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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This past summer, I traveled to Peru to participate in the Inca Project through Projects Abroad. I only was able to spend two weeks at the project but those two weeks were filled with so many new experiences and memories. From the moment I was picked up at the airport, I felt welcomed from Projects Abroad. The support of the staff was wonderful throughout the whole trip. Knowledgeable leaders, guides, and archaeologists accompanied me from the start and also to those last sad goodbyes at the airport. Most days we would go up the mountain to the excavation site. Led by local archaeologists, we cleared around and in the structure to uncover pieces of ceramics and pottery. Some days would get rained out so excavations were impossible to carry out. Instead we would explore and clear around different structures on the mountain with machetes. Maintaining the grounds around 'El Establo' and picking some of the delicious fruit growing on the grounds also proved to be worthwhile activities on those days. Living in a concrete building close to both the mountain and the small village of Huyro, all the volunteers and staff became close friends throughout each stay. On the weekend, I traveled to Aguas Calientes to visit and hike around Machu Picchu which was beyond beautiful. The meals were of typical Peruvian style with lots of rice, beans, soups, and potatoes with the occasional Western dishes tossed into the mix. Although only for such a short time, I absolutely loved my time in Peru. My Spanish improved quite a deal from simply trying to communicate with both the staff and other volunteers. I acquired such a positive experience and had an unforgettable adventure learning about archaeology and also learning new things about myself. I would recommend Projects Abroad to anyone!

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Posted: August 14, 2013
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9
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9
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8
Age:
17

Volunteering as a teacher in Vietnam with Projects Abroad was the best experience of my life, and I plan on using the same organization next year. To begin, my accommodation in Hanoi, Vietnam, far exceeded my expectations in the best possible way. I had the opportunity to live in a local neighborhood not too far from the Old Quarter, the main tourist destination in Hanoi.

My placement teaching French was at a Vietnamese public primary school, about a fifteen minute taxi drive away from the volunteer house. Every morning, I would take the same taxi driver to work (who would always be waiting for me!) and then I would take the bus home in the afternoon. I worked Monday through Friday from 8am to around 4pm, and would typically assist the principle teacher in the morning, and then had my own class in the afternoon.

The Projects Abroad staff showed me how to manage and find my placement, and were always delighted to help when I had a question or concern. The Projects Abroad office was also only a 5 minute walk from my accommodation, which made it simple to reach them whenever necessary. The staff were very kind and quick to help. It truly made the experience fantastic. I cannot wait to volunteer again with them next summer.

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Posted: August 12, 2013
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10
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10
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10
Age:
17

This past April I went on a program abroad with Projects Abroad to Peru for 2 weeks to practise my spanish skills. This was one of the most eye opening and amazing experiences of my life. My spanish teacher was very personable, understanding and flexible. He catered to my needs in the sense that he tailored my spanish learning to my abilities and interests. I was most interested in practising conversation aspects of Spanish speech and not so much grammar and vocabulary which he made sure was my daily goal for the whole trip.
The host family who i was placed with were the sweetest and most kind people I had ever met and I definetly got to feel like i was part of another family. Most importantly, the whole community of Projects Abroad volunteers and staff are so helpful to making your stay in your host country very comfortable and fun! The projects abroad team in Peru also held a lot of volunteer activities separate from regular activities so that volunteers from all programs could join and make new friends while participating in group activities.
On weekends, volunteers get together to go to bigger cities and explore the host country that they are staying in. These weekends were times to spend bonding amongst your peers and other volunteers while adventuring through new territory in a completely foreign country. By the end of the trip the country and the people are no longer foreign and this trip was so unforgettable i cannot explain how much i appreciated this experience and how well Projects- Abroad made it go.

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Posted: August 6, 2013
Overall:
9
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10
Value:
10
By: Katyakaz
Age:
20

I attended a volunteer abroad program with Projects Abroad last summer and it was a truly unforgettable experience! Although it was expensive I believe it was well worth it because of the plethora of activities and encounters I made there that could never have been seen anywhere else! I volunteered with the medicine 2 week special so the entire group was almost 45 students large! We split up into smaller groups to part-take in the activities but by the end of our trip everyone knew each other and we all stayed in close touch!

My first week was spent attending various 1 day excursions: some included a leprosy centre, hospice, mental health institute, and Aryuveda clinic where we listened and part-took in various small scale lectures on the types of treatments being done for those patients. At night there were various cultural activities the students did such as learning to cook India cuisine and learning a Bollywood dance! We also had a weekend trip to this tropical part of India on a high mountain where there were safari's and conservation parks everywhere!

However the highlight of the trip and what made me so eager to go was the surgeries. The prospect of seeing even one actual operation was enough to get me to sign up. But what i got to see was much more...8 different surgeries! Most notably I saw a Cesarean Section and Cranioplasty live up and in person! This was a once in a life time experience and I encourage all those who can to take this opportunity, the events are well organized and very well maintained.

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Posted: July 24, 2013
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9
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9
Value:
8
Age:
18

As a recent graduate of university, my project in Shanghai was a great way for me to discover what journalism is all about and if it was something I wanted to do. I feel really lucky to have been able to write for such a distinguished magazine as Shanghai Business Review and can trace great improvement in not only my writing skills, but also in communication, people skills and working in an office environment specific to the field of journalism. A bit doe eyed out of college, I can honestly look back and say that people in the office, both Chinese and foreign, provided guidance and advice as to how to become a successful adult in the real world. While at the time I may have been sensitive to criticism, in the long term it has offered me introspection and I can more clearly envision who I want to be and how I can achieve more concrete goals. As far as, the social aspect of volunteering with Projects Abroad it deserves an A+ because Shanghai is such a fun and happening city all by itself, but thanks to the PA team, all the volunteers came together once a week for lovely traditional meals and great activities were always going on to meet and chat with others.

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Posted: July 18, 2013
Overall:
8
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8
Value:
8
Age:
23

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