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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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I had a great experience volunteering abroad with Projects Abroad! The appeal behind Projects Abroad was that you can get a valuable experience volunteering abroad. I liked how you could pick your own dates and they were super flexible when you could start and stop. Doing Projects Abroad was a great way for me to get legal experience after taking the bar exam and waiting for the results.

My host family was amazing. They made sure I was well fed, felt comfortable and safe at all times. I really enjoyed my dinner conversations with my host family. They made great food and it was a great way to learn about their culture in South Africa and a good way to unwind and learn about each other after a full day of volunteering.

The had a great experience with my placement at the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office. The Human Rights Office does great work by helping indigent clients from local townships and communities who ordinarily can't afford to pay for a lawyer. I handled a high case load full of property, family, consumer, and employment cases. At times it was challenging to a handle lots of cases, but I thought this was a good learning experience that I can apply to my career.

Cape Town was an amazing place! I did lots of neat things in Cape Town and the surrounding areas from several hikes on Table Mountain, Peninsula Tour, Wine Tour, Scuba Diving, Shark Cage Diving, visiting museums, and after the project I went on a 4 day safari at Kruger National Park.

I had a great experience and would do another project with Projects Abroad!

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Posted: October 26, 2017
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10
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Value:
9
Age:
27

Nepal was my first time out of the country, but it was an experience I will never forget. I knew that if I ever needed anything in Nepal, I had 20 different people I could call for help. The Projects Abroad staff was so awesome and helpful. They made sure to place us with a caring and kind family, and with supervisors who wanted to teach us. My time in Nepal is something I value very much, but the knowledge and background that I now have for physiotherapy and foreign countries is so much more.

My favorite part of Nepal was my host family. I stayed with 3 other volunteers and now have 3 new best friends from around the world. My host mom was the absolute sweetest human being I had ever met. She was constantly making sure that we were all comfortable and happy. Her three sons were always there to help and even pick us up from town if we needed a ride. My roommate could not figure out how to get home from her placement, and kept getting lost. My host family was always ready to pick her up when she was lost and even walked to and from work with her for a week. My host mom had a knack for making maps to help us to get work and to town and I will never forget them. The food was impeccable and we experienced true Nepali culture. My host mom will always hold a special place in my heart.

Outside of work and home, I got to get really close with the other volunteers. Going to a foreign country for 5 weeks could be a taxing challenge, but having 30 other people to do it with made it so much easier. Every Friday, the staff at projects abroad organized a group activity. We learned about Nepal culture and food, while getting to see all the volunteers. This allowed us to get to know each other and have friends to hang out with on the weekends. Besides our Friday night activity, the staff also organized outreaches weekly. This meant that typically once a week, we went out to the community and participated in something related to our placement. In physiotherapy, we typically went with the medical volunteers to talk to schools and kids about hygiene, health and activity. Other times, a doctor or physiotherapist would come in and teach us something new. I valued this experience because it was constantly challenging me in my field. Along with the challenge, I got to exchange information and knowledge with people who valued the same stuff as me. The Projects Abroad staff always made sure that our outreaches pertained to our field and were important for the community or us. Overall, my experience in Nepal is something that I will never forget.

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Posted: October 26, 2017
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10
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10
Value:
9
Age:
20

I traveled to Nepal for three months to work on the disaster relief/building project. The support I received in the months leading up to my departure from Projects Abroad was amazing. I had my flights and insurance organised by their team and the staff were always happy to answer my many questions about visas, money, Nepali culture and the project itself. Upon arrival I was welcomed into my host house with 13 guests, I quickly learnt that the volunteer community that Projects Abroad created would be, after the Projects Abroad staff, your lifeline. From teaching you the ins and outs of the way of life and the language, to becoming your tour guide for the cities attractions, there would always be someone who had been in the city long enough to make you feel like you were travelling with a local.

Work was very varied with demolition, bricklaying, concrete mixing, sanding and painting. It was busy and hard work at times but every volunteer could work to their own capabilities. The onsite Nepali engineers and masons guided us through every step while our Projects Abroad building coordinator was always there to ensure the smooth running of the project as well as the overall well-being of the volunteers.

For the duration of my stay I was looked after by incredible host parents, Ram and Mina and their two year old daughter Eva. After work we would often spend hours with Eva teaching her how to kick a soccer ball or chatting to our host dad Ram who had very good English, about his life and Nepali culture. The food provided for us was always plentiful and delicious, with the local masala tea served twice daily quickly becoming an addiction for many volunteers. Volunteer life was always busy, you were never short of places to see and people to meet with weekly activities hosted in the centre of Kathmandu by Projects Abroad. We practiced yoga and momo (a dumpling) making and learnt traditional Nepali dancing. Projects Abroad made sure that you were wholly immersed in the culture whilst having the experience of a lifetime, could not recommend it more highly.

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Posted: October 21, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
19

I came from Canada and did a solo trip so I really didn't know what to expect; lots of nervousness in preparation. That feeling quickly subsided with the incredible helpful staff from project abroad (PA) who gave me guidance in many areas including travel insurance set-up and recommended flights.

The actual trip was even greater. Though I was only there for 2 weeks, I managed to make a bunch of memories and friends with people from all over the world in our host family's accommodation. The host family was set-up from the workers from PA who gave me a thorough description of the home I would be staying in. They made sure to double-check if I had any questions continuously throughout the trip and made themselves available on demand.

The city was beautiful (Cochabamba) and it was well-guided my first few days to figure out the intricacies of the city along with the routes to work.

Could not be happier with my trip and highly recommend using PA for any future endeavours.

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Posted: October 13, 2017
Overall:
9
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10
Value:
9
By: seanhasan
Age:
22

Volunteering in Cordoba, Argentina through Projects Abroad was an amazing experience! I specifically chose to go to Argentina because I had prior interest in Spanish and South American culture. Growing up as a huge football fan, I idolized Messi and was immediately drawn to Argentina when I found that they had the placement I wanted. My project was a two week high school special for medicine and spanish. By being in a high school special, my parents were reassured that I would be safe at all times, and I was also relieved that I would be with others since I came to Argentina knowing very little Spanish. Projects Abroad staff was amazing, and all of my questions before and during my trip were answered promptly.
I was picked up at the hospital and taken to my host family. Even with my minimal spanish knowledge, I was comfortable and became friends with my fellow volunteers. The doctors I shadowed were kind, and I learned a lot during my time there. Also, we did many outside activities such as salsa dancing and shopping at the flea market that made me connect to local Argentinian culture. I found my trip to be meaningful and still one of the greatest things I’ve done.
Volunteering abroad teaches you the differences between American culture and other cultures. Even in hospitals, I can now appreciate the advances the United States has compared to developing countries, and I will take this knowledge with me as I continue into college and further studies. Everyone that entered with an open mind succeeded in Argentina. Overall, I would definitely recommend volunteering through Projects Abroad. While it was expensive, I felt that the experience was meaningful and worth the money. Time really flew by but I loved every day I spent there.

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Posted: October 12, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
8
By: wolffy456
Age:
18

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