Volunteer Abroad

Projects Abroad

My experience with projects abroad was amazing. I went into this placement as a curious student of biology, wondering if I should go into the profession of nursing. My day to day tasks consisted mostly of shadowing nurses, doctors and other clinical professionals in the town of Chitwan, Nepal. I witnessed several cesarean sections, orthopedic surgeries, and debridement of burned victims.
I also took part in pop up treatment camps in some rural villages, where I took vital signs to aid in the care of patients.
Making friends was easy, where I had the pleasure of spending down time with a nurse from France, a physiotherapist from Sweden, a physician from Spain, and many others from different walks of life. Help was available at the drop of a hat as well, with the volunteer coordinator being available 24/7.
I want to go back and help out as a full fledged registered nurse in a couples years after I finish my degree, and I plan to go with projects abroad with their medical professional program.

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

Projects Abroad

This past May I was given the amazing opportunity to volunteer in Fiji. I was placed in a care project at a kindergarten school in Lautoka, Fiji. My job at this project was to assist the teachers in teaching the students the alphabet, numbers, and English. The students were adorable and excited to learn! The teachers were so kind and welcomed me with open arms. There were also other volunteers at the school. Having other people working with you that are new to the situation just like you makes you feel very comfortable. These people also become your best friends while on this trip! To this day I still talk to my friends that I made while on my trip.
While I was there I was placed with a host family. The family I was placed with were the nicest people I have ever met! They welcomed me with open arms and treated me like one of their own. It was hard for me to leave because it felt like I was leaving my own family all over again.
Fiji is a beautiful country with wonderful people. During the week I saw the country through the eyes of a local and on the weekends I saw it through the eyes of a tourist. It was an experience of a lifetime, and I would do it again in a heart beat!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Aug 13, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Projects Abroad

I did the business pogram

Going to Costa Rica for 4 weeks through Projects Abroad was without a doubt the best decision I have made thus far. I'm currently 21, still in college, and it was my first time traveling out of the country (and alone). As the day was approaching to leave home I was honestly getting really nervous. But the second I stepped into my home-stay and my house mom approached me I felt instantly at home. Costa Rica is in general a really relaxed and friendly country (the rumors are true), so everyone is always willing to lend a helping hand to foreigners; the Projects Abroad team is no exception. They really went above and beyond to make every volunteer feel comfortable and right at home. They would even put you at ease if you felt home sick or worried. From taking you out to breakfast on your first day, to giving you a map of the city, hosting volunteer events so everyone could get to know each other, and helping you plan out fun weekend trips. Within a week I genuinely felt like I had been friends with them for years. My only regret was not saving enough money to stay longer.

The families you stay with are complete angels. My house mom felt like a second mom considering how caring and generous she was. She introduced me to neighboring families and volunteers who I stay friends with till this day. She was also extremely accommodating to any volunteers she had who didn't speak spanish. She would talk really slow and make sure you learned spanish at a speed that was comfortable for you. I met a girl from Ohio who would only communicate through writing on a phone app, yet by her lat week she was speaking full sentences.

When working I helped out 2 local businesses in Heredia; a cool burger shack that doubled as an art gallery, and a man who was trying to kick-start his Jade jewelry business ( if you end up going the restaurant is called La Galleria and their burgers are to kill for). The work I did for both businesses was really interactive and not at all boring. I was helping them solve real life problems. I put all that I learned in my marketing classes to use and had a great time doing it. The businesses also really want for volunteers to help them grow and reach as many people. They want a different perspective so they graciously welcome opinions, advice, and all sorts of unique ideas.

I could honestly go on for hours on why Projects Abroad is so ideal and worthwhile. But long story short If you're looking for an affordable immersive volunteer program, with staff/families willing to support you 24/7, and the perk of meeting amazing young people from all over the world--- then this is your program.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: England
Posted: Aug 12, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

My experience during the Himalayan Mountain Conservation Project in Nepal with Projects Abroad was absolutely incredible and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Ghandruk is a beautiful village with a breathtaking view of the Himalayas and it's worth the trip just to see the mountains! The people in Ghandruk and in Nepal as a whole are the nicest people that I have ever encountered.

The trip was very organized and all of the Projects Abroad staff members were helpful, full of knowledge, and always available if I had any questions. The actual conservation work in Ghandruk taught me quite a lot about the plants and wildlife in that area of the Himalayas. I was able to see certain animals and plants that I have never seen before, such as a snow leopard on the camera trap (which is very rare). There are many stairs that make up the village so you will get a great workout and be in fantastic shape by the time your project is over. You will also meet other volunteers and form friendships with people from all around the world. I would recommend this project for anyone that loves nature and is looking for a bit of an adventure. I promise that it is an amazing and life changing experience from beginning to end.

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

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

Volunteering at the Monastery in Nepal Kathmandu was a beautiful experience. I had never taught before, but after a while it felt very natural. This is something I think everyone will benefit from if given the chance. The local coordinator and his family were very welcoming and kind. He was able to provide me with information about anything I needed to know about. He checked up on me everyday asking how I was and if I needed any help. Both he and his family made me feel at home and were very welcoming. I will cherish the memories of this trip for years to come. From teaching, hiking, to meditating it was all very soulful and I feel much different after this trips. Hoping to come back again.

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

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I really really loved my time in Cusco. The people I met through traveling, and other volunteers were absolutely amazing. I always had something to do in town and the time flew by. Volunteering in Peru has taught me so much about different cultures, mentality, values, and way of life.
My program in the clinic was exactly what I wanted to do. The nurses I worked with were so kind and encouraging of me, which really motivated me to go work there everyday.
I absolutely fell in love with Peru and Cusco. I feel as though I really took advantage of my month in Cusco to explore the city and get integrated, and yet I still feel like I there was so much more I didn’t see. Cusco is incredibly beautiful and cultured with many quaint side streets, historical sights, and activities. You won’t be bored!

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

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

Volunteering in a different country with an entirely different culture and language altogether has changed my perspective on the different lifestyles each individual may have. Being in Vietnam for a month, I've learned that a simple smile speaks so much more than words could, especially with the language barrier. Making friends with other volunteers from different countries and hearing their own stories of their own cultures has also broadened my view of other nations.

Overall my stay in Vietnam was truly a great investment. Not only did I make friends from all over the world, I made friends with whom I had great and amazing adventures with even in a short period of time. I've gained so much exposure that I couldn't have ever gotten just from watching videos or even documentaries on the TV or the internet. You've got to experience it all by yourself by taking that leap of faith and stepping into an unknown ground. Trust me, you might not like it at first, but over time, it'll grow on to you. Just like how Vietnam has grown on to me. When I look back on my volunteering experience in Vietnam, I'll always feel a sense of warmth. Till then Vietnam9especially my IVHQ family there), I'll see you soon!

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

Frontier

Spent the last month on a journalism placement with Coverstory Ltd as a Frontier volunteer - a completely unforgettable experience which I would definitely recommend.

PRE-PROJECT SUPPORT AND COORDINATION
Information and field brief ensured my project was exactly as detailed. However, the website could be improved for ease of access to get this information, and would like to have had access to the field brief sooner than a month before the project. Project blogs/videos very useful to give a clear idea of what to expect.

ACCOMODATION
The homestay with a Fijian family was exactly as expected, due to the helpful vlog tour which I had seen before arrival. Was a brilliant way to properly immerse myself in the culture, the family was incredibly welcoming. In addition, the food provided was both healthy and tasty - the living arrangements, while not overly luxurious, are comfortable and practical.

WORK
The staff were supportive, and willing to answer any questions. Felt my experience was worthwhile due to the range of work and responsibility on offer. Only negative would be the initial workload which meant I spent a couple of days without assignments. Though this was resolved by the third/fourth day, other volunteers expressed similar discontent so does depend on the time of month you arrive and how much is available.

OVERALL EXPERIENCE
Staff on project were amazing - very supportive, genuinely caring and willing to go above and beyond. Only other improvement would be that Frontier more actively encourages volunteers to spend time in their location when the project is finished - I didn't think of this, but would definitely have done it if advised!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: United Kingdom
Posted: Aug 9, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

My experience in Sri Lanka has been very good. I had an amazing time during my time as a volunteer. I was helping with kids in the orphanage in Galle and I am so glad I did that. It is an incredible experience which changed my viewpoint on many things in life.

In relation to company I went through, I can only say positive things about them..especially my coordinator in Sri Lanka - Michael. He is so great. He was very helpful, he was taking care of me as I was one of his children... he made my stay brilliant and I can only recommend being volunteer in Sri Lanka.

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

Projects Abroad

I absolutely loved my time volunteering in Nepal. Projects Abroad was very helpful in the pre-trip process, while I was there, and following up once we left. The people of Nepal are some of my favorite people I've met in all of my travels. Projects Abroad was a very good mix of support while there and allowing us to make the experience our own. I volunteered in a Physical Therapy clinic and the Therapists there taught me so much and I now feel so much more ready for graduate school. HIGHLY RECOMMEND

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

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