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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My plan was to volunteer somewhere in Africa and I looked at so many reviews online for a organization that is safe to go with. After reviewing many of them and talked to few, I decided to go with Project Abroad, smartest decision ever. Their staffs were the loveliest and friendliest people I've ever met in my life. They make sure you are having a great experience and check up on you all the time. You never feel homesick with them.

As for the volunteering itself, I volunteered for the medical placement since I wanna study in that field in future. By volunteering in Chitwan Medical College Hospital, I learned a lot of things in that area and also found out what is my interest and what is not. I observe some pretty cool procedures and cases. I communicate with broken Nepali with the patients and family and made so many good memories. Doctors and Nurses also help you a lot and answer all of your question.

In overall Nepal has to be one of the friendliest city around the world, especially the kids in Nepal. I usually do not like kids but kids in Nepal made my experience ten times enjoyable. We also volunteer after our hospital time for English Club and Health Outreach which they were optional also but you were missing a lot if you did not go. The purpose of English club was to teach english to young orphan girls that were living in one orphanage with their Aama. Precious little kids they were. They were so affectionate and loving. you play different games each week and sing a song with them. even talking about them now makes me miss them so much.

In the end I have to say best experience of my life and I definitely recommend people to go with this organization. I would definitely try to go somewhere else next summer with Project abroad!

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Posted: August 14, 2014
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Truly a life changing experience. I would recommend Projects Abroad 100% to anyone who is interested in making a difference around the world. Projects Abroad was there with me every step of the way. Amazing team of staff and all of the volunteers with you are just as interested in serving others and learning about new cultures as you are.

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Posted: August 11, 2014
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10
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17

My volunteer experience with Projects Abroad is an unforgettable experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life. From the second I got off the plane in Accra, to the day I left, I felt welcomed and cared for during my stay. I was in the program for highschool students: the 2 week Medical special. It is a relatively new program, but I had no complaints! The program and staff were well-organized and passionate about the program.
My placement during the highschool special was absolutely incredible! The host family was very welcoming and they also had great food. As I am home right now, I miss the Red Red.. Mmm! Whenever I had questions about the culture, the host mom or the daughters would give me thoughtful answers. Living with the family was a gate way for me to learn about the language and the lifestyle! It is a bit shocking that I learned the most fante( local language) from our driver,Steve! It proves that Projects Abroad thinks through all of their staff placements and the qualities which all of them obtain.
Next, the actual field work! It was an eye-opening experience. I got to actually treat patients: dress wounds, test for malaria, blood tests, etc. I was so excited that I finally found a program that would teach me the beneficial first aid techniques that many other programs do not offer. The medical advisors Eric and Abigail are my inspirations to become a doctor in the future. I would recommend this experience for anyone, it is truly life changing.

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Posted: August 8, 2014
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10
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16

I participated in the Public Health Alternative Spring Break Trip in Ghana offered by Projects Abroad this past spring. The Projects Abroad staff was extremely supportive throughout the entire process. I was especially impressed by the support they provided me in preparation for the trip. Their travel team made sure that I had everything I needed and made planning the trip as easy as possible. They helped me with my flight itinerary and with obtaining my visa. Additionally, they provided me with a volunteer adviser who helped me extensively with any questions I had along the way.

Once I arrived in Ghana, the Projects Abroad staff continued their great support. The first day, we had a staff member take us around the town and taught us things about the culture. This was really helpful to provide us with insight for the rest of the trip.

The staff had provided us with an excellent itinerary for the entire week to ensure that our time in Ghana was the best it could be. They organized opportunities for us to do medical checks at several schools and orphanages as well as a leprosy camp.

Overall, my experience with Projects Abroad was wonderful, and I would highly recommend going abroad on one of their projects.

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Posted: August 8, 2014
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10
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10
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21

4 years ago, I attended a small information night presented by Projects Abroad. It seemed out of question at 15 years old, but three years later phased with the question of what I was going to do after highschool- I decided that traveling to Ethiopia was where I wanted to go.

So in January of 2014, I headed to Addis Ababa and was given two volunteer placements for my 18 weeks in the capital. One was a teaching placement where I oversaw the annual science fair and taught children English in the primary grades. My other placement was a care position at an orphanage. The Projects Abroad Staff were very welcoming and genuine. They made the process of adjusting to a new culture seamless and relaxed. I never had to once worry about my safety since they always made a note to check on where we were and make sure we knew exactly how to get there. I worked regular work days that a teacher would, but had my evenings and weekend off to explore the city with the other 30 volunteers from around the world that I met during my stay.

I lived in a home about a 10 minute walk from my placements that had a House Mum and a House Grandma. My House Mum took on the position of being my mother figure. She did everything she was meant to and always made sure that I had somewhere safe to stay within the chaos of Addis Ababa. She spoke very fluent English and helped me communicate with my House Grandma that spoke no English. Though through my Grandma's actions and gestures, I was able to receive the genuine Ethiopian hospitality and love that I was hoping to find. She always was downstairs whenever I went down to eat breakfast and was always on her small porch attached to her bedroom to wave goodbye to me whenever I left for work. My house family had a large impact on my trip that was filled with so many things I wasn't necessarily accustomed to, but assisted in helping me find stability in all the new things that were thrown at me. It was always a safe space I could count on returning to after exploring all day and a place where I could openly ask questions about the culture and people.

I got the opportunity to visit Eastern Ethiopia- Awash and Harrar, Kenya- Nairobi, Nakuru, and Southern Ethiopia- Hawassa, Langano. The staff always made it clear that we were to contact them if anything were to go wrong and checked to make sure we had a plan for where we were going to stay and weren't just winging things and crossing our fingers to find somewhere to sleep. The staff made the experience I had and the experience of the 30 other volunteers I met from around the world, definitely one we’d never forget nor regret. They were always a call or text message away (given there was service when we needed them- pretty inconsistent but that was to be expected) or never too far away to get to. They were my family and will always stay my family. I miss them all so dearly and never go a day without thinking about them.

Overall, that's the best I can summarize my 18 week trip. I saw things I never thought I'd see in my lifetime and felt the love of so many people that were once complete strangers but now considered my family. The trip that Projects Abroad offers is similar to others on the internet that are also advertised, but the specific love and extra attention that this particular organization give a volunteer, help to enhance the view each of the volunteers have on life for the better. No one back at home will be able to necessarily see the change a volunteer has withstood, but they'll be able to feel it and they'll know it. They'll be the only person to know what they've truly done with their stay and they'll realize that the trip was not only for the benefit of the children but for the benefit of the volunteer and their personal growth and progression.

I suggest it for everyone and if you’re wondering if you really should? Just do it. What do you have to lose?

Amasagenallo. Thank you.

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Posted: July 31, 2014
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10
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7
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9
By: clea
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19

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