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 am a high school student, and in the summer of 2015, I went on Project Abroad's High School Medical Special in Nepal. And needless to say, I was blown out of the water.
First, the Project Abroads staff was amazing - they answered all my questions and emails in a timely manner, helped me plan basically my entire trip and flight schedule, accommodated my peanut allergies and asthma on the trip, and many other acts of service. My trip advisor, named Georgi, was especially awesome. She made sure that all the high school volunteers were safe and accounted for; but she also made sure that we were having fun and had the freedom that we wanted.
All the programs and activities were organized so there was no confusion, and all our days were planned out with allotted times to relax at our own pace. It was one of the best trips I'd ever been on.
Thank you Projects Abroad for being amazing and supportive!

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Posted: January 23, 2016
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9
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10
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9
Age:
18

I am a college student and I wanted to do some kind of service project during my winter break. It was easy to find a project that pertained to my interest areas on Project Abroad's website. I knew I wanted to do something with general care, and I speak Spanish, so going somewhere in South America seemed like a great option! I decided on a care project in Cochabamba, Bolivia where I would volunteer in an orphanage for children with various disabilities. Once I had chosen my project, Projects Abroad staff immediately contacted me about the next steps in booking my trip! After various emails, there were clear and detailed instructions on booking flights, applying for a VISA, getting a criminal background check, etc., which was all necessary before my departure. All of these steps were fairly easy as everything was essentially laid out for me, which was great! I even had the Projects Abroad travel agent book my flights based on the schedule I requested, so that was something else I didn't have to worry about.
When the time for my departure came, every detail about the work I would be doing at my placement, as well as, the family I would be staying with was all on my Projects Abroad website. It made me feel more secure about my trip and I felt relieved knowing what to expect. Once I got to Cochabamba, a staff from the team there greeted me at the airport. It was very easy for us to find each other and I had no issue waiting around. He then took me to my home and I met my family. I was given two days rest to adjust to the new culture and lifestyle and get to know the family I would be staying with for two weeks. After those two days, the staff member who greeted me at the airport showed me around the city and I was able to change money, get to know other volunteers, and the route I would be taking to and from my placement.
The first day volunteering at the orphanage was pretty crazy! The staff member from Projects Abroad seemed to know the site and its staff pretty well, and he stayed with me for an hour or so until I got used to the environment. From then on I was on my own! It was incredible seeing how fast the children warmed up to me and how much they enjoyed my presence. I loved playing with them, and doing some kinds of coloring activities. It was sad that I could only stay for such a short time, and I wish I can go back to Cochabamba and continue my work with the orphanage or another Projects Abroad assignment! It was an experience I will never forget.

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Posted: January 15, 2016
Overall:
8
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10
Value:
9
By: dze2016
Age:
20

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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10
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10
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10
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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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10
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10
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10
By: kcouchman
Age:
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
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
21

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