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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 travelled with Projects Abroad for two weeks in August this year, in the Medical Volunteer trip. I would recommend anyone interested in exploring the field of medicine to embark on this trip. Not only do you get a feel for the medical community itself but Projects Abroad allows you to experience the Peruvian culture in a variety of ways. By allowing the volunteers to live with welcoming local Peruvians it helps to open your eyes to a completely new way of life. The planned activities on top of the work in the hospitals also allows the volunteers to experience more of Peru itself, visiting places such as Machu Picchu and Ollantaytambo. The medical placements themselves were great! The doctors of the facilities allowed us to shadow them and talk and examine patients. We rotated so we were shown all the different types of doctors and their responsibilities within the hospital. In the time I spent working I was given plenty of hands on experience in addition to lots of new knowledge and medicine itself.

Overal I would rate every aspect of this trip very highly, the Projects Abroad staff made it not only an enjoyable experience but made it a life changing one. They helped build a community within our small group of volunteers and I made friends there that I will never forget.

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Posted: January 6, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
7
By: lilymb123
Age:
17

I travelled with Projects Abroad for two weeks in August this year, in the Medical Volunteer trip. I would recommend anyone interested in exploring the field of medicine to embark on this trip. Not only do you get a feel for the medical community itself but Projects Abroad allows you to experience the Peruvian culture in a variety of ways. By allowing the volunteers to live with welcoming local Peruvians it helps to open your eyes to a completely new way of life. The planned activities on top of the work in the hospitals also allows the volunteers to experience more of Peru itself, visiting places such as Machu Picchu and Ollantaytambo. The medical placements themselves were great! The doctors of the facilities allowed us to shadow them and talk and examine patients. We rotated so we were shown all the different types of doctors and their responsibilities within the hospital. In the time I spent working I was given plenty of hands on experience in addition to lots of new knowledge and medicine itself.

Overal I would rate every aspect of this trip very highly, the Projects Abroad staff made it not only an enjoyable experience but made it a life changing one. They helped build a community within our small group of volunteers and I made friends there that I will never forget.

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Posted: January 6, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
7
By: lilymb123
Age:
17

From June - July, 2016 I volunteered with the Diving and Marine Conservation Project with Projects Abroad for four weeks. I had an incredibly welcoming and fun experience from the moment I stepped off the plane and met one of the staff members to the moment I left the project to continue my travels across SE Asia. I was instantly made comfortable in a country that was foreign to me, from the drive to the placement by talking with the staff member and having all of my questions answered. When I arrived at the placement, I met the other volunteers, was shown my room, and was introduced to the everything on site. On my first day, the volunteers and I went kayaking through the mangroves, a little drive away from our placement, which was such a fun experience and allowed me to get to know some of the other volunteers better. Over the weekend, some of the volunteers and I went hiking in town and did some other adventurous activities such as zip-lining. Since I arrived on a Friday, I received my official induction into the program on the Monday with another staff member that showed the other new volunteer and I around town, and it gave us the opportunity to purchase anything we may have needed, in addition to having lunch at a local restaurant. During my time in Thailand, I had the opportunity to learn how to scuba dive according to the PADI regulations, which then allowed me to learn how to survey the coral reefs we were studying. In addition, we learned how to properly identify various fish and marine life and how to differentiate coral, all while cleaning up the Andaman Sea by collecting any debris, nets, and garbage floating in the waters. 3/5 of our volunteer days comprised of diving, either at the Phi Phi islands or at local islands, with the other volunteer days engaging in other activities such as conducting shoreline cleanups, educating students at local schools, transplanting mangroves trees, planting trees, etc. Each day we were fed delicious and plentiful meals by the staff at the placement and everyone highly enjoyed the food! On our weekends, we often embarked on day trips within the local area to sight-see, and participate in various excursions, such as attending a Thai cooking school, visiting the famous Railay Beach, and hiking the steps of Tiger Cave Temple for example. Overall, I had an amazing experience with Projects Abroad. From the friendly and welcoming staff, to the volunteers I met and became friends with from around the world, to the meaningful and fulfilling volunteer work we engaged in, I couldn't have asked for a better experience. I'm incredibly thankful to have learned as much as I did and to have met the staff and volunteers I volunteered with in Thailand, and now have memories to last a lifetime!

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Posted: January 4, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9
Age:
21

CHILDCARE VOLUNTEER PROJECT WITH PROJECTS ABROAD

Being a volunteer in Costa Rica with childhood is a rewarding experience and there is always so much to do, from spending time in the school or special needs center, to getting involved in the wider community. Placements can last from just a couple of weeks to lengthier stays to suit your and the project’s needs. Volunteers are accommodated in comfortable homes and when you volunteer in Costa Rica, you also can take time out to go at weekends and discover the most beautiful places like waterfalls, volcanos, beaches, etc.
To make this experience possible I chose the enterprise Projects Abroad because it was safe and reliable and the organization of the experience was very clear from the very beginning until the end.
Another aspect I really valued was staying at the host family. The host family that I stayed with was incredible! They treated me as if I had been one of them from the day that I got there. They were able to help me with any questions/concern that I had not only with my project, but also with the culture in general. My experience would not have been the same if I had not stayed at a host family’s home. This opportunity also gave me the chance to meet other volunteers that were staying near the family house with me. In the short time that I was there I was able to make some new friends.
I hope this little review might be helpful for you!

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Posted: December 23, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
28

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Thank you for sharing! We are glad you had such a great experience with your placement and with your host family! We also believe that living with a friendly local family completely enriches the volunteering experience abroad! Combining your experience with the family, with your time helping our in the school/care center and getting to visit the beautiful scenery and activities that Costa Rica has to offer adds up to a wonderful experience abroad! Thank you for your trust!

My volunteer abroad experience in Togo was definitely one for the books. I was there for a mere six weeks, but, by the end, I knew that the country and its people were part of me and my life forever. I'm extremely happy with my decision to volunteer with Projects Abroad. Although it can be quite expensive, it made my first experience in a culture completely different from my own enjoyable, and I feel they truly do help the communities they work with. I felt completely at ease with Projects Abroad throughout the entire process- from the application process to pre-departure preparations to adaptation within the country. The Projects Abroad staff in Togo were mostly local which allowed for them to more effectively help us adapt to the new culture and environment. Towards the end of my stay, I felt like a member of my host family, of my workplace and the volunteer community.

I worked at an NGO for health, development, and women's rights. All of my co-workers were local, which I thought helped make their projects so much more effective than if they were all international volunteers since they know their culture and they know the changes that need to take place. I felt welcome, and although I felt frustrated at times due our distinct working styles, I was asked by both my office's staff and Projects Abroad staff what changes we could make to work more effectively. I know that a number of other volunteers that were facing difficulties with their home or workplace were quickly assisted by Projects Abroad. I learned so much volunteering in Togo; things that you can only learn by taking a leap of faith and taking a step into a completely different culture and world. Today, I plan to pursue a career in International Development thanks to the eye-opening experience Projects Abroad has given me. My only regret is that I did not stay longer, but I will surely go back someday.

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Posted: December 16, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9
By: vheff
Age:
18

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