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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Projects Abroad was the best experience I have ever had with a medical experience abroad. Every week before the trip the staff were checking in, answering questions, and providing lots of information for my arrival. When I got to Nepal, they showed me around and made me feel right at home. They contacted me almost everyday with events going on or checking in to make sure everything was going smooth. The medical experience was hands on and very real. Everyone was so kind and gave me so many opportunities to learn. I gained so much knowledge all thanks to projects abroad. They set up events where all the volunteers could meet up and do cultural things to meet. The host family they set me up with was so kind and made you feel like part of the family. Thanks for such an amazing trip projects abroad, 5 stars!

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Posted: August 17, 2017
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By: jkoreilly
Age:
21

My experience in Argentina was fantastic! I spent in a month in Cordoba, Argentina doing a Law & Human Rights Special with Projects Abroad. Myself along with several other volunteers got to work with both an NGO that works with homeless people to allow them to have the chance to express themselves creatively and at a residential care center for teenage boys. Both of these were really interesting projects, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with both of them.
In addition, another aspect of our project was learning more about human rights, particularly in Argentina. We learned a lot about the dictatorship period in Argentina, and we got to visit two detention centers. This was also a really important part of the trip to me, and I am so glad that I got this opportunity.

In addition to our work, we also had daily Spanish lessons as well as a true immersion experience living with a host family.

Our month, however, was not just work. While I felt that we did a lot of work and I really enjoyed it, we also had time to do some exploring around Cordoba, visiting the home of Che Guevara, a German village and going on several beautiful hikes, among other activities. In addition, we also had lots of opportunities to get to know our fellow volunteers, through activities such as a bowling night as a a class where we learned to cook empanadas from a local and several dance lessons.

All in all, I would strongly recommend this program to anyone who is considering it.

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Posted: August 17, 2017
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By: ahori18
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17

Volunteering in Cusco, Peru at the government run hospital was a very great opportunity to immerse myself in medical Spanish and interact with patients on a day to day basis. Physicians at the hospital were open to teaching and made our time there interactive and purposeful. My homestay family was a very sweet couple, interested in all our activities and enjoyed our presence in their home. They cooked very traditional foods and even took us out on the weekends with them to restaurants/stores to make sure we knew which ones had the best deals. The projects abroad program was overall extremely helpful in the transition from the US to Peru and made sure we had the resources to make the best out of our time there. The office also provided workshops and social events to allow us to meet others also participating in the program. I had a great experience with this program and defiantly recommend it to others to take advantage of in the future!

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Posted: August 17, 2017
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By: Trobles1
Age:
22

My experience as a volunteer in Mexico is something I will never forget. It being my first time traveling alone and not knowing exactly what to expect, I was very nervous, but mostly excited, leading up to my departure. As soon as I landed in Guadalajara and was met by a Projects Abroad staff member I knew everything was going to be fine. All my transportation was very organized and I felt safe the whole time. Once we arrived in Cuyutlán where I would be staying for the next two weeks, I received a tour of the town, camp, and place where I would be volunteering, called El Tortugario. I also met the other staff and volunteers that I would be working with. Over the next two weeks, I got to meet people from all over the world, work with amazing animals, practice my Spanish, and eat some really good authentic Mexican food. I came back home a more independent, open-minded, and compassionate person, and I am forever grateful for the awesome experience I had as a Projects Abroad volunteer in Mexico.

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Posted: August 16, 2017
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Age:
17

My 4-week volunteer placement for a Care Project in Peru was the most enjoyable experience I have had abroad. Not only did I stay with an amazing family who welcomed me into their home with open arms, and make relationships with the greatest support staff in Urubamba/Cusco - but I spent my weekdays in a Kindergarten classroom with wonderful children. I spent time working alongside the teacher and she encouraged me to get involved by teaching games and basic lessons, in both English and Spanish. It was great to be involved and help out where I could. It is a placement I would do again and again, and an experience I will never forget!

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Posted: August 16, 2017
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By: lindsw
Age:
25

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