Projects Abroad
92% Rating
(401 Reviews)

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.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Amanda
Female
17 years old
Australia
Other

High School Medicine Specials

10/10

In December 2017, I travelled to Chitwan, Nepal with Projects Abroad to undertake the High School Medicine's specials project. I first encountered Projects Abroad at a university function and from the get go, my first impression of Projects Abroad was that they were extremely helpful in preparing me for my journey; a thorough explanation was given in regards to the culture, project and Nepal itself.

My trip to Nepal was my first time travelling alone, and initially, I was incredibly nervous to be away from family for 2 weeks. My fears were put to rest in the second day, after I had enough time to settle in and adjust to the time zone changes, meet the other volunteers and staff, as well as explore the beautiful streets in Kathmandu (where we flew in from). I definitely established a family in Nepal, not just with my fellow medical volunteers, but also with some of the volunteers from the care and community project. The other volunteers definitely contributed to my love for Nepal, as they all possessed the same love for helping others and interest in medicine.

In placements, we got to witness various cool procedures in the operation theatres, and we watched procedures that we would never get an opportunity to witness in Australia. I have learnt many invaluable life lessons in the short duration of my stay in Nepal, and I am really thankful to be able to travel to Nepal with my lovely Project Abroad family :)

How can this program be improved?

The only improvement I can suggest is more variety at CMC, as we spent nearly 4 hours in the pre- and post surgical ward.

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Stuart
Male
21 years old
Canada
Trinity Western University

4 week Medical Internship in Shanghai, China

10/10

Projects Abroad was a helpful, informative, useful, inspiring and genuinely kind company to deal with. I was never worried that I was being scammed or taken advantage of at any point during my stay in China or during the application process. From the initial steps of signing up for the program I was well taken care of and maintained close contact to my program supervisor. Projects Abroad had all their bases covered regarding housing, cell phone usage, flat mate meetings, hospital proximity and EVERYTHING else you can think of. This program taught me a lot about, not only medicine, but also strengthened my own personal confidence when placed within a diverse and completely different culture than my own. I would strongly recommend Projects Abroad to anyone looking to expand their comfort zone while learning your desired field of study - it is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Response from Projects Abroad

Dear Stuart. We understand that it is a bit scary going off to a new country on the other side of the world, which is why we work very hard to make sure that our volunteers feel supported and safe at all times. We are thrilled to hear you had such a wonderful experience in China and that you were able to learn about Medicine and about yourself. That's what we are all about! Thanks for sharing!

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Noreen
Female
22 years old
Canada
Wilfrid Laurier University

Incredible experience

10/10

My experience with Projects Abroad in Argentina was absolutely incredible! From my first point of contact with them, I was sure I made the right choice, and felt supported every step of the way. Upon arriving, I quickly felt at home with the Human Rights and Law team and the rest of the members in the office. The field placements were truly unique and meaningful. I wouldn't change anything about my experience, except for maybe the fact that I wish I could have stayed longer. My host family was incredibly welcoming and my coworkers made every day worth it. It isn't easy to work in Human Rights and Law; nevertheless I would recommend this to anyone willing to try. I felt as if though I was able to make a small difference every day, and gained as much back. Since returning home, I constantly refer back to my experience and have taken it forward with me every day since.

Response from Projects Abroad

Dear Noreen. It's great to hear you had such a wonderful time volunteering in Argentina! We do set up our programs so that each volunteer is able to contribute and mark a difference in the community they are helping. Hopefully you can join us again some time soon and keep on spreading your generosity and talents!

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Brooke
Female
22 years old
canada
Université de Sherbrooke

Volunteer with Projects Abroad

10/10

My name is Brooke Stoddard, and I travelled to Kenya in October 2017 to volunteer with Projects Abroad. At first, I was quite nervous about the whole adventure, since it was my first time travelling so far from home. Not only was I travelling far from home, I did not know anyone either. When I first arrived, I, as well as many other volunteers, thought "What am i doing here?". However, once I arrived to the Projects Abroad office in Nanyuki, all my stress had dropped off my shoulders. I was so relived. The staff was extremely welcoming, and make 100% certain that all their volunteers are safe at all times. The volunteers felt like family to me for the 3 weeks I was in Kenya. The volunteering was a life changing experience. I was working in the orphanages, and the children are so appreciative of everything we do for them. They simply may just need a smile, or a hug to make a difference in their day. It is truly heart warming. Every week day, all the volunteers were brought back to the Projects Abroad office where we could all interact and socialize with one another, which truly was great. Also, the staff organized social events every week, in order for the volunteers to simply get together and have fun. I guess i could go on and on about this volunteer trip, but if i have one last thing to mention, its that I highly recommend Projects Abroad. They are all simply amazing. From the moment you sign up for the trip, until the last day you leave the destination to go home. I, for one, loved every second of my adventure, and I will certainly be back to volunteer soon with Projects Abroad.

Kiara
Female

Immersed in Another Culture: Volunteering in Tanzania with Projects Abroad

10/10

Volunteering with Projects Abroad was a life-changing experience. I was nervous going to a place so different from anywhere I had ever been before, without my family or anyone I knew, for three months, but the support from Projects Abroad made it seem possible. From the get-go, the Projects Abroad team answered all my questions at their office in Toronto, and by e-mail. They sent me all the information I needed to know, and then some, so that I felt prepared for my trip to Tanzania. In country, they picked me up from the hotel I was staying at with my family (I went on a safari trip for two weeks before starting my internship) and took me to meet my host family. They gave me a thorough orientation of the city and how to get around and made sure I knew exactly how to get to my placement using the dala-dala bus system. My internship at Inherit Your Rights, a local non-governmental organization that works with local widow groups in the surrounding villages regarding human rights issues, particularly inheritance and property law, was an incredible learning experience. I was able to meet and work with the local people, as well as with other volunteers from all over the world. My host family was also so welcoming and made me feel like family. I was continually pushed outside of my comfort zone, but through it all, Projects Abroad was there to support me and make sure it was a positive experience, one that expanded my view of the world and taught me more about myself and the world I live in. Hands down – I would recommend Projects Abroad for anyone looking to volunteer abroad for the first time!

Response from Projects Abroad

Dear Kiara. We understand that going abroad for the first time may be difficult, which is why our staff are always there to help you every step of the way. We are glad you felt supported at all times! Thanks for sharing your experience in your project and with your host family - it does sound like you had an amazing time!

Program Listings

Ghana
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Projects Abroad has been placing volunteers abroad since 1992. As a volunteer in Ghana you will have the opportunity to work...
Tanzania
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Projects Abroad offers a variety of volunteer programs in Tanzania including Teaching, Care, Sports, Building projects, as we...
Nepal
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Nepal is a beautiful country with many fantastic opportunities to volunteer and intern within its borders. Nepal is a tiny, s...
Peru
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With an extensive coastline, a vast area of Amazon rainforest and the Andes, Peru gives you the opportunity to visit South Am...
Argentina
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Projects Abroad has been sending volunteers overseas since 1992. Our volunteer placements in Argentina involve Teaching, Care...
Fiji
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Projects Abroad has been providing volunteer placements abroad since 1992. In Fiji volunteers are involved in Orphanage Work,...
Cambodia
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Projects Abroad has been sending volunteers abroad since 1992. This is your chance to have a direct impact on the lives of th...
Costa Rica
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Projects Abroad has been providing volunteer placements in the developing world since 1992. Our volunteers in Costa Rica dire...
Romania
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Romania, in Eastern Europe, is a unique and wonderful place to complete a volunteer project or internship. The outstanding sc...
South Africa
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Become a valued volunteer in South Africa with Projects Abroad! Every year we send dozens of volunteers to South Africa to ta...
Mexico
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Mexico is a beautiful country, and a great place to spend time on a volunteer program or internship. Mexico is a real meeting...
Thailand
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Thailand is a great introduction to South East Asia, and a wonderful destination to volunteer or intern abroad. Its a beautif...
Jamaica
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Join a Projects Abroad volunteer program in Jamaica! This is a unique opportunity to experience a side of Jamaica rarely seen...
Senegal
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Senegal is a wonderful place to spend time volunteering abroad with Projects Abroad. Our volunteers work with disadvantaged c...
Mongolia
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Projects Abroad hosts a wide variety of volunteer projects in Mongolia! Immerse yourself in Mongolian culture as you help mak...