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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Visiting Mexico and participating in the medical internship through Projects Abroad was probably one of the best experiences I have ever had! As a high school student, I was able to see and do things I never thought I would be able to. During my stay, not only was I given the opportunity to tour the city of Guadalajara, I was able to work alongside doctors and nurses at local hospitals and observe several patients. In regards to the program itself, Projects Abroad provides the best service; I had a wonderful project coordinator who made sure I was always safe and getting the resources I needed in order to get the most out of this once in a lifetime experience!

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Posted: August 18, 2017
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By: Jamie Lee
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In May 2017, I had the opportunity to teach at a Day Care Center in Krabi, Thailand through the Projects Abroad Organization. My time in Thailand was such an eye opening and humbling experience. I decided to embark on this journey because I needed a break from my work/studies and I can honestly say that I had the time of my life. Teaching the kids was incredibly rewarding. In the end, I realized that the kids taught me more than I could every teach them. They taught me things about myself that I was never in touch with. It is also incredible how many great people I met along the way that shared common values and interests.This trip challenged me in so many ways and pushed me many times beyond my comfort level.

The accommodation was comfortable and the food well, I couldn't complain... (as I can eat pad Thai and fried rice every day). One of the things that I liked the most about Projects abroad is that I always felt like I had their team's support 24/7. The Projects Abroad staff and other volunteers instantly made me feel welcomed and like family. I have no regrets in choosing this organization and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for an enriching experience.

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Posted: August 17, 2017
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Projects Abroad was the best experience I have ever had with a medical experience abroad. Every week before the trip the staff were checking in, answering questions, and providing lots of information for my arrival. When I got to Nepal, they showed me around and made me feel right at home. They contacted me almost everyday with events going on or checking in to make sure everything was going smooth. The medical experience was hands on and very real. Everyone was so kind and gave me so many opportunities to learn. I gained so much knowledge all thanks to projects abroad. They set up events where all the volunteers could meet up and do cultural things to meet. The host family they set me up with was so kind and made you feel like part of the family. Thanks for such an amazing trip projects abroad, 5 stars!

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Posted: August 17, 2017
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By: jkoreilly
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21

My experience in Argentina was fantastic! I spent in a month in Cordoba, Argentina doing a Law & Human Rights Special with Projects Abroad. Myself along with several other volunteers got to work with both an NGO that works with homeless people to allow them to have the chance to express themselves creatively and at a residential care center for teenage boys. Both of these were really interesting projects, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with both of them.
In addition, another aspect of our project was learning more about human rights, particularly in Argentina. We learned a lot about the dictatorship period in Argentina, and we got to visit two detention centers. This was also a really important part of the trip to me, and I am so glad that I got this opportunity.

In addition to our work, we also had daily Spanish lessons as well as a true immersion experience living with a host family.

Our month, however, was not just work. While I felt that we did a lot of work and I really enjoyed it, we also had time to do some exploring around Cordoba, visiting the home of Che Guevara, a German village and going on several beautiful hikes, among other activities. In addition, we also had lots of opportunities to get to know our fellow volunteers, through activities such as a bowling night as a a class where we learned to cook empanadas from a local and several dance lessons.

All in all, I would strongly recommend this program to anyone who is considering it.

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Posted: August 17, 2017
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By: ahori18
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17

Volunteering in Cusco, Peru at the government run hospital was a very great opportunity to immerse myself in medical Spanish and interact with patients on a day to day basis. Physicians at the hospital were open to teaching and made our time there interactive and purposeful. My homestay family was a very sweet couple, interested in all our activities and enjoyed our presence in their home. They cooked very traditional foods and even took us out on the weekends with them to restaurants/stores to make sure we knew which ones had the best deals. The projects abroad program was overall extremely helpful in the transition from the US to Peru and made sure we had the resources to make the best out of our time there. The office also provided workshops and social events to allow us to meet others also participating in the program. I had a great experience with this program and defiantly recommend it to others to take advantage of in the future!

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Posted: August 17, 2017
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By: Trobles1
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