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 the great opportunity to volunteer in Mongolia with Projects Abroad and could not have had a better experience. Traveling to Mongolia was very daunting and I was nervous about traveling abroad independently and trying to adjust to a new standard of living and new customs. My apprehensions immediately diminished once I stepped off the plane and was greeted by a cheerful staff member. She introduced me to my host family, took me around Ulaanbaatar, explained Mongolian traditions, and helped me become comfortable with public transportation. The support system provided by Projects Abroad was phenomenal. Besides feeling safe and well adjusted, my volunteering experience was wonderful. Projects Abroad connected me to a Primary Care Center and I worked for two weeks with infants and toddlers. The staff at the center didn't speak English but we still managed to communicate with hand signals and I gained such an appreciation for nurses and their hard work. Projects Abroad also organized a volunteering excursion to a ger camp where, working with other volunteers, I taught some very basic English, set up arts and crafts, and played basketball with some local children.

The host family Projects Abroad connected me with was so welcoming and kind. They gave me my own room, made large family dinners every night, and taught me about Mongolian history. I am so grateful to Projects Abroad for setting up such a life changing experience and making sure I felt comfortable for the entirety of the trip (except when it was necessary to feel uncomfortable, because sometimes that discomfort is most needed!)

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Posted: October 1, 2017
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10
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10
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10
Age:
18

I feel so grateful to have been given the opportunity to travel with Projects Abroad to Tanzania this past summer. I have say that this program will definitely change your perspective on life.
I did the medicine in Tanzania High School Special, for volunteers between the ages of 16-19. I was the only 16 year old on my trip; most volunteers were 17 or 18. However, I really didn’t have trouble fitting in. As most did other volunteers, I came by myself. If you’re worried about coming by yourself, it really doesn’t make a difference whether you bring a friend or not because everyone wanted to meet new people and have a great time! As for the flight, I travelled from Canada to the Netherlands to Tanzania. It was my first time flying alone and getting around the airport was fairly simple. Knowing that the Projects Abroad support was available 24/7 really made me feel safe!
My accommodation was perfect! I stayed at the Haus. The family, the food, the beds and the rooms were way above the standards I had in mind! We became very close with Mama’s kids. One of her daughters was my age and it was extremely fascinating to have so much in common with a teenager across the world.
The culture shock was easily managed with the support of the other volunteers and our guides. The best part was definitely my project itself! It’s truly incredible how much knowledge I gained over two short weeks. Each day, we would have a workshop or a medical outreach. The workshops were very educational and we would be able to actually apply each workshop to our outreaches. For example, we had a workshop on first aid and then an outreach where we visited a school to teach teachers first aid. With Projects Abroad, I really felt like I was making a difference and that I was actually helping others. I definitely want to return to Tanzania as an adult volunteer (maybe even in Medicine!) when I’m older. I’m still in touch with the other volunteers on my trip and we hope to someday meet up! The experiences and the friendships you will take with you from Projects Abroad will really last a lifetime!

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Posted: September 30, 2017
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10
Support:
9
Value:
10
Age:
16

Last year was the first time I had been overseas by myself before. It was one of the most exciting and scary experiences I have had. Projects Abroad made my time in Samoa so much easier. I had 24/7 support from the friendly staff. It was my first time in Samoa and the team did such a wonderful job at helping me settle in and find my way around a place I now call my second home.

I volunteered in a primary school teaching school sports and it was so rewarding. The children were so appreciative of my efforts and were always so much fun to be around. They would run around, kicking a ball in the dirt and not care how dirty they got. Despite the language barrier, we still managed to communicate the best we could and they seemed to understand the majority of what I was saying, along with some demonstrations. They were bright children and helped make my time teaching so enjoyable.

My host family were the most beautiful family. They welcomed me with open arms and comforted me on my first night when I became overwhelmed.
Every night, rather than watching TV, we would sit outside and play cards (mostly UNO), listen to music and talk and laugh and till it was almost morning. With out my host family, I don't think I would have coped as well as I did.

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Posted: September 25, 2017
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10
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10
Value:
10
By: AKG
Age:
20

Having to teach English to kids it's always hard if you don't have any language in common. They don't completely understand you, but when you finally think of a game with which they can both enjoy and learn English, you and the kids begin laughing and playing, as well as learning.
Honestly, I didn't had the opportunity to feel that because I'm very bad at teaching and talking, and for me it's very difficult to be funny and play with kids. But despite that, everytime I took the camera and the kids saw me, all of them went to surround me so I could take them (lovely) pictures. That feeling that you have when you see the kid smiling and laughing with his friends when you show him the picture you just took them in priceless. I don't think I will feel this anymore, unless I go back.
I want to share some of that pictures, including a special one: Our Local Coordinator's birthday celebration.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bz5w-lCV582bWTVLSkxPXzlfNzQ

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Posted: September 21, 2017
Overall:
9
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9
Value:
9
Age:
17

My name is Emma. I recently spent time in Jamaica volunteering through projects abroad, doing their care project. I was placed in a vey loving host family, where i had 3 other volunteers staying with me. They were all very supportive and caring. I then was placed in my placement, an orphanage. There i got to meet and help amazing children who accepted me with open arms. I got to make a difference not only in their lives but in my own. I made lifelong friendships with other volunteers as well as being so deeply submerged into the wildly different culture. It made me grow so much as a person and i would greatly recommend doing it to anyone who has a passion to help others.

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Posted: September 18, 2017
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10
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10
Value:
8
Age:
18

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