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Cultural and Sight-seeing Activities
Projects Abroad has designed several innovative gap semester programs for college students and recently graduated high school students between 18-25 years old who are taking some time off while still gaining valuable experiential education and diverse cultural exposure. Participants will immerse themselves in two different countries each semester in South America, East Africa, and/or Southeast Asia. Combine 2 or 3 of these programs for a longer global tour experience!
Each Gap Semester is 6-10 weeks long, and allows for some flexibility and independence while still providing a solid, structured itinerary and staff support. Students will be able to choose between different volunteer projects or internships in each destination that align with their interests and goals such as Wildlife Conservation, Education and Childcare Support, Microfinance, Building, Public Health and Women's Empowerment.
Find links to explore each option further below!
Start off in the heart of the Andes in Cusco, Peru and dive right into a rich culture by working on Community initiatives and exploring ancient architectural sites such as Machu Picchu. Next you'll take a boat deep into the Amazon Rainforest to help care for 50+ exotic animals and support crucial conservation work. Lastly you will find yourself on the famed Galapagos Islands to work on Giant Tortoise Conservation, Youth Development and Education Support and visit the Darwin Research Station.
The East Africa program covers two locations: Kenya and Tanzania. Students start to work at Soysambu Conservancy for two weeks. Over the weekend, you’ll visit two stunning national parks filled with African wildlife. In Tanzania. you can choose from Education, Human Rights/Women’s Empowerment, Public Health, and Microfinance projects. You’ll also enjoy cultural enrichment through a basic Maasai Language Course and be involved in a community development project
In Phnom Penh, Cambodia, you'll join a mixture of worthwhile projects to support disadvantaged communities. One week will also be spent in Siem Reap to visit historic and cultural sites such as the world famous Angkor Wat! In Nepal, you'll work at a local school assisting with classes and at building project. Afterwards, you’ll travel up into the foothills of the Himalayas to join Conservation efforts, helping to preserve natural habitats for many critical species.