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 did the intensive language Arabic classes in Morocco with Projects Abroad for two months. The organization arranged a good host family for me that made sure that I had three full meals a day, did my laundry, and answered all of my questions. There were also at least three staff members that I could turn to at any time if I had any problems or felt ill. If for any reason, one of them was unavailable they would let you know promptly and the length of time that they would be unreachable. Five days a week for three hours a day I had one on one Arabic classes in the private residence of my teacher. She was very inviting and always willing to provide me with extra assistance when needed. Overall I had a wonderful a wonderful experience and I would love to use the organization again to travel to another country.

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Posted: November 17, 2015
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10
By: murphyt2
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My experience in Phnom Penh, Cambodia was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I would absolutely go back in a heart beat. Traveling through Projects Abroad worked out very well for me. My travel itinerary was organized, all I had to do was show up at the airport and be able to navigate my way through. My arrival in Cambodia was just as organized. After obtaining my visa and important customs documents, I was met by a staff member and driver who helped me with my luggage. They took me to my accommodation where I immediately felt safe. I arrived in Phnom Penh late in the evening. The staff member responsible for getting me from the airport to my apartment provided me with a detailed itinerary for the next day's induction day. Induction day was completely focused on showing me the city, my project (the school) and familiarizing me with the Projects Abroad office and personnel in Phnom Penh. I was absolutely pleased with the travel side of Projects Abroad.

My accommodation was not the greatest but I feel that was at little fault of Projects Abroad. Volunteers traveling to Cambodia must first understand the meaning of a third world country. Do not go to this country expecting life to be comfortable. The country is generally hot, the apartments and schools do not have air conditioning. The water is not safe for foreigners to drink UNLESS provided by Projects Abroad (which they did an outstanding job of providing clean water for volunteers). Do not be expecting warm showers at the apartment. These are not every day amenities for the people of Cambodia. If you are coming to their country, do not expect to bring yours with you. Leave it at home, that's why you are traveling.

Projects Abroad does everything possible on their end to ensure that their volunteers feel safe, worthy and taken care of not only in the accommodation, but as well as in their projects and in their general health and safety while traveling with Projects Abroad. I can say only great things about this company.

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Posted: November 15, 2015
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10
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10
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10
Age:
22

My name is Sophia and I am a current law student in South Carolina. After graduating from undergrad, I knew that I wanted to volunteer abroad and have an exciting and rewarding summer. After some research online, I chose to volunteer with Projects Abroad in Fiji. I couldn’t believe my luck! Studying sharks in paradise, scuba diving everyday but my experience was much more than that. The people I met in Fiji including the volunteers, staff members and the locals really made my experience extraordinary.

I arrived in Fiji to a grinning man named John who ushered me onto a bus which took me to my new home in Fiji, a structure lovingly called the Sugar Cube for it’s shape and color. I was greeted by a gaggle of friendly volunteers and staff members all excited to meet me and make me feel comfortable. I soon learned my everyday duties and what I would be responsible for such as learning fish species, activities for ‘dirty days’ and most excitingly when I would be scuba diving and getting my certifications. I cannot express how welcomed I felt when I arrived at the Projects Abroad apartment. I felt as though I was at a home almost immediately.

The most exciting part of the Fiji Projects Abroad Shark Awareness program is, of course, the shark dive! Although not for the faint of heart, it was the most exciting experience of my life and I will never forget it. The feeling of being under water with these incredible predators and just admiring how amazing they are is something I hope the world will one day be able to see. After this experience I am so much more aware of my impact on not only sharks but my impact on the ocean in general. It’s almost impossible to not have an experience like this change your way of thinking. I truly, wholeheartedly recommend Projects Abroad to anyone who wishes to volunteer and make a difference.

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Posted: November 10, 2015
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9
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9
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10
By: ssunny
Age:
22

My name is Timothy, and I am from Central NJ. As a junior in high school, I became fascinated with the idea of traveling to Africa, and seeing another part of the world. I decided on Tanzania with Projects Abroad, due to the country’s safety and well known safaris. I worked in a total of four different hospitals, as I was in a medical based learning group. It was so interesting to see how different medicine was practiced, and how much local doctors cared about their community. I not only had the chance to shadow doctors during my two weeks, but I also was able to distribute drugs to the community, take vital signs, and interact with all the patients. In Tanzania, all of the patients were so thankful for my time there, and trusted us fully with what we were supposed to do.
When not working, I had some of the coolest experiences. One minute I was on a van through a National Park to see the big game animals, and then another moment I watched the Maasai villagers perform their traditions.
Projects Abroad provided a supportive and entertaining staff. I never felt in any danger or any point uncomfortable with my living space. Every morning, I would go downstairs to be warmly greeted by my friendly host family and other volunteers to have a nice authentic breakfast. While towards the end I definitely missed American meat, the experience was incredible and I tried many new dishes. Projects Abroad was the perfect organization to volunteer with.

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Posted: November 7, 2015
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10
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10
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10
By: tscafaria
Age:
18

As an undergraduate student in the United States who plans to go to graduate school I am always looking for ways to make my graduate school applications look more competitive. The idea of volunteering abroad hadn't really come into mind until a guest speaker came to speak in one of my classes. I want to become an occupational therapist, and in one of my occupational therapy classes, a woman came to speak about her experience volunteering professionally abroad. I immediately knew that I wanted to do something like that. She recommended Projects Abroad and when I got home I immediately started researching.

Things happened really fast, I was filling out the application then I was submitting it, shortly after I was accepted into an occupational therapy program in Vietnam!

At first I was worried about being able to pay the fees (which are very reasonable considering the benefits of the program) but their website has a really cool fundraising page that makes it really easy for friends and family to donate money online. It didn't take very long for me to raise enough money to cover almost all of my program fees.

Projects Abroad staff does an amazing job of preparing you for your trip. When you are accepted you are given access to your own web page that explains everything you can expect about your trip. Months before I even left I felt like I was prepared fully for what I was going to be doing, what the culture was like, what I needed to bring with me, etc. I felt totally confident about the trip before I even left, and that's saying something as I had never left the United States prior.

As the staff does a fantastic job at preparing you for your trip, they do a great job of supporting you while you are there as well. My flight came in to Vietnam at about 11pm and they had set everything up for me ahead of time so a driver was waiting for me at the airport the very next day a staff member personally showed me around the city, took me out for lunch and gave me very detailed explanation of my project.

The next day, I started at the project. I was working at a rehabilitation center for children in a more rural part of Hanoi. Monday through Friday I would stay at the rehabilitation center in a volunteer room with other volunteers and our translators. We all got really close and formed really great relationships because of that. During the weekends we would go back to the main city of Hanoi and stay with other volunteers who were working on other projects. It was amazing because during the week we were able to work with the children, but during the weekends we were free to travel and experience the city. During my 4 weeks in Vietnam I was able to travel to Sapa and Ha Long Bay and visit many museums and sites within the city of Hanoi. I would not trade any of those experiences for anything.

Working with the children was the most meaningful though. Not only did I gain valuable experience with occupational therapy, but I was able to get to know each of the children that I worked with. It was sincerely an amazing experience, and I wouldn't have had such a great experience if it weren't for the staff constantly offering support and making sure that my time in Vietnam was good for me. If you want to have a valuable and transformative experience, but also feel safe and comfortable I highly recommend Projects Abroad.

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Posted: November 1, 2015
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8
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21

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