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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  • Teach in Argentina with Projects Abroad
    Argentina
    Projects Abroad has been sending volunteers overseas since 1992. Our volunteer placements in Argentina involve Teaching,...
    16 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.
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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...
    12 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.
  • 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...
    12 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.
  • Jamaican girls
    Jamaica
    Join a Projects Abroad volunteer program in Jamaica! This is a unique opportunity to experience a side of Jamaica rarely...
    8 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.
  • Volunteer in Thailand with Projects Abroad
    Thailand
    Thailand is a great introduction to South East Asia, and a wonderful destination to volunteer or intern abroad. Its a...
    6 reviews
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Program Reviews

  • Carolyn
    Female
    Toronto
    8/10
    My volunteer trip to Jamaica with Projects Abroad
    05/19/2016

    I volunteered in Jamaica, Mandeville with Projects Abroad for one month in the summer of 2013. I volunteered in a children's home for the first two weeks and in construction for the last two weeks of my trip. At the children's home, I assisted the staff with their daily care routines for 25-30 babies and young children. Working in construction, I assisted in a local building project by mixing cement, painting, and stacking bricks. My living accommodations were with a host family in the area and they were very nice welcoming. I learned about the Jamaican culture through the Projects Abroad office and often ate delicious, traditional Jamaican food in my host family's home. Two other girl volunteers lived with me in the same host family and I met other volunteers at lunchtime in the town or through the Projects Abroad office. On our weekends off, the volunteers and I often went away to visit other parts of Jamaica with permission of the Projects Abroad office. Overall, my experience with Projects Abroad was positive as the staff was always helpful, I made great friendships with other volunteers and I learned valuable lessons on my work placements.

    How could this program be improved?

    The program could have been improved by providing volunteers with weekend activities in the town if they did not want to go away on a weekend excursion but also did not want to be left with nothing to do all weekend.

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  • Ron
    Age: 31-50
    Male
    Portland, OR
    University of Oregon
    1/10
    Waste of Money, Time, and Abilities
    05/12/2016

    The Projects Abroad operation in the Galapagos was a waste of our money, time, and abilities. If you are a young college student with low expectations and looking for a reason to getaway from home, then this placement is perfect. If you truly care about adding value to the conservation or education programs in the Galapagos, then look elsewhere.

    Our three weeks there consisted of very little value-add work; most of our time was spent standing around, doing busy work, or working only a fraction of what we were promised.

    Some examples: pulling weeds 'outside' the greenhouse on a plot of land where they do not grow anything and where volunteers had uselessly weeded three weeks earlier. Another example: 15 volunteers on a tortoise weighing project that only needed 4-5 people; everyone else stood around for 5 days. Then, after we spent 3 weeks measuring 50 tortoises, the park ranger quietly told me that none of the measurements actually get permanently recorded. Another example: two volunteer teachers were signed-up for teaching English, but when they arrived to the Galapagos, schools were on Summer break. Another example: a volunteer English teacher was given a group of kids where the age range started at two years of age. Most students were too young to even say their name in Spanish, let alone English; so she spent her volunteer time as a babysitter. Another example: for a simple beach clean-up, they had us work on a clean beach versus a garbage laden beach just down the road. Despite everyones recommendations to maximise our efforts on another beach, our young 19 year old Projects Abroad manager decided to cut short the work day. We can go on and on with examples.

    We have been in marketing and brand-building for 15 years, have multiple degrees, and in our opinion, for Projects Abroad to be marketing this program to prospective volunteers is a travesty. We spent a lot of money, and all we wanted to do was work hard and lend a hand in building a strong conservation project in one of the most ecological sensitive areas in the world. In return, we were under-utilised by Projects Abroad staff and chastised for wanting to do actual conservation and education work.

    Look elsewhere. In our opinion, there are far better organisations that you can connect with and where you can add true value to this incredible part of our planet.

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  • Jillian
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Orono, Maine
    University of Maine- Orono (main campus)
    10/10
    Alternative Spring Break 2016
    04/13/2016

    My Project Abroad trip was unfortunately only a week long. I think it was the best experience I could have asked for. I feel very lucky to have been part of this program. We spent 4 days shadowing a doctor and watching surgeries in a local hospital which was an amazing experience. We also spent a day in an underprivileged community performing diabetes screenings to help raise awareness. Probably my favorite day involved dissection of a cadaver at a local anatomy museum. The projects abroad staff was there every step of the way to help with anything we needed. I think that if you are the edge of applying for this program, you should. It was one of the best weeks of my life and was worth every cent.

    How could this program be improved?

    I would've gone longer.

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  • Gabby
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    High Point, NC
    9/10
    Alternative Spring Break
    04/13/2016

    I would recommend this volunteer opportunity in Belize to first-timers and students. This program is great for young adults who want to travel and give back. The staff was great and very helpful if we had any problems. The food was great there as well. We did work there at a local preschool, which was a lot of fun. We also had free time. During this time we could explore San Pedro or rest. It was the perfect balance!

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  • Abby
    Age: 18 or younger
    Female
    South Lake Tahoe, California
    Other
    10/10
    Volunteering in Cambodia - High School Special
    04/07/2016

    I volunteered in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for 2 weeks in December 2015. I was 17 years old at the time and have never traveled outside of the United States, so all of it was totally new to me. There were 13 volunteers and we were from 4 different countries, and we all got along great. We stayed in a nice hotel and the hotel staff was very friendly. During the week we would go to our placement which was a daycare center and a kindergarten on an island, located about an hour from our hotel. During the weekend we traveled to Siem Reap, which was about an 8 hour bus ride on a bumpy, dirt road. We ended up getting a flat tire and had to stand in the 95 degree weather for about 45 minutes. But it was definitely part of the experience. While in Siem Reap we visited the temples and went to the night markets. The second week we went back to the placements and finished our work of painting, gardening, and making resources.
    The staff definitely made me feel safe and welcomed the entire trip. Without them or the other volunteers my experience would have been totally different. This was one of the best decisions I've ever made and it definitely helped me grow as a person.

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