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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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
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: emplum
Age:
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

I went to Cordoba, Argentina this past summer on a “two-week special” trip with Projects Abroad. More specifically it was a Care and Spanish trip, which means we volunteered with youth there in the afternoons while taking classes in the mornings. It was an absolutely amazing opportunity. I got to meet so many new people (people from all over the world came together to volunteer there), do so many new and fun things, experience a new culture, and volunteer my time for those less fortunate than myself. It was truly eye opening, as international travel always is.
Projects Abroad did a great job balancing education, experience, social events, and immersion. They orchestrated great “socials” which were nights where all of the volunteers met up to enjoy time together doing something specific to Argentina or the city itself. For our trip we got to have an asado, which is a sort of Argentine barbeque, and we took tango-dancing classes. The classes were also really helpful. There were teachers for all different levels of Spanish (for full immersion or just beginning) and they really care about developing the students’ ability to speak Spanish and speak it well.
I would definitely recommend this organization and country to anyone looking to do something of this sort. I did look into other companies before deciding on Projects Abroad, and though I can’t vouch for those companies, I can assure you Projects Abroad is professional, enjoyable, educational, and an all-around great experience. I don’t even have any complaints about the trip or organization! The only reason I gave the 8 stars for support was because it was a tad difficult getting in contact with the Projects Abroad office in Argentina (not because of them, but simply because of time-zone differences).
If you’re interested in seeing a little bit about the trip in video form, I’ve posted a video I put together to highlight some great parts of this country and trip. Check it out if you’d like!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhOk65XUI2E&feature=g-upl

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Posted: August 31, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
8
Value:
9
By: cactusjp
Age:
18

This was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Going to Botswana and meeting so many people from so many different countries really opened my eyes to the different cultures around the world. Whether it was working with the local staff or hanging out with the other volunteers I learned new things about myself and about other cultures every day. Projects Abroad did a great job of organizing and planning activities and hiring capable staff. While it was expensive I would do it again in a heart beat if I had the money.

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Posted: August 28, 2012
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
6
Age:
20

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