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Established in 1992, Projects Abroad is the world’s leading short-term international volunteer organization. Over 8,000 people a year join our programs in over 25 amazing countries around the world.  All participants receive unparalleled in-country support from our full-time, professional staff to ensure that the experience is safe, worthwhile, and fun.

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Posted: December 17, 2014
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10
By: mellisa10
Age:
32

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!

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Posted: December 16, 2014
Overall:
8
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9
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7
Age:
24

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!

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Posted: December 16, 2014
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10
Support:
9
Value:
10
By: Kwilson
Age:
19
I came to Sri Lanka for 3 weeks after volunteering for a few weeks in India first. I loved Sri Lanka. The staff at Projects Abroad was super helpful and made me feel very welcome and comfortable at my placement for volunteering, and host family's house. I had to change my flight and the Projects Abroad staff was more than willing to make those accommodations for me.
 
My host family was incredible. I stayed with Arjuna and Manori, along with their 3 kids, and house maid. They food they made was delicious. If you like lots of bread, spicy curry, and fresh fruit grown in the backyard, definitely choose Sri Lanka! If you didn't like something, they were more than willing to accommodate with you with different food. The kids were great. They loved to play and have you help them with their homework when Arjuna and Manori were at work at the hospital.
 
My placement was at Panadura Base Hospital. I met other volunteers there, along with incredible doctors and nurses who were always willing to teach me new things about surgery and physical therapy. Every day one of the nurses made tea for us, which was always delicious! The volunteers you will meet at your placement or host families will most definitely be special friendships, especially after traveling around Sri Lanka on the weekends and experiencing some amazing places and cultures that are not so common in your own country.
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Posted: November 14, 2014
Overall:
8
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9
Value:
7
By: agross05
Age:
20

My Time in Argentina

This past July to August, I was fortunate enough to travel to Cordoba, Argentina with Projects-Abroad from July 20th - August 16th. I participated in the 4-week high school Medicine and Spanish program, and I am so thankful that I did, as it changed my life.

At 16 years old, I have never travelled much on my own, let alone to a foreign country, with a program that I had never worked with, or a language that I had only learned for a few years prior. I should not have worried. Projects-Abroad was more than I hoped for. This program placed me with a host family who made me feel a part of their own family, and placed me in a Spanish class that helped immerse me in Argentinian culture.

I learned so much from both the medicine and Spanish aspects; information that I never wouldn't have learned any other way. From learning stitching techniques to watching various surgeries in 4 different hospitals around Cordoba, I feel that I am better prepared for my future, as I pursue a medical degree. The Spanish lessons that we received for 2 hours every day not only solidified my basic Spanish skills, but also allowed me to converse effectively with my host mom and host sisters, therefore allowing me to fully become a part of their family for the month that I lived with them. Not only did I communicate with my host family, the lessons allowed me and my group to fully immerse ourselves into Argentinian culture when walking around the city. Not only did I learn while I was in Argentina, I made lifelong friends with the staff of Projects-Abroad, my host family, and other students who participated in the program. I returned from Argentina 4 months ago, and I still communicate with many of these wonderful people on a daily basis. There are helpful, understanding, and some of the kindest people I have ever met. Overall, I I had the trip of a lifetime, and would recommend Projects-Abroad to anyone. Thank you Projects-Abroad!!

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Posted: November 9, 2014
Overall:
9
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9
Value:
9
By: kaylie16
Age:
16

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