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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In January 2017, I took off on a trip of a lifetime to volunteer in Philippines for 3 weeks with Projects Abroad. This was my first time travelling by myself and my first time volunteering, so I was so pleased that I chose Projects Abroad who provided me with continual support from the moment I applied up until a week after I arrived home.

I volunteered in the Occupational Therapy (OT) program in San Remegio, Cebu at a small rehabilitation centre. The rehab centre is reliant on local physiotherapy (PT) interns and PT or OT volunteers to provide therapy to local people with disabilities. Being the first OT to volunteer in San Remigio, it was a truly rewarding experience being able to make a difference to the lives of individuals who can not afford allied health services.

During my time in San Remigio, I stayed with a beautiful host family who lived only a few minutes from the beach. My family was so welcoming and I truly could not believe how hospitable they were. I had my own room (which is a luxury in the Philippines) with a comfy bed, a fan, and a wardrobe to keep my belongings. I was cooked 3 meals a day by either my host mum or my host family had a small restaurant next door where I generally ate lunch. My host family made me feel part of the family straight away and I joined them for birthday celebrations, BBQs on the beach, karaoke and weekend road trips to the city.

The best part about volunteering with Projects Abroad is all the wonderful people you meet - not only did I have the pleasure of working with the wonderful Projects Abroad staff and my host family, but I also was able to meet other volunteers in my area at organised social events and during my spare time.

Volunteering with Projects Abroad allowed me to develop new skills, see new places, experience a different culture, meet lifetime friends and make a small difference to the world!

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Posted: February 23, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9
By: egmcardle
Age:
23

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Thank you for trusting in Projects Abroad! We are always happy to help our volunteers feel comfortable and safe even before you leave the country, so once you get to your destination, you are ready to contribute in your placement. Occupational Therapy is not a recognised profession in the Philippines so it's great to have volunteers like you helping out in this area. Sounds like you truly became a part of the family in your host family's home, and that's what are all about! Thank you for sharing your amazing experience.

At the end of 2015 I was given the amazing opportunity to travel to Natalau Village in Fiji, and stay with a local host family as part of the care and community high school project. As soon as I arrived at the airport, one of the Projects Abroad staff from my project met me and took me to Natalau village where I was introduced to my host family. My host family where incredibly welcoming and made sure I had everything I needed. This, combined with the constant support provided by the Projects Abroad staff helped me settle into my new environment extremely quickly.
Throughout my placement I was able to participate in amazing activities including running a holiday school for the local children, painting houses in the village, visiting the mud pools, and taking multiple group trips to Nadi. Even with all of the incredible things I was able to do, my favourite part of my placement has to be the time spent with my host family and the village children. Throughout the whole project I was able to immerse myself in the local culture. The Fijian staff employed by Projects Abroad know a lot about the area and people, and knew exactly how to best show us Fiji's amazing culture.
Overall, this trip has provided me with the best experience of my life. The staff at Projects Abroad truly cared about me and made sure I was enjoying myself throughout my two week placement. They made sure we were involved in the local community, but also gave us plenty of time to rest and unwind at the end of each day. I would definitely recommend this project to anyone willing to leave their comfort zone and give back to those in need.

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Posted: February 17, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
18

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Sounds like you had a wonderful time in Fiji! Thank you for sharing your experience. We also believe that the support provided by our local staff, combined with our welcoming host families, is essential for a good volunteering abroad experience. Thank you all your help with our children in Nadi, hope to see you again soon!

I travelled with Projects Abroad to Thailand for a month on their Diving and Marine Conservation project. This was my first time travelling abroad by myself, so something like Projects Abroad where pretty much everything was organised for me made things much easier.

As soon as I landed in the airport, there was a friendly staff member to drive me to my accommodation, and who would later take the time to show me around the area. This put my mind at ease, as all my questions were answered.

Projects Abroad organised my PADI dive qualification, and I had my certification in less than a week. We dived three days a week (with two dives on each day), and I got to experience the vibrant underwater world. I did surveying of coral and anemone, whilst also collecting any debris that we found. Diving was the highlight of the program for me; I got to learn about a whole new underwater world. We also did some other activities, including beach clean-up and transferring mangroves which were equally rewarding.

Our accommodation was nice, with air conditioning and running hot water. There was also a pool that we could use. There was a cook who provided us with three meals a day, all of which was delicious! I stayed with two other volunteers, who were very friendly and instantly made me feel welcome.

We had nights and weekends free, and there was plenty to see and do. The beach was just minutes away, and there were plenty of attractions, such as bungee jumping, kayaking, go karting and more.

This program was a great way to learning about the environment, do scuba diving and meet people from around the world.

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Posted: February 4, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
7
By: A1216
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This winter, I had the privilege of spending two weeks volunteering through Projects Abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico. As a student pursuing a career in medicine, I knew I wanted to do medically-related volunteer work abroad. After looking at what felt like hundreds of different programs, I decided to go with Projects Abroad. As my first solo international trip, I was a little nervous about accommodations and safety. The Projects Abroad staff were incredibly helpful and kind, and eased any worries my parents and I had.

Once I arrived in Mexico, a Projects Abroad staff member met me at the airport and took me directly to my host-family's house. The second I walked in the door, I felt like I was home. The next day, a staff member showed me around my work site (one of the hospitals in the city) and introduced me to the workers in the hospital. Then I was shown how to use the bus system and how to get to the city center, along with some of the popular sights of the city.

In the hospital, I shadowed the medical interns and doctors in the Obstetrics and Gynecology department. Though I had originally intended to work in Pediatrics, I found a new love in "Gine". Through general care and surgery, my eyes were opened to just how different healthcare is abroad.

Volunteering with Projects Abroad was an amazing opportunity and one that I will never forget!

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Posted: February 3, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
8
Age:
20

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Thank you for sharing your experience! Volunteering in a Medicine & Healthcare internship abroad in a developing country is indeed a great way for you to learn how differently Medicine is practiced in other cultures. It's good to hear you were exposed to a new department and that you enjoyed it so much! Our local staff is always happy to help make your experience as easy and enjoyable as possible. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your time in Guadalajara so much.

I travelled with Projects Abroad for two weeks over my school's winter break. I would recommend anyone interested in interning for Occupational Therapy to strongly consider this program. If you are up for a challenge and ready to immerse yourself in a culture that is most likely unlike your own, this is the trip for you. Not only do you get a feel for community and the struggles Vietnam was left with after the war, but you are taught how to work together and how to love one another through the struggles. Living with volunteers from around the world was enlightening, and I learned a lot about cultures and countries other than my own.
Traveling throughout Vietnam as strongly encouraged by the staff. They were extremely helpful in answering all questions and providing their insight. There were also set up activities throughout the week and on the weekends. The two volunteer houses in Hanoi were only 15 minute taxi/motor bike rides from the old quarter where we ate and and shopped all day. The Occupational Therapy Placement was in Friendship Village where the staff was kind and the patients were full of laughter and smiles.
Projects abroad is an amazing organization. They are kind, organized, helpful, and here to make sure your experience no matter how long is amazing. I highly recommend Projects Abroad for anyone with a helpful hand and a desire to experience communities around the world.

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Posted: January 23, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
20

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Sounds like you had the time of your life in Vietnam! It's great that you were able to learn and put to practice your Occupational Therapy skills, while also getting to know around Vietnam. It is such a beautiful country! Thanks for sharing your experience!

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