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Why Volunteer Abroad? A Look at FAQs - CCS Webinar Presentation

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Cross-Cultural Solutions webinar presentation on volunteering abroad and an overview of frequently asked questions.

Cross-Cultural Solutions webinar presentation on volunteering abroad and an overview of frequently asked questions.

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  • 1. Why Volunteer Abroad? A Look at FAQs Tuesday, October 25 th 4:00-5:00 p.m. EST WEBINARS www.crossculturalsolutions.org
  • 2. Agenda
    • Introductions
    • Why CCS?
    • Typical Experience
    • Value of a CCS Program
    • Who are CCS Volunteers?
    • What’s new for 2012?
    • FAQs
    • Next Steps
    • Questions?
  • 3. Introductions Claire Boyce Program Advisor Alumna of CCS Costa Rica and (soon) Guatemala Sharon N’Diaye Program Site Specialist for Costa Rica, Morocco, and Russia Alumna of CCS Costa Rica, Guatemala, Morocco, Russia, and Tanzania
  • 4. Volunteer Experience in the Audience Poll Questions! ✓
  • 5. Why CCS?
    • Collaboration with Peer Organizations
      • International Volunteer Programs Association www.volunteerinternational.org
      • Building Bridges Coalition buildingbridgescoalition.org
    • Sharing Our Values, Goals and Experiences
      • Consultative status with United Nations
      • CARE International
      • Mobility International
      • Peace Corps & CCS
    Recognized Leader Over 15 years and 26,000 volunteers Our Vision is of a world where people value cultures different from their own, are aware of global issues, and are empowered to effect positive change.
  • 6. Why CCS?
    • Volunteer Placements
      • In-Country Staff
      • Partner Programs
      • Placement Process
    • Cultural Immersion
      • CCS Experience
      • Fostering Relationships
    • Dedication to Safety
      • CCS Home-Base
      • Healthy Meals & Bottled Water
      • CCS Drivers & Vehicles
      • Travel Medical Insurance
    Our Approach & Why It Works Our Mission is to operate volunteer programs around the world in partnership with sustainable community initiatives, bringing people together to 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. Respecting Local Expertise in  Community Development
  • 7. Why CCS?
    • 4 Types of Programs
      • Volunteer Abroad (2-12 weeks)
      • Insight Abroad (1-week)
      • Teen Volunteer Abroad (1-3 weeks)
      • Intern Abroad (3-12 weeks)
    • 12 Countries
    • Start dates available year-round
    • Length of stay is flexible…
    Flexibility OUR VALUES are: Shared Humanity When people of different cultures have an opportunity to connect, there comes an understanding of our shared humanity. Respect We accept, appreciate and respect that people know and understand what is appropriate for their own communities. Integrity We commit to ensuring the safety, flexibility, professionalism, transparency and excellence of our programs.
  • 8. Planning Your Volunteer Experience Poll Questions! ✓
  • 9. A Typical Experience as a CCS Volunteer
  • 10.
    • Breakdown of expenses
      • Food, Lodging, Transportation, & Staff Support: 51%
      • Outreach: 15%
      • Program Development & Management: 13%
      • Volunteer Coordination: 12%
      • General & Administrative: 9%
    • Tax Deductible
      • Program fees are 100% tax-deductible for U.S. residents
    • Our Dedication to Transparency
      • Transparency Document
    Value of a CCS Program crossculturalsolutions.org/program-fee What Your Program Fee Covers ANNUAL BREAKDOWN OF PROGRAM FEE
  • 11. Value of a CCS Program
    • Regular evaluation and program feedback
      • Pre-Departure, In-Country, and Post-Program Evaluations
    • 99% of CCS volunteers who completed an evaluation rated their overall program experience as "Excellent" or "Good."
    • 99% of the local projects we work with rated the volunteers' overall impact as "Highly Positive" or "Positive.“
    • Over 75% of our volunteers agree to represent CCS, and share stories about their CCS experience with others.
    Program Quality and Satisfaction "Some of the children in public schools will now visit us to interact with the orphans and learn songs, rhymes, poems, and games that they've learned from the volunteers. To us, this is a huge impact – other children now realize that orphans have something to share, too.... Also, people in the community have begun volunteering to help at the orphanage.“ Volunteer Voices
  • 12.
      • Scholarships, Grants, etc.
      • Corporate Matching Programs
      • Current opportunities available:
        • Travelocity's Change Ambassador Grant Program http://www.travelocity.com/TravelForGood
        • Volunteers for Prosperity Service Incentive Program http://www.globalgiving.com/cb/vfpserv/
        • The National Geographic Glimpse Correspondents Program http://glimpse.org/the-correspondents-program/
          • Spring 2012 applications now available
    Value of a CCS Program
      • How to Fund Your Program
    Options for Paying Your Program Fee “ You know, it is amazing to think that I actually raised more than my program fee ... My biggest tip for anyone is not to stress about fundraising; if the first thing you try doesn't work, there are so many options.” Matthew, Russia Volunteer
  • 13. Who are CCS Volunteers? Poll Questions! ✓
  • 14. Who are CCS Volunteers?
    • Groups
      • 6+ prospective volunteers
    • 50+
      • Achieve a lifelong dream
    • Students
      • Alternative breakers & Intern Abroad
    • Families
      • A unique bonding experience
    • Working Professionals
      • Career breakers
    • Gappers
      • Combine different CCS countries
    • CCS Alumni
      • Alumni benefits
    • CCS Volunteers …
    • are from over 100 countries
    • come from many walks of life
    • are from all ages
    • do not require specific skills to volunteer
    • are all unique and always have something to offer
    “ Our family's experience in Guatemala was more than we ever expected it to be… It was the most memorable and unique family experience we have shared.” VICKI INOUYE, GUATEMALA VOLUNTEER
  • 15. What’s New for 2012?
    • China, Guatemala, and Russia
      • Lower program fees for 2012, inc. Dec 2011
    • New Intern Abroad Program Site
      • Salvador, Brazil
    • New Teen Volunteer Abroad Program Sites
      • Suphanburi, Thailand and Western Cape, South Africa
    • Student-Led New Program Initiatives
      • Alternative break benefits & Campus Clubs
    • 50 + Room-Share
      • On specific start dates, request a room with other 50+ volunteers
    • CCS Alumni Benefits
      • Additional week free! Volunteer abroad for 3 weeks & pay for 2!
  • 16. When are you looking to travel? Poll Questions! ✓
  • 17.
    • Program Sites – No two sites are alike!
      • 4 Continents, 12 countries
    • Programs – Choose from 4
      • Volunteer Abroad
      • Insight Abroad
      • Teen Volunteer Abroad
      • Intern Abroad
    • Choose your Start Date & Length of Stay
      • Program Finder Tool
      • Waiting List
      • Deposit
    How Do I Choose the Right Program? Choosing a CCS Program Volunteer Opportunities Available Year-Round
  • 18. What Support Is Offered?
      • Guidance from start to finish
      • CCS HQ Staff were volunteers before they were staff
      • We work closely with local organizations to match volunteer skills with the needs of the community
    Type of Support Offered Program Advisors Our Program Advisors are here to help decide which country, date & duration is best for you. Program Site Specialists Program Site Specialists will prepare you for your CCS experience & answer your questions along the way. In-Country Support All our in-country staff members are from the communities where we work, living and working there year-round. Alumni Action Network Become a life-long learner about international issues.
  • 19. Your Questions!
    • Can CCS accommodate food and dietry needs? For example, allergies?
    • How long have you had relationships with the organizations [in-country] you assist and have they been vetted?
    • How can you appeal for support for a charitable function when its for my individual experience and not an organization with stature?
    • I am not fluent in the language of the country I’m interested in … can I still volunteer?
    • I am confined to a wheelchair, can I still be of help and not a burden?
      • Questions from Registration
    Questions & Comments
  • 20. Questions?
  • 21. Next Steps Determine where, when, and for how long you want to volunteer: http://www.crossculturalsolutions.org/enroll/enroll-checklist Contact a Program Advisor 1-800-380-4777, Monday-Friday 9am-6pm EST Claire: [email_address] EXPLORE OUR WEBSITE www.crossculturalsolutions.org
    • What’s Happening
    • 2011 Photo Contest
    • IVPA Idealist Fair (DC & NYC)
    Stay In Touch facebook.com/crossculturalsolutions twitter.com/volunteerabroad youtube.com/ccsvolunteerabroad