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,...
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...
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
My Fiji Time
Submitted by Aimee S - Darwin | 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 truely 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
An unforgettable experience
Submitted by martintm - W&J College | May 11, 2017
Hello, I am a returned projects abroad volunteer. I volunteered at the basketball coaching placement in Nima, Accra, Ghana. My stay was three weeks long and it was the best time of my life. One thing that stood out to me about projects abroad was the amount of support that they gave their volunteers. I was given so much information, help, and guidance. The staff who were in Ghana were outstanding and made my experience so much better. While volunteering, I stayed with a host family, which was great. My host mother was very helpful and staying with her really made my experience unique. I was originally planned to stay only two weeks but I was enjoying my time in Ghana so much that I extended my stay another week (Which was uneasy process). I can't put in words how much my time volunteering really meant to me. I highly recommend everyone to volunteer abroad with projects abroad. It is a great chance to really see the world in another way and have an "unforgettable experience" Thank you projects abroad!
Projects Abroad responded to this review May 12, 2017 at 10:56 AM
Dear Martin: Thank you for joining us as a Coach volunteer in Ghana. I am sure the experience was just as rewarding for your young students as it was for yourself. It's great that you decided to stay an extra week, the longer you stay, the stronger connections you are able to make with the community, or in this case your students. Hope to see you again soon in another one of our projects!
My incredible volunteer experience in Romania
Submitted by kkiss310 - Chicago United States | May 06, 2017
My experience volunteering with Projects Abroad changed my life more than I could've possibly imagined. I always had a desire to volunteer and a friend recommended I volunteer through Projects Abroad. She spoke very highly of their staff support, the entire volunteer experience, and of how comfortable she felt during her time in Romania. I was able to experience all of those things first hand when I traveled to Romania in July. I chose to volunteer as a Drama volunteer because I wanted to bring theater education to their disadvantaged youth in Brasov. Before my journey began my volunteer advisor emailed me several times to make sure I had all of my questions answered about accommodation, transportation, and general life abroad. He was always available to answer questions and he even called me before my trip just to double check that I felt secure about all of my program details.
When I arrived in Romania, I was picked up at the airport by one of the local Projects Abroad staff. Razvan was extremely helpful and I immediately felt welcome to beautiful Romania. When I arrived in Brasov he made sure I was safe and sound at my host family's house. One of my favorite parts of my volunteer experience was my incredible host family. My "host mother" Rodica welcomed me into her home with open arms and plenty of delicious Romanian food. I swear I have never eaten better in my life! Although there was a language barrier between us I knew that I could always come to her with any questions about my stay in Brasov. She made me feel like I was home.
I can't speak highly enough about the Projects Abroad team in Romania. They helped me navigate my way through my volunteer program as I had many placements. One of the head coordinators, Ali, made sure I was comfortable with all of my placements and she even took the time to answer any questions I had about living and navigating Brasov. She was always open to communication and we spoke almost every day about how my drama program was coming along. Overall, the entire Projects Abroad team was incredibly supportive and I will forever be thankful for them. They made my volunteer experience very special.
Last but not least, through my experience with Projects Abroad I made life long friendships. Several of my fellow volunteers were from the United Kingdom, Australia, France, and the USA. We still all keep in touch and we often look back on our wonderful experiences with Projects Abroad. Overall, my volunteer opportunity in Romania allowed me to fulfill a lifelong dream: to give back to others in need. Projects Abroad assisted in helping that dream come true!
Projects Abroad responded to this review May 12, 2017 at 11:01 AM
Thank you for sharing your experience! It's great to hear you had such a wonderful time volunteering in Romania. The language barrier can be a bit challenging at first, but our host families work hard to make all of our volunteers feel welcome and comfortable. We would love to try your host mother's food one of these days, it sounds delicious! More importantly, we are thrilled to have helped make your dreams of giving back come true. I am sure your Drama students feel the same way!
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!