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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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From day one, the PA staff in the US worked hard to make sure I could complete all of the requirements necessary for my college credit towards my internship. They responded quickly to all of my e-mails and calls. Once I was accepted into the program, the staff in Fiji was also quick to respond to my questions and needs. Everyone made me feel confident and ready for a successful trip to Fiji.
Once I arrived, I was immediately greeted by a staff member which was great because I already felt lost and exhausted from traveling long hours. I arrived immediately at my host-families house. My family was very friendly and did all they could to make sure I enjoyed my stay. The food that my host mother made was wonderful! They also asked if there was something particular I didn't eat but I was open to trying new things. I got a roommate after a couple of days which is a great plus. It was nice to have another volunteer to talk to and do things with. There were a few complications later on in my trip with the meals and staff (not keeping things confidential) but this is a minute problem that was immediately addressed. I liked that the staff did take time to meet with the volunteers mid-way between our stay to find out how everything was going at the accommodations and placement. Any conflicts were resolved immediately. The placement was great. It was challenging working with 35+ students in a class but it was also very rewarding once you figured out how to manage things a little bit more. I would've liked to do more teaching with the students but this particular class wasn't really setup in a way where the teacher taught at the front of the class like in traditional classes here in the US. Again, if any one did have a problem with their placement, the PA staff were quick and helpful to letting us go elsewhere. PA also held weekly socials which was a great way to meet other volunteers and do something fun. The staff are also helpful in planning any weekend trips you may want to take.
Overall, it was a great experience and you can't go expecting to have the luxuries you have back home. You have to be open to trying new things and doing things that you want to do.. you are there for yourself and to teach children so make the best of it! And if you go and feel that you're not comfortable .. speak up! The staff will help you and do what they can do to make things better. Also, when I returned the US, the staff again were quick to get in touch and talk about my experience and let me know how I could be involved.
For the pricing, I felt it was a little much. I am not sure exactly how the money is used but I do feel we could have gotten a little more for the price we paid. I'd like to see some of our money go to our schools because the students struggle with having supplies such as pencils, erasers, paper, etc. Great experience and I definitely would recommend PA.

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Posted: July 5, 2011
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9
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By: KRL
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I am very disappointed with this organization.
This is definitely no value for money. It is extremely expensive, considering the fact that there are similar programmes who charge way less money, like Youth in Action (which even is free) of the EU, or United Nations volunteer, or SCI long-term volunteering.
I was shocked about the fact how little of the money actually went to the hosting organization and family. Not surprising though, since this is a profit company with many offices and staff all over Europe, they really should focus more on staff /benefits for the people in developing countries, which other organizations do!

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Posted: May 11, 2011
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By: TomJansen
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Without Projects Abroad, I do not think that I would have been able to have such a successful trip to Morocco. Sure, I could have planned my own trip, but I would not have been able to locate a family in the beautiful old part of Rabat, the nation's capital, on my own, and I would not have been able to find such a qualified French tutor without their assistance either. Furthermore, being part of Projects Abroad gave me the opportunity to network with other ex-pats during our weekly get-togethers. Projects Abroad also accepted my outside scholarship money. When I went to Morocco, it was the first time I had ever been to a Muslim country, and Projects Abroad really helped me adjust while also letting me discover the country by myself. I was able to travel freely without feeling like Projects Abroad was breathing down my neck, but I also knew that if I needed help, staff was only a phone call and a few miles away.

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Posted: May 9, 2011
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9
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10
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8
By: CHeltemes
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My hostmom used to say: "when you come to Cape Town you cry twice: when you arrive and when you leave, but the tears are not the same". I never believed her until the day I left...
I went with Projects Abroad in South Africa, Cape Town. It is one of the most wonderful experiences in my life. I wanted to participate in a humanitarian mission and on the same time improve my speaking english, as I am both French and Spanish. Before the departure, the support from Projects Abroad was amazing and never after my arrival in Cape Town, I felt alone. I stayed in a host family that became my second family, even one year after I came back, I am still calling them every month. The conditions in the family were pretty decent. I had a roomate and this happens in most of the families, however we were always so busy around that I never spent that much time in my room. Everytday I would go to a day care to help with the kids. I would help in the kitchen, or in the classes. It was a small day care in the middle of a township. Some of the kids would not get food at home. My favorite time was after the nap, when we could play all together. The girls would come to me and play with my hair, the boys would dance on Mickael Jackson songs while I would sing... Or I would read a story to all of them! I got along with the teacher. We are still in contact on facebook and on the phone too. During weekends, or late afternoons after work, I would go with some other volunteers around the city to have some fun and discover the place... With some of the volunteers we became very good friends. We saw each other after coming back home...and we are still close to each other because of what we experienced there: it was so intense! I mean the day I left the day care, everyone was crying, the teachers were hugging me and the kids were saying bye-bye with their little cute voices...
There is maybe another reason why I loved my experience in Cape Town so much: I met my boyfriend there. And I do not think I am the only one to who that happen! It can make your experience even more beautiful! I went back two times since last year (Jan-Apr 2010)and I am still completely in love with this city and with my boyfriend.
That is my story in Cape Town. Yours will be different..just go and enjoy your time!

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Posted: February 20, 2011
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I volunteered in South Africa, not in USA! Sorry for the mistake!

Welcome Hello from our Nepal orphanage! The Innocent Children's Home is a non for profit orphanage that requires the help of volunteers to provide the love and support that is necessity in the development of every child's life. Your valued help is essential to ensure this orphanage provides the proper development that these children deserve, not to mention to reach the high goals that our organisation has set. Our orphanage is situate in Pokhara, Nepal. It is built to service and house displaced children from remote farming villages that surround this picturesque area. We have many children on our waiting list trying to join our organisation, which we want to provide, however we need you, the valued volunteer to support our organisation and help make this and possible. Our Mission To provide displaced children with a caring, loving home where they can grow, live and learn towards a brighter future. Our Vision To expand our organisation in order to provide more orphaned children with a loving home. To educate our children through the generous time of volunteers from a broad range of cultures. Our Children We have a total of 10 displaced children ranging form 4-12 years of age and are expecting two more in the coming week. They all come from very varied and distressing backgrounds, but their needs are all the same; love, care and schooling. Our orphans have mainly come from the surrounding areas of the picturesque Pokhara. Although rich in natural beauty with the Himalayas lingering, the area provides many dangers which has led to the children needing the support of our orphanage. One example, is a brother and sister aged 4 and 5 years. Their mother passed away as a result of cancer and their father died from falling form a tree in search of forage for livestock in the dryer months. The children were left to their extremely poor grandparents who could not afford to upkeep two young children at their tender age. A second example is one of the older boys who's parents died as a result of a car accident. He and sister were left to their uncle who again could not afford the upkeep of two more children on top of his own. Therefore, the boy had to leave and fend for himself on the streets of Pokhara at the age of ten until the orphanage was opened two years later. Our youngsters (4-7 years old) do not currently attend school, but they are intent on taking as much away from our infrequent stream of volunteers as they can. We have a small ˜class room at our orphanage where the children have daily lessons provided by our volunteers and occasionally by local residents of our area. Although this is proving to be very stimulating for the children, they are in desperate need for further funding to be privileged enough to attend school for further development both personally and intellectually. Our older boys (11-12) who have all come from the street are now lucky enough to be able to attend school. They are really excelling in the stable environment of our home and school and their studies and behaviour have really shone as the school year has progressed. Volunteer with Us As our children are here mainly due to distressing circumstances, we need loving, caring and compassionate people to volunteer in our children's home. To become accustomed to the Nepalese culture, we are offering our volunteers the opportunity of a true Nepal farm stay in a remote village in an area where majority of our displaced children call home . This will enable you to understand and better relate to our children and therefore be of more benefit to their needs. Not to mention a fantastic opportunity to meet real Nepalese people in their surroundings in areas that are off the tourist trail as well as accessible only by foot. After this orientation into the Nepali lifestyle, you will be accommodated in a private room in the orphanage for the duration of your stay. Please teach our children English, math, games, personal hygiene, drawing, painting, music and many more skills. Location Our home is in a quite location, 20 minutes walk from the popular Lakeside district of Pokhara. Easily assessable from Kathmandu by bus, or 5 minute taxi ride from the Pokhara airport. From our garden the magnificent Machapurchata and surrounding Himalay's are clearly visible. Pokhara is the gateway to the Annurpuna region of the Himalayas, providing a wide range of trekking adventures. Pokhara is also well renowned for adrenalin sports, from white water rafting to paragliding. Pokhara offers a full range of services, including excellent restaurants, caf's and shopping on the Fewa Lake. The Love Company

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Posted: December 8, 2010
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By: TLC
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