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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This past April I went on a program abroad with Projects Abroad to Peru for 2 weeks to practise my spanish skills. This was one of the most eye opening and amazing experiences of my life. My spanish teacher was very personable, understanding and flexible. He catered to my needs in the sense that he tailored my spanish learning to my abilities and interests. I was most interested in practising conversation aspects of Spanish speech and not so much grammar and vocabulary which he made sure was my daily goal for the whole trip.
The host family who i was placed with were the sweetest and most kind people I had ever met and I definetly got to feel like i was part of another family. Most importantly, the whole community of Projects Abroad volunteers and staff are so helpful to making your stay in your host country very comfortable and fun! The projects abroad team in Peru also held a lot of volunteer activities separate from regular activities so that volunteers from all programs could join and make new friends while participating in group activities.
On weekends, volunteers get together to go to bigger cities and explore the host country that they are staying in. These weekends were times to spend bonding amongst your peers and other volunteers while adventuring through new territory in a completely foreign country. By the end of the trip the country and the people are no longer foreign and this trip was so unforgettable i cannot explain how much i appreciated this experience and how well Projects- Abroad made it go.

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Posted: August 6, 2013
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By: Katyakaz
Age:
20

I attended a volunteer abroad program with Projects Abroad last summer and it was a truly unforgettable experience! Although it was expensive I believe it was well worth it because of the plethora of activities and encounters I made there that could never have been seen anywhere else! I volunteered with the medicine 2 week special so the entire group was almost 45 students large! We split up into smaller groups to part-take in the activities but by the end of our trip everyone knew each other and we all stayed in close touch!

My first week was spent attending various 1 day excursions: some included a leprosy centre, hospice, mental health institute, and Aryuveda clinic where we listened and part-took in various small scale lectures on the types of treatments being done for those patients. At night there were various cultural activities the students did such as learning to cook India cuisine and learning a Bollywood dance! We also had a weekend trip to this tropical part of India on a high mountain where there were safari's and conservation parks everywhere!

However the highlight of the trip and what made me so eager to go was the surgeries. The prospect of seeing even one actual operation was enough to get me to sign up. But what i got to see was much more...8 different surgeries! Most notably I saw a Cesarean Section and Cranioplasty live up and in person! This was a once in a life time experience and I encourage all those who can to take this opportunity, the events are well organized and very well maintained.

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Posted: July 24, 2013
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9
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9
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8
Age:
18

As a recent graduate of university, my project in Shanghai was a great way for me to discover what journalism is all about and if it was something I wanted to do. I feel really lucky to have been able to write for such a distinguished magazine as Shanghai Business Review and can trace great improvement in not only my writing skills, but also in communication, people skills and working in an office environment specific to the field of journalism. A bit doe eyed out of college, I can honestly look back and say that people in the office, both Chinese and foreign, provided guidance and advice as to how to become a successful adult in the real world. While at the time I may have been sensitive to criticism, in the long term it has offered me introspection and I can more clearly envision who I want to be and how I can achieve more concrete goals. As far as, the social aspect of volunteering with Projects Abroad it deserves an A+ because Shanghai is such a fun and happening city all by itself, but thanks to the PA team, all the volunteers came together once a week for lovely traditional meals and great activities were always going on to meet and chat with others.

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Posted: July 18, 2013
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8
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8
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8
Age:
23

I went to St. Louis, Senegal for two months to teach english at a local elementary school. After a week, I found that teaching at the school was not the right fit for me. Thankfully, the lovely staff members at Projects-Abroad were very helpful, and were able to help me change my project after just a day. I switched from doing the teaching project to the care project, where I worked at a care center for the local street children and children of the neighborhood. I was able to continue teaching english and had the chance to teach kids how to read as well. It was a much more enjoyable experience and I felt as if I was really making an real impact on their lives. I also helped with the health aspect at the care center which hard for me in the beginning but I began to really enjoy it towards the end. My host family was amazing, it was a very large, well to do family. Everyone was family there, the maid, the various first cousins and second cousins etc.., the friends of the family, and even the volunteers. They made sure we were comfortable and felt welcomed and that was incredible. Overall, Senegal was an amazing experience and I had a fabulous, safe, and interesting time.

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Posted: July 15, 2013
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9
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9
By: annawyner
Age:
18

I volunteered in Madurai, India at an Ashram through Projects Abroad. The cultural experience was very eye opening. Overall the Projects abroad team made me feel safe and offered to assist me at any time. I was sick in the hospital for a few days, and the woman taking care of me stayed with me throughout my entire time in the hospital and ensured that I had food and water. The project coordinator also came to see me when I wasn't feeling well and even cut 3 coconuts down for me from a tree! A few days into my volunteer placement, the project coordinator also came to assess that I was getting food and drinking water. I highly recommend Projects Abroad.

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Posted: July 13, 2013
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9
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9
Age:
24

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