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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We signed up our son for a placement in Guadalajara Mexico. He is young and inexperienced, so we were very concerned about the type of placement. We were assured he would be in a supportive environment, with 20-40 other volunteers. When it came time to pay the balance, we were told his placement would be in a small town, 2 hours by bus from Guadalajara, and that there would be only 3 other volunteers. This was not what we agreed to. Despite repeated requests, PA has refused to return our deposit.

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Posted: September 29, 2009
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I have had a similar experience with my 17 yr old daughter. She went to Costa Rica to volunteer in the rain forest conservation program. We also thought there would be plenty of other volunteers there. We were wrong. There were only 3. My daughter paid for a 2 month stay. After 6 weeks all the other volunteers had left and she was going to be all alone in a cabin in the jungle-2 hrs away from any city!. Needless to say I was NOT at all comfortable with that & called to see what could be done. They suggested she go stay w/ a host family in a nearby town called Liberia. I did not want her in someone elses home but agreed as I thought this was better than her being all alone. She called & said she just weanted to come home as this was not what she had signed on for initially. So, I changed her flight, paid the substantial change fee so she could come early. Project Abroad is unwilling to credit us back any money & simply stated that they can not guarantee that there will be other volunteeers at an assignment. Interesting that this is not clearly mentioned on the website or in any of the materials. I am a single mom who could hardly afford this trip for my daughter. This trip was her reward for working hard & graduating high school a year early. Some reward it turned out to be! On another note....they feed her rice & beans all three meals every day. Sometimes she had plantains & maybe an egg, salads were avail. & dinners would have some sort of meat which she said was unedible. (and she is no princess!) She bought her own fresh fruit & other food on the weekends when she was able to leave the rain forest. All in all we are very dissapointed in the experience & will not reccommend Project Abroad!

The three month business internship program with Build Shanghai and Lister Investment & Management in Shanghai, China was the most amazing learning experience of my life and provided the best eye opening environment for anyone seeking to enter the international business world with strong insight into the Chinese market and developing future industry specific business proposals and networking contacts.

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Posted: September 19, 2009
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@reply #1 - I'm confused with what you're saying, actually non-paid Business Internship is one of the projects that Projects Abroad volunteers can choose. I think Ali is one of those volunteers. I met fellow volunteers who did Business Project while I was in Moldova, they had only good things to say. @Reply 2- Yes, I agree it's expensive. But it's worth for all the in-country support you get especially if anything goes wrong!
This appears to be a poorly written rant. I just double checked out records and Ali was actually a volunteer with Projects Abroad.
please stop posting these kinds of fake reviews. we all know that project abroad is very expensive company and intent to make as much as profit possible. Go Ghana and find how much money goes to project, so avoid this company

The Projects Abroad team was great at giving me all the support I needed leading up to the trip. If you want to make sure you are secure at all times use this organization. At the airport I was greeted promptly and made to feel right at home right away. My host family was absolutly amazing and everyone in Projects Abroad wanted to make sure I was safe and happy at all times. The materials provided were very useful,and the staff was always available for support at any time. The program itself is a bit expensive and I the only downfall I saw was not enough money from what I paid going into the orphanage I worked at. I feel the price is a bit high, but I am glad I used Projects Abroad for my first volunteer trip to Africa because they always made sure I was comfortable and safe and healthy - so in this sense it was worth the extra cost.

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Posted: September 17, 2009
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I lived in Accra, Ghana for a month with Projects Abroad after completing a study abroad program with my university there as well. PA was definitely the better of the two programs, and it taught me so much more than my first placement.
The staff is amazing and they offer just the right amount of support - they don't stifle you or hold you by the hand, but neither do they just throw you out there with no information.
My host mother was kind, courteous, and an amazing cook. She worked hard to make sure we were all comfortable and has hosted volunteers for many years now.
If you decide to go, make sure that you travel outside of Accra on the weekends. No one really enjoys Accra, but it is very convenient and easy to catch a tro-tro out of town for a relaxing weekend at the beach, in Volta Region, etc.
Choosing Projects Abroad was a great decision, and I highly recommend it. I'm definitely a better person for it.

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Posted: September 3, 2009
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I spent nine weeks in the capital city of Togo volunteering at an orphanage known as Mercy Children's Home. Projects Abroad Togo is a small family of staff and volunteers which lent itself to amazing bonding and wonderful weekend trips to Ghana and Benin, for example. The PA staff was on call 24/7 for any needs we may encounter. They were incredibly accommodating in every way. It was a beautiful experience all around. They picked us up from the airport, held Monday check-up meetings, and popped in on us at the orphanage to make sure we were happy and healthy. By the end of our stay we were a part of the family.

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Posted: August 10, 2009
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