Projects Abroad

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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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I traveled to Argentina this past summer with MyProjectsAbroad’s Care & Spanish program. This program was a High School Special that allowed me to spend two-weeks of studying, volunteering, and traveling in the beautiful country of Argentina. A typical weekday with this program consisted of many fun activities. The other members of my section of the project, my host family sisters, and I would volunteer in an underprivileged kindergarten for about 4 hours each day. After an extremely large feast for lunch every day, we would then head off to our Spanish lessons with the other members of the program. The night was usually ours to do whatever we felt like doing, unless there was a social that MyProjectsAbroad had planned. I always looked forward to these socials because it was a chance to meet people from all over the world. Some socials included touring Che Guevara’s home, zip lining in the mountains, karaoke nights, and even dance lessons!
Overall, I could not have been happier with my experience with ProjectsAbroad. The staff was extremely accommodating and very well-organized. They did a great job of keeping the line between being supervised and independent. I never felt like I was unsafe or coddled, which was a huge fear of mine, pre-departure. I have only good things to say of ProjectsAbroad!
As for my host family, it could not have been a better fit. My host parents were very welcoming and incredibly caring! If I ever had a problem, I knew that I could have come to them for anything. I definitely can say that the food was amazing, as well! Maria Julia, my host mother, always made sure my stomach was full. Overall, my entire experience in Argentina was nothing less than perfect. If you ever get the chance to travel with ProjectsAbroad, I strongly suggest you do it! My trip to Argentina was, hands-down, the best experience of my life.

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Posted: October 1, 2014
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By: yculjones
Age:
18

This past summer I spent two weeks in Ghana through Projects Abroad's sports program. I absolutely loved my time there! I had the chance to play and coach soccer to some of the impoverished youth in the Accra region of Ghana. Projects Abroad provided every service I could even think of to make my stay in Ghana worthwhile.
Our staff was always available to us, and never once did I feel unsafe. We were shuttled by bus to all of our activities and our adviser, Michael, accompanied us everywhere we went.
My host home was very nice as well. My host mother was very friendly and helpful when we were having trouble adjusting to the differences of the culture (hand-washing laundry, various foods, etc..). She also made it a priority that we were well-fed and that we were genuinely enjoying our experience.
We also had the chance to experience cultural aspects of Ghana as well! We had a drumming lesson, cooking lesson and a lesson on the local language "twi". It was really neat to immerse myself into a completely new culture and I have Projects Abroad to thank for that!
I could not have picked a better organization to travel with overseas and I definitely encourage others to choose Projects Abroad when trying to decide who to travel with!

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Posted: September 24, 2014
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10
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10
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Age:
17

Projects Abroad is one of the best international development organizations that I have ever volunteered for and I truly believe that! I spent five weeks volunteering in a care placement in Chisinau, Moldova and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I was nervous at first going to the poorest country in Europe and due to its close proximity to the Ukraine conflict, but the staff at Projects Abroad Moldova quickly put me at ease. They were 100% prepared for my placement and actually even went way beyond what I had expected when going there. They mad sure that every aspect of transportation was planned and confirmed, that I had adequate housing and food at my home stay and that everything went smooth on a day to day basis. Not only did they take me on multiple tours of the city, but they made sure I was confident getting around and going to work alone everyday by myself. They really made me feel appreciated that I was there to help. The Projects Abroad staff's preparedness and hospitality left a memorable place in my mind and heart. I remember that I was sick one day and the Projects Abroad Office Manager personally called me to make sure everything was ok and to see if I needed a doctor to visit the home. They even planned cultural and social outings on the weekend so that we could be in contact and make friends with all of the other volunteers in Moldova at that time. They went beyond any expectation that I could think of and I am truly honored to have worked with all of them. Everything went well and I had no problems; this they made sure of. I would definitely recommend Projects Abroad to anyone wanting to volunteer abroad and make a difference in the lives of other around the world.

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Posted: September 19, 2014
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10
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10
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10
By: bn7644a
Age:
22

This past June I went to Ghana with Projects Abroad. I researched a few companies and chose Projects Abroad due to the price and reviews that I read. I am happy I selected this program for my big trip. There was a staff member helping me from the moment I signed up for the program until I arrived safely back at home. I knew that if I had a question about anything that they were available to me. The steps on the website were very clear and helpful in getting my Visa, application, the vaccinations needed, and packing for my trip. When I arrived in Ghana, I had staff waiting for me at the airport who took me directly to my host family after showing me around the city I would be living in, helping me exchange currency, showing me how to use public transportation, and much more. The staff members were so personable I felt safe and welcomed during my entire stay. I was homesick for a few days and the staff members tremendously helped me through it by taking me on different adventures, meeting up with me, and simply just listening to me. Going to a different country all alone sounds terrifying yet exciting but the staff at Projects Abroad truly made the experience a positive one for me through their support.

i would recommend this organization to anyone-- first time travelers and even experienced travelers!

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Posted: August 19, 2014
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8
By: ar757442
Age:
21

Earlier this summer, I participated in the Projects Abroad High School Special in Costa Rica: Care and Conservation. Each week of the two-week program was on an opposite end of the spectrum. The first week was spent volunteering at a San José daycare center for children, Osito Feliz. We spent much of our time painting a mural for the children as well as mentoring them. The kids taught me a lot about appreciating what we have and making the most of each day.

The next week, we traveled four hours away to the Barra Honda National Park. Coming from the urban city of Houston, Texas, the prospect of living in a jungle was a novel concept. Nonetheless, the staff was so welcoming, and they certainly made the most of their living conditions. Seeing their constant positivity and passion for their environmental projects was moving.

When I look back on my experience in Costa Rica, I wouldn’t have changed it for the world. The greatest beauty I can recall from my trip is the new adventures I endured— whether that be Costa Rican dance lessons, speaking fluent Spanish for the first time, horseback riding, or watching bats leave their caves at night. While there were certainly some difficulties in terms of the living conditions, I can wholeheartedly say that my time there shaped me for the better.

So, yes. Costa Rica was not glamorous. But it was certainly life-changing. And those challenging adventures are what eventually take us on the path to the individuals we’re meant to become.

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Posted: August 19, 2014
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10
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10
Value:
10
Age:
17

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