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Discover what you are capable of with Projects Abroad!

Projects Abroad is a global organization formed in 1992 around the need for gap year programs abroad designed for students taking a break from studying. We have since expanded to offer high school volunteer programs and a vast variety of other programs geared towards people of any age and background who are looking to lend a helping hand.

Our programs are built on sustainability, long-term impact, strengthening communities, and making lasting connections.

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Reviews

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Leah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Projects Abroad Ghana medical project

Projects Abroad Ghana was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I did the medical project where I would volunteer at a nearby hospital as well has do outreaches at local schools. Everyone involved with projects abroad looked after me so well, made me feel extremely welcome and allowed me to volunteer and gain experiences I wouldnt have been able to otherwise. I was given the opportunity to help clean wounds, take vitals, assist midwives during deliveries and so much more. The medical professionals I works with conoketky took me under their wing and encouraged me to get involved and learn as much as possible. It was also great to be able to explore Ghana during weekends which the help of Chief. I would definitely volunteer with them again and if you are thinking about it I would definitely say go for it! You will not regret it.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The most incredible moment for me during my time volunteering was being given the opportunity to assist a midwife with a delivery. It was the most incredible experience.
Response from Projects Abroad

Hi Leah,

Wow! What an amazing experience! Thank you so much for sharing. This is the definition of our mantra - 'Discover what you are capable of'. We love that we can facilitate experiences that you and others would not otherwise have had the opportunity to have, all while helping communities in need. We simply couldn't do it without our dedicated, hard-working volunteers and interns such as yourself, so thank you, and we hope to have you join us again in the future!

Kind regards,

Courttani
Projects Abroad

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Arthur
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Local Surf Lounge Academy

Shuan and everyone else at the academy are very welcoming and very passionate about their work. They have a great group of kids into whom they have instilled a real passion for surfing. Shane’s mentoring also seems to really help them learn how to live healthily and productively.

From a volunteers perspective, you get out of the project what you out in. You aren’t forced to do anything, but even if you aren’t good enough to teach the kids to surf there’s still lots you can do to help according to your strengths.

Through their reggae night (every Thursday, to help raise funds for the project) there’s also the opportunity to meet lots of local surfers who are very nice and generally very happy to go out and have fun with the volunteers.

Response from Projects Abroad

Hi Arthur,

Thank you so much for sharing about your experience on the Surf Coaching project in South Africa! We greatly appreciate your help and support to keep these children healthy and out of trouble while learning a fun skill. Your feedback is very useful.

Please feel free to reach out to us in the future, as we would love to have you join us again!

Kind regards,

Courttani
Project Expert

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Mia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Medical Project in Guadalajara

I visited Guadalajara for the medical internship and it was amazing! I managed to be in surgery and see 2-3 surgeries a day and I also shadowed a cardiologist. The staff at the hospital are so lovely and it has been the best medical internship I have ever done. The staff talk you through what they're doing and why, so you're not just sat in the corner observing all the time. If you want a hands on experience, this is for you. You also have a choice of loads of wards- from maternity to emergency medicine. I stayed with a lovely family and met some friends that I'll keep forever. The accommodation is really nice and the host family was lovely. You're provided with three meals a day and everything you'll need for your stay. You have loads of support during your stay and there's a lot of activities that are arranged to get involved in. I loved every second of my project and will defo be visiting Mexico again!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I was able to be in surgery and watch every moment of it which was amazing!
Response from Projects Abroad

Hi Mia,

Thank you for sharing these details about your experience with others who may be interested in a medical internship in Mexico. It's amazing to hear that this is the best medical internship you have ever done, and that you were able to gain some great experience and lasting friendships! We greatly appreciate your dedication, professionalism, and hard work.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for your next trip to Mexico, we would love to have you join us again!

Kind regards,

Courttani
Projects Abroad

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Sophia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Ghana Medical 2021

Projects Abroad truly gave me an opportunity like no other. I was placed in the Eastern Regional Hospital in Koforidua. I worked in both the Pediatric and Maternity units, abs I had the opportunity to work very closely with doctors, nurses, and patients. I also participated in outreach twice a week; on these days we would make house calls and go to schools. We consistently made a house call for a woman who had a massive cellulitis, but could not afford to get treatment in the hospital. Someone went to check on her and change her dressings just about everyday, but the two days of the week we had outreach we would go as well. Then, after that we would set up a station at the school and treat kids for ringworm, and clean and bandage their wounds. One of the days I participated we treated 100 kids all of whom had more than one wound. This was truly a great experience and the staff was amazing in helping with placement or if I ever had any questions.

Response from Projects Abroad

Hi Sophia,

Thank you for sharing your story! We greatly appreciate your support and hard work during your time with us in Ghana, as do the children and community members you helped. It's amazing to hear that you enjoyed this experience and felt supported by our dedicated staff.

We would love to have you join us again in the future, so please do not hesitate to reach out!

Kind regards,

Courttani
Projects Abroad

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Zara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Such an amazing experience

The medical project for high school students was one of the best experiences of my life. I made some awesome friends on this trip and met amazing people, and that along with seeing surgeries and being in a medical setting was life-changing. I don't have a bad thing to say about the staff and host family, everyone was so sweet and made my experience so warm. The only thing that sucked a little was the covid situation - what we could do was definitely limited, in both an academic and social setting (but that's no one's fault!).

Response from Projects Abroad

Hi Zara,

Thank you for the wonderful review! To hear that the experience was life-changing and educational for you is extremely fulfilling for us as our aim is to positively impact the lives of the communities we work with as well as the lives of our volunteers. We truly couldn't do it without dedicated volunteers and interns such as yourself, so thank you for joining our cause during these times especially. We would love to have you come back to Peru, or any other of our destinations! Best wishes to you on your path toward learning medicine!

Kind regards,

Courttani Manning
Project Expert and Volunteer Alumni

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

I had some free time and I decided to use it volunteering for conservation. I did it twice, once in Costa Rica for three months and once in Galapagos for three weeks. I think that working hard in nature helps clear your mind and gives you a different perspective on life. And it worked very well.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

As I am not a young person, I did everything by myself: looking for the program, choosing it, organising the flights and some of my traveling accommodations. I managed with Project Abroad about my fist night when I landed in the countries. And, of course, the lifts to my final destinations.

Everything worked very well.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

When you go volunteering, bring always with you patience, smiles, curiosity and flexibility. Be open-minded - there are new cultures, foods, lifestyles that you’ll meet and you have the opportunity to share yours with local people. Don’t be scared to experience, but respect and follow the behaviours of your guests. You might have problems only if you insist to behave as in your country.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Days with Project Abroad in Galapagos are very well scheduled. You have the opportunity to see many different aspects of local life, nature, animals. You can also organise tours and short trips to other islands of the archipelago. It’s a never-ending adventure.

You work for 5 hours per day (average) and then you can enjoy surroundings, pubs, restaurants.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

After the PA experience, I’m more confident in problem-solving and I know that a different lifestyle can be fun and definitely ‘change your eyes’. Things that seemed so important at home, take the right place in life.

I was scared not to find friends, but I was wrong. I found a lot of friends...

Any last pieces of advice?

The side goal of this experience in Galapagos (but also the one in Costa Rica) is that you really create a net of friends all over the world. You meet different people, different ages, different cultures. And it’s really interesting. I met Australian, Chinese, New Zealand, Canadian, European. When you share life, you learn a lot about other people.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Natalia Raquel Gomez

Job Title
Volunteer Advisor
Natalia was born in Argentina; she studied tourism and worked as a travel agent, receptionist and in customer service both in Argentina and abroad (Ecuador, Colombia and Panama). She is currently living and working in Mexico.
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What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory was having the chance to visit the coffee farmers in the central jungle in Peru. I got to see the entire process of coffee farming and the realities and life stories of the families working there.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I was able to grow both personally and professionally by traveling abroad and experiencing different ways of life. I was taught the importance of working as a part of a team and getting to know the different staff members, personally or via email or Skype.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Hearing the experience that one of our medical volunteers had when given the chance to witness a birth.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would choose one of the marine conservation projects that are a great help to communities by contributing both with cleaning beaches and species research, and teaching children the importance of the environment.

Another project that I would be interested in joining is the nomad project in Mongolia. It will give you an amazing chance to experience a different culture first hand and learn a lot about their traditions.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

I am very proud to be a part of this excellent team. I feel that we offer a great opportunity to people that wish to travel and make a difference, as an alternative to just tourism.

Projects like the Disaster Relief in Nepal after the earthquake, Teacher´s Training in Peru, Building in Ghana, Marine Conservation in several locations, and working with refugees in Italy are only a few examples of the different things that make me proud about Projects Abroad.