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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 visited Nepal for a month during the summer, and it was an incredible experience that I'll remember for the rest of my life. Even before I left, Projects Abroad staff worked to make sure all my questions were answered. They booked my flights for me and checked in periodically before I left to make sure there were no problems. Upon my arrival in Nepal, a staff member was waiting to pick me up and drive me to the hotel, where I met up with other volunteers and felt comfortable almost immediately.

During my placement, which was at the Chitwan Medical College Teaching Hospital in Bharatpur, the staff checked in almost daily to ensure that every volunteer was having a beneficial experience and learning during the hospital volunteering. The volunteers had a meeting every week with the staff team to discuss weekly events, plan weekend trips, and make sure there were no problems with host families or culture shock in general. This was helpful because it allowed the volunteers to feel comfortable with the staff and discuss any issues that might be detracting from their experience.

Throughout my trip, I was continuously amazed by this beautiful country and its accepting, wonderful people. The other volunteers I met during my time are all over the world, and we still keep in touch. If you ever get a chance to visit Nepal, I would definitely recommend it.

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Posted: November 2, 2016
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10
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10
By: sabyl
Age:
20

I went to Vietnam in June of 2016, and it is the best experience of my life. I volunteered in a small village called Thuy Anh that was about two hours outside of Hanoi. I had constant contact with other volunteers and Projects Abroad staff. In Thuy Anh a member of Projects Abroad lived with us in order to help us get from place to place, or just to help us feel more comfortable. We each had a bed, a mosquito net, and a cabinet that locked to keep our things in.
Everyday I taught two classes, ten classes a week, for two hours each. I had grades 1-5 and about fifty students in each class. The students were amazing, and so well behaved. They loved games and songs and making pictures, and always came to class ready to learn. They were interested in American culture and the language. Giving them chances to be creative with their learning was a huge highlight for me because it allowed for each of their personalities to shine.
The families of the students were so amazing, one of the families invited me into their home when I got stuck in the rain to wait out the storm and dry off until it the sun came back out. I quickly discovered that the whole community was like this, and leaving became one of the hardest things I have ever done.
I would recommend this program to someone who is adventurous, truly eager to help, and is not too afraid of bugs!

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Posted: October 26, 2016
Overall:
10
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8
Value:
7
By: dmbulger
Age:
21

This past August, I had the privilege of joining Projects Abroad Romania for the drama placement. It was one of the most profound and eye-opening experiences that I have ever had.
For those who are not familiar with the organization, Projects Abroad provides volunteers with an assignment that is very much needed in the local community (in this case, Prejmer, a suburb of Brasov). The program fee also includes accommodation, which in the case of Romania, is a local host family. My host was an older couple who was absolutely delighted to have me: they did everything they could to make sure that I had a nice, comfortable bed to sleep in every day as well as plenty of food. There is certainly no danger of going hungry in Romania. While my hosts did not speak my language (I refuse to call it a "barrier"), they found other, more sincere ways to communicate. I will forever be grateful for their hospitality.
My placements were tremendously fulfilling, both for the organizations and myself. I will admit that I went in an off-season, when the official drama program was not offered. However, Alexandra from the Projects Abroad staff created a special drama workshop wherein I taught two high school students the essentials of video production. I also had a longer placement working at a foster home in Prejmer, wherein I mentored children who have no other recourse. The director of the institution also wanted me to create a promotional video for the establishment, a task that I am always happy to do.
The other volunteers were truly delightful. Every Projects Abroad trip has this incredible social aspect. We went out every Thursday to discuss the best and worst parts of the week. In terms of the staff at Projects Abroad, the workers at my placements, and the other volunteers, I have truly become a part of an amazing fairy tale, in a country that is crowned with unrivaled natural and architectural beauty. If you want to see Romania, you owe it to yourself to do it with Projects Abroad.

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Posted: October 6, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
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10
By: jordimus
Age:
27

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Hi there! Thank you very much for sharing your experience! Our Creative & Performing Arts projects are a wonderful options for artistic volunteers such as yourself! We are glad you were able to join us and share your skills with the Romanian children. In terms of the local language, this can be a bit challenging at first, but our host families are great at giving that extra so you can communicate with one another. We hope you are able to keep in touch with them. Thank you again for your trust!

Projects Abroad was an amazing experience I wouldn't change for anything. From the first moment I decided to volunteer abroad, their staff was in contact with me 24/7. They booked my flights, organized my placement, and gave me my own personal travel advisor. My travel advisor answered all my questions about what to bring and where to go once I landed. It was especially beneficial to call her and talk about any questions I had.
Arriving in a new country alone can be a bit overwhelming. However, the staff knew just where to find us volunteers. They take you straight to the hotel, where all the food and water you desire is included. In the morning another staff member meets you and goes over everything you need to know: your volunteer placement, host family accommodations, and where to get a SIM card so you can make local calls. I especially love the cultural education you receive immediately (appropriate gestures, customs, etc.).
Volunteering was wonderful. The hospital was very welcoming to its volunteers. The only downfall I'd say is the lack communication between Projects Abroad and the volunteer placement; there was only one medical coordinator for all the physical therapy/medical volunteers within Kathmandu. Although the coordinator was very busy, she did make time to check on all the volunteers in our placement regularly. We even participated in a few educational workshops during our time there.
Overall, I think Projects Abroad is fantastic for first-time travelers and people interested in volunteering across the world.

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Posted: September 4, 2016
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
20

If you are looking to visit a country that includes adventure, unforgettable experiences and volunteer work then Nepal is the country for you. Projects Abroad is organization to share the experience with. They assist you with all of your travel arrangements, your placement and allow you to experience the Nepali culture first hand. They give you freedom, are flexible and are readily available if you need them.

The Nepali people are welcoming, friendly and are very curious about you when you arrive. They are always willing to help, if it is getting to the correct bus stop, directions to a location, or just wanting to stop and have a friendly chat. The city was safe and was relatively easy to navigate through. The host family was welcoming and made you feel like you were at home.

For five weeks I volunteered at the Sahara Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal through Projects Abroad. The staff at Sahara Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Hospital were welcoming, and willing to teach. They encouraged us to ask questions and to collaborate ideas for alternative forms of treatment. The patients there were motivated and curious about the volunteers who came to visit the clinic.

When I was not working in the clinic I was meeting other volunteers in the organization. We were able to go white water rafting, hiking, jungle safari, paragliding and other tourist activities. It has been a few weeks since I have returned from Nepal and I am still in contact with everyone whom I have met. Needless to say the people you meet are friends for life.

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Posted: August 22, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: aaltemus
Age:
28

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It's great to hear you had such a wonderful time in Nepal! Your help was greatly valued at the Sahara Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Hospital. Thank you for joining! It's great that you are still in touch with the people you met! Hope you get to meet soon!

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