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I am a 15 year old girl named Lily from Los Angeles, California, United States. I spent a month in Arusha, Tanzania volunteering on the medicine project. And to any one reading this, I want you all to know it was whole-heartedly the most amazing time in my life.

To start, it was incredibly difficult to find the perfect program for me. Not only was I worried about going to a foreign country halfway across the world, but my parents were reluctant to relinquish their ability to help their 15 year old daughter in the case of an emergency. After much research, however, I landed upon the one month High School Special program run by Projects Abroad.

After making the 25-hour journey to Kilimanjaro airport, I was met warmly by both fellow volunteers and the staff. We drive about an hour, seeing many beautiful small towns and the towering Mt. Kilimanjaro on the way. Once we landed at “The Haus”, the host family’s hostel I stayed in, I was met with Mama Vikki and her precious children. It is important for me to tell you I have formed such a tight bond with these people that they are one of the many reasons I am going back this following summer.

Throughout the days I spent in Moshono (my village in Arusha), I rotated between going to educational medicine workshops, social events, and most of all volunteering in my hospital or local, extremely poor villages. The joy I was able to feel after helping people who couldn't help themselves was incomparable.

My biggest advice to any incoming volunteers is to take absolute advantage of this amazing experience you have in store for you. Yes, the plan ride is Long but you have so many amazing things waiting for you in Tanzania. And, yes, the food is different and may seem odd to you at first but if you take a chance, then you really may like it. I know I did! Also, the people are part of the sweetest and most loving society you could ever imagine, and they will constantly try and help you to be a part of it.

So, all in all, if you are deciding whether or not to go, I truly implore you to take a chance, for you will reap the benefits of one of the most amazing experiences of a lifetime. Especially, because Projects Abroad is the best organization to do this with. Good luck and safe travels!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Sep 5, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

My experience in Córdoba, Argentina as a medical intern facilitated my development as both a student-scholar and overall human being. Being independent in an unfamiliar city, speaking a different language throughout each day, and immersing myself in a uniquely beautiful culture pushed me out of my comfort zone in the best ways possible. My summer internship allowed me to obtain a better understanding of South America, different healthcare systems, and who I want to be in the future, and it changed the way I look at my life and the lives of others.

I specifically chose to work with Projects Abroad because of their holistic approach in aiding developing countries with projects in various fields of work. Throughout my internship with Projects Abroad, all of the coordinators and volunteers were kind, welcoming, and supportive. Everyone working at the Córdoba location is passionate about the community, making a difference, and embracing the incredible opportunities that Argentina has to offer. For a majority of my work, I shadowed physicians and residents at the Hospital Universitario de Maternidad y Neonatología, a public hospital in the center of the city that serves expecting mothers and infants. A typical day in the hospital consisted of shadowing live births, cesarean sections, hysterectomies, mastectomies, and other surgical procedures. As an additional part of my Projects Abroad medical internship, I participated in outreach work in economically disadvantaged areas of the city, and I was also able to take part in some of the human rights activities that supported the homeless community in the city. There were also monthly community service projects in which Projects Abroad partners with another local organization to help the city of Córdoba and its people in some way.

My accommodations and the relationships I formed while in Argentina were absolutely unforgettable. As soon as I arrived, I was warmly welcomed by my host mom, Maria Elena, and some of my housemates. I lived in a quaint, three-story complex in the center of the city that offered everything I could possibly need. Because each volunteer had a different start and end date, I had various housemates from all over the world throughout my internship. For most of my meals, I ate at home with my host mom and housemates, eating delicious, freshly-cooked Argentine cuisine and discussing each of our unique experiences from that day. As I usually did not work on weekends, I fortunately had time to travel around Córdoba and to other provinces of Argentina to obtain a more holistic view of the country. Having the opportunity to see different parts of Argentina was integral to my understanding of the country, and these experiences taught me that each province has its own distinct accent, life, and culture that are well-worth appreciating and embracing. Reflecting on my trip as a whole, I am so grateful for my summer internship and have become a much more independent, open-minded, and self-aware human being, and I feel so fortunate to have had this opportunity.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Sep 4, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

From the time when I started thinking about volunteering abroad, over a year ago, and speaking to so many people who have done this type of work, I can now say what many of them said to me – that I received so much from this experience and am so happy that I did this, especially in Ghana. I was very thankful that I had a friend to join me, a very special experience we shared together. This experience, with the orphanage/refugee camp and with the host local family, made this time one that I hope many other people try. It will be with me for life.
I taught the kids stand-up yoga for their first time. They loved it and asked to do it just about every day. This was so special that I could introduce something new that they liked. Doing yoga with all of them, outside the school, and with the smaller group on the beach, was a memory I’ll always cherish.
It was wonderful to take two trips to visit five different different places in the Eastern Region and Cape Coast region. We also took a wonderful trip to Accra Arts & Crafts center. Such a diverse and amazing country. The driving and road conditions are like the best roller coaster ride you’ll ever have! I love that there was music everywhere you went, from morning until night!
The US staff were very helpful with all of my questions and needs preparing for this journey. I appreciated their timeliness in responding electronically. I felt very positive and prepared for this trip due to ABV’s support. I did a great deal of research with many similar organizations like them and I felt that I made the best decision. Thank you! After being in Ghana, I highly recommend that ABV advertise that more volunteers are very much needed in this country. They need much more help.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Sep 3, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I volunteered in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. I wish I could put in to words how incredible this experience was for me. As soon as I set foot inside my host family's house, I felt at home. My host mother was was sweet, encouraging, and I felt like she was second mother and her house was my home away from home. It was clean and tidy, and she had a wonderful house keeper who cooked AMAZING meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

I can not say enough about the staff support in Dar. They were constantly in touch with us to let us know about events and get togethers with the other volunteers. If anyone became ill while abroad, they were quick to help transport them to the doctor and continued to follow up with the volunteer. They helped us get to know one another and were always available when they were needed.

The other volunteers are now my life long friends, especially my roommate. We have all kept in touch and have made plans in the future to get together again. We were all in different areas of work, so there was always a good conversation going on between us. We went on a safari and to Zanzibar together, and the memories made were priceless.

When looking to better your knowledge of your field of interest, Projects Abroad is the organization to go through. They are professional, encouraging, and I can guarantee it will be the most incredible experience of your life.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Sep 2, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I chose to volunteer in Chile La Serena to help a primary school in there attempts to become a more bilingual population. I wanted to practice my Spanish as rigorously as I could and I had been informed that Chile is notorious for its Spanish being more complex. 
The host family was very nice and I found it very surprising how alike we were in terms of political and social views. I was able to have several discussions with them about how the politics in Chile were similar to those in the United States.
I recommend that other volunteers pack warmer clothes. Its usually 50F in Winter. The temperature doesn't change much throughout the week. During the weekends I would recommend going to places like Isla Damas, Elqui Valley, Tongoy. Volunteers should really take advantage of the days they have off.
My accommodations were very pleasing and I was very satisfied. Silvia, our host mom was a very good cook and I was always looking forward to what she had prepared for us. I loved her rice. I'm not a fan of fish, but Silvia made the best fried fish I have ever had. I never felt like I was in danger so I don't have anything to complain about when it comes to my security. My host family was amazing and I didn't miss my own family at home since I had them for company and they made me feel comfortable in my new home.
My local coordinator, Vilma was amazing. She made sure we had things to do on our days off. I didn't really feel the need to ask her for any assistance as everything was set, but I was confident that if I needed anything that I could depend on her.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Chile
Posted: Sep 2, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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