Projects Abroad Programs
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...
The coral reefs and mangrove swamps on the coast of Thailand are stunning places and they're doing well. They are threatened though. Threatened by fishing, by tourism, by...
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....
Interns in the Occupational Therapy project in Vietnam of Projects Abroad live and work in the city of Hanoi. Occupational Therapy interns provide crucial support to staff,...
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...
With its sad history of apartheid and colonialism, South Africa is an important place to get involved in campaigning for human rights and make a real impact on peoples lives. Our...
Projects Abroad Reviews
Volunteer Work in Argentina
Submitted by emilye - Carroll University | November 15, 2017
Projects Abroad was very help throughout the entire process of my stay in Argentina. They assured I had everything I needed and that I was comfortable getting around on my own. I had a great host family who was happy to have me and they made me feel very welcomed. The home I stayed at was in a great location so I was easily able to walk around and explore the city in my free time. If I were to volunteer abroad again, I would go through Projects Abroad since I had such a good experience with them.
Projects Abroad responded to this review November 15, 2017 at 5:49 PM
Dear Emily. We are glad to hear our staff was so helpful and your host family so welcoming. Hope to see you again soon in another one of our projects!
Volunteering in Jamaica- Projects Abroad
Submitted by Jacqueline - Confederation College | November 11, 2017
In January I was blessed to be able to spend two short weeks of my time in Mandeville. This opportunity was very rewarding and if I could I would of stayed longer! I spent my time volunteering in a local orphanage and seeing the smiles on the children's faces every morning made me realize how truly fortunate I am here in Canada. I would do it all again in a heartbeat and hopefully I will have the opportunity again some day!
Projects Abroad responded to this review November 15, 2017 at 5:47 PM
Dear Jacqueline. I am sure you had a strong impact in the lives of the children you helped, even if you were just in Jamaica for a short while. Thanks for sharing!
Submitted by Tyler Cutrer - Mississippi University for Women | November 06, 2017
I really enjoyed this opportunity to work abroad. This is my second time using Projects Abroad with my first experience being a nursing internship in Nepal. This time around was a Public Health internship in the capital city of Phnom Penh. I traveled with my wife who was working with English Education and Projects Abroad was able to accommodate us with our lodging as well as transportation so that we were able to stay together during our time there. I had an excellent experience working in different districts in and around Phnom Penh, and I was able to truly experience the culture in the short time that I was there. The work mostly consisted of distributing medications to individuals as well as providing health education and giving cursory physical assessments. While I greatly enjoyed the work, we also had a great time traveling around Cambodia to such places as Koh Rong Samleoum, Siem Reap (Ankor Wat), and Sihnoukville. We were also able to tour the S-21 and the Killing Fields which are essential pieces to an an important time in the development of the country. I highly recommend traveling with Projects Abroad for a safe and inclusive experience as well as traveling to Cambodia both to discover more about the past and yourself!
Program: Projects Abroad in Cambodia
Projects Abroad responded to this review November 07, 2017 at 1:41 PM
Dear Tyler. Thank you for choosing to volunteer abroad with us again! Sounds like you and your wife han an amazing time in Phnom Penh combining your volunteer work with travelling. It's such a beautiful country, isn't it? Hope to see you again in another one of our projects soon!
Great experience volunteering abroad
Submitted by Thomas P - Austin, TX United States | October 26, 2017
I came across Projects Abroad as I was looking to do a volunteer legal experience in a different country. When I looked at the website, it looked well organized with lots of different volunteer opportunities. I liked how you could pick your own dates and they were super flexible when you could start and stop. Doing Projects Abroad was a great way for me to get legal experience after taking the bar exam and waiting for the results. Before going to South Africa, Projects Abroad placed several details in regards to my host family. When I got to South Africa, I was welcomed my a very warm and friendly host family. They were amazing and made sure that I felt safe and comfortable throughout my 5 week stay with Projects Abroad. On the project, I was able to handle a high a case load. I learned a lot of how different and similar legal issues are from South Africa to the United States. It was truly a humbling experience to help indigent clients who can normally not afford proper legal advice. I learned a lot during my volunteer placement with skills that I can use in my career. I had a great experience, and I definitely hope to do another project with Projects Abroad in the future!
Projects Abroad responded to this review November 07, 2017 at 1:38 PM
Sounds like you had an amazing time in South Africa! We love to have volunteers helping out in our Human Rights office, as your clients are so grateful for your help, and you also get to learn so much by helping them out! Thanks for sharing!
Physiotherapy in Nepal
Submitted by Lydia Hunter - University of Arkansas | October 26, 2017
Nepal was my first time out of the country, but it was an experience I will never forget. I knew that if I ever needed anything in Nepal, I had 20 different people I could call for help. The Projects Abroad staff was so awesome and helpful. They made sure to place us with a caring and kind family, and with supervisors who wanted to teach us. My time in Nepal is something I value very much, but the knowledge and background that I now have for physiotherapy and foreign countries is so much more.
My favorite part of Nepal was my host family. I stayed with 3 other volunteers and now have 3 new best friends from around the world. My host mom was the absolute sweetest human being I had ever met. She was constantly making sure that we were all comfortable and happy. Her three sons were always there to help and even pick us up from town if we needed a ride. My roommate could not figure out how to get home from her placement, and kept getting lost. My host family was always ready to pick her up when she was lost and even walked to and from work with her for a week. My host mom had a knack for making maps to help us to get work and to town and I will never forget them. The food was impeccable and we experienced true Nepali culture. My host mom will always hold a special place in my heart.
Outside of work and home, I got to get really close with the other volunteers. Going to a foreign country for 5 weeks could be a taxing challenge, but having 30 other people to do it with made it so much easier. Every Friday, the staff at projects abroad organized a group activity. We learned about Nepal culture and food, while getting to see all the volunteers. This allowed us to get to know each other and have friends to hang out with on the weekends. Besides our Friday night activity, the staff also organized outreaches weekly. This meant that typically once a week, we went out to the community and participated in something related to our placement. In physiotherapy, we typically went with the medical volunteers to talk to schools and kids about hygiene, health and activity. Other times, a doctor or physiotherapist would come in and teach us something new. I valued this experience because it was constantly challenging me in my field. Along with the challenge, I got to exchange information and knowledge with people who valued the same stuff as me. The Projects Abroad staff always made sure that our outreaches pertained to our field and were important for the community or us. Overall, my experience in Nepal is something that I will never forget.
Projects Abroad responded to this review November 07, 2017 at 1:48 PM
Dear Lydia. Thank you for sharing! We are very proud of our host family community so we are always happy to hear stories like yours when they go out of their way to make your stay more confortable. We understand that travelling out of the country for the first time can be a bit scary, so we would like to thank you for your trust. Hopefully you can come visit your host family soon, as well as your fellow volunteers from around the world.