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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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The two weeks I spent in Chitwan on the high school special medicine project might have been the best 2 weeks of my life. Not only did I help out at hospitals and acquire a passion for a doctors work but I also made friends from around the globe who shared the same aspiration and interests as I did. Each step of the way our coordinators made sure we felt completely safe and addressed any complaint or problem positively and made us feel completely at home. Our placements were interesting as each day we had a different hospital and were able to see surgical procedures and everyday doctor-patient interactions and all the doctors were really friendly and answered all our doubts and sometimes asked us to help out to get a hands on experience. Our project had exact mixture of free time, nepali culture and medicine, We had enough time to ourselves to strengthen friendships, enough time to learn about the country we were in, explore it and go sightseeing, along with enough time to learn about why we were on the trip.
Hands down I would recommend any this trip to anyone who wants an abroad experience.

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Posted: January 26, 2018
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17

WOW! What an amazing experience that i will never cease to forget. I was apart of Projects Abroad's; High School Project in Cambodia that started on the 10th of December and unfortunately came to an end on the 23rd of December.

I had once in a lifetime experiences over there that i could never get anywhere else and nothing will ever compare to it! I had made friends I will be in contact and we are actually all planning to meet up at the end of this year! Never would i have ever thought that something like this could create the friendships it did.

So why was my project so good? People ask and i give them the answer of well; I was surrounded by people of the same age, value, beliefs and goals. Not only was our trip full of volunteering which was so rewarding we helped to refurbish two kindergartens but we, were also tourists at the same time, we explored many local attractions and traveled all the way to Siem Reap to have a tour of the magnificent temples. So not only were we doing something rewarding we were also learning about the culture and history of Cambodia.

I would fully recommend this company to any teenager looking to give back to a community, make lifetime friends, but are also looking to learn about a new culture and country

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Posted: January 12, 2018
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By: gracietj
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16

Visiting Nepal under the Projects Abroad's High School Special's Medicine Project has proven to be one of the best experiences I have had. The accomodation at Hotel Global in Chitwan, and Hotel Prince in Kathmandu were all very comfortable, with easy access to bottled water. The staff at both hotels were incredibly helpful and friendly, and were all receptive to feedback. The food at Hotel Prince and Global catered for the dietary requirements of volunteers and always ensured a variety of both Nepalese and Western Food. Hot water when showering made my stay at Global and at the Prince more enjoyable.

Projects Abroad ensured that the volunteers got to experience Nepalese culture by attending a dance class, and they organised for a staff teach us basic Nepalese phrases to ensured we had better communication with the locals and during placements. The staff members at Project Abroad implemented many team building exercises and icebreaker games to allow for all volunteers to interact with one another, and they always ensured to take our feedback on board by doing daily breakdowns and reflections.

The staff at Projects Abroad also ensured that we had the freedom and choice to tour around the markets and side streets in Chitwan and in the tourist area near the Hotel Prince, and were helpful in allowing us to exchange our foreign currencies into Nepalese Rupees at the best local rate. The Project was a good balance of working in local hospitals to exploring the local areas as well as ensuring sufficient time to relax and bond in the evenings.

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Posted: January 9, 2018
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By: amandaysn
Age:
17

My experience with Projects Abroad in Argentina was absolutely incredible! From my first point of contact with them, I was sure I made the right choice, and felt supported every step of the way. Upon arriving, I quickly felt at home with the Human Rights and Law team and the rest of the members in the office. The field placements were truly unique and meaningful. I wouldn't change anything about my experience, except for maybe the fact that I wish I could have stayed longer. My host family was incredibly welcoming and my coworkers made every day worth it. It isn't easy to work in Human Rights and Law; nevertheless I would recommend this to anyone willing to try. I felt as if though I was able to make a small difference every day, and gained as much back. Since returning home, I constantly refer back to my experience and have taken it forward with me every day since.

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Posted: December 21, 2017
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10
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By: nkhimji
Age:
22

My name is Brooke Stoddard, and I travelled to Kenya in October 2017 to volunteer with Projects Abroad. At first, I was quite nervous about the whole adventure, since it was my first time travelling so far from home. Not only was I travelling far from home, I did not know anyone either. When I first arrived, I, as well as many other volunteers, thought "What am i doing here?". However, once I arrived to the Projects Abroad office in Nanyuki, all my stress had dropped off my shoulders. I was so relived. The staff was extremely welcoming, and make 100% certain that all their volunteers are safe at all times. The volunteers felt like family to me for the 3 weeks I was in Kenya. The volunteering was a life changing experience. I was working in the orphanages, and the children are so appreciative of everything we do for them. They simply may just need a smile, or a hug to make a difference in their day. It is truly heart warming. Every week day, all the volunteers were brought back to the Projects Abroad office where we could all interact and socialize with one another, which truly was great. Also, the staff organized social events every week, in order for the volunteers to simply get together and have fun. I guess i could go on and on about this volunteer trip, but if i have one last thing to mention, its that I highly recommend Projects Abroad. They are all simply amazing. From the moment you sign up for the trip, until the last day you leave the destination to go home. I, for one, loved every second of my adventure, and I will certainly be back to volunteer soon with Projects Abroad.

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Posted: December 12, 2017
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10
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Age:
22

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