Volunteer Abroad

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My trip to South Africa was phenomenal! I am blown away by the beauty of the country and the people! I volunteered for the child care program in Cape town for two weeks. I worked directly with the children and assisted the staff with creating programs that will enhance their social-emotional development and academic abilities. The other volunteers and I taught the children basic hygiene practices through songs and visual prompts. Seeing the children learn while having fun was very rewarding! The principle was constantly expressing her gratitude and pointed out how happy the children were having us around to play and learn with. I will never forget all the moments of playing, singing, eating, having small talks, doing arts and crafts and reading! They will forever stay in my heart and memory.
I am impressed by the professionalism and support Projects Abroad staff members offer. Being that it was my first time traveling alone overseas, I was nervous and skeptical about booking my flight. The travel team was patient with me and helped me book my flight. This gave me a sense of peace and security. I appreciate the attentiveness staff members provided during my stay in South Africa. They made sure I was safe and satisfied at all times.
My host family were sweet and welcoming. The meals were delicious and there were always snacks and fruits available (which helped for long days at work). It was interesting living with five roommates from all around the world. I was able to learn about different cultures and upbringings. From talking about our day at work to going on unforgettable adventures together, everyday was filled with excitement! I will forever be grateful to Projects Abroad for creating such amazing opportunities for people to give to those in need in exchange for a life changing experience. I went on this trip with an open heart to help children and came back filled with compassion and hope!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Sep 11, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I like to volunteer with Projects Abroad! It was a really fun experience to volunteer in Cuyutlan, Mexico. I joined the Sea Turtle Conservation program, which aimed to take care of the sea turtles. The most interesting part was to pick up the baby turtle eggs near the sea in the morning. You can see the most beautiful view of the world near by the sea in Cuyutlan. Also, picking up the eggs, seeing the small turtles growing up and putting them back to the sea was meaningful to me. It made me feel that I did help them live. Anyways, it was a special and enjoyable experience to live and take care of the sea turtles and other animals. It was a great volunteer program to join to get close to sea turtles and know more about their behaviors or features.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Mexico
Posted: Sep 11, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

My journey with Projects Abroad was definitely one to remember! I decided to travel to Ghana to volunteer in the medicine field, and I definitely have no regrets doing so. At first, I was a little hesitant to travel across the country from the United States to Ghana being only 15 years old, but that changed quickly upon my first day in Ghana. I arrived in at the Accra airport in Ghana and was warmly greeted by the Projects Abroad drive, Nyame. He was extremely welcoming and friendly, making small talk with us along the way. My placement, however, was in Cape Coast, Ghana, which is 3 hours away from Accra. However, Projects Abroad was very helpful in sending along a staff member with me to taking the bus to Cape Coast.
Once I had arrived at my host family's house, I was met by my host mother, brothers, and sister. My host family truly felt like family to me by the end of the trip. During my 2 weeks in Cape Coast, Ghana, my schedule had filled with interesting volunteering works and activities. We were able to bandage wounds in leprosy camps, observe in the teaching hospital, as well as blood tests, checking vitals, and blood pressure at community outreaches. I enjoyed the community outreaches very much because it seemed like I could directly help the people in Ghana and get to know the culture of the people of Ghana more. The Project Abroad supervisors that took care of our groups played a huge role in making this journey even more memorable. The supervisors helped to guide us along our ways, but I saw them as more of friend than anything else. They were easy to talk to and even joke around with. Not only were my 2 weeks in Ghana very productive, but also filled with a lot of smiles and laughter.
Moreover, this trip brought me many new friends from all over the world, whom I would never meet unless I joined this trip. Everyday working with my new friends from different parts of world, as well as my new friends in Ghana was very enjoyable and we made many memories together that I will forever remember. I will also never forget my host family. Every evening after our volunteer work, we would gather in the dining room and just hang out with the host brothers and sister as if we were one big family. This trip has brought me so many teachings, friends, and new experiences. I definitely recommend Projects Abroad as a program to join!

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

Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad has been beyond incredible in making this the trip of a lifetime. I decided to go to Mongolia and live with nomads for a week out on the steppe. Although I did want to stay for longer, I am beyond thankful for the experience I was able to have. Being 16 years old- one of the youngest to go out onto the steppe, my family had reservations about how safe I would be. I went with a friend from the states, and Projects Abroad made sure that our accommodation was together. The whole time we were organizing it, it was very personalized and they made sure to follow up on even the smallest question or request. My organizer, Zulaa- picked us up at the airport and made sure to make our entry into Mongolia one to remember. She is one of the sweetest people I have ever met, and the most hospitable, generous, and caring. All the staff I met were genuinely concerned with our well being, and very open to suggestions, questions, and ideas. The company has wonderful roots in all nations where it offers projects. Their ability to connect with volunteers through wonderful staff make the experience very personal and memorable.
The nomad project is incredible- you are truly able to connect with yourself and experience a life which you would never be able to in the United States. Although for many it is tough to not bathe on the daily, eat a freshly slaughtered goat, and use the bathroom in the bushes, I thought that these events were what made the experience perfect. You must be open to change, new things, and positive to be able to survive out on the steppe- because after some time, you will realize that the everyday things we use are not really necessities. You are much more aware of what you have when you come back, and nothing should be truly taken for granted.
My nomadic family was beyond perfect. They had two children who were very close in age to my friend and I- which made every day so much fun. It was very easy to connect with them despite the language barrier. I got to experience things that I would never have been able to before, and became aware about the world and how not living the “American Dream” is not necessarily a bad thing. Please, if you are considering going to Mongolia- do it. It will a choice that you will not regret.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Mongolia
Posted: Sep 7, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I loved volunteering in Fiji through projects abroad.
The support staff were excellent in answering all of my questions very quickly via email before I left for my trip. Once applying and being accepted I got a personal trip adviser who was very informative and helpful. He walked me through each step of the way until I got off the plane in Fiji.
Once landed I was escorted to the bus by a projects abroad staff member who was wearing a projects abroad T-Shirt so they were easily recognizable. Projects abroad paid for my bus ticket and told me exactly where to get off. This project is very popular so there are volunteers constantly coming and going to the airport so the bus driver knows the staff well and knows where the volunteers need to get off and he makes sure you get off where you need to.
From the bus stop at Arts Village, Pacific Harbor I was picked up by one of the staff members that works at the project and the ride was just a few minutes to the volunteer apartments.
The apartments were new, modern and clean. I was greeted by the cleaning staff and the chef. Yes, we had our own personal chef who has a list of everyone's names and food allergies and dietary restrictions. They are very accommodating to everyone's needs.
From there I was given an orientation and shown around the local area to the different shops, supermarket, doctors office, etc. The volunteer apartment is just a short walk from anything you might need. Also just a 5 minute walk to the beach!
Projects abroad really took care of me out there. They answered all of my questions and I really felt like I was in good hands.
I was there for shark conservation and the dive instructors were excellent and very knowledgeable on all accounts. I would definitely go again and recommend this project to anyone who wants to make a difference in marine conservation.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Sep 6, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

My name is Trystin St. Denis. I'm 16 and from San Jose, California. I participated in the Projects Abroad Care & Community program in Mandeville, Jamaica. This project was one of the most eye opening, incredible things I've ever done in my life. I lived with a wonderful host family -the Stewarts- and four other roommates. Aside from the actual volunteer work, they contributed greatly to my experience there. The staff support while in Jamaica was astonishing. While I was there, my dog back home died. The staff went out of their way to comfort me and provide me with anything I needed to get through my grief and allowed me time to myself to process, while still making sure I knew that they were there for me. I also got super sick while I was there(I get motion sickness easily) and they immediately called my parents and took me to the doctor and even paid for my medicine and doctors visit.
My roommates were easily one of the greatest parts of my trip. We were all near the same age, so I think that contributed to how well we got along, but they were also just incredible people with such big hearts; I feel so honored to know that they'll forever be apart of my life. I lost my wallet the very first day I was in Jamaica, and my roommate Cory helped me pay for anything and everything the rest of the trip. There's truly no one else like the other volunteers; they're so giving, understanding, and genuinely good people.
My actual project was also incredible, as I got to work with little kids(3-5 year olds), and help influence them and their future decisions. Being able to contribute to their future success and help the teachers there, who truly do need the help, felt so rewarding. I would do it a thousand times over again if I could.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Jamaica
Posted: Sep 6, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

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

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