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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Approaching the end of my college career, I wanted to do something exciting and volunteer abroad. Choosing Projects Abroad was the best decision I have made in my life. The people of Ghana were truly warm and welcoming and helping those in need has changed my life forever. I volunteered at orphanages, leprosy camps, hospitals and community out reaches. The work you are doing for them will pay off once you hear how grateful they are. They truly give you all their blessings for doing simple medical check ups and it is a real eye opener. I will for surely be returning within a few years with the same organization.

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Posted: January 14, 2016
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21

I was in Arusha, Tanzania for ten days. While the trip was roughly short due to my school starting so soon Projects Abroad was so incredibly helpful! They oriented me to the city my first full day in Arusha and provided support before I left. They helped me obtain a visa, a work permit, vaccinations, and placed me with a wonderful host family! My host family was so incredible as well as my placement in the labor ward at Mount Meru Hospital. I got to assist with many births and had a wonderful time learning new things from the doctors, nurses, and students that were in their residency program there.
I have absolutely nothing bad to say about Projects Abroad. They were so supportive and checked in every day to make sure I felt comfortable with my host family as well as my hospital placement. I highly recommend volunteering abroad with Projects Abroad, and of course I recommend going to Arusha for the beautiful people and the beautiful scenery!

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Posted: January 13, 2016
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By: kcouchman
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21

Choosing Projects Abroad was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. They provided 110% on everything. I was able to live in a Country in which I did not speak any of the language, yet somehow felt at home because of Projects Abroad phenomenal support.

During my adventure, I was able to volunteer at the National Hospital of Traditional Medicine where I assisted on over 20 hemorrhoid surgeries. Projects Abroad provided English speaking Doctors who I began to look at as mentors. I learned an incredible amount in my four weeks there.

If you are even thinking about trying this, go for it. It's definitely worth it! The most exciting part of the trip is getting to meet the fellow volunteers from around the world. Through Projects Abroad I have made memories that will last a lifetime!

Xin Ciao!

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Posted: January 12, 2016
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Age:
21

During the summer of 2015, I had the amazing opportunity to spend one month as a medical intern at Karapitiya Teaching Hospital in Karapitiya, Sri Lanka. This was one of the best experiences of my entire life, and if I could do it a million times over and over again, I would.
First, let me talk about my placement at the Hospital. Since I spent four weeks there, I had the opportunity to intern in four different wards: Emergencies, General Medicine, Pediatric Medicine, and Pediatric Surgery. Even better, prior to my arrival, the program asked me about my specific interests and picked these wards based on the goals and interests I listed. Some highlights of my time at the hospital included seeing everything in live time, including the coming in and treatment of car accident patients, heart attacks, poison cases, etc., getting to interact and take histories of patients in the general and pediatric wards, as well as take blood pressures, record other vitals, and watch endoscopies. I also had the opportunity to actually scrub in for surgeries and watch the process in real time, many times with the doctor explaining the procedure, as well as sit in on mini lectures with actual medical students and doctors from Sri Lanka. This alone is pretty amazing considering I am only a pre-medicine student here in the United States.
Second, my host family was absolutely fantastic. They made the most delicious, traditional food (3 meals a day), taught me about the culture and daily life, spoke perfect english, and treated me as if I was their own child. They also made a point to look out for me when buying items or visiting attraction, making sure I received the local price and not the tourist price. I still email back and forth with them and they truly are my second home.
Lastly, the country of Sri Lanka is beautiful. It is between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit where I was, and beaches, turtle sanctuaries, and the Galle Fort were only a 15 minute bus ride away. On weekends I also had the opportunity to take trains all around the rest of the country, allowing me to see tons of national landmarks as well as constantly feeling like I am on the greatest adventure.
Overall, I would recommend this program to anyone and everyone. I am forever grateful for my time in Sri Lanka.

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Posted: January 12, 2016
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19

Over the summer, I went on a two-week high school special trip to Rabat, Morocco, with Projects Abroad. I can say with no exaggeration that those were two of the best weeks of my life.

To start off, Projects Abroad is extremely well organized. Throughout my trip, the staff supported me from the moment I stepped off the plane to the moment I boarded my flight home. They made everything easy, including transportation, exchanging money, getting a Moroccan sim card, and finding local cafes and wifi hotspots.

My host family was incredible. My roommate and I ate most of our meals with our host family in their big sitting room. We always looked forward to eating: our mom was an incredible cook! Breakfast usually consisted of fresh bread, jam, and a nutella-like spread, with fresh fruit as well. We usually had a late afternoon tea, and our host mom would invite her friends and family to these gatherings. We would munch on pastries and of course, mint tea, a delicious Moroccan specialty. For lunch and dinner, we usually had couscous or tagine, an incredible Moroccan dish. After dinner, we’d often partake in a game of Uno with our host brother, or would walk to local parks and cafes with our host sister. There was never a dull moment at home.

The volunteer placement was extremely enjoyable, and I felt like I was really helping the children I worked with. We worked at a care center in Salé, which was a type of summer camp for underprivileged children. We spent half the day working with the children, who ranged in age from four to sixteen. We played games with them, did arts and crafts, held sports tournaments, and even taught them some English. The children were energetic, positive, and eager to learn: overall a joy to work with. The other half of the day we spent working on small projects around the facility. We cleaned up the center’s gardens, built some concrete benches, and painted a mural. After we left, the center looked better than ever.

I made some lifelong friends on the trip: the other volunteers were amazing, interesting people who came from all over the world. Together (and with the help of the Projects Abroad staff), we explored the medina, went shopping, drank tons and tons of tea, took night walks on the beach, and even went to a Moroccan music festival. I would recommend a Projects Abroad trip to anyone who wants to experience a new culture, improve his or her language skills, and really make a difference in the world. I’ll never forget my time in Morocco.

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Posted: January 2, 2016
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10
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9
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9
By: hpoulz
Age:
17

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