Volunteering Abroad

Center for Cultural Interchange (Worldwide)
Geographical Area:Worldwide

Since 1985, the Center for Cultural Interchange (CCI) has been dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding, academic development, environmental consciousness, and world peace. Through our many years of experience, we have found that the experiential learning involved in student exchange helps people appreciate other ways of life and consequently improves their own. Over the years, we have worked with thousands of students and seen their lives transformed and enriched as a result of their experiences abroad.

Based in Chicago, Illinois, CCI organizes academic year, short term homestay, internship, work & travel, language study, environmental and volunteer programs in the United States and in over thirty different countries around the world. CCI is a non-profit organization, recognized by the United States Department of State as an official exchange visitor program. CCI is granted full listing by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET). CCI is also a full member of the Federation of International Youth Travel Organizations (FIYTO).

A philosophy which supports the preservation of, and respect for the environment is integrated into all facets of our business. Through our work with the Greenheart initiative -- a global movement that represents the evolution of a natural, human and ecological consciousness –- projects and activities such as world-wide student exchanges, the study group Ibiza Ecologic, the model ecological center at Casita Verde in Ibiza, the Greenheart Music company, the Greenheart Guide to Ibiza and Formentera and the Permaculture movement in Ibiza are carried out. We continually strive to encourage all of our program participants to become involved in some type of environmentally-related volunteer project or simply to raise their awareness about the state of our global environment.

Large enough to implement new ideas and be recognized as a strong, mid-size leader in the exchange industry, CCI is still small enough to maintain the individual attention to participants, families and schools that we feel is so important to successful cultural exchange. Our highly experienced national and regional office staff support a network of area representatives and employers throughout the United States.






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