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Projects Abroad Volunteer Programs in Senegal
Elisa Estrada, Projects Abroad volunteer alumni
GO: Why did you decide to volunteer with Projects Abroad in Senegal?
Elisa: Projects Abroad was recommended by a friend who had gone with them to Ghana. PA had a presentation about their programs in their office in nyc, so it was convenient for me to attend and ask questions in person.
GO: Describe your day to day activities as a volunteer.
Elisa: I would take a taxi downtown where the school where I was teaching was located. I assited the English teacher with the lesson and interacted with the students. Sometimes I would bring my camera to class and take pictures; students loved to be photograph and see themselves on the camera screen. Midweek Projects Abroad had a social event for the volunteers and that was a nice opportunity to go out and mingle. And every other weekend we had an overnight trip or a single day trip out of town and that was also fun.
GO: How has this experience helped you grow personally and professionally?
Elisa: Well, my resume looks a lot better now that I have listed my responsibilities as a volunteer in Senegal. I also mention it in my cover letter. I feel that it gives my resume a boost for job searches. Personally, it was a dream come true to be in Sub-saharan Africa contributing a little bit of my time to a very vulnerable population.
About Projects Abroad
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.