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CCS Presentation for Info Sessions

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CCS Presentation for Info Sessions

  1. 2. <ul><li>An international not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization </li></ul><ul><li>A recognized leader in the field of international volunteering </li></ul><ul><li>Operating volunteer programs since 1995 </li></ul><ul><li>No political or religious affiliations </li></ul><ul><li>UN Special Consultative Status </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly 25,000 volunteers </li></ul>Who is CCS?
  2. 3. <ul><li>Our Vision </li></ul><ul><li>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 . </li></ul><ul><li>Our Mission </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>What is our Philosophy?
  3. 4. Latin America Brazil Costa Rica Guatemala Peru “ One of the most memorable parts of volunteering for me was just how receptive everyone at the school was to me. They were all very interested in getting to know me, especially in the preschool. The students didn't even care that I didn't know much Spanish. They loved to try to tell me things and teach me games. The teachers and students were very understanding of the language barrier, and we all made up creative ways to communicate when we weren't understanding something.” - Lisa Eugea, Costa Rica
  4. 5. Asia China India Thailand “ I can't thank CCS enough for this fantastic experience. I'm leaving Xi'an a better informed citizen of the world, having glimpsed a bit of China. I'm leaving Xi'an knowing myself a bit better -- having learned some of my personal limitations and what I can personally draw on to exceed them. I'm leaving Xi'an hopefully as a better person having seen such open kindness, and really learning about accepting and respecting others' cultural heritage. I'm sad to say goodbye to China, but I know I'll be back, and I can't wait to plan my next CCS volunteer trip!” - Veda, China
  5. 6. Africa <ul><li>“ This experience completely exceeded all my expectations. I was amazed at how friendly and welcoming the people of Tanzania were to us. They were happy to see us and share stories with us and interested to learn about our culture, too. The other volunteers were also great. It was valuable as a cultural, professional and personal experience. It has opened my eyes to new possibilities and opened my mind to new cultures. I will never forget Tanzania or the people there and I can't wait to do another CCS program.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Sarah, Tanzania </li></ul>Ghana Tanzania South Africa Morocco
  6. 7. Eastern Europe “ My four-week stay in Russia was intense and enlightening. During the week, my days were full of challenging activities and cultural events which required me, above all, to try new things. The weekends allowed me to explore the country on my own. The experience was incredibly rewarding. Working with the children was great, and I got to learn more about Russia than I thought was possible in only four weeks.” Jonathan McLaughlin, Russia Russia
  7. 8. Our Program Design <ul><li>Volunteer Work </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural & Learning Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Free Time </li></ul><ul><li>Home-Base </li></ul>
  8. 9. What can you do? <ul><li>Volunteer Work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Caregiving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Caring for Infants & Children </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Caring for the Elderly </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Caring for People with Disabilities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching Children </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching Conversational English </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assisting Teachers of Special Education </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Healthcare </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Observing and Assisting Local Healthcare Professionals </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Working with People Affected by HIV/AIDS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Working Toward Women’s Empowerment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing Your Professional Skills & Experience </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 10. Cultural & Learning Activities <ul><li>Inside perspective of the community and culture, within and beyond the context of your volunteer experience </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about the local culture and customs </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer experience is more well-rounded and complete </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>City Tour </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Guest speakers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language instruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cooking lessons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dance classes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Excursions to Historical & Cultural Sites </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>Explore the country at your own pace </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some afternoons and evenings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All weekends </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Build relationships with local people </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with fellow volunteers </li></ul>Free Time
  11. 12. CCS Home-Base <ul><li>Your home away from home </li></ul><ul><li>We take care of all of your daily needs </li></ul><ul><li>Full staff with CCS office located in Home-Base </li></ul><ul><li>Lodging </li></ul><ul><ul><li>comfortable house in a safe, conveniently-located neighborhood </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 meals daily, 7 days a week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unlimited safe-drinking water </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CCS licensed drivers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Airport pickup and drop-off </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. CCS Staff <ul><li>Highly qualified staff provide support and guidance to our volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Always locally born and based </li></ul><ul><li>The staff includes a country director, program director, program officers, drivers, cooks, cleaners, and guards </li></ul>Virginia Burmester Guatemala Country Director Virginia’s academic studies, experience in rural Guatemala, and 25-year career as an English teacher in Guatemala City has brought her recognition and respect as a leader in intercultural exchange and expert storyteller of the history and development of Guatemala. Virginia worked with the American Field Service to place high school students with host families in Guatemala, and prepare Guatemalan students to study abroad.
  13. 14. Why CCS? <ul><li>Volunteer Impact </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We work with sustainable community initiatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensuring impact on the community remains positive </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive Services & Support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-Departure and In-Country Support </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dedication to Safety & Security </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Extensive travel medical insurance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Great Value </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Program fee covers all meals, housing, transportation to and from placement, and more </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>Volunteers pay a 100% tax-deductible program fee that includes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personalized volunteer placement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural & Learning Activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lodging at a CCS Home-Base </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All meals and bottled water </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In-country ground transportation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experienced and professional full-time staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-departure materials and support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All local and incoming international phone calls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A 24-hour emergency hotline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comprehensive travel medical insurance </li></ul></ul>How are programs funded?
  15. 16. Fundraising <ul><li>CCS Provides: </li></ul><ul><li>Personal fundraising coach </li></ul><ul><li>Fundraising guide </li></ul><ul><li>Sample fundraising letter </li></ul><ul><li>Widgets </li></ul><ul><li>Fundraising flyers </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarships & grant resources </li></ul><ul><li>Practical information for sponsors </li></ul>
  16. 17. Programs to Choose From <ul><ul><li>Volunteer Abroad </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2 to 12 weeks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>12 countries </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Individual volunteer placement </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intern Abroad </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3 to 12 weeks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>9 countries </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Individual volunteer placement </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Social services, education, health </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Insight Abroad </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1 week </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>8 countries </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Group volunteer project </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 18. <ul><li>To enroll, choose: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where to go </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>12 countries, 20 program sites </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When to go </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Start dates year-round </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For how long </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1-12 weeks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Enroll online at www.crossculturalsolutions.org </li></ul><ul><li>or by phone at 1-800-380-4777 </li></ul>What’s next?
  18. 19. <ul><li>Join the CCS Community (www.ccscommunity.org) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Connect with other people interested in volunteering, enrolled volunteers and alumni </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find us on these other sites: </li></ul></ul>Connect with us!

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