Projects Abroad Programs
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Interning on a Medicine & Healthcare internship in Jamaica is a challenging and exciting experience. As a Medicine & Healthcare intern, you will gain a great deal of valuable...
Projects Abroad Reviews
Submitted by JM - Fort St. John | August 18, 2017
After 4 exhilarating weeks in Phnom Penh, I completed Projects Abroad's Human Rights project. I was 22 and I was a fresh graduate from university. I completed a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and History, indicating my natural gravitation towards participating in a Human Rights project. My interest in participating in this volunteer project also heightened as I learn more about the country of Cambodia prior to my journey there: the mysterious landscapes and dark history that the country is built upon. I have a strong passion for travelling and I was fortunate enough to learn more about distant places, its histories and political landscapes throughout my academic career. Let me also preamble that I am also simultaneously pursuing a career in law and was hoping that I could gain quantitative and qualitative legal experience in my volunteer endeavor.
Preparing to embark on my volunteer project, I had a ton of help from the Projects Abroad staff, who consistently kept in touch via phone and email, and also a friend of mine who recently completed a Projects Abroad project in South America. The Projects Abroad website provided me with a personal webpage of my own that contains all instructions relating to my upcoming travel to Cambodia. It is organized by a timeline of before, during and after your project. This layout extremely helped me in keeping myself organized before I travel, as well as the smooth arrival that I experienced when I landed in Phnom Penh.
I worked for a Cambodian NGO, the Housing Rights Task Force (HRTF), that seeks to advocate for human and housing rights in Cambodia. Cambodia, as a country, offers many learning experiences starting from its diverse history all the way to its culture and modern identity. Until today, I still look back on my 4-week experience working side-by-side with justice workers, human rights defenders and legal officers and I remain in awe. My work mainly consisted of researching and writing numerous case studies. The research component was what I found the most exhilarating. I had an opportunity to look closely into Cambodian and internationally-binding laws, mainly targeting human rights and housing law aspects. I was also very fortunate to experience most of my research on the field: I witnessed and observed numerous human rights protests, housing developments, political meetings and human rights trials. HRTF also actively participated in meeting and collaborating with other local and international NGOs that provided me with a whole new system to work with and be a part of.
I was also very fortunate to call a place ‘home’ during my stay in Phnom Penh. I lived in a project Abroad volunteers’ apartment in the heart of the city and was surrounded by people who helped me feel at home, fed me amazing local dishes and made sure I was driven to work and brought home safe every day. The people I lived with came from different parts of the world and have become very close friends of mine. Volunteering abroad was improved a hundred-fold when my experiences turned into friendships and life-long memories.
I highly recommend Project Abroad’s Human Rights project in Cambodia for various reasons, most of which are outlined in my review. It helped me shape my understanding of the world, its realities and also its wonders.
Projects Abroad responded to this review August 18, 2017 at 1:19 PM
Dear JM. Thanks for sharing! Cambodia is indeed an incredible country, with a rich history and culture that you can see and feel throughout its streets. Although Cambodia has a growing tourist industry and some new investment, the country still faces numerous challenges and sociopolitical issues that stunt its development as a nation, which is why volunteers interested in law and human rights are needed in Phnom Penh.
We are always happy to learn that volunteers from different nationalities are still in touch and are still close friends, even a while after their projects. It's great that this is your case as well!
Submitted by Jamie Lee - N/A | August 17, 2017
Visiting Mexico and participating in the medical internship through Projects Abroad was probably one of the best experiences I have ever had! As a high school student, I was able to see and do things I never thought I would be able to. During my stay, not only was I given the opportunity to tour the city of Guadalajara, I was able to work alongside doctors and nurses at local hospitals and observe several patients. In regards to the program itself, Projects Abroad provides the best service; I had a wonderful project coordinator who made sure I was always safe and getting the resources I needed in order to get the most out of this once in a lifetime experience!
Projects Abroad responded to this review August 18, 2017 at 1:13 PM
Dear Jamie. We are happy to hear you such a good time in Mexico! As a medical intern, you can observe several exciting procedures that you would not be able to back home. We hope this experience marks a difference in your personal and professional development. Thanks for sharing!
My Experience Volunteering in Thailand
Submitted by Tania Doganieri - Concordia University | August 16, 2017
In May 2017, I had the opportunity to teach at a Day Care Center in Krabi, Thailand through the Projects Abroad Organization. My time in Thailand was such an eye opening and humbling experience. I decided to embark on this journey because I needed a break from my work/studies and I can honestly say that I had the time of my life. Teaching the kids was incredibly rewarding. In the end, I realized that the kids taught me more than I could every teach them. They taught me things about myself that I was never in touch with. It is also incredible how many great people I met along the way that shared common values and interests.This trip challenged me in so many ways and pushed me many times beyond my comfort level.
The accommodation was comfortable and the food well, I couldn't complain... (as I can eat pad Thai and fried rice every day). One of the things that I liked the most about Projects abroad is that I always felt like I had their team's support 24/7. The Projects Abroad staff and other volunteers instantly made me feel welcomed and like family. I have no regrets in choosing this organization and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for an enriching experience.
Projects Abroad responded to this review August 18, 2017 at 1:09 PM
Dear Tania. Thank you for trusting us with your "break-from-school/work"-trip! Volunteering abroad is indeed the best break you can hope for, as you can get immersed in a local culture and truly be helpful with those who need it most, while you enjoy the beautiful scenery that Thailand has to offer. We are happy to hear this experience had such an effect in you and your life. We are sure that looking back, this will be a truly life-changing experience for you. Thanks for sharing!
Best time of my life!
Submitted by Alex Harte - University of Newcastle | August 16, 2017
Becoming a volunteer at this program was one of the best decisions I've ever made. This is a real conservation project making a real impact! It leaves you feeling so fulfilled as you feel like you've really contributed.
The staff go above and beyond to help you wherever they can and make you feel safe and organised before you arrive. Because there are so many volunteers coming and going, everyone is so welcoming when you get there and I have made real friends for life.
If you love diving, being on the boat, learning and getting immersed in local cultures then you will love this project! Everyone is there to help save the ocean as much as they can, its awesome!
Cannot recommend highly enough and can't wait to go back!
Projects Abroad responded to this review August 18, 2017 at 12:55 PM
Dear Alex. You look so happy in your picture! Thank you for sharing! Our Shark Conservation project in Fiji is a program with a very specific purpose, and it sounds like it was the perfect choice for you! Love for the ocean, sharks, and different cultures are some of the qualities we look for in volunteers joining this project. We hope you really do make it back soon!
Best Experience ever- Nepal 2017
Submitted by Jkoreilly - University of Ottawa | August 16, 2017
Projects Abroad was the best experience I have ever had with a medical experience abroad. Every week before the trip the staff were checking in, answering questions, and providing lots of information for my arrival. When I got to Nepal, they showed me around and made me feel right at home. They contacted me almost everyday with events going on or checking in to make sure everything was going smooth. The medical experience was hands on and very real. Everyone was so kind and gave me so many opportunities to learn. I gained so much knowledge all thanks to projects abroad. They set up events where all the volunteers could meet up and do cultural things to meet. The host family they set me up with was so kind and made you feel like part of the family. Thanks for such an amazing trip projects abroad, 5 stars!
Projects Abroad responded to this review August 18, 2017 at 12:53 PM
Thank you for your 5-star rating, Jkoreilly! Our staff in Nepal is always looking out for our volunteers and making sure you are comfortable and happy, both in your host family's house and in your project. The events we set up are also great to have volunteers from different projects and nationalities coming together and meeting each other. It's great you took advantage of those opportunities, I am sure you are coming back from with lots of new friends from around the world! Thanks for sharing!