Projects Abroad

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8.9 / 10 after 241 Reviews Based on overall, support & value average ratings

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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After recently returning home from teaching English in the Galapagos Islands, I have had some time to reflect on my experience. What stands out the most aside from the beautiful location, the beaches, the wide life, and the perfect temperature, has to be the people. There are so many friendships I have created from the island of San Cristobal and so many outstanding human beings that I have come into contact with. The Ecuadorian culture seems to be very laid back and friendly. This was the case not only for the excellent support staff that I worked with, my host family, and the children I taught, but also from simple strangers on the street. It is so true that you feel safe there no matter what time of the day it is, and it is because everyone looks out for each other.

I would strongly recommend this project to anyone, and hope that I can return one day to this place that I have called home.

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Posted: July 23, 2017
Overall:
7
Support:
8
Value:
7
By: adimauro
Age:
23

After spending months trying to decide which summer program to participate in, I chose Projects Abroad for the summer of 2017 because I wanted a program that really needed volunteers and would not just have us do busy work. The turtle conservation program in Mexico was the perfect fit!

All of the staff spoke both English and Spanish and were incredibly helpful! We started learning about our work at the Tortugario Ecologico (the nature reserve) as soon as we got there. The activities ranged from washing the adult and baby turtles to cleaning turtle tanks, feeding the iguanas, planting mangroves, completing a bird census, etc. The ther volunteers I was working with were super friendly. The majority of us were from the United States but there were also a few people from places all over the world, including as far away as Norway. We all got along extremely well and I am still in contact with a few of them today.

We spent the next two weeks doing hard but rewarding work with a small weekend trip to a beautiful beach town called Melake. The entire trip was amazing and passed in the blink of an eye. I was genuinely sad to be leaving both the other volunteers and the staff behind and I definitely want to go back next summer!

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Posted: July 8, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10
By: sophieork
Age:
17

My experience with projects abroad was such a positive experience, which allowed me to have the most journey in Nepal. I spent 5 weeks in Nepal performing physical therapy work. I was unsure of which organization to do my project through. But due to the variety, price, and review of projects abroad I decided to do my project through them.
Getting ready to travel abroad was a very confusing process for me as I had never traveled sole to a foreign country. However, Jessica my pre-departure support staff was helpful. She was a little slow to answer my questions, but she always responded. I also used the pre-departure website all the time- as it was extremely helpful.
During my stay in Nepal, I have no complaints whatsoever about my experience. The host family was amazing and completely accommodating to certain health restrictions in my diet and everything. I was placed at a rehabilitation center for children with cerebral palsy. I learned so much from the physical therapist and got a lot of hands on work.

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Posted: June 24, 2017
Overall:
7
Support:
8
Value:
8
Age:
19

Despite the amazing reviews from other volunteers of Projects Abroad, I am devastated to say I have a really horrible one. I was recommended by a friend about this volunteer agent and similar like others, I was expecting a good experience with them. I am a 16 years old international student from Indonesia who lives in New York which means my parents are not in USA and in fact, I live in my school’s dorm. To fill in my 3 months summer break, I decided to enroll for a summer volunteer program and had done enough research about Projects Abroad. I was in contact with their staff named Laura before I enroll and I was told that she resigned. I called the central number to ask questions about the requirements of the project and was told to call directly the Belize embassy about the visa. The Belize embassy told me that I will not need visa to enter Belize as I have a US student visa (F4). Projects Abroad told me that everything was set and I was ready to enroll. On June 15th 2017, after nearly 4 months asking questions about the project, I finally enrolled to the Community and Conservation project in Belize. It was kind of last minute but I have it all prepared before the project started on June 19th 2017. I was in contact with the volunteer advisor, Carlos Orozco, who will prepare me for my departure on the 19th. He was the one who told me the requirements and the packing list as well as the one who connected me with the Projects Abroad Travel Team about my flight arrangements. I was planned to depart on the 18th using United Airlines from New York LaGuardia to Houston and get a connecting flight to Belize and then to Placencia. I have prepared everything and packed everything needed for my project (this means all the legal documents and the materials that Projects Abroad told me) before I departed. Projects Abroad emailed me the e-tickets and itinerary and also mentioned that I will ONLY need a copy of my passport and the copy of the e-ticket in order to board the airplane and that someone will be outside the airport in Belize when I arrived. They told me that they already have many underage volunteers like me beforehand and everything went well. I went to the airport at 3 am in the morning and was NOT allowed to check in and board by United Airlines because I was missing a NOTARIZED PARENT CONSENT (notarized not electrically signed) which is required by the Belize government in order for a minor like me to travel. I was surprised and confused as PROJECTS ABROAD DIDN’T TELL ME ANYTHING ABOUT THE NOTARIZED LEGAL CONSENT. I called the emergency number of projects abroad immediately and a staff told me to wait as she will contact the center which is still closed because it was still 3 am in the morning. I had to wait in the airport for 4 hours alone and NONE of the projects abroad staffs called me. The emergency staff told me that she will try to change my flights and move me to another project which is Mexico or Argentina which my father didn’t allow me because I was left alone at that time. Projects abroad said that they never had this issue beforehand and they will try to have a meeting with the immigration of Belize as they didn’t know anything about the notarized legal consent which is a regulation that Belize government made. However, what I really disappointed in is they HAVENT CONTACTED ME UNTIL NOW. Carlos Orozco, the volunteer advisor contacted me so often before, demand me for the full payment however after the problem arose, he never contacted me NOT EVEN ONCE. My brother also emailed him (Carlos), the center email (info@projectsabroad), and the travel team however, NONE of them replied. My father had to call all the way from Indonesia to Mexico and UK to speak with the CEO as none of the staffs contacted me. I am very disappointed in how they work. They are, indeed, a big agent however this shouldn’t make them feel less responsible of this matter. For other volunteers who want to enroll with them, please be aware.

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Posted: June 24, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1
By: midkxo
Age:
16

My experience with Projects Abroad in San Pedro, Belize as a part of their public health placement was nothing short of extraordinary. I met wonderful people, both affiliated with the organization and the locals that I worked with in the community. Projects Abroad prides itself on supportive staff, and I can say that this is one of the strengths of the organization, as I knew that any issue or concern that I had would be solved as soon as possible. I was also extremely satisfied with the nature of my work - Projects Abroad was very up front about the tasks that I would be completing, and these tasks were followed and completed upon my arrival. Additionally, the host family Projects Abroad paired me with was so accommodating and generous. Perhaps the best part of this organization, and what certainly drew me to it, was the concept of having flexible dates. As a college student with a busy schedule, I was able to pick dates that fit my schedule, and quickly transitioned to my placement. I highly recommend traveling and volunteering with Projects Abroad!

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Posted: June 12, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
7
Age:
20

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