Thursday, January 29, 2009

Cross-Cultural Solutions (CCS) or Peace Corps?

Two International Volunteer Organizations, Two Different Experiences
What are some differences between Cross-Cultural Solutions and the Peace Corps?

* Start Date & Length of Stay: The Peace Corps usually requires a minimum two-year commitment. You will begin on a start date based on the country to which you are assigned.

At Cross-Cultural Solutions you can choose to volunteer from 1 to 12 weeks, and from start dates year-round. The CCS experience ensures that you get the most out of your experience in a relatively short period of time.
* Requirements: To join the Peace Corps, you must be a U.S. citizen and at least 18 years old; most Peace Corps volunteers have a college degree. Married couples are required to participate together, and those with dependents generally cannot participate.

Since CCS is an independent not-for-profit organization, we are able to welcome a wide range of participants to our programs. We accept citizens of any country, and from a wide range of ages and backgrounds. Families with young children and groups are welcome, and 16 and 17 year-olds can participate under our Teen Volunteer Abroad program as well.
* Application Process: Peace Corps volunteers make a formal application to the Peace Corps that includes a medical review process, and not all people who apply are accepted.

CCS does not have a formal application process; you may enroll online or by contacting us today. (more)

Welcome to the Cross-Cultural Solutions Community! Meet other volunteers, blog, discuss, share photos and videos from abroad, and much more! (more)

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Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
View of Lake Atitlan and volcano from my apartment balcony in Panajachel. Taken by Catherine Todd June 2008.