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Projects Abroad

My experience with Projects Abroad in Argentina was absolutely incredible! From my first point of contact with them, I was sure I made the right choice, and felt supported every step of the way. Upon arriving, I quickly felt at home with the Human Rights and Law team and the rest of the members in the office. The field placements were truly unique and meaningful. I wouldn't change anything about my experience, except for maybe the fact that I wish I could have stayed longer. My host family was incredibly welcoming and my coworkers made every day worth it. It isn't easy to work in Human Rights and Law; nevertheless I would recommend this to anyone willing to try. I felt as if though I was able to make a small difference every day, and gained as much back. Since returning home, I constantly refer back to my experience and have taken it forward with me every day since.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Dec 21, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Original Volunteers

My trip to Ghana with OV was honestly one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I have travelled, worked and volunteered in Africa before but the experiences in Ghana are my most memorable. Every step of the booking process with OV was extremely professional and supportive and they patiently answered all of my multiple questions. The travel and transfer from the airport were well organised. The accommodation was far nicer than I had expected, with my own room bigger than my first flat, with a huge double bed. Water was limited, of course, but we all managed perfectly well. The staff at the volunteer accommodation were exceptionally kind and helpful and always available if we needed anything. The few issues that did arise, as is to be expected, were swiftly and expertly dealt with. The staff cooked for us one night which was a really nice treat and a great way to bring the group together. The staff managed to maintain exactly the right balance of support without crowding us, always making sure they were available if we needed anything at all. They could not have been more accommodating and helpful. I was worried that I would be older than most of the other volunteers but the group was very mixed and everyone got on really well.
The volunteering work was the most rewarding that I have done and, although it was tiring and emotionally exhausting at times, every member of our group felt that they had been useful somehow. We helped with building an extension to a school, painted educational material onto school walls and taught the children. In the evenings we held a ‘book group’, which was the genius idea of one of the volunteers. We read to the local children and helped the older children read to the younger ones. This was my favourite activity as the children were all so enthusiastic and were working together.
I was so impressed with OV that, since travelling with them to Ghana, I have also been with them to Morocco and am planning next years’ trips with them to Bulgaria and South America. I would thoroughly recommend them to everyone of any age who would like to give something back and really engage with local culture. Thank you OV!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Dec 21, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Go Abroad China (GAC) ***Warning Fake Reviews***

My great experience at BLCU

I had the opportunity of a lifetime and got to study abroad in BLCU in Beijing China, through Go Abroad China I always knew I wanted to study abroad, but it was an overwhelming thought with all of the options of places to go, figuring out how to make it work with my university and all the little details in between.They helped make the entire process smooth and enjoyable. I had an advisor the whole way through who helped me make sure I was as ready as possible for my trip abroad. Once I was there, I had the most amazing 2 months of my life.

At BLCU University Classes began soon after registration and the pace of learning was definitely not what I was used to before. Back at home, sentence structures and phrases that would take me at least a month to fully master, at BLCU University it was just a week’s task. Although in the beginning I felt a bit overwhelmed, after a while, though, things got much better and I adjusted comfortably. One thing I am still reeling about even now is the amount of homework that the Chinese teachers assigned! Now I understand why they say at least six months of serious Mandarin/ Chinese study will lead to accelerated results. The good thing about the University is that they will place you in a class of people who have a similar Chinese ability to you. Learning was fun, interactive and it’s relatively simple to feel motivated if everyone around you is also determined

Ive created life long friendships, got to see the most spectacular views and most of all I got to experience a different culture and truly appreciate what they had to offer. I highly encourage everyone to study abroad!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: China
Posted: Dec 18, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

Go Abroad China (GAC) ***Warning Fake Reviews***

My great experience at BLCU

I had the opportunity of a lifetime and got to study abroad in BLCU in Beijing China, through Go Abroad China I always knew I wanted to study abroad, but it was an overwhelming thought with all of the options of places to go, figuring out how to make it work with my university and all the little details in between.They helped make the entire process smooth and enjoyable. I had an advisor the whole way through who helped me make sure I was as ready as possible for my trip abroad. Once I was there, I had the most amazing 2 months of my life.

At BLCU University Classes began soon after registration and the pace of learning was definitely not what I was used to before. Back at home, sentence structures and phrases that would take me at least a month to fully master, at BLCU University it was just a week’s task. Although in the beginning I felt a bit overwhelmed, after a while, though, things got much better and I adjusted comfortably. One thing I am still reeling about even now is the amount of homework that the Chinese teachers assigned! Now I understand why they say at least six months of serious Mandarin/ Chinese study will lead to accelerated results. The good thing about the University is that they will place you in a class of people who have a similar Chinese ability to you. Learning was fun, interactive and it’s relatively simple to feel motivated if everyone around you is also determined

Ive created life long friendships, got to see the most spectacular views and most of all I got to experience a different culture and truly appreciate what they had to offer. I highly encourage everyone to study abroad!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: China
Posted: Dec 18, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

My name is Brooke Stoddard, and I travelled to Kenya in October 2017 to volunteer with Projects Abroad. At first, I was quite nervous about the whole adventure, since it was my first time travelling so far from home. Not only was I travelling far from home, I did not know anyone either. When I first arrived, I, as well as many other volunteers, thought "What am i doing here?". However, once I arrived to the Projects Abroad office in Nanyuki, all my stress had dropped off my shoulders. I was so relived. The staff was extremely welcoming, and make 100% certain that all their volunteers are safe at all times. The volunteers felt like family to me for the 3 weeks I was in Kenya. The volunteering was a life changing experience. I was working in the orphanages, and the children are so appreciative of everything we do for them. They simply may just need a smile, or a hug to make a difference in their day. It is truly heart warming. Every week day, all the volunteers were brought back to the Projects Abroad office where we could all interact and socialize with one another, which truly was great. Also, the staff organized social events every week, in order for the volunteers to simply get together and have fun. I guess i could go on and on about this volunteer trip, but if i have one last thing to mention, its that I highly recommend Projects Abroad. They are all simply amazing. From the moment you sign up for the trip, until the last day you leave the destination to go home. I, for one, loved every second of my adventure, and I will certainly be back to volunteer soon with Projects Abroad.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Kenya
Posted: Dec 12, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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