Projects Abroad

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Projects Abroad is a global organization formed around the need for gap year programs abroad designed for students taking a break from studying. Since its inception, Projects Abroad has expanded to offer high school volunteer programs, and a vast variety of programs geared towards those taking a gap year or a career break. Visit the Projects Abroad website for more details on volunteer, teach, study and internship programs abroad.

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Programs from Projects Abroad

  • Volunteer in Ghana with Projects Abroad
    Ghana
    Projects Abroad has been placing volunteers abroad since 1992. As a volunteer in Ghana you will have the opportunity to work...
    31 reviews
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  • Volunteer in Tanzania with Projects Abroad
    Tanzania
    Projects Abroad offers Teaching, Care, and Medical projects in Tanzania, based in the coastal city of Dar es Salaam and...
    19 reviews
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  • Volunteer in Peru with Projects Abroad
    Peru
    With an extensive coastline, a vast area of Amazon rainforest and the Andes, Peru gives you the opportunity to visit South...
    19 reviews
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  • Childcare Volunteering with Projects Abroad in Nepal
    Nepal
    Nepal is a beautiful country with many fantastic opportunities to volunteer and intern within its borders. Nepal is a tiny,...
    17 reviews
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  • Multiple Countries
    This listing is for all alumni of Projects Abroad. If you can't find the program you participated in, you can leave a review...
    16 reviews
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  • Teach in Argentina with Projects Abroad
    Argentina
    Projects Abroad has been sending volunteers overseas since 1992. Our volunteer placements in Argentina involve Teaching,...
    14 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Volunteer in Fiji with Projects Abroad
    Fiji
    Projects Abroad has been providing volunteer placements abroad since 1992. In Fiji volunteers are involved in Orphanage Work...
    14 reviews
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  • Volunteer at a school in Costa Rica with Projects Abroad
    Costa Rica
    Projects Abroad has been providing volunteer placements in the developing world since 1992. Our volunteers directly impact...
    14 reviews
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  • Projects Abroad - Volunteer Programs in Romania
    Romania
    Romania, in Eastern Europe, is a unique and wonderful place to complete a volunteer project or internship. The outstanding...
    13 reviews
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  • Coach sports in Senegal with Projects Abroad
    Senegal
    Senegal is a wonderful place to spend time volunteering abroad with Projects Abroad. Our volunteers work with disadvantaged...
    11 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
  • Volunteer in South Africa with Projects Abroad
    South Africa
    Become a valued volunteer in South Africa with Projects Abroad! Every year we send dozens of volunteers to South Africa to...
    11 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
  • Volunteer in Mexico with Projects Abroad
    Mexico
    Mexico is a beautiful country, and a great place to spend time on a volunteer program or internship. Mexico is a real...
    11 reviews
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    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Projects Abroad Volunteer Programs in Cambodia
    Cambodia
    Projects Abroad has been sending volunteers abroad since 1992. This is your chance to have a direct impact on the lives of...
    11 reviews
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  • Jamaican girls
    Jamaica
    Join a Projects Abroad volunteer program in Jamaica! This is a unique opportunity to experience a side of Jamaica rarely...
    7 reviews
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    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Teaching in South Africa
    South Africa
    Projects Abroad offers a variety of internships in South Africa in the fields of healthcare, education, community...
    5 reviews
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Program Reviews

  • Alexi
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Portland, OR
    Texas Christian University
    9/10
    Incredible time volunteering in Jamaica with Projects Abroad--Medical Clinic
    02/01/2016

    The summer after graduating from college, I volunteered for three weeks with Projects Abroad--Medical Project in Jamaica. I thoroughly enjoyed my time working in the medical clinic, where I was able to observe nurses, midwives, doctors, and even a nutritionist work with the local people. "Hands-on" work is generally limited and depends on the location of placement, but I was able to have more direct patient contact experience the last week/week and a half I was there, due to becoming more familiar with the system and the medical staff being confident in my abilities. I really enjoyed observing the various doctor-patient interactions and going on house-call visits with the midwife.

    I feel like this was definitely a worth-while experience, but those planning to eventually pursue a career in medicine and are hoping to gain a substantial amount of "hands-on work" should really talk through with their trip advisors and make sure they are being placed in a setting that best fits their requirements.

    How could this program be improved?

    Volunteers need to be made well aware of the extent of their capabilities at their medical placement, and hopefully that way not as many people will be "shocked" when they get there and realize their limitations. I was very happy with my placement, for the record.

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  • Krista
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
    University of Minnesota- Duluth
    10/10
    Medicine Trip in Ghana
    01/27/2016

    Every time someone asks me how my trip to Ghana was I almost am left without words. There is no way to truly describe how amazing my time was there. But, I try anyway. There are so many reasons why I had such an amazing time and I know that the fact that I went through Projects Abroad was one of them. The organization helped me so much in preparation of my trip, duration of my time there, and even after expressed support with anything I could have needed. I knew from the moment I got accepted to the program I applied for that I would be supported with anything and everything I needed.
    The staff was excellent in making me feel comfortable and safe during my time there. Since it was my first time traveling alone, that was crucial to me and they exceeded my expectations.
    I think that the work that we did was amazing as well. I believed that the group I volunteered with really made a difference in all of the communities we went to. I learned so much not only about the Ghanaian culture, but about healthcare things that I can utilize back home. I truly don't believe that I could have found a better organization then Projects Abroad

    How could this program be improved?

    The only thing that I would change is have the program provide us with better equipment while working. It felt as though we were working with too little sometimes.

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  • Kian
    Age: 18 or younger
    Male
    Austin, Texas
    10/10
    High School Special - Medicine In Mongolia
    01/23/2016

    My experience in Mongolia through Projects Abroad was incredibly enriching, eminently challenging, extraordinarily stimulating, and above all, unforgettably joyful. I'm forever thankful for the vast clinical experience & jubilant memories I attained and the marvelous, life-long friends I made. Traveling to Mongolia not knowing anyone there or even speaking the language was exceptionally intimidating - particularly because it was my first time leaving the U.S. and my first time traveling alone. Upon arrival, however, the friendly Projects Abroad staff made me feel welcomed and at ease. My accommodation - Zaya's Hostel - was fantastic. It had a very homey feel, with extremely kind staff that prepared a delicious breakfast for us every morning. The hostel also had wifi, so it was easy to keep in touch with family and friends back home throughout my stay. We were always busy with work and fun activities, so there was never any time wasted! All in all, Projects Abroad is an amazing program, and I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone! I hope to be able to attend more projects with them in the future.

    How could this program be improved?

    The one thing I would change is to have more flexibility in the pre-planned schedules to give volunteers more time to adjust from jet-lag, as day-long excursions in the first few days can be extraordinarily exhausting.

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    Scrubbed up at the pediatric burn unit
    Arterial bypass of the femoral artery
    A day at the orphanage.
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  • Cecily
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Jonesboro, Arkansas
    Arkansas State University
    10/10
    Life-Changing
    01/23/2016

    As soon as I signed up with Projects Abroad, they were available to answer all my questions.I interned in Guadalajara, Mexico in Medicine. I never felt uncomfortable. As soon as I landed, a worker picked me up to drive me to my accomodation. My host family were wonderful and I loved the neighborhood. I made friends with other volunteers. At the hospital, I was able to assist with deliveries and discovered a new love of emergency medicine. A Projects Abroad was available 24/7 for me to text or call. Considering this was my first time to travel alone, I would say this is the perfect organization to go with!

    How could this program be improved?

    I wish it could have been a little cheaper.

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  • Theresa
    Age: 18 or younger
    Female
    Orange County, California
    9/10
    An Experience to be Remembered
    01/22/2016

    From the beginning, the Projects Abroad staff was very supportive and responsive to all my inquiries. They helped me figure out what the program was about, plan my trip and flight, and answered questions about what to pack and what to expect.
    The accommodations were expectedly not 5 star hotels, but they were clean, had very pleasant staff members, good food (momos are to die for), and decent wifi! My placement was in Chitwan, where I was allowed to visit a variety of different hospitals - general, eye, cancer, family planning etc. Many of the hospital staff spoke English, and were therefore able to explain specific procedures and tools to us. I got to watch several abortions, an afterbirth, eye surgeries, and a redressing of a cancer patient. Definitely experiences that I would not have gotten back at home.
    On the weekend, we were whisked off to Chitwan National Park, where we went on a canoeing tour and an exhausting but exhilarating three-hour hike. It actually started raining an hour into our hike! It was wet, sure, but it helped with the heat and humidity, and added to the fun and spontaneity of the experience.
    Overall, it was an amazing trip where I made many friends and memories. Thanks Projects Abroad!

    How could this program be improved?

    The quality of the work of the volunteers in the hospitals could be improved. Instead of having us just standing there for hours observing the same thing or reading files, perhaps implement more lessons and hands-on activities for the volunteers to get a better idea of medical work.

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