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Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad provided a tremendous amount of support before I left which was very helpful. This was my first time travelling to Africa so the extensive pre-departure guide book provided reduced any potential for stress.

The family that Projects Abroad placed me with was amazing. They cooked my meals, taught me about their culture, and treated me like a son. I still talk to them regularly via Facebook and I know that when I go back to Ghana I'll have a place to stay.

I was on a Microfinance internship, which was a new project for Projects Abroad in Ghana. I helped shaped the program which was a cool experience. By the end we started two businesses: a soap manufacturer and a chicken farm, both of which were set up to operate independently after I left.

I would recommend Projects Abroad to anyone looking to volunteer internationally!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Dec 16, 2014
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
7

Beacon of Hope Uganda

Very awesome organisation. It is very well organized. GREAT concept! I hope that you get my point!.

Before leaving for Africa Isaac answered all questions in a very timely manner. The airport pick up was excellent!! We arrived late as our flight was delayed but Isaac was still there waiting to great us!! We didn’t have to wait at all.The placement was fantastic.

I had the opportunity to take part in/see things I wouldn’t normally get to experience at home. Our host family was amazing!!

Living with a true Ugandan family forced me to learn the language, culture etc that I most likely wouldn’t have done otherwise. I would definitely recommend this to other students or non students. It’s a great experience however you have to have an open mind and a” go with the flow” mentality. Isaac was amazing. He was helpful and reliable.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Uganda
Posted: Dec 16, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

The Love Company (TLC) Nepal

The love company orphanage has given me an unforgettable and inspiring time in Nepal, although I originally intended to do the English teaching project through rcdp I ended up at the love company orphanage and wouldn't have wanted it any other way! I was very warmly welcomed by the orphanage's founder Krishna Pokhrel and his wife Parvati, and really enjoyed spending breakfast with them every day. I learnt a lot about Nepal and got great advice on what to do with things outside of my project such as trekking. They are passionate about the orphanage and the children and very loving, open and transparent. Every morning we would walk the children to school though the rice paddies and pick them up in the afternoon before playing with them and helping with homework. I've enjoyed and cherish every second I've spent with these 14 wonderful children, all so unique and different and with such spirit and personality. I felt like I was making a difference by giving them individual attention both playing and with homework, which they off course lack in the daily orphanage environment.
Cannot wait to come back in the future, thankyou so much for this experience, would recommend coming here to anyone!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Dec 16, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
8

Projects Abroad

As part of my gap semester, I spent two months on the environmental conservation project in Costa Rica through Projects Abroad. I absolutely loved it and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in this type of experience.
Projects Abroad does a wonderful job planning out the volunteer schedule to make sure everyone is engaged in worthwhile work and having a fabulous time. The volunteers take part in various projects at Barra Honda National Park, all of which support the park and help build strong bonds between the staff members and volunteers. My favorite projects were the bat projects and bird surveys, but I also really enjoyed implementing the other conservation programs in the park, such as building bio-gardens for the local schools or working in the nursery garden.
The Projects Abroad staff members are so friendly and were always ready to help. From the beginning, I had a contact person who helped me plan my trip and who was very good about answering my many questions about what the experience would entail. The staff members on site in Costa Rica are truly incredible. I think I speak for many volunteers when I say that the whole Barra Honda community is really a family; everyone grows close together very quickly! The park is a place in which people come from all over the world with the common interest of protecting our planet, but along the way everyone shares their languages, cultures and stories. These interactions gave me a much more global outlook on life and the people I met in the park are now some of my best friends, whom I will treasure for years to come.
Projects Abroad did a fantastic job creating an environment where I felt extremely safe and loved. I had originally planned on a 5 week trip, but I ended up staying 2 months because I enjoyed the experience so much.
If you have the chance to go to Costa Rica with Projects Abroad, I definitely would not pass up the opportunity. Every day there is such a treasure. PURA VIDA!

Program: Gap Year
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Dec 16, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

Frontier

I spent two weeks on the Forest project in Madagascar and it was amazing. I really wish I could have stayed longer. The staff were really helpful especially as had a bit of trouble with getting my bag. They did everything they could to track my bag down and were really helpful in getting me the stuff i needed in the meantime.
In the project itself you get to take part in a lot of the surveying that goes on and you go on 2 or 3 walks a day to different locations. All the staff know what they are talking about and you learn and see so much on the walks. Just in the two weeks got to see loads of lemurs and reptiles including a Tree Boa and best of all a really tiny chameleon (Brookesia minima).
The camp itself is quite basic but you got used to it really quickly and it made the camp feel quite laid back and relaxed. The camp and the village are right on the beach but surrounding them is the forest. Being so close to the forest means that wildlife comes on to camp which was really cool. There were lizards everywhere on camp including the communal table, so you really lived alongside the wildlife. The camp is right next to the village meaning you really felt like a part of their community. The villagers were friendly and welcoming and one of the villagers, Victor, and his wife cook a meal for the volunteers, for a small fee, on a Tuesday and a Friday. I wish i'd gone for longer and i definitely recommend project.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Dec 15, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

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