Projects Abroad

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Established in 1992, Projects Abroad is the world’s leading short-term international volunteer organization. Over 8,000 people a year join our programs in over 25 amazing countries around the world.  All participants receive unparalleled in-country support from our full-time, professional staff to ensure that the experience is safe, worthwhile, and fun.

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Posted: May 16, 2017
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10
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9
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By: aimees
Age:
21

I am a returned volunteer in Accra, Ghana. I volunteered with Projects abroad two summers ago and I still constantly think about my experiences and share them with friends. I volunteered as a basketball coach for three weeks and it was the best experience of my life. I have always wanted to travel abroad but I had no idea where to start. When I found projects abroad, I knew that it would be a perfect fit for me. From the application process to my returning flight, everything went smooth. Projects abroad has a very good support system and they give you many sources of information. My experiences with projects abroad while volunteering in West Africa were so good, that I have decided that I want to return this summer. I highly recommend volunteering with projects abroad to anyone who wants to go overseas, volunteer, and gain a new outlook on life because it is truly an unforgettable expierience.

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Posted: May 12, 2017
Overall:
9
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10
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9
By: martintm
Age:
19

My experience volunteering with Projects Abroad was absolutely life changing. From my first desires to volunteer abroad to completion of my volunteer program, I felt entirely supported by the Projects Abroad team. I chose to volunteer in Romania as a Drama volunteer because I wanted to bring theater education to disadvantaged youth in Brasov. My volunteer advisor emailed me several times before I left for Romania and he made sure I had all of my questions answered about accommodation, transportation, and general life abroad.

Once I arrived in Romania, I was picked up at the airport by one of the local Projects Abroad staff. Razvan was extremely helpful and I immediately felt welcomed in Romania after many stressful hours of traveling. He and I drove 3 hours to Brasov and he made sure I was safe and sound at my host family's house. I truly lucked out with one of the most wonderful host families! My host mother" Rodica welcomed me into her home with open arms and a warm meal. I swear I have never eaten better in my life! Although there was a language barrier between us I knew that I could always come to her with any questions about my stay in Brasov.

The Projects Abroad team in Romania helped me navigate my way through my volunteer program. One of the head coordinators, Ali, made sure I was happy with all of my placements and she even took the time to accompany me to many of my volunteer locations to make sure I was comfortable with the children and staff. She was always open to communication and we spoke almost every day about how my drama program was coming along. Overall, the entire Projects Abroad team was incredibly supportive and I will forever be thankful for them.

Last but not least, through my experience with Projects Abroad I made life long friendships. Many of my fellow volunteers were from the United Kingdom, Australia, France, and the USA. We bonded over our experiences and explored beautiful Romania. Overall, my volunteer opportunity in Romania allowed me to give back to others and it wouldn't have been possible without the supportive team at Projects Abroad.

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Posted: May 6, 2017
Overall:
9
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10
Value:
8
By: kkiss310
Age:
25

My name is Emily and I went on a spring break trip to Ghana, Africa. It was one of the best weeks of my life for so many reasons. I got to work with some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met thanks to Projects Abroad. The other girls I volunteered with were from all over the world including Holland and Denmark. I made connections and friendships that will last a lifetime. Most of the volunteers shared a host home and we spent our free time together, usually eating ice cream. Our guides were so helpful and fun to work with. Richard showed us how to examine the patients at the schools, hospitals, and communities. He made Ghana feel like a second home with his knowledge of the country and he made the whole experience as memorable as it could be!

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Posted: April 25, 2017
Overall:
10
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10
Value:
10
Age:
19

I traveled to Akuapem Hills, Ghana for one week as part of the alternative spring break trip. I did the care project, so I volunteered in an orphanage and school for that week. I have traveled a good amount, so I was not nervous about navigating to and around Ghana. I was more concerned with learning about my roles and responsibilities while at the placement. The Projects Abroad staff helped me learn what my roles and responsibilities for the week were, introduced me to my placement's staff, and showed me how to get to my placement. My host family provided delicious Ghanaian meals during my stay. The other Projects Abroad volunteers and I got to know each other by exploring the area such as hiking, visiting the botanical gardens, and going shopping at the markets. The children that live in the orphanage and the students that attend the school are energetic, curious, and playful. They welcomed me with hugs, holding my hand, wanting to read books together, throw the Frisbee together, and much more.

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Posted: April 19, 2017
Overall:
9
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9
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8
Age:
20

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