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My experience was more than I expected. I enjoyed every second of it. Learning at the clinic, meeting people and enjoying helping out. I fell in love with the city of Quetzaltenango and the people, so much so that I´m considering studying here and develop my medical career as a pediatrician in Guatemala.
The moment I got to the host family, I felt very welcomed by the family and comfortable. The host mom was very attentive about me going out, eating well and took good care of me when I got a cold. The girls were very nice and I got along with them like I had known them my whole life. The whole time I was there I never felt unsafe or unwanted.
At the medical center I was able to go around in the different “clinics” they have. I helped in the HIV clinic, family planning, pharmacy and pediatrics. I was surprised that I was able to do so much, including injecting birth control shots. I learned a lot more here than I thought. My favorite memory was getting to see the doctor suture up a man´s eyebrow. I was able to learn the stitching technique, as well as helping him out.
The coordinators were very helpful and easy to reach in case of an emergency. The office was nearby, which was easy because I could meet up with them and also make payments for weekend tours. The organization of the weekend trips was very reliable and I felt very comfortable going places.
The support in the US was amazing. I asked the online operator lots of questions and concerns and always got a reply back fairly quickly. When I called, the lady who picked up made me feel really safe about my decision to come to Guatemala, and I felt very encouraged. Wonderful experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Guatemala
Posted: Oct 10, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

The project is excellently managed and when participating you can see the reasons for all the surveys you do. The staff work tirelessly to ensure you get the most out of the project.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Central America
Posted: Oct 10, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

I thoroughly enjoyed the Ethical Adventure Trail and am therefore pleased overall with my experience. The countries we visited, activities we did and the people we met were brilliant.

I could not fault the trail leader from start to finish. Her travelling experience and Spanish were indispensable. She was also friendly, fun and compassionate which I found to be essential when I was unwell. The trail would not have been the same without her!

Program: Gap Year
Location: Central America
Posted: Oct 10, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Best aspects of the project:
-location of base camp, beautiful and lots of potential to become an enjoyable place to live.
-access to preservation zone of the reef, incredible to be able to see relatively unspoilt marine life
-being able to come to the south island and meet locals
-flexibility in the project and being able to have a say in what we did during the week/made for dinner etc.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Central America
Posted: Oct 10, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I spent a month in Córdoba, Argentina volunteering in Project Abroad's Law and Human Rights program, and it was the most amazing experience of my life thus far! I had always wanted to travel abroad while at university, but my class and extra-curricular schedule did not make it possible. Spending a summer with Projects Abroad (PA) was a great alternative. The Law and Human Rights program gives you great exposure to human rights at the grass roots level; as someone studying Latin American politics, I learned so much about Argentinian political history, current Argentinian government policies, and NGOs beyond what I could ever learn in the classroom. Furthermore, living and working Argentina really helped me to improve my Spanish.

My host family was so kind and caring, and you learn a lot more about the country and the language living with a Córdobesa family. My home was comfortable and safe, and my host family was experienced with hosting volunteers from all over the world. The program directors at PA went above and beyond to make sure I was safe and knowledgable about how to get around and what was expected of me. Weekly volunteer social events help you to make friends, learn about the city, and experience Argentinian culture in a non-touristy way. With your weekends free, you also have plenty of time to explore on your own or with other volunteers. I felt like my 4 weeks abroad flew by because it was packed with so many amazing experiences. It's also awesome that PA volunteers are from all over the world; I got to make friends from so many different countries which really added to the cultural experience.

Yes, PA can be pricey, but I believe that my money was well spent. I felt I got a priceless experience in return for the program costs, and I felt well taken care of the entire time I was in Argentina!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Oct 6, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
8

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