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 lived in Accra, Ghana for a month with Projects Abroad after completing a study abroad program with my university there as well. PA was definitely the better of the two programs, and it taught me so much more than my first placement.
The staff is amazing and they offer just the right amount of support - they don't stifle you or hold you by the hand, but neither do they just throw you out there with no information.
My host mother was kind, courteous, and an amazing cook. She worked hard to make sure we were all comfortable and has hosted volunteers for many years now.
If you decide to go, make sure that you travel outside of Accra on the weekends. No one really enjoys Accra, but it is very convenient and easy to catch a tro-tro out of town for a relaxing weekend at the beach, in Volta Region, etc.
Choosing Projects Abroad was a great decision, and I highly recommend it. I'm definitely a better person for it.

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Posted: September 3, 2009
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I spent nine weeks in the capital city of Togo volunteering at an orphanage known as Mercy Children's Home. Projects Abroad Togo is a small family of staff and volunteers which lent itself to amazing bonding and wonderful weekend trips to Ghana and Benin, for example. The PA staff was on call 24/7 for any needs we may encounter. They were incredibly accommodating in every way. It was a beautiful experience all around. They picked us up from the airport, held Monday check-up meetings, and popped in on us at the orphanage to make sure we were happy and healthy. By the end of our stay we were a part of the family.

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Posted: August 10, 2009
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I went on a Projects Abroad placement back in 2005, it was amazing! I was working at a care project teaching English to AIDs orphans. Unfortunately I don't think Projects Abroad have the project in Swaziland anymore but as an organisation I would rate them really high. The support I received and the experiences I had while away were so great and will stay with me forever!

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Posted: November 15, 2008
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I visited Cape Town back in the summer for 2 months as an intern for the Daily Voice Newspaper. I worked closely with Jourmalists in a busy newsroom collecting stories across the townships and Cape Flats and typing up copy back in the office. It was fast paced, lively and very eye-opening into the workings of Journalists and the paradoxical nature of South Africa. I returned with a portfolio of a dozen published articles. Definitely one of the best experiences of my life.

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Posted: November 9, 2008
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I am a journalism student in Vancouver, Canada finishing up my final year of school. I am writing a feature piece on international journalism internships, having completed one last year with a company called Adelante. I am looking for other people who have completed international journalism internships to interview. The article will be published. If you would are interested or would like more information you can email me at carly_sheridan@hotmail.com. Thanks so much! - Carly

I worked on a Projects Abroad conservation project in the rainforest for 3 weeks. I had the time of my life! Looking after animals on the release programme; conducting observations; protecting turtle eggs and working on the pilot farm were just a few of the jobs I worked on and all were really worthwhile! The sense of adventure was great being based a relatively long way from normal western civilisation and the social side to living with other like-minded people was also a highlight. Throughout my stay I felt sufficiently independent but had the reassuring knowledge that if anything went wrong helo was at hand. I would love to go back if I had the chance!

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Posted: November 6, 2008
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