Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) December 20, 2013
Picture the perfect holiday scene. A flawlessly trimmed Christmas tree, with beautifully wrapped presents piled high underneath, or a peaceful Menorah, shining brightly for all to see. It really is a wonderful time of the year. With all the hustle and bustle of the season, however, it can be overwhelming at times to face the crowds and find the perfect present for that special someone.
Friends and family can be some of the hardest people to shop for, especially when hunting for a gift for that person who has 'everything'. This year, some caring individuals have chosen to forgo the commercial excess of yet another tacky sweater or box of chocolates, and put their hard-earned money towards something that truly makes a difference.
Jaded by the rampant consumerism that drives the holiday season, many people are seeking a gift that has meaning. Volunteer vacations, as it turns out, fill this desire perfectly. Cross-Continental Solutions provides personalized volunteer experiences abroad, and has started offering gift certificates, just in time for the holidays. Certificates are available for both individuals and groups; be it your favorite grandson, or the entire family.
What could make a better gift than a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that not only helps the less fortunate, but also teaches participants new ideas and skills? Volunteering abroad also looks very impressive on a resume or college application, which can lead to more career options in future. It’s a win/win situation.
Berenice Vasquez, a journalism intern from the US who recently worked at a newspaper in Ecuador, was appreciative of the flexibility and personalization she encountered with her intern abroad program. “I was happy with my experience abroad,” says Berenice. “Cross-Continental really takes the time and effort to match its participants with internships and volunteer experiences that really fit their individual needs.”
This season, instead of filling the tree with meaningless material goods, remember those whose greatest gift would be some compassion, a bit of spare time, and an extra set of hands. Perhaps this is the year for a new tradition under the tree.
About Cross-Continental Solutions
Cross-Continental Solutions provides unique yet affordable volunteer abroad, intern abroad, cultural immersion, language study, and gap year programs. A large variety of work placement options are available such as: Teaching, Healthcare, Community Development, Business Coaching, HIV work, Care-giving, Orphanage Work, Journalism, Photography, Wildlife, Agriculture, Environmental Protection, Microfinance, Tourism, Marketing, and more. Programs are available at many locations around the world, including Africa, Asia, and Latin America. By living and working side by side with the local people, participants gain an exceptional cross-cultural experience and the opportunity to make a difference.