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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I spent two weeks in Accra, Ghana during the month of April. It was the first time I was traveling to Africa and I was anxious because I could not imagine what my trip would be like. Projects Abroad helped me a lot before my trip, answering all my questions, even the silly ones quickly and effectively, making sure I was feeling safe about what I needed for a good trip.
I got there on a Saturday night, around eleven and my first surprise was the warm weather! I knew it was going to be hot, but not that hot. It felt amazing! One of my favorite things out of Ghana was the amazing weather. A driver picked me up and took me to my hosts' house. He was very nice and talked the whole way about things I should see, places I should visit and former volunteers. I was so excited! When I got to my house, I met the other volunteers who were all girls around my age. Along the trip, we became friends and I had so much fun with them! Even though I only spent two weeks there, during the weekend we went for a trip to the West of the country, and I am sure I will never forget that experience.
During my first week, I worked at a school. It was a school for the neighborhood children, who had no money to go to the public schools that all the other children go to. I asked the other volunteer who worked with me at the school if it was expensive and she said it was around 15 dollars per year. 15 dollars per year! And they couldn't afford it. It made me sad, to think how 15 dollars are so easily spendable where I live, and so important and need other places.
The teaching I had to do was very simple, basic math and basic english. I loved doing it, and the kids were so sweet, they made it all worth it! on my last day at the school they had a dancing competition and it was so much fun watching them dance. I also met this girl, Abigail, who I fell in love with. I still think about her everyday, and wish more than anything I could bring her to live with me. I am her official sponspor now, and she is my biggest pride. If there is one thing I am really glad I did, is to have decided to sponsor Abigail. I gave the kids all my stuffed animals, and they were so happy! It felt nice to give them what was once was so special to me, and see that priceless look on their faces.
The second week I worked at an orphanage. It was sad to see all those kids without parents, without families, and it was hard to imagine how they felt. Amazingly enough though, they were always smiling, always laughing. That good energy that they had changed me, made me realized how petty our society is, how we are always complaining when we have everything. That was my favorite thing about Ghana, a country without luxury, without extra comfort, but with a population that is always smiling, always happy, always ready to wave when you walk by and sing and dance. I think everyone could learn with them.
It was an amazing experience, and it was only possible because of Projects Abroad and how organized and caring they are. They made me feel relaxed and safe during my stay. I recommend them to anyone who is thinking of taking a gap year, or having an experience abroad!

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Posted: September 27, 2012
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10
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9
Value:
7
By: Anonymous
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All I can say is, wow. Projects Abroad had everything that I was looking for...and more! I actually ended up choosing this program with two of my other friends and we all agree that it was the experience of a lifetime. First of all, Projects Abroad was SO flexible in terms of choosing what type of program you wanted to take part in - they had something for everybody! You could choose your own dates, what you wanted to do during your program, you name it! I ended up doing the 2 week high school special in Senegal (my two other friends stayed for 3 weeks) and it was amazing. The staff worked so well to accommodate for you throughout your stay. In fact, if I ever needed to talk to a staff member, I could either call one of them or even walk up to their office which was very close to my house! Secondly, you never felt like there was a dull moment. They always had many different things open for you to do. My daily schedule would be to wake up at 9 for french lessons, and then later that day I would volunteer at one of the local talibé centers. Once I was done with work, the staff usually had a social event planned where all of the volunteers could get together and have a good time. And they never disappointed! Finally, they do an amazing job of choosing your host family that you will be staying with. I absolutely adored mine, they couldn't have placed me any better. And like I said before, I came with 2 of my friends and the staff worked to make sure that we all lived with the same family and were put on the same program. It was such a unique and wonderful experience and I would definitely recommend Projects Abroad for your next volunteering expedition. I am planing on doing more volunteering in the future and I can't imagine doing it with anyone else!

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Posted: September 26, 2012
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9
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10
Value:
9
By: avk
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17

When I first became interested in going abroad, Projects Abroad's website let me choose from dozens of locations and placements. As soon as I chose Argentina's Care and Spanish program an Argentinean Project's Abroad representative got in touch with me, answering all of my questions and concerns about my upcoming trip. On the plane on the way to my placement, I met up with other Project Abroad volunteers and when we landed, I was taken straight to my new home to meet the family I was staying with. They were incredibly kind and welcoming, even though there was a language barrier, I felt like I fit right in. The next day we had an introduction day with all of the volunteers. Projects Abroad showed us around the city, teaching us to use the bus system and find our way to the mall and banks and other places we would need to go, so that we could find them on our own when we would have free time. The next day we started Spanish lessons and our placements. At my placement, I worked in an orphanage with young kids who needed people to play with them when they came home from school. During my time there, I got so attached to those little kids, it was so hard to leave them at the end of my two weeks. It was so rewarding to work there, I did it for every smile and every laugh. Once we had the opportunity to take them to the arcade in the mall and McDonalds. They get so few outings like that, so they were all smiles that day.
I think what I was most surprised about during my trip was how much independence we had. Any time we weren't in Spanish class, in our placement, our at one of our social events, we could do anything we wanted, meet our friends at the mall downtown, go out to dinner, take a tango class. I loved this trip so much, I made amazing friends that I still keep in touch with, improved my Spanish, got an Argentinean family, and made fantastic memories. I would definitely recommend Projects Abroad to everyone.

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Posted: September 25, 2012
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10
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10
Value:
10
By: emplum
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16

I had no idea what to expect when I signed up to work at a law firm in Chengdu, China. But after two weeks, I didn't want to ever leave. In Chengdu, I learned so much, not just law, but also China and their culture. I stayed with a wonderful homestay family. They didn't speak English, so communication was a challenge! But staying with them really broadened my horizons. I got the chance to be fully immersed in Chinese culture.

At the law firm, the other volunteers and I got to experience hands-on contact with Chinese law. The Chinese legal system is so different from that of the United States. Learning about their laws and customs made me realize how different American and Chinese viewpoints can be. Although foreigners aren't allowed into the Chinese courts, we were allowed to view an arbitration. We attended lectures on business in China, did research on important Chinese cases and their implications, and spent the weekends exploring Chengdu. What a wonderful experience!

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Posted: September 13, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
16

Hello, i'm Ben and i went to argentina this summer with Projects abroad. I was part of a "two week special" medicine program, but this company offers much longer trips as well. My program consisted of daily visits to different hospitals located in the city and in the suburbs of Cordoba; as well as spanish lessons in the afternoon. In the morning, we would be sent in small groups to hospitals in which we could follow doctors during their daily routines. We had the opportunity to shadow all different types of doctors as well as seeing surgeries. I experienced so many new and exciting things in the program.
I was very anxious about being alone in a completely new country before the program started, but once i got there i felt fine right away. The staff is very helpful and active, and they have been in touch with me the entire time. It was never an issue to contact someone if i had an question or a problem. I meet very nice people there as well, and made great friends. The program did a great job in balancing work and lessons with outings, activities and socials between the volunteers. during my stay we took part in bowling nights, a tango lesson, visits of the country and zip lining.
The spanish lessons were very helpful as well, and the immersion in a new country and culture really helped me improve my spanish as well as discover a different culture. Being in the program and living in a host family really enables you to get a feel of the Argentinian lifestyle and to experience the country in a completely different way that you would as a tourist.
Projects Abroad was very professional and provides a great overall experience. I strongly recommend this program to anyone interested in having this kind of experience.

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Posted: September 8, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
8
By: bendr
Age:
16

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