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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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H
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The most incredible experience of my life

I volunteered in Ghana on the High School Special Medical Internship Programme in July 2022 with Projects Abroad. It was the most amazing, incredible experience of my life, and Projects Abroad were fantastic, from pre-departure to the very end.
The medical experience provided by Projects Abroad was beyond anything I could have imagined and provided absolutely life-changing and invaluable experiences and access I don't think I could really get anywhere else. It 100% confirmed my passion for medicine and desire to pursue this in the future.
I was there with 10 other volunteers, we all stayed together with our amazing host family, which was such a brilliant part of the experience, being able to live and share so many things with other people of the same age and interests as you from all around the world. We all built life-long friendships and a love for our host mother’s delicious food!
The Projects Abroad co-ordinators who looked after us were extremely friendly, welcoming and supportive in every way and we built such an amazing relationship in the short time we were there. Meda w'ase!!
It was certainly all the people that made it the experience it was.
Not only that, but I was extremely impressed with the number of cultural activities and trips Projects Abroad fitted in alongside the medical experience in just the short two weeks I was there. We were able to properly experience a lot of the Ghanian lifestyle too.
I can't have asked for anything more, and highly recommend Projects Abroad to anyone looking for an experience of a lifetime whilst also being able to make a real difference by giving back through volunteering!

Pros
  • Invaluable medical experience you certainly could not get in the UK or many other places
  • Build life-long friendships
  • Experience a completely different culture and lifestyle to your own
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Ben
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome Experience

I’ve met a lot of nice people during my stay. The landscape and weather is beautiful and the staff and host family was very nice. If you are planning to go here, go open minded. Because some things may be very different than at home. Despite the differences it is still one of the nicest places I’ve ever traveled. The people here are very down to earth and if you treat them the same way they treat you, you will have no problems at all. I was here for the last 2 months and I will likely never forget my stay here.

Pros
  • Very nice food
  • No stress at all
  • Very good support
Cons
  • If you like to shower warm, you should learn to shower cold
  • I didn’t experience any Cons
  • I didn’t experience any Cons
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ava
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Projects Abroad Tanzania- A bold experience for bold volunteers

Projects Abroad was such a terrific experience. I've never been so far out of the country before (I'm a New Yorker) and I'd been looking to do some work overseas for a while. In the beginning, it was quite disorienting-- naturally, the culture of Tanzania is different from what I was personally used to. However, living on my own and managing day-to-day work life with my fellow volunteers was such a new and exciting experience. We were immersed in the local life, did extremely important work in the community, and dived into the culture! Living without wifi and convenience stores, I think, is something everyone should do at some point. The organization of the program was sometimes a bit discombobulated-- but that's what made the experience so memorable. It was like diving head first into the deep end of a pool. Even if our schedules were constantly changing, my team and I just went wherever we were needed, typing up reports and giving presentations whenever we could. Tacking our papers to trees, scrounging for markers, sending emails wherever we could get service. Extremely eye-opening, and impeccably gratifying. I would recommend this program to anyone who isn't scared of trying new things-- and who is willing to be bold for a chance at gaining something huge.

Pros
  • valuable community work
  • culture immersion
  • fun excursions
Cons
  • sometimes disorganized
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Mich
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Fiji Shark Conservation Volunteer Project

Truly a meaningful two weeks volunteering alongside like minded people from all over the world. Gained much insight about shark/mangrove conservation scene in Fiji, certainly heart warming to have to opportunity to play my part in environmental conservation work away from home. Project coordinators were friendly, knowledgeable and welcoming, I had a great time during the project. Highly recommend this program to undergraduates/anyone who is interested in marine conservation/shark ecology. You will have a blast!

Pros
  • Learnt loads about Fijian culture & marine conservation scene in Fiji
  • Meet like minded people from different countries.
  • Explore the natural wonders both on land & in the ocean.
Cons
  • Slightly long traveling hours.
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Irmgard
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteer with Children in Romania

My 5-week volunteer placement in Brasov (Romania) was an extremely valuable experience for me.
In 2 different projects, where children and young people with special needs are cared for, I was able to take part in the daily routine from the beginning. The supervisors know English and were very eager to explain everything to me and met me with appreciation. It was a pleasure for me to deal with the children and young people and it was easy to get in touch with them (although I only know a little Romanian). Even if you don't have any experience in working with disabled people, if you enjoy working with children and playing, you are at the right placement. Every morning you will be welcomed with warmth and joy by the children.
The town of Brasov has a very charming and interesting old town center and is located in the Carpathian Mountains. The rural areas, the villages and castles around, invite you to explore. There is plenty of time to go on excursions by bus and get to know the country and its people.
Last but not least, I would like to mention the Projects Abroad team in Brasov. I was warmly welcomed right at the airport in Bucharest, had a personal guided tour in the "Old Town" on my first day, was invited to dinner and was given all the information about the place, the conditions, the project, etc. I am very grateful to them for their help.
During my assignment, I was in constant contact with the Project Abroad coordinator on site. She really took great care of my personal well-being. I was connected with other volunteers in a Whatsapp group and we could exchange our experiences and plan joint activities.

Pros
  • experience a great appreciation of the value of volunteers
  • giving time and bringing joy to children with small things
  • get to know a charming old town, castles and countryside with a rich historical past in the Carpathian Mountain
Cons
  • Non Government Organisation (NGO), like my placements,have to work hard to improve the Social System in this country
  • too little effort to protect the natural environment (especially the forest)
  • not enough attention is paid to waste management and waste separation

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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.