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Mission Statement

Volunteer Abroad - It's the experience of a lifetime.

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.

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.

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.


Cross-Cultural Solutions is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1995. Cross-Cultural Solutions is a recognized leader in the field of international volunteering. CCS is recognized as an expert in its field by the United Nations and CARE, one of the world's largest humanitarian organizations. In 2003, we were granted Special Consultative Status by the UN. In 2001, we were selected as the partner-of-choice to operate the CARE Corps program.

Cross-Cultural Solutions has been profiled in more than 500 news outlets, including: CNN, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Time, Newsweek, The Chicago Tribune, The Toronto Star, The Today Show, USA Today, National Geographic Traveler, and the ABC Nightly News.

Cross-Cultural Solutions is proud to co-chair the Building Bridges Coalition, a project of the Brookings Institution focused on dramatically increasing the number of U.S. international volunteers. The Coalition aims to improve cross-cultural understanding through expanded international volunteer service, enhanced service quality and capacity, and dedication to positive impact across the globe.



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Average Review 14 reviews

Would you recommend Cross-Cultural Solutions?

by Priscilla D. (August 31, 2016)
I want to become part of this organization as a teen volunteer and I'm interested . It seems very great and fun .
by Jennifer C. (November 3, 2010)
I spent a month i Moshi, Tanzania with CCS and I must say, it was an amazing experience. The staff was incredibly supportive and really helped me plan a life changing trip. I worked with children at an orphanage in the area and also had the chance to work at a clinic performing home visits to the ill. I plan to return to CSS in 2011 and cannot wait - if you are searching for a company that will give you a satisfying abroad experience, one that is safe, trustworthy and all around fun, CCS is it. They are professional and can truly be counted on - you can reach the home office from the country of your placement and they make everything extremely easy for you - I highly recommend CCS for anyone looking to make a difference abroad!
by Maya K. (September 29, 2010)
Volunteering with Cross Cultural Solutions was one of the best decisions I have made in my entire life. The local CCS staff in Tanzania had a great philosophy on volunteering. I was not only working with the community, but by being educated about their culture in several areas, I was able to better understand how to help. I have made lifelong friends in Tanzania. The in-country staff provided me with so much support. Every second of my time in Tanzania, I constantly felt like I was learning new, and extremely valuable lessons. Cross Cultural Solutions has inspired me to change my major to Global Studies and to continue volunteering as much as possible. I would recommend Cross Cultural Solutions to everyone. Once one volunteers with a CCS program, I can't imagine they would ever come home regretting their decision.
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by Jessica F. from New Rochelle, NY (July 31, 2009)
I volunteered with Cross-Cultural Solutions in the spring of 2009 in Guatemala City with my mother for one week. It was absolutely one of the best experiences of our lives! Through the structure of CCS’s Insight Abroad Program we were able to form relationships with many of the local people, including the In-Country Staff in such a short time. We lived in the Home-Base with other volunteers, and the cooks provided three incredible meals a day which was great! We knew we would have healthy and DELICIOUS meals prepared for us every day, so we could focus on other activities during our short time in Guatemala. The staff also took us on trips to learn more about the culture of the country, and brought in guest speakers and even had dance lessons at the Home-Base. This program was life-changing and awe-inspiring. If you’re looking to make a difference and feel the difference of being a global citizen, volunteer abroad with Cross-Cultural Solutions!
by Stephanie H. (July 6, 2009)
I volunteered with Cross-Cultural Solutions last summer in Ghana and am in the midst of planning my next trip with CCS to Tanzania. In Ghana, I taught my own class of children ages 9-13. Being immersed in a new culture, I had the opportunity to meet the most wonderful people and establish true lasting connections. A year later, I am still frequently emailing with CCS in-country staff, fellow volunteers and even local people! CCS gave me a safe life-altering experience and I absolutely cannot wait for my future adventures with them!