun facts:Fundraised for program fee by ice skating!Advice for future volunteers:“Take the chance to see everything you can! Use the travel books located in theresource center of the CCS main house, and really take the time to read all therecommendations.”
  9. 9. Alumni DiscussionNatasha RollingsLondon, ONCCS Intern Morocco Alumna, 4 weeks, 2011Type of Volunteer Work:Teaching and caring for infants and childrenFun fact:You can often find her hosting a CCS InfoSession and sharing her life-changing experience. Plans to re-enroll!Quote:“I am absolutely in love with Morocco, the people here are phenomenal, and Iabsolutely cant wait to come back. (To be honest, I just dont really want toleave....) ”
  10. 10. Questions?
  11. 11. www.crossculturalsolutions.org Determine where, when, and for how long youNext want to volunteer: http://www.crossculturalsolutions.org/enroll/enroll-checklist Contact a Program AdvisorSteps 1-800-380-4777, Monday-Friday 9am-9pm EDT Jelayna: jelayna@crossculturalsolutions.org Hien: hien@crossculturalsolutions.org Stay In Touch Upcoming Events •Santa Monica, CA Info Session (July 29th) facebook.com/crossculturalsolutions •San Francisco, CA Info Session (Aug 4th & 7th) twitter.com/volunteerabroad •Albuquerque, NM Info Session (Aug 7th) youtube.com/ccsvolunteerabroad Find more events near you: ccscommunity.com www.crossculturalsolutions.org/events pinterest.com/volunteerabroad