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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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My experience as a volunteer in Mexico is something I will never forget. It being my first time traveling alone and not knowing exactly what to expect, I was very nervous, but mostly excited, leading up to my departure. As soon as I landed in Guadalajara and was met by a Projects Abroad staff member I knew everything was going to be fine. All my transportation was very organized and I felt safe the whole time. Once we arrived in Cuyutlán where I would be staying for the next two weeks, I received a tour of the town, camp, and place where I would be volunteering, called El Tortugario. I also met the other staff and volunteers that I would be working with. Over the next two weeks, I got to meet people from all over the world, work with amazing animals, practice my Spanish, and eat some really good authentic Mexican food. I came back home a more independent, open-minded, and compassionate person, and I am forever grateful for the awesome experience I had as a Projects Abroad volunteer in Mexico.

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Posted: August 16, 2017
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My 4-week volunteer placement for a Care Project in Peru was the most enjoyable experience I have had abroad. Not only did I stay with an amazing family who welcomed me into their home with open arms, and make relationships with the greatest support staff in Urubamba/Cusco - but I spent my weekdays in a Kindergarten classroom with wonderful children. I spent time working alongside the teacher and she encouraged me to get involved by teaching games and basic lessons, in both English and Spanish. It was great to be involved and help out where I could. It is a placement I would do again and again, and an experience I will never forget!

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Posted: August 16, 2017
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By: lindsw
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25

Volunteering for Projects Abroad - Fiji Shark Conservation was one of the best decisions of my life. As a student studying Bachelor of Environmental Science & Management (Marine Major), I found the project perfect for what I was after. It was a real conservation project ACTIVELY doing conservation and making a real difference in the local community at the same time.

From the very start, as soon as I submitted my volunteer application there was a strong support network of people, contacting me to help me understand everything I had to do and guide me in my next step. The service was incredible with their calls and emails based around my hectic work schedule with Chelsea (my supervisor) being warm, helpful and understanding the entire way through. This was continued all the way until I got off the bus at my accomodation where a staff member was there to pick us up and show us around!

The project has so many different areas of focus that everyone can find a niche that they love. IT is suited for everyone - people that are still in high school and don't know a a lot about the ocean, all the way up to university students and adults looking to gain some valuable experience.

I am so grateful for projects abroad as it has given me experiences and skills that I can take with me into the workplace. I cannot wait to go back and do it again.

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Posted: August 16, 2017
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By: alexharte
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23

I am of Jamaican heritage and hadn't been back for almost 10 years until I volunteered with Projects Abroad. It was an incredible experience, gaining valuable hands-on experience and education in the Mandeville Hospital. The Project Abroad is super knowledgeable, warm, and always there to answers any questions or calm any fears. Overall, this trip was a great way to give back to those in need while connecting with my culture at the same time. A++++

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I participated in the Projects Abroad Fiji Shark Conservation project during the summer of 2017. The experience is better then I can even put into words.
From the moment you send in your application the support staff in your country and project advisor are there to help you. They are quick to answer any questions you have and to calm any nervousness you may feel. As your departure date and project start date draws closer your advisor calls you a few times to reiterate important details regarding travels and visas and checks in to go over any last minute questions you may have. I thought this was so above and beyond and so helpful.
The shark conservation project has unique accommodation in that all of the volunteers live together in complex called Ventura apartments. I loved this aspect of the project because I made all of the volunteers extremely close and created long lasting friendships. Essentially, the lower level consists of four apartments with two bedrooms, a living room, and a kitchen in each apartment (though no one uses the kitchen because the cooks make amazing meals!). The apartment can hold up to eight volunteers (though capacity is dependent of the season and amount of volunteers on the project at that time). The upper level of Ventura has the kitchen, computer lab, and common area where volunteers gather, eat, and where a lot of work gets done. Next door on the upper level is the staff offices and staff bedrooms. It is great to have staff on site at all times in case you need them.
The volunteers on the project are nothing short of incredible. Everyone has a common love sharks and a passion for helping them. Because of this, the teamwork is fantastic and everyone is motivated to work their hardest at all times. The volunteers come from all over the world, and it’s so cool to have such a melting pot of cultures together in one group. During my time on the project, we had volunteers range in age from fifteen to sixty-four years old and come from counties like The United States, Netherlands, Germany, England, Scotland, Italy, Costa Rica, Mexico, France, Chile, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, and so many more. And the best part was everyone was so welcoming and friendly to one another.
The work on the project is fun, education, and effective, and there is no “typical day”. As a research assistant volunteer you go on survey dives to collect data on indicator fish species, sharks, rays, and turtles, you watch BRUV’s, create presentations, input data into the system, tag sharks, collect and plant mangroves, survey the community, and so much more. And I could never forget Kava on Thursday nights. This is one of the most fun things on the project as it a traditional Fijian drink and social activity. It is great to have all of the volunteers and staff in one room drinking Kava and having a chat.
There really are so many amazing things to say about the Projects Abroad Fiji Shark Conservation project. I could go on for hours talking about every amazing detail of the project. I’ll just put it this way, if your looking at this signing onto this project, just go for it, I promise you won’t regret it. In fact, when it’s time for you to head home you’ll wish you had signed on for longer.

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Posted: August 15, 2017
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