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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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Welcome Hello from our Nepal orphanage! The Innocent Children's Home is a non for profit orphanage that requires the help of volunteers to provide the love and support that is necessity in the development of every child's life. Your valued help is essential to ensure this orphanage provides the proper development that these children deserve, not to mention to reach the high goals that our organisation has set. Our orphanage is situate in Pokhara, Nepal. It is built to service and house displaced children from remote farming villages that surround this picturesque area. We have many children on our waiting list trying to join our organisation, which we want to provide, however we need you, the valued volunteer to support our organisation and help make this and possible. Our Mission To provide displaced children with a caring, loving home where they can grow, live and learn towards a brighter future. Our Vision To expand our organisation in order to provide more orphaned children with a loving home. To educate our children through the generous time of volunteers from a broad range of cultures. Our Children We have a total of 10 displaced children ranging form 4-12 years of age and are expecting two more in the coming week. They all come from very varied and distressing backgrounds, but their needs are all the same; love, care and schooling. Our orphans have mainly come from the surrounding areas of the picturesque Pokhara. Although rich in natural beauty with the Himalayas lingering, the area provides many dangers which has led to the children needing the support of our orphanage. One example, is a brother and sister aged 4 and 5 years. Their mother passed away as a result of cancer and their father died from falling form a tree in search of forage for livestock in the dryer months. The children were left to their extremely poor grandparents who could not afford to upkeep two young children at their tender age. A second example is one of the older boys who's parents died as a result of a car accident. He and sister were left to their uncle who again could not afford the upkeep of two more children on top of his own. Therefore, the boy had to leave and fend for himself on the streets of Pokhara at the age of ten until the orphanage was opened two years later. Our youngsters (4-7 years old) do not currently attend school, but they are intent on taking as much away from our infrequent stream of volunteers as they can. We have a small ˜class room at our orphanage where the children have daily lessons provided by our volunteers and occasionally by local residents of our area. Although this is proving to be very stimulating for the children, they are in desperate need for further funding to be privileged enough to attend school for further development both personally and intellectually. Our older boys (11-12) who have all come from the street are now lucky enough to be able to attend school. They are really excelling in the stable environment of our home and school and their studies and behaviour have really shone as the school year has progressed. Volunteer with Us As our children are here mainly due to distressing circumstances, we need loving, caring and compassionate people to volunteer in our children's home. To become accustomed to the Nepalese culture, we are offering our volunteers the opportunity of a true Nepal farm stay in a remote village in an area where majority of our displaced children call home . This will enable you to understand and better relate to our children and therefore be of more benefit to their needs. Not to mention a fantastic opportunity to meet real Nepalese people in their surroundings in areas that are off the tourist trail as well as accessible only by foot. After this orientation into the Nepali lifestyle, you will be accommodated in a private room in the orphanage for the duration of your stay. Please teach our children English, math, games, personal hygiene, drawing, painting, music and many more skills. Location Our home is in a quite location, 20 minutes walk from the popular Lakeside district of Pokhara. Easily assessable from Kathmandu by bus, or 5 minute taxi ride from the Pokhara airport. From our garden the magnificent Machapurchata and surrounding Himalay's are clearly visible. Pokhara is the gateway to the Annurpuna region of the Himalayas, providing a wide range of trekking adventures. Pokhara is also well renowned for adrenalin sports, from white water rafting to paragliding. Pokhara offers a full range of services, including excellent restaurants, caf's and shopping on the Fewa Lake. The Love Company

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Posted: December 8, 2010
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It was an amazing experience that everyone should have! The staff was supportive and warm. They were available for any questions and issues but also kept their distance in order for one to have a personal experience on their own.

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Posted: October 31, 2010
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You sound like a company rep.

Went to Cordoba for a 2.5 week medical internship. Though my host family was incredible, many other volunteers expressed they felt uncomfortable in their houses. Also the program was INCREDIBLY UNORGANIZED we spent most of the day waiting around for doctors and nobody really knew where we were supposed to go. It was a nice time because the volunteers got to bond but really not a good "medical" experience for all you premeds out there.

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Posted: September 17, 2010
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I just recently volunteered with the Project Abroad program in the conservation project in Thailand. I have been to Thailand before so I had a picture in my mind of what to expect, not so fancy, low hygiene, small amounts of food, but boy was a wrong. When I got to the airport I was greeted by a projects staff where she took me to my new temporary home.
I started to get nervous because I happened to be the first two weeker to arrive and most of the other voluteers were out scuba diving on the boat. I was also the youngest in the project at the time so I wasn't quite sure whether or not I would fit in with the crowd. And again, boy was I wrong.
Once all the voluteers arrived back at the guesthouse it was dinner time. I was served delicious rice and chicken (like most days) and pad thai for lunch that day. During dinner many of the voluteers came up to me and greeted themselves making me feel very welcome, and I started to forget peoples' names there were so many, around 27!
As the days went on my group and I (the high school specials) goto introduced to Thailand with presentation from the staff and had our assignments in order to prep us for our upcoming scuba diving lessons in a local pool. It was such an overwhelming rush because the staff wanted us to learn as quick as possible so we could experience as much of the open water as we could.
Once we got into the water ready and trained it was amazing. As someone who has never scuba dived before my trip I can say that this is something that everyone should be able to have the chance to do at least once in their lives. Not only were we helping the environment but we got to experience a new world under water.
On the days that we weren't scuba diving we were helping local fisheries, and getting the local school children to help us with planting and cleaning mangroves. Those were our hardest days, but it was still nice to know that once you left the locals will still carry the information and example to keep you world a better place with them.
The rooms were very nice and clean with air conditioning included (which was needed, a nice bathroom with a shower with water pressure and a working toilet. The guesthouse was near town, about a 30 minuet walk or a 5 minuet tok -tok ride. There were many activities to do during the nights there so there was no time during my stay where I was not doing anything. The trip was luxurious! Much better then I expected.
My roommate and I got very close during this trip, and I made new friends all around the world that I will never forget.
Overall I think this trip was worthwhile and I would recommend it to everyone. Im hoping to continue my scuba diving experiences around the world and keep close to my new friends.

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Posted: August 31, 2010
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I am looking to go to Krabi, Thailand for 3 months. Is there any advice you can give me before I leave from England. Also is living with a host family adequate?

I wanted to do something different this summer, something exciting. I was actually looking for gap year programs when I found the Projects Abroad website. I was interested in the High School Special-two weeks volunteering in a foreign country. I really wanted to go somewhere that I had never been before, and I was really interested in Africa. I chose to do Care and Community in Ghana in the middle of July.
As soon as the flight landed, the escort on the flight helped me get to customs and waited for me and fifteen other volunteers to get our luggage. One of the men moving luggage to the tro-tro met us. He was super friendly and seemed genuinely thrilled to meet all of us. The tro-tro took about ten volunteers to the Akuapem Hills and we went to the office in Akropong. The first thing the officers there did was take all of us out to lunch. Then we settled in to our host family's houses for the rest of the night.
The work was somewhat difficult, but incredibly rewarding. We worked in Kokoom Village, not too far from the house, plastering mud houses. It was great. The women would carry water on huge buckets on their heads, some of the men would help mix the plaster, and there was always a mason helping with the plastering. At the end of the day, it was amazing to realize that because I was there, doing my best with something I was unfamiliar to, someone from that village would have a house that didn't fall apart in the rain.
Some afternoons, we went to Mount Zion Foster Home and Orphanage and just colored and played football (soccer) with the kids. A few days we went to Adom Day Care and once we went to a small day care Projects Abroad had restored so that the government wouldn't shut them down. Every day care or orphanage we went to, the kids were thrilled to see us and the staff was helpful and enthusiastic.
By the end of the two weeks, I never wanted to leave but I knew that the flight was waiting for me and I couldn't just accidentally miss the flight. I came home with a new appreciation for everything I have. I also got the experience of a lifetime, and it's something I would absolutely love to do again.

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Posted: August 22, 2010
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