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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Immersed in another culture: Volunteering in Tanzania with Projects Abroad

Volunteering with Projects Abroad was a life-changing experience. I was nervous going to a place so different from anywhere I had ever been before, without my family or anyone I knew, for three months, but the support from Projects Abroad made it seem possible. From the get-go, the Projects Abroad team answered all my questions at their office in Toronto, and by e-mail. They sent me all the information I needed to know, and then some, so that I felt prepared for my trip to Tanzania. In country, they picked me up from the hotel I was staying at with my family (I went on a safari trip for two weeks before starting my internship) and took me to meet my host family. They gave me a thorough orientation of the city and how to get around and made sure I knew exactly how to get to my placement using the dala-dala bus system. My internship at Inherit Your Rights, a local non-governmental organization that works with local widow groups in the surrounding villages regarding human rights issues, particularly inheritance and property law, was an incredible learning experience. I was able to meet and work with the local people, as well as with other volunteers from all over the world. My host family was also so welcoming and made me feel like family. I was continually pushed outside of my comfort zone, but through it all, Projects Abroad was there to support me and make sure it was a positive experience, one that expanded my view of the world and taught me more about myself and the world I live in. Hands down – I would recommend Projects Abroad for anyone looking to volunteer abroad for the first time!

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Posted: December 9, 2017
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10
By: kelliott
Age:
25

My name is Kevin, I am an American university student who volunteered with Projects Abroad this past summer. It was an amazing experience, and I would 100% do it again given the opportunity. Even before departure, Projects Abroad made sure I was okay and prepared by frequently checking in and answering any questions. Upon arriving in Shanghai, I was warmly greeted by two workers who oriented me to the city. I felt like the placement Porjects Abroad gave me was exactly what I was looking for and as depicted on their website. I had an amazing time and fell in love with Shanghai. I met some of the best people there and I still am good friends and keep up with the staff and fellow volunteers of Projects Abroad and at my placement. Projects Abroad is an organization I definitely recommend. They will listen to your needs and make you feel welcome wherever you are in the world!

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Posted: December 8, 2017
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10
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8
By: kgao14
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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
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9
By: Estelle
Age:
17

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
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9
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10
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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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10
Value:
9
By: StaceyAK
Age:
24

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