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.
Incredible Trip!06/30/2015How could this program be improved?
Having fluent Spanish speaking be a requirement for volunteers! Due to the nature of the work with the community and vulnerable people, it is critical that you be able to communicate with clients! Knowing as much Spanish as possible will absolutely alter your experience.
Teaching for 4 weeks in the Galapagos Islands06/23/2015How could this program be improved?
Instituting a curriculum into the teaching program in Ecuador would make it 100 times better. When volunteers are placed, they likely have no ESL experience and the fact that no curriculum is in place makes it hard to know whether or not lessons are appropriate, helpful or constructive. While it is possible to make up lessons on your own and creativity is encouraged, a curriculum of topics that the children should cover would be helpful so that volunteers do not constantly re-teach what other volunteers already covered and really help to advance the students' knowledge.
New Perspective06/15/2015How could this program be improved?
Within the country, everything was exactly as I had hoped and more. I don't know exactly how our program fees are distributed between the Projects Abroad administration, staff and local families and workers, but I really just wish a larger portion of volunteer program fees would go to the local workers, host families and country staff.