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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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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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5
Support:
7
Value:
3
By: Anonymous
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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
Overall:
10
Support:
7
Value:
8
By: Anonymous
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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
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
8
By: Anonymous
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Unlike my peers, I had not traveled all over the world. This was my first abroad trip and it was amazing. The two guys that pickied me up at the airport were kind and spoke great english. I stayed overnight at a hostel in Guadalajara. There I met three of my peers that would be going to the turtle camp. The staff was fun and took us out to eat at an Outback Steakhouse! I thought it was hilarious that my first night in a foreign country we went American!
The next day we set out early for Tecoman. The bus ride was approx 5 hours but the scenery was great. When we got to the camp after stopping in town, i was blown away by the ocean and the two Black turtles. I affectionatly dubbed them Gimpy and Peaches. Even though they only provided lunch there was stuff for dinner and breakfast. Even though the showers were saltwater, no one was really trying to bathe everyday anyway. :)
I absolutly got what I paid for. Everyone on staff was funny and personable. One favorite past time is to get together and play Volleyball. They are nice even if you do suck. lol.
I would recommend anybody travel through Projects Abroad, especially parents worried about their 17 year old girl traveling alone. This was absolutly an experience I will never forget!

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Posted: July 29, 2010
Overall:
10
Support:
7
Value:
10
By: Anonymous
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My 17 year old daughter and her friend thought this volunteer company and its turtel camp in mexico would be a great opportunity..how wrong they were. The problems started with their transfer to the camp from the airport in guadalahara. It was meant to take 3 hours but took almost sxi hours on a public bus with every other person going that way that day!!!
Once in camp they realised how basic things would be....hygiene was not high on the list, running water was limited and the camp was infested with mice. They were to be given one meal a day, not made at the camp but brought in from local village, and never warm.
Cereal was provided for the mornings but as you can imagine was not really a choice the girls considered due to the mice!!
Friends suitcase which had some dried food in it got ravaged by the mice...obviously they were hungry too!!
Although the trip was meant to let them experience protecting , rehoming and counting turtles and their eggs they actually only got ot see this happening once in the whole trip which was meant to be 13 days but they came back three days early because of the conditions.
My daughet got scratched by a local dog and only got medical attention 24 hours later as no one was equipped ( now as a nurse this really concerned me) and her friend fainted three times because of dehydration and lack of nutrition. It took my daughet who is only 5'3" some time to drag her friend who is 5' 9" inot the shade and 30 mins to get assistance as no adults were available.
When they decided to leave early the were taken to the local bus and advised that they would have to pay the bus fare as the camp had no money to pay it, no what if my daughet had had no money on her?? would they have had to walk?? ..thankfully she did but it took several calls from me to the camp to make sure she would get the money back.
All in all I would NEVER EVER...recommend this company Projects Abroad to anyone ever again. My daughter has travelled all over the world on her own to visit family, friends and to volunteer elsewhere including Russia, America the middle east and has never had such a disappointing trip.

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Posted: July 28, 2010
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0 (worst)
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2
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By: Anonymous
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