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Volunteering for Projects Abroad - Fiji Shark Conservation was one of the best decisions of my life. As a student studying Bachelor of Environmental Science & Management (Marine Major), I found the project perfect for what I was after. It was a real conservation project ACTIVELY doing conservation and making a real difference in the local community at the same time.

From the very start, as soon as I submitted my volunteer application there was a strong support network of people, contacting me to help me understand everything I had to do and guide me in my next step. The service was incredible with their calls and emails based around my hectic work schedule with Chelsea (my supervisor) being warm, helpful and understanding the entire way through. This was continued all the way until I got off the bus at my accomodation where a staff member was there to pick us up and show us around!

The project has so many different areas of focus that everyone can find a niche that they love. IT is suited for everyone - people that are still in high school and don't know a a lot about the ocean, all the way up to university students and adults looking to gain some valuable experience.

I am so grateful for projects abroad as it has given me experiences and skills that I can take with me into the workplace. I cannot wait to go back and do it again.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Aug 16, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Involvement Volunteers International

Earthquake rebuilding was definitely my favourite week, it was so authentic and I felt that I was making a real difference there. The host mother was beautiful and fed us very well. It was nice to get involved with the locals more than I did in Kathmandu as well.

The hospital was great I learnt so much from Dr Shanta he was an amazing mentor.

Doing the extra activities including the HealthOutReach program was really good as well because I could see there had been a lack of education around basic hygiene, nutrition and first aid so I think it was really beneficial to the schools that we went to to teach them this. And I hope that they will talk with others in the community about what they learnt so that it can spread and do greater good.

The hosts were fantastic, all the staff were friendly, efficient and ready to do absolutely anything to help us. The food was great and so was the accommodation, it was located in a good spot and I felt safe at all times.

Honestly I think you guys have been amazing, both in Nepal and before we left. I have no complaints and will definitely be recommending you guys (and possibly coming back again!)

Jessie (Australia 2017)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Aug 16, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I am of Jamaican heritage and hadn't been back for almost 10 years until I volunteered with Projects Abroad. It was an incredible experience, gaining valuable hands-on experience and education in the Mandeville Hospital. The Project Abroad is super knowledgeable, warm, and always there to answers any questions or calm any fears. Overall, this trip was a great way to give back to those in need while connecting with my culture at the same time. A++++

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Jamaica
Posted: Aug 16, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I participated in the Projects Abroad Fiji Shark Conservation project during the summer of 2017. The experience is better then I can even put into words.
From the moment you send in your application the support staff in your country and project advisor are there to help you. They are quick to answer any questions you have and to calm any nervousness you may feel. As your departure date and project start date draws closer your advisor calls you a few times to reiterate important details regarding travels and visas and checks in to go over any last minute questions you may have. I thought this was so above and beyond and so helpful.
The shark conservation project has unique accommodation in that all of the volunteers live together in complex called Ventura apartments. I loved this aspect of the project because I made all of the volunteers extremely close and created long lasting friendships. Essentially, the lower level consists of four apartments with two bedrooms, a living room, and a kitchen in each apartment (though no one uses the kitchen because the cooks make amazing meals!). The apartment can hold up to eight volunteers (though capacity is dependent of the season and amount of volunteers on the project at that time). The upper level of Ventura has the kitchen, computer lab, and common area where volunteers gather, eat, and where a lot of work gets done. Next door on the upper level is the staff offices and staff bedrooms. It is great to have staff on site at all times in case you need them.
The volunteers on the project are nothing short of incredible. Everyone has a common love sharks and a passion for helping them. Because of this, the teamwork is fantastic and everyone is motivated to work their hardest at all times. The volunteers come from all over the world, and it’s so cool to have such a melting pot of cultures together in one group. During my time on the project, we had volunteers range in age from fifteen to sixty-four years old and come from counties like The United States, Netherlands, Germany, England, Scotland, Italy, Costa Rica, Mexico, France, Chile, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, and so many more. And the best part was everyone was so welcoming and friendly to one another.
The work on the project is fun, education, and effective, and there is no “typical day”. As a research assistant volunteer you go on survey dives to collect data on indicator fish species, sharks, rays, and turtles, you watch BRUV’s, create presentations, input data into the system, tag sharks, collect and plant mangroves, survey the community, and so much more. And I could never forget Kava on Thursday nights. This is one of the most fun things on the project as it a traditional Fijian drink and social activity. It is great to have all of the volunteers and staff in one room drinking Kava and having a chat.
There really are so many amazing things to say about the Projects Abroad Fiji Shark Conservation project. I could go on for hours talking about every amazing detail of the project. I’ll just put it this way, if your looking at this signing onto this project, just go for it, I promise you won’t regret it. In fact, when it’s time for you to head home you’ll wish you had signed on for longer.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Aug 15, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

My experience with projects abroad was amazing. I went into this placement as a curious student of biology, wondering if I should go into the profession of nursing. My day to day tasks consisted mostly of shadowing nurses, doctors and other clinical professionals in the town of Chitwan, Nepal. I witnessed several cesarean sections, orthopedic surgeries, and debridement of burned victims.
I also took part in pop up treatment camps in some rural villages, where I took vital signs to aid in the care of patients.
Making friends was easy, where I had the pleasure of spending down time with a nurse from France, a physiotherapist from Sweden, a physician from Spain, and many others from different walks of life. Help was available at the drop of a hat as well, with the volunteer coordinator being available 24/7.
I want to go back and help out as a full fledged registered nurse in a couples years after I finish my degree, and I plan to go with projects abroad with their medical professional program.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Aug 15, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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