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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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.
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!
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.
My plan was to volunteer somewhere in Africa and I looked at so many reviews online for a organization that is safe to go with. After reviewing many of them and talked to few, I decided to go with Project Abroad, smartest decision ever. Their staffs were the loveliest and friendliest people I've ever met in my life. They make sure you are having a great experience and check up on you all the time. You never feel homesick with them.
As for the volunteering itself, I volunteered for the medical placement since I wanna study in that field in future. By volunteering in Chitwan Medical College Hospital, I learned a lot of things in that area and also found out what is my interest and what is not. I observe some pretty cool procedures and cases. I communicate with broken Nepali with the patients and family and made so many good memories. Doctors and Nurses also help you a lot and answer all of your question.
In overall Nepal has to be one of the friendliest city around the world, especially the kids in Nepal. I usually do not like kids but kids in Nepal made my experience ten times enjoyable. We also volunteer after our hospital time for English Club and Health Outreach which they were optional also but you were missing a lot if you did not go. The purpose of English club was to teach english to young orphan girls that were living in one orphanage with their Aama. Precious little kids they were. They were so affectionate and loving. you play different games each week and sing a song with them. even talking about them now makes me miss them so much.
In the end I have to say best experience of my life and I definitely recommend people to go with this organization. I would definitely try to go somewhere else next summer with Project abroad!
Truly a life changing experience. I would recommend Projects Abroad 100% to anyone who is interested in making a difference around the world. Projects Abroad was there with me every step of the way. Amazing team of staff and all of the volunteers with you are just as interested in serving others and learning about new cultures as you are.
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