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 had a great experience with Projects Abroad. My parents were a little worried about security and the political situation the country I would volunteer in would be so I picked Peru and it was a great choice! Projects Abroad always made sure we were happy and if we wanted to do change something in our schedule all we had to do was ask! They were very welcoming. I met so many great people like my host family, other volunteers and the staff. Not only did I volunteer but we visited Peru and its various cultural sights. Overall I had a great time and I would definitely do it again!

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Posted: November 30, 2017
Overall:
9
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10
Value:
9
By: Estelle
Age:
17

My two weeks of volunteering in the Public Health program in Cambodia through Projects Abroad was hands-down the most amazing experience of my life. During my time there, I practiced hands-on medicine in a way that directly and immediately helped impact the lives of people living in some of the poorest regions of Phnom Penh. We worked with kids in the mornings and adults during the afternoon, and in our free time, most of the volunteers explored the city or even ventured to other cities on the weekends. This program is also an excellent program if you are interested in practicing medicine in a setting outside of a hospital or clinic: we set up temporary free clinics each afternoon where we saw patients from different parts of the city. Sometimes we worked out of an out-of-use clinic, used a day care center belonging to a partner organization, or even worked on the street or out of someone’s house. While this may sound unappealing to some, I will say that it definitely adds something extra to the experience. We one day were working in the street when it started pouring rain, so we ended up being shepherded into someone’s hut. It was literally a single-room home that had barely any extra floor space when the bed was lying on the floor instead of propped on the wall. However, we managed to fit all 6 volunteers/program staff, plus about 5 patients at a time, and we spent nearly 4 hours working with patients and bonding in our small, cramped but oddly cozy ‘clinic’. As simple and potentially insignificant as it may seem, this is one of my favorite memories and one that I know I will remember for many years to come.
While the incredible people I met, the work I did, and the unforgettable memories all play an enormous role in my reflection of this experience, I know that the program itself is to thank for most of this. The volunteers were incredibly well taken care of, and there was never an instance where I felt that the program had been ill-prepared to handle the situation; we always had a safe place to stay, clean/safe food and water, and ample opportunities to communicate with our program leaders if we ever needed extra help or support. Leaving a small town in Alaska to travel to a developing country on a continent I had never been to before was, understandably, only marginally less than terrifying, but the constant support from the Projects Abroad staff—which starts nearly the moment you send in your application—helped alleviate my concerns and was one of the factors that helped me decide to proceed with my volunteer experience. I have no reservations in entirely, whole-heartedly recommending this program to anyone wanting to volunteer abroad.

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Posted: November 30, 2017
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10
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9
By: StaceyAK
Age:
24

In January this year, I was blessed to be able to spend two short weeks of my time in Mandeville, Jamaica. This opportunity was very rewarding and if I could I would of stayed longer! I spent my time volunteering in a local orphanage and seeing the smiles on the children's faces every morning made me realize how truly fortunate I am here in Canada. Projects Abroad was very helpful throughout my whole trip and they were always a call or text away! I would do it all again in a heartbeat and hopefully I will have the opportunity again some day!

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Posted: November 21, 2017
Overall:
10
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10
Value:
10
Age:
18

I had the great opportunity to be as a volunteer in Cusco, Peru. I was part of a group of 10 volunteers that went together throu the company we work for. It has been one of the most greatful experience I'd have.
At the beginning, Projects Abroad assistant was essential, they gave us the information we need to have everything prepared and ready for the trip. Step by step, they'd help us with our doubts and gave us advice. We'd know what type of clothing we'd need, the weather conditions in that period of the year, the coinage, traditions, type of food, among others; so we'd bring with us the stuff we actually need during the trip.
We arrived at Cusco, Peru at early morning, and Projects Abroad staff was already waiting for us with our transportation ready, they took us with our host families with a quick city tour included. The houses we're in, were comfortable, clean and safe, families were very kind, they'd always try to help us with our basic needs and give us some recommendations about the town and places to know.
During our volunteer activities we had the chance to be in primary level schools, where we'd help the teachers with some projects, do some teaching of our country of origin and interchange ideas about our cultures; kids were very happy to know about us and the activities we did with them, they'd participate actively and had great attitude. At the end of the week, it was hard to say good bye to them. We also visited a special school, where we spend time with different groups of students and do some art activities, kids were very emotional and they received us with their open arms. We had the chance to visit a nursing home too, helped with kitchen and cleaning duties and chat and interact with elderly people; this was a very heartwarming experience, we really appreciated it.
At the end of each day, we'd get together with our friends of Projects Abroad to review our journey, prepare next day material requirements and do some feedback about our volunteer experience. Projects Abroad members were always ahead of us, by planning, preparing and coordinating every activity, they demostrated how profesional they are, and how much they are committed to their job. I personally have a great opinion of this organization and its people.
Therefore, I'd recommend you to consider a Projects Abroad volunteer program, since they have many options worldwide, in many varieties of áreas (care, sports, medicine, archeology, teaching and more); I encourage you to live a volunteer trip, it will be definitevly a one life time experience. Have fun!

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Posted: November 16, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9
Age:
40

Projects Abroad was so helpful throughout the entire process of my trip. They assured that I was comfortable with getting to my volunteer site and made sure I knew the area around where I was staying with my host family. They were always easy to get a hold of when needed and I felt very safe while I was abroad. On the first day, they helped the other volunteers and I get a bus pace, a cell phone, and any thing else we needed which I really appreciated.

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Posted: November 15, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9
By: emilyyy
Age:
20

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