Projects Abroad Programs
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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,...
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Interning on a Medicine & Healthcare internship in Sri Lanka is an eye-opening experience. As a Medicine & Healthcare intern you will gain access to a great deal of observational...
Projects Abroad Reviews
Ghana Spring Break
Submitted by emily sliazas - uiuc | April 25, 2017
Hi my name is Emily and this past spring break I attended a trip with Projects Abroad. I went to Ghana, Africa and it was the best trip of my life! To start, the other girls I volunteered with were great and fun to talk to since they were all from different countries. We had such a home-y host mom and aunt the food they made us was delicious and made me feel like a part of the culture. Working was the best part and Richard and Gifti, the staff that lead my group and I, were so helpful. They made sure to explain everything and help us any chance we needed so that we could focus on the patients. They also made sure we were able to experience the culture with trips to a nature reserve, a restaurant, and an art market in our spare time. Any travel-anxiety was gone because Projects Abroad was so helpful.
Projects Abroad responded to this review April 27, 2017 at 4:30 PM
Hi Emily. Thanks for sharing! Our staff is always happy to make our volunteers experience go as smoothly as possible. Being in a different country can be a bit challenging at first, but it's always easier with the help of our friendly host families, volunteer community and local staff, isn`t it? It's great you got to fully explore the beautiful Ghanian culture! Hope you can visit again soon!
One week in Akuapem Hills, Ghana
Submitted by Felicia Van Dress - University of Toledo | April 19, 2017
I traveled to Ghana during my college's spring break. It was a great experience! My host family was welcoming and provided cultural food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The other volunteers and I were able to explore the area and learn about the culture, meet the people, and go on trips (markets, botanical gardens, hiking). I spent the week volunteering in a school and orphanage. The Projects Abroad staff was kind and helpful as they explained what my roles and responsibilities of the week were, how to get to my placement, and introduced me to the staff at the placement. The children I worked with were energetic and playful. They welcomed me into the orphanage and school and showed me where they played, did homework, where their animals lived, and much more.
Projects Abroad responded to this review April 27, 2017 at 4:25 PM
Hi Felicia. Sounds like you had quite a different Spring Break in Ghana! It's great that you got to immerse yourself in the culture with the help of your host family as well as your fellow volunteers! Rest assured, your impact in the orphanage and school will still be felt, long after you have returned home. Thanks for sharing!
Volunteering as an Occupational Therapy student in Vietnam
Submitted by Kathryn - University of Sydney | April 15, 2017
As an occupational therapy student at the mid-way point of my degree, I had always pondered what my future profession looks like in practice within a developing country. This, combined with a desire to see the world and expand my worldview led me to volunteer in Vietnam with Projects Abroad over a period of four weeks. Throwing yourself into an entirely different culture and way of life is never the easiest experience, but I can honestly say that I felt very well supported by the Projects Abroad team every step of the way. From patiently answering the barrel of questions I had prior to applying and in preparation for going to Vietnam, to the personal guidance I received from the Vietnam Projects Abroad team during my stay in Vietnam, I was blown away by how attentive the team were to my needs and concerns every step of the way.
I volunteered with a friend from university and our placement was at Hanoi Friendship Village, a residential community for Vietnam War veterans and for children and adults with disabilities resulting from the intergenerational health effects caused by Agent Orange, a toxic herbicide that was used by the American military during the Vietnam War. We spent most of our time in the therapy room, working with the children and adults from 13-30 years old, most of who presented with Cerebral Palsy like characteristics. Working as an occupational therapy student in a country where our profession is not widely recognised came with its own set of challenges which we had to navigate, but through this experience we become more well-rounded and globally conscious OT students.
We stayed at one of the two volunteer houses with fellow volunteers from around the world. Sharing this experience with one another was one of the highlights of my time in Vietnam - my volunteer family were a valuable source of support after long days, and I have formed many treasured friendships as a result. Vietnam is a beautiful place to visit, full of warm people, and bringing your OT skills to the table will benefit the lives of many.
Projects Abroad responded to this review April 27, 2017 at 4:24 PM
Dear Kathryn. Thank you for sharing! Indeed, Occupational Therapy is not a very recognized profession in Vietnam, but they are in real need of selfless OT volunteers like yourself. The impact you have on the patients you help is unmeasurable, even though it may seem like it was a short time for you being in such a beautiful country! This experience is all about helping those who need it most, but in most cases, they truly end up helping us more! Glad you were able to experience this yourself!
Volunteering with the Projects Abroad medical program
Submitted by Sydney Peitz - Tabor College | March 05, 2017
I volunteered with Projects Abroad for three weeks during December 2016. I am a full time college student at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas, majoring in biology (pre-medicine) and minoring in psychology and chemistry. I decided to complete my required internship for graduation during my Christmas break. I was browsing the internet for internship opportunities and decided to further investigate Projects Abroad. I decided on the medical program in Jamaica. As soon as my application was processed, the Projects Abroad staff made me feel welcomed and valued. I had my own personalized web page that outlined tasks that needed to be done before my departure as well as helpful informational links. Local staff picked me up at the airport upon my arrival and took me to my host family. My host family was amazing and provided everything I needed and more! Food, clean water, internet, a spacious room and private bathroom, and a washing machine for laundry. My first Monday morning, an office staff member, who was also my project advisor, came to my host family house and gave me a tour of the town, my placement, and the staff office. I had flexible work hours and rotated between the curative, maternal and child health, and family planning units. I was able to help record heights, weights, blood pressures, blood sugars, patient interviews, and six week postpartum checkups including vaccinations. The weekends were all free leisure time and the resources to travel were easy to plan/book. Traveling abroad teaches you patience, resilience, confidence and problem solving. You appreciate what you have and it’s very rewarding to help those less fortunate. We may have a lot to give but they also have a lot to teach us in return. Overall, I would highly recommend Projects Abroad for volunteering/interning internationally as I had positive experiences with the Jamaican people, Projects Abroad staff, and other volunteers!
Projects Abroad responded to this review March 10, 2017 at 11:14 AM
Thanks for sharing your experience and those beautiful pictures! Our local staff is always happy to help volunteers such as yourself settle in their new environment and make the most out of their time abroad! Indeed, international experiences such as this one are all about cultural exchange, so it's great to hear you were able to learn so much from the people you helped.
Occupational therapy Philippines with Projects Abroad
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org - Melbourne Australia | February 22, 2017
I spent 3 weeks in Philippines with Projects Abroad as an Occupational Therapist volunteer. The program was based in a small rural/coastal town in northern Cebu, called San Remigio and I volunteered at a rehabilitation centre, providing therapy to people with disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy and stroke. This was an incredibly rewarding experience that allowed me to learn new skills, in addition to experiencing a new culture and meeting many wonderful new people.
From the day I applied for the program, I felt very supported by the Projects Abroad team who provided me with all the information I needed and were happy to answer any enquiries I had. They provided me with a web page so that I could easily access any information regarding visas, flights, my host family, accommodation, funding and packing lists. And when I arrived in Philippines I was kindly greeted by one of the staff, who instantly made me feel safe and welcomed. I also had a volunteer supervisor throughout my time in Philippines who went above and beyond to make sure that everyday I was safe, had everything I needed and that I was enjoying myself.
I also had a wonderful host family who were incredibly hospitable and welcomed me into their home as if I was one of their own. I had my own room (which is a luxury in the Philippines) with a comfy bed, a fan, and a wardrobe to keep my belongings. I was cooked 3 meals a day by either my host mum or my host family had a small restaurant next door where I generally ate lunch. On weekends, I spent my weekends with my host family and enjoyed seeing some beautiful waterfalls, a cultural festival and picturesque beaches.
It was truly an experience that I'll never forget and I highly recommend Projects Abroad to anybody who is looking to make a small difference to the world.
Projects Abroad responded to this review March 10, 2017 at 11:17 AM
Hi Emily. Sounds like you had a wonderful time volunteering in the Philippines! That's so great to hear! Our host families are delighted to receive international volunteers such as yourself and welcome you to their homes so you can get truly immersed in the local culture. Thank you very much for your contribution!