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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.

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Reviews

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Patrick
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had an amazing time. I was volunteering with Projects Abroad in Samoa for 2.5 months with the Rugby Coaching project. During this time I got to experience a completely new culture, pick up new language skills (just for the sake of learning!), and make some incredible and interesting new friends, both from Samoa and from all over the world!
My host family was so kind and supportive and I really got to experience the culture and delights that Samoa has to offer.
I felt like I had a huge amount of support from the staff there, with potential for more should I have wanted it and I made great friends with the programme coordinators, they will continue to be my friends. My great thanks go to Temukisa, Sinead and Demetria who made this trip unforgettable.
It was a truly incredible experience and I will be going back.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Whilst helping to prepare the family Umu (traditional oven) I was offered a drink consisting of fish brine, coconut milk and onions. It was.... interesting!
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Elena
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I took 8 students to the Barra Honda National Park in July this year. We all had such a great time!
We completed a variety of activities through-out our two weeks volunteering. These included litter picking in the local area, mural painting on the dormitories we were stayingin, trail clearing to help with fire prevention in drier months and tree planting to improve connections between biodiversity hot-spots. We also took part in research work which is contributing to a longer term project on butterflies, monkeys and bats within the national park. These projects involved hiking through the park to record butterfly species, monkey troops and collecting data on bat species that live in the various caves in the park.
The staff who run the conservation project were amazing. Daniel, Oscar, Juan and Andrea were the main people we worked with and they made every activity interesting and relevant to the students. The kitchen staff were also wonderful, they produced excellent food day after day (my particular favourite being anything with plantain in!).
At the weekends we were lucky to be able to explore the local area and take part in a range of activities. These included zip-lining, tubing, whale watching and visiting a local conservation area.
Overall we had the greatest time and I would recommend this trip to anyone thinking about doing conservation based volunteering!!!!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would go for longer! That would ensure that we could take part in as many activities as possible.
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Vanesa-Sindi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteered in a paediatric hospital in Córdoba, Argentina. Worked in various departments, such as A&E and dermatology. This was a great opportunity for me to sharpen my intra-personal skills, like communication and problem solving, since I worked within teams in an environment, which is very different both economically and culturally to the one in the UK. Also, I built quite a lot of practical experience, which helped me build my CV.

As the healthcare system in Argentina is quite different to the one in the UK, many people who are on the poverty line struggle to afford basic healthcare and by the time those patients are seen by specialists, the disease is at an advanced stage, which would not be observable in the UK. Therefore, you would be able to see many communicable diseases at advanced stages.

During your time in Argentina, you will be placed in a local host family, where you can meet other volunteers. Argentina is a very beautiful country and there are plenty of places to explore and travel around, sights like the Iguazú waterfall found on the boarder with Brazil or historical sights like Che Guevara's local house.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would travel more around the country, as Argentina is a beautiful country which can offer a lot!
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Tessa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Such an amazing experience! This was my first trip by myself so far away from home but I would do it all over again if I could! From how to pack your bags to booking your flights.. Projects Abroad does it all and the support it provided is like nothing else. Looking back on the experieence the only thing I would change is, the length of time I spent there. I spent 3 weeks in Fiji and flew to Australia for another 3 weeks straight after. If I could do it all over again I would stay a month, or two months, maybe even three. This experience has brought out the best in me and I will always treasure that. Thank you Projects Abroad and all the staff over in Fiji. This experience has meant the world to me and I am so so grateful for everything he have taught me <3

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Enjoy every single second. Completely submerge yourself in the culture and don’t be afraid.
Keep a notebook and write something in it every day about what you saw, felt, heard, tasted etc.
Be grateful xx
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Mariann
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I went to Tanzania for tree weeks, together with my daughter, working in a private school in a village outside of Moschi. It was very interesting to see how they where teaching the kids, the languise was only Englisch, i think it would make more sence wen they explain the exercisis in Kishuaeli.
I was together with tree teachers, taking care of 40 kids between two and five years old. Even the smallest children was tought the letters, i would prefore if they would play more and learn that way!!
I had a lot of fun learning the kids to wasch hands after Toilet etc. Drinking water during the day, all kind of better hygieine avoing illness.
All teachers were very kind and open minded, very exited to hier how we do in Europe. And how we treat children, also talking about Childrens Right!!
The Family we were living with, was the most lovely people you can think of. Me and my daughter had a great time, i really apriciate having this fantastic expirience together with her. The hold journie was an extraordinary expierience and i higly can recoment Project Abroad as an Organisation, i would choose them again.

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

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

Why did you choose this program?

I chose the Projects Abroad Ghana journalism project because it offered an amazing opportunity. I am studying journalism, hence the decision to do work experience of the same subject. I picked Ghana because I wanted to experience a country with a completely different culture and way of living to the UK, and also be able to report on issues that may not be covered in the UK.

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

Projects Abroad helped was very well organized; they had set up my own web page, so I had a to-do list of everything that I needed to tick off myself. For example, getting my visa and yellow fever injection.

They were good at communicating with me before I flew away, while on my travels to Ghana and also when I arrived in the country. I had to organize my own visa and set up my yellow fever injections, and I had to make sure I had all my documents together. I could book my flight through the company as well, but I chose to fly separately and they stored all my documents for me on the web page and ensured that I was ready for my trip.

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

If I was to give anyone advice, it would be to make sure you stay as long as you possibly can. I only spent two weeks in Ghana, as I was afraid of staying their too long and the possibility of not liking it, but I wish now that I stayed for at least a month - the weeks roll by so quickly it would be nice to have seen so much more of the country; after all, it’s as big as the UK and you cannot see all of the UK in two weeks, especially if you’re also working at the same time.

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

An average week would be coming into the newsroom from Monday to Friday around 9/10 am, shadowing and assisting on assignments. For example, some of the assignments I went to included going to schools and interviewing children, attending a waste plant tour with the MPs of Ghana and reporting on different communities within the region. I will help with interviewing people and have my own questions lined up ready to ask.

Some days I will stay in the newsroom to help edit pieces and also help voice news pieces. I also help to write scripts, such as the international news section

In the evening, myself, my roommate and others on different projects would go out to restaurants in the evening or the projects abroad staff would arrange for us to do something such as learning how to drum, dance the Ghanaian way, or cook some Ghanaian food.

On the weekends, we are able to do what we want. I was only there for one weekend, so we traveled to a part of the country to do a bit of traveling and hiking.

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

My biggest fear of going abroad was only not knowing what to expect. There is no real way to overcome such fear: you just have to be daring, and it was amazing to find out how welcoming everyone was when I entered Ghana.

My views changed with getting to know more people and having the support from not only the Projects Abroad staff but also the other volunteers who were with me in the country at the time.

Why is this project something people should consider to do?

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience another culture, to learn another language, to be a part of something special and help others.

The trip will change your mentality and it is a great way to learn from others in different countries and go on adventures to find out the history of another country. People should consider doing this project to gain so many skills such as reporting in another environment, communicating with people who have a different background to you and also building on your own personal skills.

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.

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.