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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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For my volunteer abroad experience, I went to Senegal with Projects Abroad for a one-month care project. From the time I contacted the Projects Abroad staff in the United States, they were exceptionally helpful. I emailed the New York office over several months to ask questions and figure out the details of my trip. The staff answered every single of one of my questions promptly and was very accessible. Once I got my placement, the country director was even more helpful and excited to coordinate my trip. I really love the way that Projects Abroad deals with its volunteers and makes them feel welcome and special. I think that I would not have felt so prepared for my trip without the help of the staff. My country director called me and emailed me leading up to my trip to tell me all sorts of details including the arrival procedure. I found her constant contact very comforting since I was nervous to go abroad.
My nerves went away however when I arrived in the country. I was greeted at the airport by the in-country Projects Abroad staff. They picked me up at 5:30am when my flight landed and drove me four hours to my site location in Saint-Louis, Senegal. The staff in Senegal was exceptional. They were always so full of energy and loved getting to know the volunteers. They organized several events each week for the volunteers to hangout and relax after our projects, and provided a great atmosphere for us to learn about the country. They provided me with an orientation when I arrived which I found very helpful. I was shown all around the city and made sure that I felt comfortable where I would be spending my time for a month.
Another great part about my time in Senegal was staying with my host family. Although I did not develop a very close relationship with them they were very kind and accommodating. I also had two other Projects Abroad volunteers who stayed in my house with me. I loved my placement and would not change a thing about it. I would recommend that everyone volunteer with Projects Abroad. My only regret is that I did not stay for longer. One day I hope I can return to Senegal to revisit my volunteer experience!

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Posted: May 24, 2014
Overall:
9
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10
Value:
10
By: gmccarthy
Age:
20

Projects Abroad is an amazing organization to work with! They are very organized and easy to contact with any questions. I signed up for the trip very last minute, they were more than happy to rush the process of signing up and very welcoming. They provide more than enough information to help you with your planning concerning your flight and such. Not only is the organization great as a whole, but the staff in Jamaica was absolutely outstanding!

They provided me with a very nice host family with a gorgeous home. They set up transportation to and from my volunteer placement and planned many fun activities! They were personable and helped us to understand the culture in Jamaica better. They allowed appropriate free time and social life while visiting.

I was part of the care project while in Jamaica along with about 8 other girls. We volunteered at an orphanage for children with special needs in the morning then a school of arts institute in the afternoon. The volunteer experience was breath taking, i learned endless lessons and it was a trip of a life-time. If i had the chance to go to Jamaica with this organization again, i would take it in a heart beat! This was one of the best experiences of my life thus far! I highly recommend this organization as well as this specific location and care project!

Good Luck with your travels!

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Posted: May 21, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: Jesse1995
Age:
18

I volunteered in the city of Cordoba for the Argentina Projects Abroad. The overall experience of the trip was absolutely incredible and had a large affect on my prospecitive of the world. I first decided to volunteer because I had a semester where I was not taking classes and was able to get the time off of work. I had only been out of the country once and had never traveled by myself. I wanted a trip that would place me out of my comfort zone and allow me to build my indepedence. This trip did just that! I do not speak Spanish very well so I was a bit overwhelmed traveling alone when I got about halfway on my journey as it took me some time to figure out the different airports but I wouldn't change a single thing. It tested my ability to figure things out for myself and my communication skills. Once I arrived in Cordoba I instantly felt extremely comfortable. I was picked up at the airport and brought directly to my host families house. My family was amazing and I had a blast living at the home for 3 weeks. I did have another volunteer as a roomate which was extremely nice because she had already been there for 3 months and could show me around the city as well as introduce me to other volunteers. During my placement I worked at a daycare facility with 0-4 year olds playing with them, planning daily learning activities, and helping out wherever I was needed with different task around the daycare. The kids were absolutely amazing and I instantly fell in love with them. It was a bit difficult at first because the other teachers and the kids spoke no english and I was not fluent in Spanish. I did pick up enough to communicate with the children and to feel comfortable instructing them on different tasks. We tried to focus on doing activites that would really help the children learn. We worked on colors, numbers, letters, made masks to learn the parts of the face, and colored Easter eggs to hang up the week of Easter. It was so great getting to know the kids and forming relationships with them. I loved getting to plan activities and really have freedom to plan what we would be working on each day. I also really enjoyed having the opportunity to meet so many other amazing volunteers! I made so many life long friends and it was so great to get all of there different stories. One of the weekends I was there was Easter weekend so we had Friday offf of work. Projects Abroad organized a volunteer trip for us that weekend to Mendoza which was incredible! We did vineyard tours, rafting, trekking, and mountain repelling off the side of the Andes Mountains. It was unforgettable. I would love to go back to Argentina or to travel with Projects Abroad to another location to volunteer for a second time. I learned so much about volunteering, the organizations, the country, and especially myself.

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Posted: May 12, 2014
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
9
By: jrenz
Age:
24

My overall experience with Projects Abroad was amazing and high beneficial. The staff that we worked with was accommodating and generally excited to be helping us and guiding us through our study abroad experience and the country.

I went on this study abroad opportunity with one of my education honor societies, and the trip was a chance for us to grow both professionally and personally. We all left feeling as though we gained a once in a life time experience and stronger educators. The Projects Abroad Costa Rica staff set up an amazing placement in a local day care with a staff that was excited to be working with us. In addition, they also set us up with a host family that was very supportive and happy to have us stay with them. The family was very nice and took wonderful care of all of us. Providing us with a safe and warm place to call home for the time we spent in Costa Rica.

Even though there was a huge language barrier for most of us (only a few of us had a Spanish background), I never felt out of place and confused by what was going on. Our guide was helpful and provided us with the necessary support and guidance that we needed. He was always up for the help and made our experience with it. During our trip, my roommate fell sick, and was taken care of by the entire staff at Projects Abroad Costa Rica and our host family.

This is a great organization to work with and I would highly recommend it to someone that is interested in working and studying abroad any time soon.

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Posted: April 26, 2014
Overall:
7
Support:
9
Value:
8
By: nkrause
Age:
22

My time with Projects Abroad in Costa Rica was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I was placed with an amazing host family who allowed me to strengthen my language skills and emerge in a new culture. For two weeks, I was given a variety of Costa Rican dishes including breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. I also loved that I had younger host siblings to interact with as well as other international students. The entire living situation improved my language skills in just two weeks.

During my volunteer experience, I, along with 13 others girls worked at a child care center where the children and teachers were mainly underprivileged. With our educational background knowledge, we were able to host workshops so the teachers can provide their students with a proper and meaningful education once we left. Knowing that we made a huge difference in the lives of the teachers and students alike was the greatest gift we could have received.

Working with underprivileged children is not easy but we had a great support group through Projects Abroad. We had a translator/assistant with our group at all times during the volunteer hours which helped in tremendous ways. Freddy, our translator/assistant, made our trip fun and worth it. I would volunteer in the future, especially with Projects Abroad.

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Posted: March 20, 2014
Overall:
10
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10
Value:
10
Age:
22

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