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cross cultural solutions--has anybody gone on this?

 
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binka



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 1:23 am    Post subject: cross cultural solutions--has anybody gone on this? Reply with quote

I'm looking into doing a volunteer program with Cross Cultural Solutions... Has anyone heard or gone on these trips? I'm particulary interested in the Dharamsala trip.
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Zanahoria



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:42 pm    Post subject: I've heard of it Reply with quote

But only in a book, probably like you. I had a good instinct about it, though, if that helps any. Good luck!
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ratherbesailing



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 5:15 am    Post subject: My observation Reply with quote

I didn't participate in the Program but certainly was aware of their presence while living abroad in Salvador da Bahia, Northeastern Brazil. They validated all negative stereotypes of the American tourist- loud, culturally insensitive, premiscuous (even to Brazilian standards!) and while they were allegedly there to teach at an orphanage, I only saw them on the beach. I heard from several of them that they were thrown into a very unorganized teaching situation in the favelas there, not even knowing Portuguese. All these things could be specific to that location, but it left a bad taste in my mouth.
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