Volunteer Abroad

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

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

Projects Abroad

Traveling overseas for the first time by yourself can be a very overwhelming scary experience. The Projects Abroad staff helped make my pre-departure, arrival, time in Kenya and departure as smooth as possible. The staff opened me with welcoming arms and made sure that each day I was in Kenya was a positive experience for me. They constantly checked in on me and made sure that I was happy in my placement, happy with my host family and happy with the overall experience. I was not 100% happy with my first care placement so they helped find me a placement where I found my true calling. I would not have made it through my time in Kenya without them!

Also with the support of my host family, I had the most amazing experience in Kenya. My host family was so caring and loving which helped make me feel even more comfortable with them. They always had breakfast, lunch and dinner ready for me. They always asked about how my day was and listened to all of my stories, just like my own parents would have. They asked questions and helped me understand why some of the people do what they do in Kenya. When I left I truly felt like their home was mine and they were my own family. They were incredible.

The other volunteers I met in Kenya soon became close friends. They helped make my time in Kenya even more memorable. We constantly shared adventures and stories and helped push each other to reach our goals.

Projects Abroad helped make my life time dream come true.

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

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

The trip to Kathmandu was one to remember. Throughout the 2 weeks, I not only grew as a dental student, but as a person. The people we met did greatly impacted my experience and I found myself enjoying the stay more and more each day. I gained a lot of insight into the local practices and we were able to do an extraction case, a minor oral surgery, some scaling and impression, which were enjoyable experiences. We even got to observe an enucleation of cyst, which never seen before.

I found myself looking forward to seeing different procedures and talking to the staff every day. I have never felt such compassion in a community and it is very different to our urban city life in Hong Kong, but I found their laid back way of life refreshing for a change. For sure, I would like to go back in Nepal in a few years time and I’m looking forward to seeing their reconstruction and development. I wish Nepal and its wonderful people all the best.

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

Global Crossroad

My son and I volunteered together in Peru at an orphanage for teenage mothers. We stayed at a local host family, which exceeded our expectations. They had a beautiful home and cooked traditional Peruvian food. After a few weeks, we were very sad to leave. We also booked the Machu Picchu tour through Global Crossroad and Spanish class. The tour was amazing and Alyssa and Roger organized everything very well. We were pleased with the tour and the Spanish classes were invaluable. We were assessed and then put into a class that matches our level. The cooking class and salsa dance lessons were so fun! I felt like I learned a lot and it aided in my volunteer work. The project was also invaluable. We volunteered in the afternoon and helped the mothers' with their homework and chores, as well as teaching them English. We also played with their children and attempted to teach them English. All in all, we had a great time volunteering in Cusco, Peru. We could not have asked for a better experience with Global Crossroad!

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

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