Projects Abroad Programs
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...
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...
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...
Projects Abroad Reviews
Teaching English in the Galapagos Islands
Submitted by Alexander DiMauro - Thompson | July 22, 2017
I just traveled to the Galapagos Islands for a month with Projects Abroad. On the island of San Cristobal, I taught English to students ages 7-13. The staff there worked very hard to make every volunteer feel welcomed, and appreciated. I received so much support from them as well as other volunteers. It was certainly a challenge getting the young kids to pay attention during class, but it was a fun process.
The host family I was matched up with was great. I had my own room and was given three meals a day. My host mother was selfless, and always looked out for my wellbeing. I had a lot of fun with the kids there too. I taught Naomi and Diego to play a few songs on the guitar, and in return, they taught me some funny Spanish jokes.
I am glad that I decided to go to this part of Ecuador, and I hope to return someday.
Turtle conservation - summer 2017 (high school special)
Submitted by Sophie - Woodrow Wilson Senior High School | July 08, 2017
Hi my name is Sophie and I spent 2 weeks in June 2017 volunteering with Projects Abroad in Mexico! I spent months deciding what program to participate in because there are hundreds of options all over the internet but I eventually chose Projects broad because they genuinely seemed like a program that wanted their volunteers to make a difference. I did not want to go to a foreign country and just be a tourist doing busy work and the Projects Abroad turtle conservation program was exactly what I was hoping for.
After arriving in Mexico, I met my fellow volunteers (all ages 16-19) and we spent 4 hours traveling by bus from Guadalajara to Cuyutlan, accompanied by an incredibly friendly staff member from Projects Abroad. Once at the camp, we met the rest of the staff and got right to work. We learned about each job we would be completing at the Tortugario Ecologico (the nature reserve) which ranged from washing the adult and baby turtles and cleaning turtle tanks to feeding the iguanas, planting mangroves, completing a bird census, etc. The staff members spoke English as well as Spanish and they were very helpful and accommodating with anything we needed. The other volunteers I was working with were also super friendly. The majority of us were from the United States but there were also a few people from places all over the world, including as far away as Norway. We all got along extremely well and I am still in contact with a few of them today.
We spent the next two weeks working together at the Tortugario as well as a crocodile farm about 40 minutes away from camp. It was hard work but in my opinion there was a great balance between work time and down time. I had time for an afternoon siesta almost everyday and we also spent countless hours at the beach, enjoying the waves. During the weekend, we traveled to another beach town called Melake where we ate some amazing seafood (vegetarian options available!), shopped at local stores, and just enjoyed the relaxation.
The entire trip was amazing and passed in the blink of an eye. I had not expected to make any close friends but I was genuinely sad to be leaving both the other volunteers and the staff behind. I definitely want to go back and hopefully for a much longer period of time!
Physical therapy in Nepal
Submitted by Hannah Habighorst - University of Montana | June 24, 2017
My experience with Projects Abroad was completely positive, which allowed me to have the most wonderful journey in Nepal. I was unsure of which organization to do my project through. There were so many different organizations and so many varied reviews. But due to the variety, price, and review of projects abroad I decided to do my project through them. The staff was wonderful. I had an amazing host family. My placement allowed me to learn so much. I spent 5 weeks in Nepal performing physical therapy work. I was able to create friendship and memories that will last a lifetime.
Getting ready to travel abroad was a very confusing process for me as I had never traveled sole to a foreign country. However, Jessica, my pre-departure support staff, was helpful. She was a little slow to answer my questions, but she always responded and answered my questions fully and to the best of her ability. I also used the pre-departure website all the time- as it was extremely helpful. It included information about my placement, my health concerns in Nepal, visa information, packing lists, and many other helpful topics.
During my stay in Nepal, I have no complaints whatsoever about my experience. The host family was amazing and completely accommodating to certain health restrictions in my diet and everything. They took care of all the cooking and cleaning and made me feel completely comfortable in their home.
Because of my desire to become a physical therapist, I chose to due physical therapy work during my stay in Nepal. I was placed at a rehabilitation center for children with cerebral palsy. I learned so much from the physical therapist and got a lot of hands on work. At one point my placement was no longer suitable for me to work in. Because of the help of the staff, I was able to change placements and begin a new journey at an official physical therapy clinic. Here I was able to perform physical therapy on the individuals of Nepal who had suffered from strokes, traumatic brain injuries, trauma, and other injuries.
I was able to create many friendships during my time abroad. I met other individuals from around the world and was also able to travel around Nepal creating unbelievable memories. Projects Abroad created many opportunities for us all to connect with each other and also planned weekend excursions for the volunteers. We had weekly events that was open to all volunteers in Nepal which were a great opportunity to meet other people from around the world. These things made it easy to truly experience Nepal and bond as volunteer from very different backgrounds.
Projects Abroad responded to this review June 30, 2017 at 2:07 PM
Hi Hannah. Thank you for trusting us with your volunteer abroad experience. It's great that you had such an amazing time in Nepal and that you were able to observe Physical Therapy as it is done both in a rehabilitation center and a physical therapy clinic. We are always working hard so you can learn as much as you can and want during your time abroad. Thanks for sharing!
Speech therapist - Volunteering abroad in Fiji
Submitted by Emily - The University of Tulsa | June 04, 2017
I had never volunteered abroad (besides mission work with a church) before, so this was a new experience for me. I was really impressed with Projects Abroad staff. They were welcoming and friendly and made me feel right at home. I loved my placement at a special education school where they welcomed me with open arms and were eager to have me help their students. My trip was unfortunately short due to my academic schedule (I only had 2 weeks) but I got to know other volunteers, explore the beautiful islands on the weekends, and was able to really bond with my host parents. Halfway through I ended up getting a bug bite that got infected. I was dizzy, lightheaded, swollen, and in pain. The Projects Abroad Country Director, Karishma, went above and beyond taking me to the doctor and pharmacist in such a loving and supportive way. I'm so thankful for this experience and I recommend it to anyone looking to explore the beautiful country of Fiji and it's equally beautiful people!
Projects Abroad responded to this review June 30, 2017 at 2:05 PM
Hi Emily. It is wonderful that you decided to spend the little time you had for a break from school volunteering in Fiji. I am sure your impact with the students is still powerful, even if you were there for a short period. Bug bites are unfortunately something we cannot foresee, but Karishma and the rest of our staff in Fiji are always happy to help in any way they can, and care for our volunteers like they are their own.
Thank you for sharing!
My Fiji time
Submitted by Aimee S - Darwin Australia | May 15, 2017
In April this year, I was fortunate enough to volunteer with Projects Abroad, in Fiji for 2 weeks. I had the idea of volunteering for quite sometime however, Projects Abroad made it come to life and I am so grateful. For a 21 year old who has never travelled alone, projects abroad offered the support I needed to feel safe in Fiji from day dot. Having a good local support system really added to my experience. Not only did Mere (Project Advisor) show me around the city, how to get to and from placement, how to catch the bus etc. All the staff offered endless advise on the country including places to see and where to go. The staff made sure all the volunteers where located near each other and close to the projects abroad office. This ensured that we could all stay in touch as well as offering a sense of safety. One of the challenges I felt, prior to my stay in Fiji was feeling comfortable living with a host family. I was pleasantly surprised when I was introduced to my host parents Shayal and Raj and shown around my new humble home! My host family had everything I needed to feel comfortable in Fiji. Shayal always had yummy curries and roti prepared, and made sure my experience was the best that it could be. The most fulfilling part of my experience was at my placement. In the mornings I would assist teachers at Tiny Tots kindergarten then later walk to Saunaka Village to teach year 6/7 class. The children were so eager to learn about Math and English and showed so much respect. On the last day of my placement the children were very enthusiastic to show me around their village. Within 2 minutes of my tour, Jope the head boy, lead us down to a river. As soon as we were on the bank, all the boys ran and jumped in leaving the girls laughing and smiling, practically in tears. It was such an honour to be apart of their lives and be so warmly welcomed into their community.
Being apart of a like-minded community felt so good. The memories I have, the friendships I have formed with people from all over the world, will never be forgotten. It was truly the best experience of my life and I am looking forward to organising another trip, a longer one this time!
Program: Care in Fiji with Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad responded to this review May 25, 2017 at 11:55 AM
Sounds like you had a wonderful time in Fiji! The community and our families are indeed very welcoming and work hard to make volunteers feel at home and comfortable. It's great that you were able to create such a bond with your students. I am sure they will cherish this experience as much as yourself!
Thanks for sharing!