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Internships Abroad

Cross-Cultural Solutions is a recognized leader in the field of international volunteering, founded in 1995. We are a non-profit organization that enables volunteers to make a meaningful contribution to the community by working side-by-side with local people, while gaining a new perspective and insight into the culture and themselves. The volunteer work is with carefully selected Partner Programs, all of which are dynamic and inspiring community-led initiatives. These include orphanages and childcare centers, schools, health clinics and hospitals, homes for the elderly, centers for people with disabilities, and other community organizations. Volunteers enjoy the flexibility of choosing from 12 countries, start dates year-round and programs from 1-12 weeks long. CCS offers international volunteer programs in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Morocco, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Thailand.

The Intern Abroad program is an incredible opportunity for students to do an international internship or gain work experience in the areas of Education, Health, or Social Services. Cross-Cultural Solutions is a recognized leader in international volunteering, and our Intern Abroad program provides a supportive and academic framework to the volunteer experience. Since the entire program is carefully built from the learning objectives you define, you’ll be able to achieve your internship goals like you’ve never imagined.

With the Intern Abroad program, you’ll work on the same dynamic and inspiring community-led initiatives as other CCS volunteers, but you’ll have a built-in academic structure that will aid you in gaining a deeper understanding of the community’s culture, challenges, and customs. Intern Abroad is a meaningful and exciting option — many students even gain academic credit at their schools, ask us how.

What Can I Expect from CCS and the Intern Abroad Program?

All CCS programs feature our unique program design which includes a volunteer placement matching your skills and interests to the immediate needs of the community, Cultural & Learning Activities to learn more about the local culture and customs, Free Time for independent exploration, and lodging in a CCS Home-Base where you will stay with fellow volunteers. With CCS, you have the ultimate flexibility — you choose where you volunteer, when you go, and your length of stay.

The Intern Abroad program is unique because its academic structure will help you to make the most of your experience and apply it academically. Upon enrollment, you’ll choose an area of focus — Education, Health, or Social Services — and set your learning objectives. Once you’re in-country, you’ll be advised by a dedicated Intern Supervisor who is from the local community and knowledgeable in your chosen field. During your internship, you’ll keep a log of your experiences, and at the end, you’ll complete a summary project. Need help deciding if Intern Abroad is right for you?

  • Who: Students interested in interning abroad.
  • Where: 11 countries; Guatemala, Costa Rica, Brazil, Peru, Russia, Morocco, Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa, Thailand, China and India
  • When: Start dates are available year-round. See Intern Abroad start dates.
  • Program Length: Programs available from 3-12 weeks.

Contact Information: Mhotchkiss@crossculturalsolutions.orgor 1-800-380-4777 ext. 1192.

Want to learn more about internships; hints, help or the process? Come to Internships 101 on 2/2 or 12/13 both at Noon in ELC Walls Lounge

“I loved being with the kids, making them smile, making them laugh, as well as being able to see when I had actually taught them something. I also connected with some of the mothers of the children, who had me over for lunch, and voiced on several occasions that they really approved of the way my partner and I taught. That made me feel really good, and that I was giving them what they wanted for their children (and not imposing my views and values on them). I also enjoyed planning new, interesting and creative activities for the daycare, especially when they worked. I feel that I learned a lot about teaching young children.”

Amy Steele, Intern Abroad, India – Social Services

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