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 May I was given the amazing opportunity to volunteer in Fiji. I was placed in a care project at a kindergarten school in Lautoka, Fiji. My job at this project was to assist the teachers in teaching the students the alphabet, numbers, and English. The students were adorable and excited to learn! The teachers were so kind and welcomed me with open arms. There were also other volunteers at the school. Having other people working with you that are new to the situation just like you makes you feel very comfortable. These people also become your best friends while on this trip! To this day I still talk to my friends that I made while on my trip.
While I was there I was placed with a host family. The family I was placed with were the nicest people I have ever met! They welcomed me with open arms and treated me like one of their own. It was hard for me to leave because it felt like I was leaving my own family all over again.
Fiji is a beautiful country with wonderful people. During the week I saw the country through the eyes of a local and on the weekends I saw it through the eyes of a tourist. It was an experience of a lifetime, and I would do it again in a heart beat!

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Posted: August 13, 2017
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9
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Age:
21

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Going to Costa Rica for 4 weeks through Projects Abroad was without a doubt the best decision I have made thus far. I'm currently 21, still in college, and it was my first time traveling out of the country (and alone). As the day was approaching to leave home I was honestly getting really nervous. But the second I stepped into my home-stay and my house mom approached me I felt instantly at home. Costa Rica is in general a really relaxed and friendly country (the rumors are true), so everyone is always willing to lend a helping hand to foreigners; the Projects Abroad team is no exception. They really went above and beyond to make every volunteer feel comfortable and right at home. They would even put you at ease if you felt home sick or worried. From taking you out to breakfast on your first day, to giving you a map of the city, hosting volunteer events so everyone could get to know each other, and helping you plan out fun weekend trips. Within a week I genuinely felt like I had been friends with them for years. My only regret was not saving enough money to stay longer.

The families you stay with are complete angels. My house mom felt like a second mom considering how caring and generous she was. She introduced me to neighboring families and volunteers who I stay friends with till this day. She was also extremely accommodating to any volunteers she had who didn't speak spanish. She would talk really slow and make sure you learned spanish at a speed that was comfortable for you. I met a girl from Ohio who would only communicate through writing on a phone app, yet by her lat week she was speaking full sentences.

When working I helped out 2 local businesses in Heredia; a cool burger shack that doubled as an art gallery, and a man who was trying to kick-start his Jade jewelry business ( if you end up going the restaurant is called La Galleria and their burgers are to kill for). The work I did for both businesses was really interactive and not at all boring. I was helping them solve real life problems. I put all that I learned in my marketing classes to use and had a great time doing it. The businesses also really want for volunteers to help them grow and reach as many people. They want a different perspective so they graciously welcome opinions, advice, and all sorts of unique ideas.

I could honestly go on for hours on why Projects Abroad is so ideal and worthwhile. But long story short If you're looking for an affordable immersive volunteer program, with staff/families willing to support you 24/7, and the perk of meeting amazing young people from all over the world--- then this is your program.

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Posted: August 12, 2017
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10
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10
By: dbeltres
Age:
21

My experience during the Himalayan Mountain Conservation Project in Nepal with Projects Abroad was absolutely incredible and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Ghandruk is a beautiful village with a breathtaking view of the Himalayas and it's worth the trip just to see the mountains! The people in Ghandruk and in Nepal as a whole are the nicest people that I have ever encountered.

The trip was very organized and all of the Projects Abroad staff members were helpful, full of knowledge, and always available if I had any questions. The actual conservation work in Ghandruk taught me quite a lot about the plants and wildlife in that area of the Himalayas. I was able to see certain animals and plants that I have never seen before, such as a snow leopard on the camera trap (which is very rare). There are many stairs that make up the village so you will get a great workout and be in fantastic shape by the time your project is over. You will also meet other volunteers and form friendships with people from all around the world. I would recommend this project for anyone that loves nature and is looking for a bit of an adventure. I promise that it is an amazing and life changing experience from beginning to end.

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Posted: August 10, 2017
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10
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10
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10
By: jenrlien
Age:
20

I absolutely loved my time volunteering in Nepal. Projects Abroad was very helpful in the pre-trip process, while I was there, and following up once we left. The people of Nepal are some of my favorite people I've met in all of my travels. Projects Abroad was a very good mix of support while there and allowing us to make the experience our own. I volunteered in a Physical Therapy clinic and the Therapists there taught me so much and I now feel so much more ready for graduate school. HIGHLY RECOMMEND

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Posted: August 9, 2017
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10
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10
By: Petrickmt
Age:
21

My experience with Projects Abroad in San Pedro was overall amazing. I learned so much and had such an impactful time, especially living with my host family. This was one of the best parts of the trip. Learning all about my host family, their traditions and culture was so unique and made my trip so special. I loved getting to know them and they really became a key component of my time on the island. I was in the public health placement and the staff were overall pretty accommodating. Sometimes things were not done in the most efficient way, however it was a busy time with lots of volunteers and the staff is quite small. In my placement I got to assist in mobile clinics and start a community garden. Things on the island tend to be a little slower than I am used to at home, which made certain situations become frustrating, however you learn to cope with “island time.” Getting things done was not always the easiest even though all of the volunteers were very motivated. It was sometimes difficult to get the staff to let us move forward with certain projects, however we did manage to do it. I was there for a month which I think was the perfect amount of time. It takes about a week to get settled and learn everything about your placement, then you are ready to go and jump into everything for a good 3 weeks. This also allows for a good amount of weekends to explore the island and do some fun trips while you are there too. I had an amazing time learning and living in San Pedro and I would recommend taking this opportunity as the community there is so inspiring and I learned so much living amongst the incredible people of the island.

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Posted: July 25, 2017
Overall:
8
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7
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8
By: Sophie H
Age:
17

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