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Immersed in another culture: Volunteering in Tanzania with Projects Abroad

Volunteering with Projects Abroad was a life-changing experience. I was nervous going to a place so different from anywhere I had ever been before, without my family or anyone I knew, for three months, but the support from Projects Abroad made it seem possible. From the get-go, the Projects Abroad team answered all my questions at their office in Toronto, and by e-mail. They sent me all the information I needed to know, and then some, so that I felt prepared for my trip to Tanzania. In country, they picked me up from the hotel I was staying at with my family (I went on a safari trip for two weeks before starting my internship) and took me to meet my host family. They gave me a thorough orientation of the city and how to get around and made sure I knew exactly how to get to my placement using the dala-dala bus system. My internship at Inherit Your Rights, a local non-governmental organization that works with local widow groups in the surrounding villages regarding human rights issues, particularly inheritance and property law, was an incredible learning experience. I was able to meet and work with the local people, as well as with other volunteers from all over the world. My host family was also so welcoming and made me feel like family. I was continually pushed outside of my comfort zone, but through it all, Projects Abroad was there to support me and make sure it was a positive experience, one that expanded my view of the world and taught me more about myself and the world I live in. Hands down – I would recommend Projects Abroad for anyone looking to volunteer abroad for the first time!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Dec 9, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Askari WCP

I spent two weeks at Askari and I enjoyed every minute. Katie, Ed, all the staff and volunteers are amazing and this place (Pidwa) is amazing. The sleep out in the reserve, all the laughs we had and taking care of all the animals will always be in my memories. I will miss the Askari’s good vibes for a very long time.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: France
Posted: Dec 9, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Askari WCP

I spent 4 weeks at Askari and it was not enough, I needed more. I didn’t study anything related to wildlife conservation but I’ve always been interested in it so I decided to do this programme for 4 weeks. During my stay in SA I only stayed at Askari, no beaches, no Cape Town, but I would do it again. It was amazing! In the orientation week I’ve learnt a lot about conservation, animal management and then we put that all into practice. You really feel you are helping and doing a lot for maintaining the correct habitat for the animals. Katie an Ed are wonderful people, with them around you always feel good and they will answer all your questions. It really feels like a family. Living at the bush for 4 weeks was amazing. In the middle of the reserve, surrounded by wild animals. It was an awesome experience. I’m coming home with much more knowledge about wilderness and I want to learn more and more. I hope to see you again Katie and Ed, You truly are special people, Thank you!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Dec 8, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

My name is Kevin, I am an American university student who volunteered with Projects Abroad this past summer. It was an amazing experience, and I would 100% do it again given the opportunity. Even before departure, Projects Abroad made sure I was okay and prepared by frequently checking in and answering any questions. Upon arriving in Shanghai, I was warmly greeted by two workers who oriented me to the city. I felt like the placement Porjects Abroad gave me was exactly what I was looking for and as depicted on their website. I had an amazing time and fell in love with Shanghai. I met some of the best people there and I still am good friends and keep up with the staff and fellow volunteers of Projects Abroad and at my placement. Projects Abroad is an organization I definitely recommend. They will listen to your needs and make you feel welcome wherever you are in the world!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: China
Posted: Dec 8, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
8

Global Crossroad

I completed a health care volunteer program at Shadid Memorial Hospital in Nepal for two weeks. Despite being unwell for a few days during this time, I learnt more than I thought I ever would. The staff at the hospital were very supportive, answered any questions I had, explained procedures and the care they were giving and also let me be involved in all aspects of a patients care. The staff at the hospital should be applauded for the amazing work they do each and every day.This experience allowed me to gain an understanding of how I can improve m own practice as a student nurse and how appreciative the Nepalese people are of any nice gesture you give them. The hostel itself was nice to stay in as it was clean, warm, had more than enough food and support was always on hand if needed. Nepal is a beautiful country and it is amazing to see the Nepalese so happy when some have so little. Overall, I had a great experience on my two weeks here and wish I stayed for longer.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Dec 8, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

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