Volunteer Abroad

Projects Abroad

My experience as a volunteer in Mexico is something I will never forget. It being my first time traveling alone and not knowing exactly what to expect, I was very nervous, but mostly excited, leading up to my departure. As soon as I landed in Guadalajara and was met by a Projects Abroad staff member I knew everything was going to be fine. All my transportation was very organized and I felt safe the whole time. Once we arrived in Cuyutlán where I would be staying for the next two weeks, I received a tour of the town, camp, and place where I would be volunteering, called El Tortugario. I also met the other staff and volunteers that I would be working with. Over the next two weeks, I got to meet people from all over the world, work with amazing animals, practice my Spanish, and eat some really good authentic Mexican food. I came back home a more independent, open-minded, and compassionate person, and I am forever grateful for the awesome experience I had as a Projects Abroad volunteer in Mexico.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Mexico
Posted: Aug 16, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

My 4-week volunteer placement for a Care Project in Peru was the most enjoyable experience I have had abroad. Not only did I stay with an amazing family who welcomed me into their home with open arms, and make relationships with the greatest support staff in Urubamba/Cusco - but I spent my weekdays in a Kindergarten classroom with wonderful children. I spent time working alongside the teacher and she encouraged me to get involved by teaching games and basic lessons, in both English and Spanish. It was great to be involved and help out where I could. It is a placement I would do again and again, and an experience I will never forget!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Aug 16, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I volunteered at both the orphanage (6 weeks) and elderly home (2 weeks) in La Serena, Chile from May 15th to July 10th this year. Both organizations are run my Sisters, who are so kind and made me feel extremely welcome. They made my experience so great. Overall, I had a wonderful experience volunteering with the children and elderly people.

I learned so much about Chilean culture and really improved my Spanish. I also made some great friends with other ABV volunteers and people at my work. I had a great trip after learning to adjust.

My host mom cooked plenty of food for us and adjusted her cooking to my dietary needs (I cannot eat gluten or lactose). Her food was delicious! I always felt safe and everyone was very nice. Vilma and Tanya (local coordinator and Spanish teacher) are very kind.

On my second-to-last day at work at the elderly home, I ate lunch with the Hermanas (the Religious Sisters) and they were SO funny. Everyone jokes with me because I love peanut butter so much and it is not very popular in Chile, but one of the sisters also loves it and even puts it on her fish! They made me feel very welcome and I was able to work closely with them to help at the home.

The organization support was extremely helpful. I asked so many questions and always got a very rapid response. You can also save your chats on the website and email them to yourself which was very helpful.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Chile
Posted: Aug 16, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

The pre medical program I was part of in Costa Rica was an awesome experience. I was lucky enough to volunteer at a hospital where I would help care for the babies or kids whose parents could not always be with them.
There are not enough nurses to care for all of the kids and the parents need to eat or sleep at some point and that is where the rest of the volunteers and I come in. We would help take care of the children. This could be as simple as sitting there and letting them play, or helping feed them. What was amazing to see was how happy many of the kids are even though they are in the hospital. Just playing with them for a few minutes is enough to see a big smile, which was great. It was so rewarding. Also, the family I was staying with was amazing.
Alice was the greatest cook, and she was so welcoming. She helped to show me around my first day in the country and was such a great help until my last day in Costa Rica. The weekends were also a great time to explore the country of Costa Rica. I was lucky enough to explore the Arenal area through zip lining and a trip to the hot springs. It is definitely something that everyone should do. Honestly, this program has been a blast and great in every area.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Aug 16, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Involvement Volunteers International

My time in Fiji was an absolute blast, and something that I will always cherish and remember! Taking part in the road trip was a fantastic program as I got to experience a lot; living like the locals in different villages, volunteering, going on adventures with new friends on the weekends, playing rugby, hanging with the locals and drinking kava, and soo much more!

Having the opportunity to experience true Fijian culture by living in the villages with several families was something that I will never forget. It is such a rare experience, and I recommend anyone travelling to Fiji to take on this opportunity. The Chief and family were very welcoming and friendly and took great care of me. Seeing such a community way of life was really great to see, with everyone getting along and taking care of one another, the kids playing outside running amuck or exploring the beaches – you just had to join in!

Being able to take part and lead kids club in Suva and helping out at a school in Levuka was just an amazing and humbling experience for me. Seeing the kid’s smiles and just how happy and grateful they are for what they have is definitely eye-opening. I have learnt so much personally, that has changed the way I think and see life. Back home we have so many great opportunities and material goods that we simply just take for granted. Whereas they are over the moon to simply go to school and have a pencil and book to write in.

A big Vinaka vakelevu to IVI, and everyone I met in Fiji whether locals or other volunteers for making my time and stay in Fiji a definite one to remember. I had an amazing trip and I will definitely be back to see my friends and “family” in the villages.

Georgia Lang (Australia)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Aug 16, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Canada World Youth

i want to experiance here please

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Aug 16, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

Volunteering for Projects Abroad - Fiji Shark Conservation was one of the best decisions of my life. As a student studying Bachelor of Environmental Science & Management (Marine Major), I found the project perfect for what I was after. It was a real conservation project ACTIVELY doing conservation and making a real difference in the local community at the same time.

From the very start, as soon as I submitted my volunteer application there was a strong support network of people, contacting me to help me understand everything I had to do and guide me in my next step. The service was incredible with their calls and emails based around my hectic work schedule with Chelsea (my supervisor) being warm, helpful and understanding the entire way through. This was continued all the way until I got off the bus at my accomodation where a staff member was there to pick us up and show us around!

The project has so many different areas of focus that everyone can find a niche that they love. IT is suited for everyone - people that are still in high school and don't know a a lot about the ocean, all the way up to university students and adults looking to gain some valuable experience.

I am so grateful for projects abroad as it has given me experiences and skills that I can take with me into the workplace. I cannot wait to go back and do it again.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Aug 16, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Involvement Volunteers International

Earthquake rebuilding was definitely my favourite week, it was so authentic and I felt that I was making a real difference there. The host mother was beautiful and fed us very well. It was nice to get involved with the locals more than I did in Kathmandu as well.

The hospital was great I learnt so much from Dr Shanta he was an amazing mentor.

Doing the extra activities including the HealthOutReach program was really good as well because I could see there had been a lack of education around basic hygiene, nutrition and first aid so I think it was really beneficial to the schools that we went to to teach them this. And I hope that they will talk with others in the community about what they learnt so that it can spread and do greater good.

The hosts were fantastic, all the staff were friendly, efficient and ready to do absolutely anything to help us. The food was great and so was the accommodation, it was located in a good spot and I felt safe at all times.

Honestly I think you guys have been amazing, both in Nepal and before we left. I have no complaints and will definitely be recommending you guys (and possibly coming back again!)

Jessie (Australia 2017)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Aug 16, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I am of Jamaican heritage and hadn't been back for almost 10 years until I volunteered with Projects Abroad. It was an incredible experience, gaining valuable hands-on experience and education in the Mandeville Hospital. The Project Abroad is super knowledgeable, warm, and always there to answers any questions or calm any fears. Overall, this trip was a great way to give back to those in need while connecting with my culture at the same time. A++++

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Jamaica
Posted: Aug 16, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I participated in the Projects Abroad Fiji Shark Conservation project during the summer of 2017. The experience is better then I can even put into words.
From the moment you send in your application the support staff in your country and project advisor are there to help you. They are quick to answer any questions you have and to calm any nervousness you may feel. As your departure date and project start date draws closer your advisor calls you a few times to reiterate important details regarding travels and visas and checks in to go over any last minute questions you may have. I thought this was so above and beyond and so helpful.
The shark conservation project has unique accommodation in that all of the volunteers live together in complex called Ventura apartments. I loved this aspect of the project because I made all of the volunteers extremely close and created long lasting friendships. Essentially, the lower level consists of four apartments with two bedrooms, a living room, and a kitchen in each apartment (though no one uses the kitchen because the cooks make amazing meals!). The apartment can hold up to eight volunteers (though capacity is dependent of the season and amount of volunteers on the project at that time). The upper level of Ventura has the kitchen, computer lab, and common area where volunteers gather, eat, and where a lot of work gets done. Next door on the upper level is the staff offices and staff bedrooms. It is great to have staff on site at all times in case you need them.
The volunteers on the project are nothing short of incredible. Everyone has a common love sharks and a passion for helping them. Because of this, the teamwork is fantastic and everyone is motivated to work their hardest at all times. The volunteers come from all over the world, and it’s so cool to have such a melting pot of cultures together in one group. During my time on the project, we had volunteers range in age from fifteen to sixty-four years old and come from counties like The United States, Netherlands, Germany, England, Scotland, Italy, Costa Rica, Mexico, France, Chile, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, and so many more. And the best part was everyone was so welcoming and friendly to one another.
The work on the project is fun, education, and effective, and there is no “typical day”. As a research assistant volunteer you go on survey dives to collect data on indicator fish species, sharks, rays, and turtles, you watch BRUV’s, create presentations, input data into the system, tag sharks, collect and plant mangroves, survey the community, and so much more. And I could never forget Kava on Thursday nights. This is one of the most fun things on the project as it a traditional Fijian drink and social activity. It is great to have all of the volunteers and staff in one room drinking Kava and having a chat.
There really are so many amazing things to say about the Projects Abroad Fiji Shark Conservation project. I could go on for hours talking about every amazing detail of the project. I’ll just put it this way, if your looking at this signing onto this project, just go for it, I promise you won’t regret it. In fact, when it’s time for you to head home you’ll wish you had signed on for longer.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Aug 15, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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