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...
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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,...
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Projects Abroad Reviews
3 months in Kathmandu
Submitted by Fiona Higgins - Gloucester | October 21, 2017
Volunteering with Projects Abroad was the best decision I made, with my 3 months in Kathmandu being the experience of a lifetime. I was supported by Projects Abroad from the very beginning with flights and insurance organised for me as well as being thoroughly briefed on what to expect once I arrived in Nepal. The volunteer community built by Projects Abroad offered 24/7 support in the host family, at the build site and navigating the chaos of Kathmandu and broader cities.
The work was physically challenging however often varied in task and enjoyable. The work environment was always upbeat with music playing to motivate you through cement mixing, bricklaying, sanding and painting. Our onsite coordinator offered constant support, ensuring the overall well being of the volunteers as well as aiding the communication between local staff (engineers and masons etc) and the volunteers.
Weekends were always busy with a host of places to see, the jungles of Chitwan and the beautiful lake side city of Pokhara were great getaways with transport and accommodation organised by Projects Abroad. My time spent in Nepal was truly sensational, Projects Abroad made sure of that and I could not recommend volunteering on one of their projects more highly.
Project Abroad - Bolivia football coach
Submitted by Sean H - University of Calgary | October 12, 2017
I came from Canada and did a solo trip so I really didn't know what to expect; lots of nervousness in preparation. That feeling quickly subsided with the incredible helpful staff from project abroad (PA) who gave me guidance in many areas including travel insurance set-up and recommended flights.
The actual trip was even greater. Though I was only there for 2 weeks, I managed to make a bunch of memories and friends with people from all over the world in our host family's accommodation. The host family was set-up from the workers from PA who gave me a thorough description of the home I would be staying in. They made sure to double-check if I had any questions continuously throughout the trip and made themselves available on demand.
The city was beautiful (Cochabamba) and it was well-guided my first few days to figure out the intricacies of the city along with the routes to work.
Could not be happier with my trip and highly recommend using PA for any future endeavours.
Projects Abroad responded to this review October 16, 2017 at 12:27 PM
Dear Sean. Sounds like you had a great time in Cochabamba! That's great to hear! It may be intimidating to travel by yourself to a whole other country, but our volunteer community is always growing and making friends from around the world makes the experience so much better, don't you think? We are glad you were able to join us for 2 weeks. Now that you know your way around the city you can stay longer next time!
Two weeks in Argentina
Submitted by Suma Gondi - Loyola University Chicago | October 12, 2017
Volunteering in Cordoba, Argentina through Projects Abroad was an amazing experience! I specifically chose to go to Argentina because I had prior interest in Spanish and South American culture. Growing up as a huge football fan, I idolized Messi and was immediately drawn to Argentina when I found that they had the placement I wanted. My project was a two week high school special for medicine and Spanish. By being in a high school special, my parents were reassured that I would be safe at all times, and I was also relieved that I would be with others since I came to Argentina knowing very little Spanish. Projects Abroad staff was amazing, and all of my questions before and during my trip were answered promptly.
I was picked up at the hospital and taken to my host family. Even with my minimal spanish knowledge, I was comfortable and became friends with my fellow volunteers. The doctors I shadowed were kind, and I learned a lot during my time there. Also, we did many outside activities such as salsa dancing and shopping at the flea market that made me connect to local Argentinian culture. I found my trip to be meaningful and still one of the greatest things I’ve done.
Volunteering abroad teaches you the differences between American culture and other cultures. Even in hospitals, I can now appreciate the advances the United States has compared to developing countries, and I will take this knowledge with me as I continue into college and further studies. Everyone that entered with an open mind succeeded in Argentina. Overall, I would definitely recommend volunteering through Projects Abroad. While it was expensive, I felt that the experience was meaningful and worth the money. Time really flew by but I loved every day I spent there.
Projects Abroad responded to this review October 16, 2017 at 12:33 PM
Hi Suma. Thanks for sharing! High School Specials are indeed a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture, while also helping the community and learning through your volunteer project. It's important to choose a country that you are interested in getting to know, and it sounds like Argentina was the perfect choice for you! We are glad you were able to join us, thank you for trusting us!
Volunteering in Mongolia with Projects Abroad
Submitted by Francesca Camahort - Columbia University | October 01, 2017
I had the great opportunity to volunteer in Mongolia with Projects Abroad and could not have had a better experience. Traveling to Mongolia was very daunting and I was nervous about traveling abroad independently and trying to adjust to a new standard of living and new customs. My apprehensions immediately diminished once I stepped off the plane and was greeted by a cheerful staff member. She introduced me to my host family, took me around Ulaanbaatar, explained Mongolian traditions, and helped me become comfortable with public transportation. The support system provided by Projects Abroad was phenomenal. Besides feeling safe and well adjusted, my volunteering experience was wonderful. Projects Abroad connected me to a Primary Care Center and I worked for two weeks with infants and toddlers. The staff at the center didn't speak English but we still managed to communicate with hand signals and I gained such an appreciation for nurses and their hard work. Projects Abroad also organized a volunteering excursion to a ger camp where, working with other volunteers, I taught some very basic English, set up arts and crafts, and played basketball with some local children.
The host family Projects Abroad connected me with was so welcoming and kind. They gave me my own room, made large family dinners every night, and taught me about Mongolian history. I am so grateful to Projects Abroad for setting up such a life changing experience and making sure I felt comfortable for the entirety of the trip (except when it was necessary to feel uncomfortable, because sometimes that discomfort is most needed!)
Projects Abroad responded to this review October 02, 2017 at 9:22 AM
Hi Francesa. We agree, this experience involves stepping out of your comfort zone for a bit, but it's so much worth it! Being able to learn such a different and rich culture, and helping out the locals with your volunteer work is so rewarding afterwards, isn't it? Thank you for sharing!
Life-changing trip to Tanzania
Submitted by Lilly-RIva Groszman - ECS | September 30, 2017
I feel so grateful to have been given the opportunity to travel with Projects Abroad to Tanzania this past summer. I have say that this program will definitely change your perspective on life.
I did the medicine in Tanzania High School Special, for volunteers between the ages of 16-19. I was the only 16 year old on my trip; most volunteers were 17 or 18. However, I really didn’t have trouble fitting in. As most did other volunteers, I came by myself. If you’re worried about coming by yourself, it really doesn’t make a difference whether you bring a friend or not because everyone wanted to meet new people and have a great time! As for the flight, I travelled from Canada to the Netherlands to Tanzania. It was my first time flying alone and getting around the airport was fairly simple. Knowing that the Projects Abroad support was available 24/7 really made me feel safe!
My accommodation was perfect! I stayed at the Haus. The family, the food, the beds and the rooms were way above the standards I had in mind! We became very close with Mama’s kids. One of her daughters was my age and it was extremely fascinating to have so much in common with a teenager across the world.
The culture shock was easily managed with the support of the other volunteers and our guides. The best part was definitely my project itself! It’s truly incredible how much knowledge I gained over two short weeks. Each day, we would have a workshop or a medical outreach. The workshops were very educational and we would be able to actually apply each workshop to our outreaches. For example, we would have a workshop on first aid and then an outreach where we visited a school to teach teachers first aid. With Projects Abroad, I really felt like I was making a difference and that my time was actually helping others. I definitely want to return to Tanzania as an adult volunteer (maybe even in Medicine!) when I’m older. I’m still in touch with the other volunteers on my trip and we hope to someday meet up! The experiences and the friendships you will take with you from Projects Abroad will really last a lifetime!
Projects Abroad responded to this review October 02, 2017 at 9:28 AM
Dear Lilly. It's great to hear you had such a wonderful time in Tanzania! We design High School Specials for teenagers just like you, which is why it's so easy to make friends. We understand that most of you are travelling abroad for the first time, which can be a bit scary, so our local staff is always available for you to make you feel safe and supported. We hope you do come back to Tanzania; imagine how much more you can help once you are fully prepared as a doctor!