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 went to Mongolia to participate in Projects Abroad’s International Medical Internship. While there, I volunteered at Shastin Central Hospital (Ulaanbaatar) in the general surgery department. I was only there for two weeks, but I had an incredible time. I was very impressed by Project Abroad’s comprehensive website and planning. They started emailing me months before I was to go abroad, welcoming me into their family and ensuring that they would take care of me. In addition, they answered any and all questions I had leading up to the trip. A couple months before your trip, Project Abroad assigns you an advisor in order to ensure that you have an appointed person to check up on you regularly and make sure you’re on top of your packing and applying for visas, if necessary.
Once I got to Mongolia, the local Project Abroad staff spoke very good English and gave us a quick orientation about the country’s history, culture, homestay, and placement. The local staff members even accompanied me to the hospital I was to volunteer at and introduced me to their contact. I was able to see surgeries up-close and learn directly from surgeons with decades of experience under their belt, which is something that has been hard to find in the U.S. Overall the support I received from the Project Abroad staff was excellent. They were very organized and on top of all the paperwork. However, it was important to keep an open mind and remain flexible regarding any last minute schedule changes. In fact, besides what time to show up to work at the hospital, we did not know what else would happen throughout the day, which was part of the fun.

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Posted: June 27, 2015
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
6
Age:
22

For four weeks this summer, I had the incredible opportunity to volunteer in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador through Projects Abroad teaching English to students ages 6-15. From the very first minute that we signed up for the project, Projects Abroad staff was incredibly helpful and supportive. The volunteer coordinator called us multiple times to make sure all of our questions were answered and we were prepared for the experience. In the country, the staff checked in with us daily about how we were adjusting and if we had everything we needed. They made it clear that they were there if we needed anything, even something as small as asking where to buy a water bottle or something as large as helping us plan a weekend trip. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable and made an effort to get to know us and welcome us into their work family.

Staying with a host family instead of in a hostel was an incredible decision and I'm so glad that Projects Abroad could set that up for us. I also didn't know when applying, but found out from the staff in the country, that a lot of our program fee goes to paying the host families to help them support us while we stay with them. My host family was amazing and I never heard any bad reviews from any other volunteers. The staff also made it clear that if we weren't comfortable with our host family, all we had to do was speak up and they would help us solve the problem. Staying in a host family's house really allowed us to grasp the culture and get a much closer look at how daily life on the islands looks.

Teaching was such an amazing time! Although it was challenging that we did not have a curriculum, the kids were so great and working with them every day was so much fun and so rewarding that it made the challenge almost disappear. I really felt like we could connect with the kids and make as big an impact on them as they made on us!

I would truly recommend Projects Abroad to anyone. They facilitated an amazing experience!

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Posted: June 23, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
7
Value:
10
By: tebbenk
Age:
19

The Fiji Shark Conservation project was the most amazing experience I have ever had. When I arrived in Fiji I felt instantly welcome and at home. The volunteers are extremely friendly and helpful and the staff are too! The staff explain all tasks thoroughly and explain the reasons behind performing the task and how it contributes to the overall project as well. The staff made me feel comfortable asking questions and were extremely knowledgeable on all parts of the project.

Since I had just learned to dive I wasn't completely comfortable with all aspects of diving under the water just yet, but the staff helped me on my first few survey dives and I learned to be completely self sufficient under the water (although you will always have a dive buddy).

The accommodation was homey and a nice place to hang out with other volunteers after a long day of work or diving. The other volunteers were always so friendly and it was nice to just relax and get to know each other at the end of the day.

Overall, my Projects Abroad experience - from sending my application to staying in Fiji and then to returning home - was great. The staff were helpful every step along the way and the volunteers were very supportive too. I would recommend this project to anyone passionate about ocean conservation and helping save our planet.

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Posted: June 23, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
18

Projects Abroad was extremely accommodating and easy to work with. Volunteering in the Philippines was with no question the best decision I have made in my life to date. Living with a host family and working with local tradesman was life changing in the best way. I have been given a new perspective on how I believe life should be experienced and have the Projects Abroad staff, families and volunteers to thank.

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Posted: June 15, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
28

As a future medical student, I wanted to gain some experience working in the industry before committing ten years of my life to extra schooling. Working in Mexico was a great way for me to practice surgery techniques, learn to diagnose patients, and get a taste of what I would be doing in my residency program following medical school.

I was nervous about traveling to Mexico for two months because I did not know anyone in the country and I would be working in an industry that I had little experience being a part of (not to mention I did not speak much Spanish). However, Projects Abroad made me feel so comfortable before I left and made sure that I had all my questions answered and that I knew exactly what to expect when I arrived in Mexico.

When I first arrived in Guadalajara for my two month medical internship, I was immediately greeted by a member of the Projects Abroad team and taken to my accommodation. I was then shown around the city by the Projects Abroad staff and they introduced me to the people I would be working with and ensured that I knew how to get to and from my workplace without any problems.

I felt very well taken care the entire two months. The staff in Guadalajara were always there to help me if I needed it, any time of day, all days of the week. They even organized various community service projects and fun outings for the volunteers so that we could take a break from our busy schedule and get to know each other. I got the chance to release newborn sea turtles into the ocean on one of these outings.

I had a great experience in Mexico and I thank Projects Abroad for all that they did for me. This is a great company with employees who truly care about their volunteers.

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Posted: June 13, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: alecmorse
Age:
24

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