Web Sites: Cross-Cultural Solutions
Why I am recommending Cross-Cultural Solutions:
Because CSS offers people a way to experience the adventure of traveling around the world while providing an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution as a CSS volunteer to a community in need.
CSS provides you with a safe and professional programs that will handle all of the logistics so that you can concentrate on having the experience of a lifetime.
From the Website:
Cross-Cultural Solutions is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1995. Each year, over 4,000 people participate in our volunteer programs in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. CCS has a worldwide staff of over 300 people in 12 countries, with administrative offices also located in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. In the UK, CCS is a Registered Charity (No. 1106741) and a Registered Company Limited by Guarantee (No. 4991010). In Canada, CCS is a registered non-profit corporation (Federal Corporation No. 445810-9). Steven Rosenthal founded CCS in 1995 and serves as its Executive Director.
CCS 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.
CCS is widely recognized as an expert in its field, committed to ensuring the safety, flexibility, professionalism, transparency, and excellence of our programs. Ensuring the highest quality of programming is an ongoing process, which is why all CCS program sites undergo a comprehensive review process each year to assess their performance in the following areas: program quality, overall volunteer satisfaction, adherence to staff policies, medical procedure training, and security guidelines. We are dedicated to monitoring and continuously improving the volunteer experience on a daily basis. In 2008, overall program satisfaction was 99%.
We have also developed standards for our organization's Social Responsibility and operate our programs in accordance with this policy.