At only 16 years of age, Projects Abroad made it possible for me to volunteer in Guadalajara, Mexico, for 5 weeks, providing me with the perfect balance of support and flexibility throughout. After searching the internet tirelessly for an economical program that could accommodate teens, I decided to go with Projects Abroad because it is entirely up to you to choose the dates and duration of your volunteering abroad.
This was my first time alone in a foreign country, but the supportive staff and my lovely host family made this feel even safer than home! I spent several hours before and during my stay with individual members of the staff, who offered routine check-ups, gave me some great tips for cultural immersion, and watched out for me 24/7. If I was sick, they were at my house within a half hour and ready to take me to the doctor. When I had a dilemma at the airport, they were patient and flexible to help me resolve the issue. And of course, my host family became like a second family to me. An older couple, they took me under their wing and treated me like their own daughter, and the accommodations were very adequate and clean throughout my stay.
My actual volunteering project was working in a nursery where I cared for and taught toddlers English and Spanish. It was very well-organized and everything I had hoped for, and I know I left an impact on the precious children there. Of course, I made lifelong friends with fellow volunteers, and the organization hosts multiple events per week in order to bond with the other volunteers that come from around the world! Bottom line? I hands down recommend Projects Abroad, as they made this 5 week excursion into the best month of my life!