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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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Aanisa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An Enriching Opportunity

Going to Guadalajara, I was able to immerse myself in things I had never done before. I love travelling and I would recommend this program to any teen who likes to adventure and wants to spice up their resume. Travelling alone was a smooth and breezy process and Projects Abroad helped me through every step of the way. I was so excited to meet the five people I spent the duration of my program with. Together, we were able to set up a travel clinic and aid those who needed medical assistance and we even had the opportunity to tour two of the busiest hospitals. On weekends, we would go to tourist attractions and we even went to the Melaque beach. Patty, the person we stayed with, was super nice and gave us access to the Wi-Fi and did our laundry when we needed. She provided meals three times a day and the food was excellent. I made friends in my accommodation that I will keep for the rest of my life and I am so happy that I spent my summer at the public health internship. :)

Pros
  • Three meals a day.
  • Doctors and medical experts that assist you.
  • Amazing and friendly accomodation.
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Giacomo
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteering Basketball Program in Peru

Excellent organisation and a very supportive family s/o to Patrick Ruiz for making this program incredible!
The program was very fun and interesting, seeing another culture and try to gain a lot of experience by helping them develop their skills.
Peru is an incredible country for volunteering and you will never regret the travelling.
In the future I hope I can re-volunteer and connect with the great people that I knew during my staying and see another time all the kids that I helped during the basketball practices.

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Marion
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Project surfing

This project left in my mind the memory of what I heard during these 2 months passed there, a precious thing for South African native people = The live is wonderful. It's what I understood with this project. It's remind that every moments in life must be full lived, loved, as for you than for me. To help and bring something of new to a disease or disable child or someone else, we have to love them, share and to live with them the full life. Definitely the world will be better when everyone will live like suffers, relax and kind.

What was your funniest moment?
When we tried to stand up on the board and the most of us didn't surf before. And then, the excitingly of children and to see this smiling on their face when they rushed by the sea with their little boards.
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Duong
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had an amazing time in Tanzania

I was there for a month and a half on the human rights project. I worked standard office hours Monday to Friday and spent weekends travelling and weekday evenings chilling. My work involved running legal workshop, provided tailored legal support to individual cases, visiting clients at their homes and researching Tanzanian laws & regulations. I wish I had more exposure to individual court cases. PA staff gave support in literally everything you need help with, you just need to ask! My host family was amazing, I still keep in touch with them!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The traditional way to eat here was to use hands! No cutlery ;)
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Callum
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Greatest summer experience

I travelled to Cape Town, SA with Projects Abroad in 2019. One of the best uses of a summer where I had loads of fun working on legal cases, experiencing Cape Town’s culture and attraction, and met friends from all over the world that I’m still in contact with. Projects Abroad managed the trip brilliantly, organising daily activities outside of our volunteering work, so there was never a dull moment and I always felt safe and considered. The volunteering work felt both impactful within the community, and impactful on my own ambitions and prospects going in to the future.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Try and get to know everyone in the group on your trip and you’ll make countless new friends for life

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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.