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Physical therapy in Nepal with Projects Abroad
Submitted by altemus - Mid Michigan Community College | August 23, 2016
For five weeks I volunteered at the Sahara Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal through Projects Abroad. The staff at Sahara Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Hospital were welcoming, and willing to teach. They encouraged us to ask questions and to collaborate ideas for alternative forms of treatment. Most of the patients were those who suffered from a stroke or a spinal injury. My work there included strengthening, balancing, and gait training. The patients there were motivated and curious about the volunteers who came to visit the clinic. Sometimes I feel that I was learning more from them then they were from me.
The host family that I was placed with was just amazing. They made me and the other volunteers feel as if we were at home. They were curious about us, our family and where we came from. The family was always willing to teach us about the Nepali culture and the places to see and experience.
The Projects Abroad Staff was extremely helpful during the entire process. From the moment that I expressed interest in their program they stayed in contact with me. They answered their messages in a timely manner as well. They made sure all of my documents were up to date, arrange my travel itinerary, helped me locate my luggage after it was lost on the way to Nepal, and when I arrived they were still there if I needed them.
During my free time in Nepal, I would meet with other volunteers in the organization. We would explore the city, go shopping, explore the local restaurants, sometimes we would explore outside the city of Kathmandu. One weekend we travel to Chitwan National Park another weekend we went to Pokhara. We were able to experience a jungle safari, hiking, white water rafting, paragliding and much more.
I highly recommend visiting Nepal and using Projects Abroad. They are reasonably affordable, they help you throughout the entire process, they give you the freedom to experience the Nepali culture first hand and are available when you need them. The experiences that you have and the memories that you make while in Nepal will last you a lifetime.
Diving and conservation in Thailand
Submitted by Marie - New Jersey United States | August 15, 2016
I spent 4 weeks taking part in the Conservation project in Thailand with Projects Abroad. From the moment I arrived, I found a staff member waiting in the airport. On our way back to the volunteer complex, she explained many sights that we passed, and gave me clear expectations for what would happen and how to prepare for my training and volunteer work. The staff members conducted informative workshops before new activities, such as mangrove planting, turtle rehabilitation, and overall project goals. If I ever had a question about why an activity was run a certain way, the staff members had clear answers that gave further insight into the culture of Thailand
The complex housed approximately 15 other volunteers I became very close with. We spent all our meals together, either eating the delicious food made for us at the complex, or going out into town to eat at a restaurant. At the complex, we had a variety of meals - sometimes Thai, but also sometimes more Western. Those volunteers who were vegan or vegetarian were accommodated with separate meals without question.
I would definitely recommend this trip, but for longer than 4 weeks. I felt that when my time was up, I wasn't ready and didn't feel that my work was complete. It was an amazing experience with really wonderful people.
Projects Abroad responded to this review August 19, 2016 at 1:15 PM
Hi Marie! It's great to hear you had such a wonderful time in our Conservation project in Thailand! Indeed, like in most of our projects, the longer you stay, the stronger the impact of your volunteer work in the community. Still, it seems like all the time in the world is not enough to fully explore and enjoy the beautiful Thailand, right? We are glad you got to spend 4 weeks volunteering abroad with us, hopefully you can join us again soon in another one of our projects!
Marine conservation and diving in Thailand
Submitted by Mikayla Mangotich - McGill | August 11, 2016
I have been to 25 different countries, on 20 different trips and THIS IS THE PROJECT I WOULD MOST RECOMMEND! The month I spent in Thailand as a volunteer for the projects abroad environmental and marine conservation was absolutely incredible, and totally unforgettable - I will always remember how beautiful Thailand was, the adventures I had, the marine life, and most of all - the people I met.
I arrived in Thailand with almost no dive experience, and within days was certified with my PADI Open Water. The diving was one of the most wonderful things I have ever experienced - I saw SO MUCH. The dive boat we took back and forth to the dive sites was great... the boat staff was super fun and helpful. The boat rides range anywhere from an hour to three hours each way on dive days (3 days/week, 2 dives/day).. but this commute is not a negative! The boat rides were one of my favourite parts of the trip! Thailand is absolutely gorgeous and during the rides we got the chance to enjoy the sunshine, and the view. All of the volunteers would hang out, and relax, but at this time was also used to touch base with the staff. We would have dive debriefs with the dive masters or learn fish identification - one of my other favourite activities. The dive staff is SO GREAT! I was never afraid of diving, but one of my friends on the trip was terribly nervous, but our dive master, Marius was amazing in making us feel 100% safe, comfortable and always having fun. We participated in trash collection dives, fish ID, and coral reef surveys. It was so incredible to know that while we were also having fun, more importantly we were aiding in a research project. We went diving with rulers, colour wheels, flashlight, pencils and pad, etc. and it was so interesting to be involved in such a unique project. It is a very bittersweet feeling to emerge from the water holding a bag full of trash, because while it feels great to help clean the ocean, it is very sad to see how poorly the environment has been conserved.
The volunteer aspect is great, but Projects Abroad also leaves time in the schedule for lots of freedom, independent time. I was able to explore the country with other volunteers, visit local tourist sites, restaurants, bars, clubs, and even bus to Phuket for a night where a group of us stayed in a hostel! How great is it to travel with a safe and structured company that also gives you the freedom to explore independently!!! I was really appreciative of this... it would've been disappointing to have travelled over 37 hours from Toronto to Thailand so not get to participate in some sight seeing and social activities as well - so glad that that was not the case!!!
We had volunteers when I was there ranging from 16 years old to 27, and we all blended in very well! As a 17 year old, I was the younger side of the group but still made awesome connections with everyone. I would definitely recommend this for people of all ages who are looking to travel to such an amazing country like Thailand with a purpose.
Projects Abroad responded to this review August 15, 2016 at 9:38 AM
Hi Mikayla! We are delighted to hear you had such a wonderful experience in our Diving
Two week medical program in Nepal
Submitted by Michelle Rae - University of Pittsburgh | July 29, 2016
I was a part of a two week medical project in Chitwan Nepal with Projects Abroad. Although it was a short stay compared to some other volunteers there, I was still able to learn and see a lot - both culturally and medically. I went on the project by myself and was at first concerned by that fact. When I got to Chitwan there were seven other volunteers that were be there the whole time I was. Although I lived at my host family’s house alone, I was with the other volunteers while we were working and shadowing in the hospital and afterward we would do group activities together. Projects Abroad had activities for us to all do together such as volunteering at the local homeless shelter, swimming, and Momo making. Volunteering with Projects Abroad was a great experience and thanks to them I made some wonderful friends that I still keep in touch with.
Projects Abroad responded to this review July 29, 2016 at 5:02 PM
Hi Michelle! It's great to hear you had such a wonderful experience doing your project! Making friends is an important aspect of going abroad, so we are glad yo hear you are planning on staying in touch with them! Thank you for trusting us!
Submitted by Kelsey Husted - UCSB | July 28, 2016
Diving into this project was one of the best decisions that I have made. When I arrived, I was greeted by the older volunteers who instantly became my close friends. The overall atmosphere of the shark conservation project was welcoming so I had no problem immersing myself into the project. The staff members were very insightful, supportive, and driven which permitted all volunteers with a sense of curiosity and willingness to learn more. In addition, the staff truly pushed the volunteers to integrate into the local communities and learn and participate within the culture. They made the volunteers feel safe 100% throughout the project. During the shark dives, the Beqa Adventure Divers (BAD) staff made the shark dive feel immensely comfortable and safe by being right there, standing right over each and everyone. This is an opportunity that one should not miss out on so I highly recommend for potential volunteers to step outside of their comfort zone and just do it!