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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Everything about my experince in Peru was insanely good! The system was soo easily set up and basically the only problem I had the whole time I was there was my Spanish wasnt that strong! Projects abroad staff of Peru (Urubamba) were so nice and really flexible. Their door is always open and always are willing to help you. They were also really organised when it came to things like the schools shut for the Swine Flu epidemic, so I got moved to community work with a bunch of other volunteers untill the schools re-opened and ofcourse.. Salsa time was always the best! I miss everything already about Peru and it most definatly wouldnt have been the same without the support of the Projects abroad staff :)

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Posted: March 7, 2010
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Which Organization you went through? I am thinking about sending my daughter out there for the summer? Please advise. Thank you.

I graduated in the spring of 2009, worked as a waiter throughout the summer, had plans fall through in autumn, and ended up almost by accident volunteering with Projects Abroad. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Projects Abroad was extremely receptive to my schedule and my desire to leave immediately. They made sure I was ready to go as quickly as possible but they still made sure I was ready. They provided support every step of the way but the freedom and independence this organization guarantees means that the Project and the experience remain mine. The staff in Tanzania were fantastic. They placed me with a great host family, helped me settle into living and working in Africa, and most importantly made sure I had a Project that needed doing. Projects Abroad is in my opinion and based on my experience one of the best organizations to volunteer with abroad. I was able to have an adventure that combined travel and service and I was able to have it because of this great organization.

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Posted: February 4, 2010
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I traveled to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to teach English to students in Universities and that was done through ProjectsAbroad, having coordinated the venture with staff in the Toronto office and the local branch in Cambodia.
The entire experience was challenging and remarkable. Through ProjectsAbroad I arranged to work for an organization that was assisting rural students in Cambodia attain university education in Phnom Penh. As it was I taught at three different facilities each working day so there was no shortage of work and a great deal of satisfaction. ProjectsAbroad enabled the task to be undertaken by giving consistent support and offering continuing encouragement. Some concerns about the cost of working through ProjectsAbroad had been read about, but, being assisted by and working with the staff there in Phnom Penh was a significant and positive element of the volunteer process. Members of the team were always helpful and ensured the essentials of room and board as well as transportation to work sites were provided in such a manner as to suit the needs of individual volunteers, in particular, our cook and housekeeper, Danei, proved to be a remarkable person and a continuous source of support, friendship ... and good food! As well, activities of interest were promoted and made available for volunteers to participate in. Overall it was the confidence engendered and knowing the sense of having a home away from home that proved to be the greatest benefits provided by Projects Abroad. Having no worries about the situation enabled the concentration of effort to the tasks at hand which helped to make the teaching such a wonderful experience.
I recommend working through ProjectsAboad.

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Posted: January 26, 2010
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I had the most wonderful time in Ethiopia with projects abroad. They were incredibly supportive and gave me tons of information before my trip. They found me a placement and a host family based off of my specific needs and abilities. I was met at the airport and introduced to my host family--who were absolutely fabulous and welcomed me as their "Canadian sister." The other volunteers were wonderful, and the staff ensured that we could all keep in contact in order to explore Addis to the fullest.

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Posted: November 11, 2009
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I have just returned from my amazing Medical Mission trip to Mongolia and I would like to thank Projects Abroad. The trip was everything I hoped for, though a little surprising in some aspects, and your help enabling me to have this experience means a lot to me. From the very start, with my 36 hour “delay” and over night stay in Beijing, I knew this would be an interesting experience and a trip I would never forget.
Apparently Mongolia has certain wind drafts that make it difficult to land airplanes in the Chinggis Khan Airport, so flights from Beijing to Ulaan Baatar are frequently delayed. Fortunately for me, my flight originally scheduled for 7 am Saturday was delayed until 7pm the next day. This meant I was only a bus, airport train, and underground subway away from spending an entire day in Beijing. I was able to see the Temple of Heaven where emperors prayed each year to the heavens for a good harvest, Tiananmen Square , the Forbidden City, and the Lama Temple Buddhist Monastery…all without a visa for China. Having seen a city I never expected to visit on this trip, I was then ready to begin my two week mission in Mongolia.
I don’t really know how to start talking about Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia other than to say it was interesting. The first day I was there I saw Mercedes, Land Cruisers, BMW’s, Hummers, and Lexus cars that I never thought I would see in Mongolia, but the rundown, rusted apartment buildings the cars maneuvered through quickly assured me that I was indeed in the right place. However, the apartment I lived in was fairly nice and clean besides the fact it was on the 7th floor with no elevator and had some mold lining the stairway walls all the way up. I noticed this all my first day there and once I had a feeling of what the city looked like, I was ready to go to work in the hospitals.
With my previous experience I was able to help a lot, including removing sutures from a man’s eye. I was also able to observe many interesting things in various hospitals and clinics. To start, due to a lack of money, the Shastin’s State Hospital of Mongolia only has one Stryker drill for a neurosurgery department that has nearly ten surgeries every day. But as if this isn’t bad enough, the drill was broken. So the craniectomies I observed were either done with a hand saw, a hammer and chisel, or just cauterization through the skull. Once the surgeries were then completed, the skin flap was sutured closed directly over the brain tissue without a patch or other protective material. This is because a skull flap/patch costs about $800 in Mongolia, and the average annual salary is only about $1000. In addition to brain surgeries, I saw a tonsillectomy with only local anesthetic, many cholecystectomies, hernia repairs, heart surgery, vaginal births, a couple of c-section births, and a premature baby die helplessly on a table in front of me. I am very fortunate to have had so much experience at Little Co of Mary Hospital because that offered me many chances to make comparisons to western medicine/surgery that I would have otherwise been unaware of.
In addition to my medical work during the weeks, I went with several other volunteers and our supervisors to spend the night in a “ger” in the Terelj National Park on the weekend. The wide rivers, endless mountains, and actually fresh air (completely unlike Ulaan Baatar) was incredible and the whole trip would have been worth just going to this national park. We ate cooked beef with a nomad family for dinner in a ger, I got to ride a yak , and then at 4am the next morning me and another kid decided to climb on top of the biggest mountain for sunrise. We could see forever in every direction and after several hours of sitting on top, we returned to camp and then headed back to the city.
Overall, visiting both China and Mongolia made this an amazing trip and again I really want to thank you very much for helping me have this experience. I feel I have gained much insight into the ways of a completely different culture, lifestyle, and style of medicine very unlike our own, and I will carry this awareness forward with me as I embark on my life’s journey into the world of medicine.
Sincerely,
Alex Seyferth

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Posted: September 30, 2009
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I am Alex's mother. When he was in CHina, he and many other passengers were taken by Air CHina to a hotel in Beijing because of the flight delay. He did not have a visa. Although he had no choice in this, I do not want him to get into trouble for having been in China outside the airport without a visa.

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