Volunteer Abroad

Projects Abroad

My experience had its ups and down. The positive parts of this experience involve getting to know volunteers as good friends, meeting people from around the world, and learning new things about yourself through being in a complex environment. The downsides include possible bad roommates, bugs, and heatstroke.
Basically what happens is that the volunteers become good friends with you, almost to the point where you can bond with some of them as if you were family if you luck out and you both are there for similar amount of time. That doesn’t mean that everyone will get along with you, and like any other place out there in the world, there is the possibility of bad roommates. For me, it was just the age difference that showed maturity gaps because I was on average at least 6 years older than the other women in the house I was staying in. If I had been there longer with them in the room, I would’ve requested a room switch, but the universe made it so that I was in a room by myself for most of my trip. I had forgotten that I’m not 18 anymore when I applied for the project, and I think being aware of this stuff is something that is crucial for someone if they are to stay there for a month, for instance.
Depending on where you get placed (work wise), you can get to know the refugees quite well. I enjoyed this part the most because I got to dance with them, eat with them, meet women who spoke 7 languages fluently, and experience many other things. As a woman, I was encouraged heavily right off the bat to work with mostly children in daycare, and I knew right away that it would not be a good fit for me. The people who work in the project are very accommodating and are eager to help you make the most of your experience. Realizing I couldn’t work with the children too much for a number of reasons (attachment being the main reason), I found myself much happier with the adult refugees and when I worked within the library. You become very attached to people in this tiny town because you are around them all the time, and when I got heatstroke, I felt very cared for by everyone despite going through the very un-fun experience of getting sick in a foreign country. There’s also the bugs, which can be beaten with bug spray on at all times. The times I forgot, I regretted it deeply. I came home with around 20 bug bites due to forgetting to put on bug spray for 2 hours on my last day there.
Nevertheless, you really get to experience a community like no other when you go on this trip, and while it isn’t perfect, and by no means a vacation, you leave with memories that make you wonder when you’ll visit again to see how much the town has changed in a couple of years.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Aug 23, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
7

Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad Cambodia Human Rights Project

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Aug 18, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
8

Projects Abroad

Visiting Mexico and participating in the medical internship through Projects Abroad was probably one of the best experiences I have ever had! As a high school student, I was able to see and do things I never thought I would be able to. During my stay, not only was I given the opportunity to tour the city of Guadalajara, I was able to work alongside doctors and nurses at local hospitals and observe several patients. In regards to the program itself, Projects Abroad provides the best service; I had a wonderful project coordinator who made sure I was always safe and getting the resources I needed in order to get the most out of this once in a lifetime experience!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Mexico
Posted: Aug 18, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
9

Global Crossroad

My kids and I went to Atenas, Costa Rica to volunteer at the organic coffee farm, El Toledo. The program was a good value compared to others we found and the experience in Costa Rica was priceless. We felt we provided valuable assistance to the farmer and his farm and these types of programs offer an opportunity to directly see positive results. The host family was wonderful and we feel like we made lifelong friends in a short time. There was a bit of confusion over the fees as we have our own insurance and the transportation cost was not necessary for our situation. However, the coordinators worked with us and we were not charged unnecessarily. The only critique I have is, I would like to see the host families who do the most support making this type of program possible, receive more compensation and benefit from the fees. This would increase the program's credibility and further the cause of global good.
Overall, I would recommend the program to those who can't spend a fortune but want to volunteer abroad and make a difference in the world and in their lives.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Aug 17, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
7
Value:
9

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

So many emotions in me while thinking back of my days in Cusco Peru. I would like to think that I did make a difference. I hope to have contributed and consolidated through my work with this Non Profit.
Culture is an antidote to violence, because it invites us to the prayer of others and fosters tolerance, by encouraging us to meet other imaginaries and other cultures. Through my experiences in Cusco, I gained in maturity. I came to be more open-minded and flexible. I learned to understand through hugs. Volunteering there was an opportunity to share with others. I made a lot of friends and filled my heart with a lot of unconditional love. We are not only a citizen of our country, but also a citizen of the world. Thus, we can be useful in any society. We are here not only for ourselves, but for others.
I brought clothes for kids and the second time we did a special breakfast for the patients in the cancer hospital, there were Kekes (soft orange cakes) left over. So, Maria Elena and I went down the street in the night distributing pieces of cakes and clothes for poor kids. We looked out for people in need and offered these. Happiness and gratefulness could be read on their face.
The US office was so fantastic. I don’t know how they can be so present. Indeed, all the time I had a question or a doubt, I was answered very quickly. I mostly used emails with Sarah and Lynn, and chat online with Lori. What is so nice is that you have the chat mode, where you can talk, modify and ask questions. For me, Lori was a precious help anytime I had a question. In less than 24 hours (sometimes minutes!!) I got my answers (all of them!). They are efficient, helpful, reliable and so kind.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Aug 17, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

I volunteered at the Ruhunu Childrens Orphanage and stayed with Michael and his family in Galle, Sri Lanka. I felt very welcome the whole time and his wife made us three meals a day which were delicious. I spent two weeks at the orphanage working with children 2 years old and under and had a really incredible experience. I raised $2600 CAD which I used to buy supplies, medicine, instruments and toys for the orphanage. Michael helped with everything and made the process really easy. Overall it was a great few weeks and I would highly recommend this program!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Aug 17, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
8

Projects Abroad

In May 2017, I had the opportunity to teach at a Day Care Center in Krabi, Thailand through the Projects Abroad Organization. My time in Thailand was such an eye opening and humbling experience. I decided to embark on this journey because I needed a break from my work/studies and I can honestly say that I had the time of my life. Teaching the kids was incredibly rewarding. In the end, I realized that the kids taught me more than I could every teach them. They taught me things about myself that I was never in touch with. It is also incredible how many great people I met along the way that shared common values and interests.This trip challenged me in so many ways and pushed me many times beyond my comfort level.

The accommodation was comfortable and the food well, I couldn't complain... (as I can eat pad Thai and fried rice every day). One of the things that I liked the most about Projects abroad is that I always felt like I had their team's support 24/7. The Projects Abroad staff and other volunteers instantly made me feel welcomed and like family. I have no regrets in choosing this organization and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for an enriching experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Aug 17, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
9

Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad was the best experience I have ever had with a medical experience abroad. Every week before the trip the staff were checking in, answering questions, and providing lots of information for my arrival. When I got to Nepal, they showed me around and made me feel right at home. They contacted me almost everyday with events going on or checking in to make sure everything was going smooth. The medical experience was hands on and very real. Everyone was so kind and gave me so many opportunities to learn. I gained so much knowledge all thanks to projects abroad. They set up events where all the volunteers could meet up and do cultural things to meet. The host family they set me up with was so kind and made you feel like part of the family. Thanks for such an amazing trip projects abroad, 5 stars!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Aug 17, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

My experience in Argentina was fantastic! I spent in a month in Cordoba, Argentina doing a Law & Human Rights Special with Projects Abroad. Myself along with several other volunteers got to work with both an NGO that works with homeless people to allow them to have the chance to express themselves creatively and at a residential care center for teenage boys. Both of these were really interesting projects, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with both of them.
In addition, another aspect of our project was learning more about human rights, particularly in Argentina. We learned a lot about the dictatorship period in Argentina, and we got to visit two detention centers. This was also a really important part of the trip to me, and I am so glad that I got this opportunity.

In addition to our work, we also had daily Spanish lessons as well as a true immersion experience living with a host family.

Our month, however, was not just work. While I felt that we did a lot of work and I really enjoyed it, we also had time to do some exploring around Cordoba, visiting the home of Che Guevara, a German village and going on several beautiful hikes, among other activities. In addition, we also had lots of opportunities to get to know our fellow volunteers, through activities such as a bowling night as a a class where we learned to cook empanadas from a local and several dance lessons.

All in all, I would strongly recommend this program to anyone who is considering it.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Aug 17, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

Volunteering in Cusco, Peru at the government run hospital was a very great opportunity to immerse myself in medical Spanish and interact with patients on a day to day basis. Physicians at the hospital were open to teaching and made our time there interactive and purposeful. My homestay family was a very sweet couple, interested in all our activities and enjoyed our presence in their home. They cooked very traditional foods and even took us out on the weekends with them to restaurants/stores to make sure we knew which ones had the best deals. The projects abroad program was overall extremely helpful in the transition from the US to Peru and made sure we had the resources to make the best out of our time there. The office also provided workshops and social events to allow us to meet others also participating in the program. I had a great experience with this program and defiantly recommend it to others to take advantage of in the future!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Aug 17, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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