Throughout its 15-year history, CCS has seen considerable participation from 50+ volunteers. This year alone, over 350 people over 50 volunteered abroad with CCS in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. In fact, of CCS’ 25,000 volunteers, almost 15 percent have been 50 or older.
CCS will join AARP’s efforts to help 50-plusers become more aware of international volunteer opportunities. Together, CCS, Create the Good — AARP’s volunteer network—and AARP International are offering the Grand Prize in the 2010 AARP Create the Good Raffle. The winner will receive a voucher for two people to travel to Costa Rica and volunteer abroad with CCS for one-week. Event attendees must be present at the Saturday afternoon session showcasing volunteer abroad opportunities to be eligible for the raffle.
“We're very excited to be working with AARP International and Create the Good to promote volunteering abroad for people over 50,” said CCS Director of Communications Kam Santos. “The demand for mature volunteers from the communities where we operate is high — the skills and experience that these volunteers bring is so highly valued and appreciated.”
CCS will be represented on the panel for the “Volunteering Abroad: Explore, Serve, and Learn” university session scheduled for Saturday, October 2nd from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Marge Rubin, 12-time CCS volunteer and staff member, will be joining the workshop panel alongside Peace Corps and United Planet representatives. The panel will be moderated by Wendy Spencer, Chief Executive Officer of the Governor of Florida’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, “Volunteer Florida.”
CCS will also be available throughout the entire event in the AARP Exhibit Hall, at the Travel and Leisure Pavilion, booth 2603. Visitors to the CCS booth will be able to meet CCS former volunteers and pick up materials on volunteering abroad options. The Exhibit Hall will be open each day of the expo until 5 p.m.
The event, held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., will include workshop sessions, exhibits and concerts. Sessions will feature Whoopi Goldberg, Larry King, Patty Loveless, and Peter Greenberg among others. Attendees may also enjoy concerts from Crosby, Stills, and Nash; Gladys Knight; BB King; and Gloria Gaynor. Registration for the event is still open, and costs $25 for AARP members and $35 for non-members.
Founded in 1958, AARP (http://www.aarp.org) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan social welfare organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole.
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About Cross-Cultural Solutions:
CCS (http://www.crossculturalsolutions.org) offers volunteer abroad programs for people to be of service, experience another culture like never before, and see the world in a new way. Founded in 1995, CCS has supported over 25,000 people to volunteer abroad in 12 countries around the world. As a not-for-profit organization with no political or religious affiliations, CCS brings people together to work side-by-side while sharing perspectives and fostering cultural understanding.