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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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If you are looking to visit a country that includes adventure, unforgettable experiences and volunteer work then Nepal is the country for you. Projects Abroad is organization to share the experience with. They assist you with all of your travel arrangements, your placement and allow you to experience the Nepali culture first hand. They give you freedom, are flexible and are readily available if you need them.

The Nepali people are welcoming, friendly and are very curious about you when you arrive. They are always willing to help, if it is getting to the correct bus stop, directions to a location, or just wanting to stop and have a friendly chat. The city was safe and was relatively easy to navigate through. The host family was welcoming and made you feel like you were at home.

For five weeks I volunteered at the Sahara Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal through Projects Abroad. The staff at Sahara Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Hospital were welcoming, and willing to teach. They encouraged us to ask questions and to collaborate ideas for alternative forms of treatment. The patients there were motivated and curious about the volunteers who came to visit the clinic.

When I was not working in the clinic I was meeting other volunteers in the organization. We were able to go white water rafting, hiking, jungle safari, paragliding and other tourist activities. It has been a few weeks since I have returned from Nepal and I am still in contact with everyone whom I have met. Needless to say the people you meet are friends for life.

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Posted: August 22, 2016
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10
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10
By: aaltemus
Age:
28

I spent 4 weeks taking part in the Conservation project in Thailand with Projects Abroad. From the moment I arrived, I found a staff member waiting in the airport. On our way back to the volunteer complex, she explained many sights that we passed, and gave me clear expectations for what would happen when I arrived - we will go over some paperwork, I'll take you to your room, here is your PADI instruction booklet to learn by this day, etc.

I felt comfortable from the moment I arrived. The complex housed approximately 15 other volunteers who welcomed me and invited me on a hiking excursion the next day. We all ate dinner together that night, where I had my first encounter with the delicious food we had regularly. While I did not have any food concerns, a few other volunteers were vegan and vegetarian, and the staff worked to ensure they had meals that would not disrupt their lifestyles.

The work we did each week felt meaningful, though I wish I could have stayed longer than 4 weeks. Our weekly tasks always involved dives and data collection, but alternated between beach clean-ups, tree planting, school visits, animal excursions, and so on. Overall, I had an amazing time and was so sad to leave the friends I had made there.

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Posted: August 15, 2016
Overall:
9
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10
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8
By: mquintano
Age:
25

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We're happy to hear you had such a great experience abroad! We work hard to make sure our projects have a meaningful and long-lasting impact in the communities in which they serve, even for volunteers who stay for shorter periods. Thanks for all your help!

I volunteered with Projects Abroad on their Environmental Conservation project in Thailand for almost 1 month. There are almost no words to describe how incredible that trip was... I have no complaints in any way about the location, the project, the staff or accommodations. While I was there I was certified by the PA staff with my Open Water Diver Certification for scuba diving. We had three dive days a week, and did two dives each of those days (6 dives/week total). These dives were by FAR the most amazing part of the trip. On my very first day, as we were boating out to one of the dive sites I remember expressing my concern to the fellow volunteers and staff that I was worried I wouldn't see a fish when I was diving, and they just laughed! The second I jumped in the water I understood why... the marine life is absolutely incredible. Schools of vibrant fish swam by each second, along with other unique fish - including my favorite, a lion fish. Members of my group also had sea turtle and sting ray sightings. My dive instructor, Marius was fantastic, as well as the entire Projects Abroad staff! They always made me feel 100% comfortable at all times, in and out of the water! It felt amazing to be involved in such a fun, exciting project that also served a VERY important purpose. Our dives were crazy fun, but that wasn't the purpose of the dives - we did trash collection dives, coral reef surveys, and my favorite - fish identification. When we weren't diving I really enjoyed exploring the local culture and tourist spots with other volunteers, and even the staff occationally! Fantastic staff, fantastic country and project. I do not have enough amazing things to say about this adventure, and have and will always continue to recommend it to anyone looking to travel abroad with purpose.

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Posted: August 11, 2016
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10
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10
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9
Age:
17

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We are thrilled to hear you had such an amazing experience in Thailand! This project is indeed incredible as it gets you in touch with the beautiful marine life so that you're even more inspired to study and take care of it. Thank you for being part of this project with us, we are looking forward to having you again soon!

I was a part of a two week medical project in Chitwan Nepal. Projects Abroad was a perfect fit for me, because I had never flown international before. Their travel team booked and confirmed my flights for me. The price for my flight was not exceedingly expensive but they got me an average rate. When I arrived in Nepal, Projects Abroad had people waiting at the airport for me and were there with me every step of the way. The advisors walked me around the area where I was staying, showed me the hospital, and introduced me to my host family. The teams that Projects Abroad has are extremely helpful in that they plan everything out for you so that before, and upon arrival, you feel well informed, safe, and content.

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Posted: July 29, 2016
Overall:
9
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10
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9
Age:
21

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Hello there! We are glad you enjoyed your project in Nepal. Our staff is deeply committed to helping our volunteers every step of the way, so we are very pleased to hear we were helpful. Thank you for your trust!

Summer 2016 I had the opportunity to go on the shark conservation project based in Fiji. From the beginning, I felt welcomed and adapted to being out of the states with ease because all of the volunteers were so welcoming including the staff. The staff members were especially great and very supportive if a volunteer encountered a problem or needed help. In addition, if a volunteer ever felt as though they didn't have a sufficient amount of workload the staff would always be willing to allow the volunteers to become more involved with extra work and more responsibility. The project enabled me to step out of my comfort zone and meet many new people from all around the world and even from places near my home. For the volunteers that live near me, I am still friends with them and plan to continue my PADI certifications with them. To be completely honest, this project was my first time traveling independently overseas which can be daunting but there was never a time where I was unhappy with the project. What's not to love about diving every week, fascinating workshops, AWARE shark course, and local village visits? I forgot to mention the incredible shark dives with sometimes fifty or more bull sharks. I recommend this project because it has been an amazing experience for me personally in respect to making new friends, going on survey dives, learning new information from the workshops, and much more.

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Posted: July 28, 2016
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10
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10
Value:
10
Age:
18

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Our Shark Conservation Project in Fiji is certainly a one of a kind program and we are glad you were able to join us in it! An important aspect of the volunteering abroad experience is the friends you make who share the same interest of helping out the planet, so it's great that you are planning on keeping in touch with them! Thank you for trusting Projects Abroad, come back anytime :)

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