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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In May 2017, I had the opportunity of traveling to Accra, Ghana with Projects Abroad after I graduated the week prior with my Masters of Social Work degree from the University of South Carolina. I have always had a passion for missions and finally faced my fear of going overseas. I must say I was excited and nervous. My prayer was to connect with the people and learn just as much from them as they learned from me. Needless to say, I did not just connect with the people, I gained an entire new family. I had the opportunity of staying at the home of Mrs. Victoria Afrifa, who served as former First Lady of Ghana. The staff was wonderful and so friendly. They made me feel so welcome and the food was absolutely delicious. It was truly a spirit of hospitality with that family. When I arrived in the country I was greeted by a Projects Abroad staff member who ensured I made to my destination. My first night, I had my money transferred and was able to get SIM Card for my cell phone to make country calls. The staff went over, above, and beyond to ensure my safety. The most important part of the trip was getting the opportunity to live with a host family and get the cultural experience. Because of was a traveling professional, I was only able to go for 8 days, but this staff made sure I got the most memorable experience. They made sure I understood the transportation system and protected me at all cost. I remember wanting to travel to Gold Coast. I must say with joy and much chuckling I had security with my host brother. While in Ghana, I was assigned to New Life Nungua International School and Orphanage. I thought I was going to be at the orphanage, but I ended up teaching a few classes in Language, Citizenship, Arts, and Crafts. This by far was the most amazing experience for me. Those children were absolutely beautiful and intrigued by the lessons. The most precious part of this trip was how they made me feel on my birthday being I celebrated it in Africa. They sang to me and made me dance! :-) He was so gracious and made sure I was not alone. He made me feel so welcomed. If you want a true, culturally rich experience, I believe Projects Abroad is the program. I definitely would travel with this program being the staff has literally become my family! I can't wait to go back and hope take the journey with me! God Bless!

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Posted: November 8, 2017
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By: euquank
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34

I really enjoyed this opportunity to work abroad. This is my second time using Projects Abroad with my first experience being a nursing internship in Nepal. This time around was a Public Health internship in the capital city of Phnom Penh. I traveled with my wife who was working with English Education and Projects Abroad was able to accommodate us with our lodging as well as transportation so that we were able to stay together during our time there. I had an excellent experience working in different districts in and around Phnom Penh, and I was able to truly experience the culture in the short time that I was there. The work mostly consisted of distributing medications to individuals as well as providing health education and giving cursory physical assessments. While I greatly enjoyed the work, we also had a great time traveling around Cambodia to such places as Koh Rong Samleoum, Siem Reap (Ankor Wat), and Sihnoukville. We were also able to tour the S-21 and the Killing Fields which are essential pieces to an important time in the development of the country. I highly recommend traveling with Projects Abroad for a safe and inclusive experience as well as traveling to Cambodia both to discover more about the past and yourself!

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Posted: November 7, 2017
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By: wtcutrer
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I had a great experience volunteering abroad with Projects Abroad! The appeal behind Projects Abroad was that you can get a valuable experience volunteering abroad. I liked how you could pick your own dates and they were super flexible when you could start and stop. Doing Projects Abroad was a great way for me to get legal experience after taking the bar exam and waiting for the results.

My host family was amazing. They made sure I was well fed, felt comfortable and safe at all times. I really enjoyed my dinner conversations with my host family. They made great food and it was a great way to learn about their culture in South Africa and a good way to unwind and learn about each other after a full day of volunteering.

The had a great experience with my placement at the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office. The Human Rights Office does great work by helping indigent clients from local townships and communities who ordinarily can't afford to pay for a lawyer. I handled a high case load full of property, family, consumer, and employment cases. At times it was challenging to a handle lots of cases, but I thought this was a good learning experience that I can apply to my career.

Cape Town was an amazing place! I did lots of neat things in Cape Town and the surrounding areas from several hikes on Table Mountain, Peninsula Tour, Wine Tour, Scuba Diving, Shark Cage Diving, visiting museums, and after the project I went on a 4 day safari at Kruger National Park.

I had a great experience and would do another project with Projects Abroad!

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Posted: October 26, 2017
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10
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10
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9
Age:
27

Nepal was my first time out of the country, but it was an experience I will never forget. I knew that if I ever needed anything in Nepal, I had 20 different people I could call for help. The Projects Abroad staff was so awesome and helpful. They made sure to place us with a caring and kind family, and with supervisors who wanted to teach us. My time in Nepal is something I value very much, but the knowledge and background that I now have for physiotherapy and foreign countries is so much more.

My favorite part of Nepal was my host family. I stayed with 3 other volunteers and now have 3 new best friends from around the world. My host mom was the absolute sweetest human being I had ever met. She was constantly making sure that we were all comfortable and happy. Her three sons were always there to help and even pick us up from town if we needed a ride. My roommate could not figure out how to get home from her placement, and kept getting lost. My host family was always ready to pick her up when she was lost and even walked to and from work with her for a week. My host mom had a knack for making maps to help us to get work and to town and I will never forget them. The food was impeccable and we experienced true Nepali culture. My host mom will always hold a special place in my heart.

Outside of work and home, I got to get really close with the other volunteers. Going to a foreign country for 5 weeks could be a taxing challenge, but having 30 other people to do it with made it so much easier. Every Friday, the staff at projects abroad organized a group activity. We learned about Nepal culture and food, while getting to see all the volunteers. This allowed us to get to know each other and have friends to hang out with on the weekends. Besides our Friday night activity, the staff also organized outreaches weekly. This meant that typically once a week, we went out to the community and participated in something related to our placement. In physiotherapy, we typically went with the medical volunteers to talk to schools and kids about hygiene, health and activity. Other times, a doctor or physiotherapist would come in and teach us something new. I valued this experience because it was constantly challenging me in my field. Along with the challenge, I got to exchange information and knowledge with people who valued the same stuff as me. The Projects Abroad staff always made sure that our outreaches pertained to our field and were important for the community or us. Overall, my experience in Nepal is something that I will never forget.

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Posted: October 26, 2017
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10
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10
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9
Age:
20

I traveled to Nepal for three months to work on the disaster relief/building project. The support I received in the months leading up to my departure from Projects Abroad was amazing. I had my flights and insurance organised by their team and the staff were always happy to answer my many questions about visas, money, Nepali culture and the project itself. Upon arrival I was welcomed into my host house with 13 guests, I quickly learnt that the volunteer community that Projects Abroad created would be, after the Projects Abroad staff, your lifeline. From teaching you the ins and outs of the way of life and the language, to becoming your tour guide for the cities attractions, there would always be someone who had been in the city long enough to make you feel like you were travelling with a local.

Work was very varied with demolition, bricklaying, concrete mixing, sanding and painting. It was busy and hard work at times but every volunteer could work to their own capabilities. The onsite Nepali engineers and masons guided us through every step while our Projects Abroad building coordinator was always there to ensure the smooth running of the project as well as the overall well-being of the volunteers.

For the duration of my stay I was looked after by incredible host parents, Ram and Mina and their two year old daughter Eva. After work we would often spend hours with Eva teaching her how to kick a soccer ball or chatting to our host dad Ram who had very good English, about his life and Nepali culture. The food provided for us was always plentiful and delicious, with the local masala tea served twice daily quickly becoming an addiction for many volunteers. Volunteer life was always busy, you were never short of places to see and people to meet with weekly activities hosted in the centre of Kathmandu by Projects Abroad. We practiced yoga and momo (a dumpling) making and learnt traditional Nepali dancing. Projects Abroad made sure that you were wholly immersed in the culture whilst having the experience of a lifetime, could not recommend it more highly.

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Posted: October 21, 2017
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10
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10
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10
Age:
19

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