Projects Abroad

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About Projects Abroad

Year Founded: 1992

Program Opportunities

-Multi-Country Locations

Alternative Spring Break Trips with Projects Abroad

Our special spring break volunteer trips are perfect for college students looking for an alternative way to spend spring break this year. Instead of doing the usual spring...

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Costa Rica

Care Work with Children in Costa Rica with Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad offers the opportunity for volunteers of all ages to join our Care project in Costa Rica, This childcare project is based in day care centers and kindergartens....

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Fiji

Shark Conservation in Fiji with Projects Abroad

The Shark Conservation project in Fiji from Projects Abroad gives volunteers the opportunity to work on pioneering shark protection projects with respected scientists and...

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Tanzania

Medicine & Healthcare in Tanzania with Projects Abroad

Interning abroad in Medicine & Healthcare in Tanzania is an excellent way to gain experience combined with the chance to help people in some of the most under-resourced medical...

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Nepal

Medical Experience in Nepal with Projects Abroad

Interning on a Medicine & Healthcare internship in Nepal is a unique experience. As a Medicine & Healthcare intern you will learn from some of the most skilled practitioners...

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Ecuador

Conservation & Environment in Ecuador in Projects Abroad

Ecuador has been named by ecologists as one of the world’s “megadiversity hotspots” and is one of the most species-rich countries on earth. The Galapagos Islands are...

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South Africa

Projects Abroad in South Africa

Twice the size of Texas, South Africa's position at the southern tip of Africa has created a diversity of lifestyles and a diversity of environments, from the lofty Drakensberg...

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Argentina

Medicine in Argentina with Projects Abroad

Interning abroad on a Medicine & Healthcare internship in Argentina can be done as part of a gap year, career break, or during a short vacation from your studies. As a Medicine...

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Ghana

Medicine in Ghana with Projects Abroad

Our Medicine internships in Ghana are based in Accra, Cape Coast, Koforidua, Kumasi, and the Akuapem Hills. In Accra, Cape Coast, and Kumasi you will be based in a bustling...

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Argentina

Human Rights in Argentina with Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad is one of the largest volunteer organizations in the world. Founded in 1992 and active in 28 developing countries in the world, we send 10,000 volunteers

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Argentina

Projects Abroad in Argentina - Care & Spanish (High School)

Projects Abroad is one of the largest international volunteer organizations in the world, sending 10,000 volunteers abroad every year. Each volunteer who joins one of our...

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Ecuador

Teach English in Ecuador with Projects Abroad

Teaching in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador as a Projects Abroad volunteer will give you a new perspective on this incredible country. Whether you are volunteering during...

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Teen Volunteer Trips with Projects Abroad

If you are a teenager (16 to 19 years old) and enrolled in full-time education you can join us on a High School Special. Each volunteer project follows a schedule of taught...

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Fiji

Volunteer Abroad in Fiji with Projects Abroad

Fiji is a stunning place to spend some time volunteering abroad. Our volunteer projects in Fiji are a world away from the luxurious tourist resorts that form many people's...

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Participant Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Physiotherapy in Cape Town ,South Africa

This summer I had the opportunity to go to Cape Town, South Africa with Projects Abroad for three weeks. I volunteered at the Friends Day Centre on the Alexandra Hospital Grounds in Maitland. I worked closely with the staff on the children's physical therapy to improve their strength and flexibility. They were all so welcoming and I learned a lot! I stayed with a host in Grassy Park. Every day I was picked up from the home by a Projects Abroad Staff Member and driven to my work site. My host family was incredible. I felt at home despite being on the other side of the world. I lived with several other volunteers,, so there was always someone to explore Cape Town with (and there was plenty of time for that). The Projects Abroad staff was so supportive in the days leading up to my trip and while I was there. They were always checking in with a phone call and a visit.

Program: Projects Abroad in South Africa

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Conservation, adventure & life long memories

I spent 6 weeks in San Cristobal volunteering in conservation. I was initially looking for a study abroad program but was uninterested in the classes that were offered. After some research I found this project. Initially I was worried that we would not truly be making a difference or working very hard. However, upon arrival I met the staff who were extremely dedicated and passionate about conservation and preserving the incredible biodiversity that exists in the Galápagos, I quickly realized this would not be the case.

We worked from 7AM to 12PM and 3PM to around 5PM Monday through Friday. On Fridays we had the afternoon off. On MWF we spent the morning in the Galapaguera which is the tortoise breeding center on the island. We would cut Otoy to feed the tortoises and spend several hours doing machete work to remove invasive species like blackberry and lanta. On Tuesdays we would go to the Otoy plantation to clear blackberry in the effort to later reforest with endemic species. We also spent a considerable about of time building a greenhouse which was difficult work but it was also very rewarding. In the afternoons we generally did less physically demanding tasks such as iguana monitoring, bird monitoring, and campaign. We also worked very closely with the National Park. I spent two weeks doing sea lion monitoring at 5:30AM every morning which was a spectacular experience. There is nothing like watching the sunrise on a beautiful beach full of sea lions in the Galápagos islands.

While not working I spent a lot of time with the other volunteers snorkeling or visiting the beaches near by. The animal life in the Galápagos is phenomenal! Every time I snorkeled I saw at least two sea turtles and while I was there I saw sharks, manta rays, dolphins, marine iguanas, sting rays, sea horses, sea lions, and of course a plethora of beautifully colored fish. The closest beach was only a 10-15 minute walk away. I also went island hopping with a great group of people. Traveling to Santa Cruz and Isabella is fairly inexpensive and I would advise everyone to experience the other islands while they are here. I also took a tour around San Cristobal which was fantastic.

Another aspect of the trip that I loved was meeting volunteers from all over the world. I did not think it was possible to get so close to people in just 6 weeks. I already have plans to meet with some of them in the near future. You will meet so many remarkable people in this program. We all went out almost every night and enjoyed learning about each others respective countries and cultures. I met volunteers ranging from 15 years old to 53 years old and we all got along wonderfully. There is a sense of community in this program that is extremely unique.

I cannot speak more highly of this program and I would do it again in a heartbeat. My only complaint is that I couldn't stay longer. Be prepared to work hard because you will be expected to. The work is rewarding and I loved every minute of it. Your Spanish will also improve greatly especially if you spend quality time with your host family. My host family was very kind and the food was amazing! I hope that you will consider the Galápagos for your next volunteer trip. I am so glad that I did!

Program: Conservation & Environment in Ecuador in Projects Abroad

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Impact

    9

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    8

A wonderful journey in Mongolia

I had the most wonderful and life-changing experience with Projects Abroad, which sounds cliche but is completely genuine. They staff supported me more than I could have ever hoped for and assisted me in adapting to a different culture and standard of living. Even though I'm still in high school, I desperately wanted to do a care project and there was no high school special at the time I intended to go. So, I participated in a standard care project. I was a little apprehensive because I knew there would be less support from staff and I would be required to be much more independent. However, Zulaa helped me so much in my adjustment and the first day I was in Ulaanbaatar she took me around and showed me which buses to take. Throughout my trip, she organized events with other volunteers and helped me truly learn about Mongolian culture. She also helped me set up my cell phone so I could text and take phone calls in Mongolia.
Besides the large amount of support from the Projects Abroad team, my home stay and volunteer experience was fabulous. My family was so kind and informative. The parents didn't know English but their three children all knew English and were able to bridge the language gap between me and their parents. I had my own room and lots of privacy while also being able to participate in traditional Mongolian games and eat family dinners with them. The father in the family ran a sightseeing business and took me and one other volunteer on an amazing trip to Terelj National Park with the whole family. I rode a camel for the first time and we all had a picnic together in a meadow amid yaks and cows. I volunteered at an orphanage a ten minute walk from my apartment and worked with the youngest children there. My job consisted mostly of feeding the babies, taking them into the sun, and playing with them in their rooms. I slowly grew accustomed to Mongolian names and formed real connections with the babies, connections I won't ever forget. I also realized my volunteering was needed because there would be days when the orphanage was short on nurses and I was required to fill in. Projects Abroad not only set me up with a great organization but also offered other volunteer projects after work. I helped work at a ger district community teaching English and playing sports with the children. I cannot thank Projects Abroad enough for helping me survive my first volunteering trip abroad and make it the best experience of my life. I suggest Projects Abroad to anyone wanting an exciting and truly life-changing volunteering trip.

Program: Care Work in Mongolia with Projects Abroad

  • Projects Abroad responded to this review July 15, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Hi Jill! It's amazing to hear you had such a fulfilling experience doing your Care project in Mongolia! I am glad we were able to find the right project for you at the time you wanted to do it. I am sure your host family and the children you cared for will always remember you as well! Thanks for your trust!

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    9

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Community Impact

    8

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    6

Public health project in Ghana

Over winter break, I participated in a 3-week public health internship in Dodowa, Ghana assisting the nurses of the Shai-Osodoku District Hospital by weighing and vaccinating children 0-24 months at child welfare clinics and administering first-aid (treating malaria, ringworm, cuts/sores, etc.) to school-aged children during school and orphanage visits. I really enjoyed this project because it was very hands-on. I really felt like I was learning a lot about public health outreach in a developing country, all the while giving back to the community that was helping me learn these lessons. The experience has motivated me to pursue a nursing degree upon college graduation.

I stayed with Mr. and Mrs. Armah and their four children. The family took very good care of me. Despite frequent community-wide power outages, the accommodations were adequate and comfortable. I also very much enjoyed meeting and spending time with fellow volunteers from across the world, and traveling independently across southern Ghana on the weekends.

Program: Public Health in Ghana with Projects Abroad (Spring Break)

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Impact

    9

  • Health and Safety

    7

  • Social Life

    7

Teach IT with Projects Abroad

I was a volunteer in Ghana last spring and when I was looking into programs Projects Abroad had the option to teach IT while I was there. During my time working with the staff and children was an amazing experience. The program was well run and I greatly enjoyed my accommodation with my host family. I was placed in a home with 5 other volunteers and we always had good food three times a day. I would thoroughly recommend this program to anyone interested. I felt safe and loved getting to know the community I was placed in.

Program: Teaching IT Computer Skills in Ghana with Projects Abroad

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