Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad

About

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.

Headquarters

80 Broad St Floor 32
New York, NY 10004
United States

Reviews

Carolyn
9/10

Having just returned from Madagascar for 3 weeks with the Projects Abroad Team, I could recommend anyone wanting to do a project with them. You will be supported through the entire process.

When you register for the program and even before hand should you have any questions about registration or fees.

Upon registering, depending on how far away your program is, you will be briefed about what is expected and how the placement will go. This is normally done about 6 weeks before after final payment has been completed.

If you need assistance with fund raising PA will be able to assist with great ideas.

Upon arrival you will be meet at the airport and you will be guided about money exchange or any other questions that you might have. In Madagascar you will be given a few snacks for the long journey to Andasibe as well as a bottle of water as you no doubt will be parched from the flight.

The staff will be welcoming and you will feel right at home in no time at all. A Welcome lunch and then straight to work..... You will have no time for the "Mora Mora" (slow and steady pace) that you will have .

This program is very supportive, if you are interested in travel and the staff will help you with arrangements to various other locations in Madagascar. I highly recommend using this service.

Zu the chef at the hotel is a wonderful chef we all enjoyed the cultural cooking evening when we made Casava Tempura... YUM...

The town is charming and you will feel right at home...within a week you will recognize the kind inhabitants and they will greet you with open arms at every turn, and will help you when and if you require assistance.

Take a chance, volunteer, make a change within yourself, and assist many others in need. You will be forever changed...

How can this program be improved?
I have done many volunteer programs and I would rate this particular program among the top 3 that I have completed. The staff was wonderful and the group was particularly kind and supportive. We all did almost everything together and we all gelled and bonded very well.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Edward
10/10

Participating in the care and community program was the second time I had the opportunity to volunteer in Nepal so I wasn't expecting much difference from the previous organization I went with; however, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the program.

The living conditions were better than I expected. There was everything from a clean bed and bathroom to room service and laundry services available at request. We were well fed and all of the food served at the hotel was delicious. The staff at the Prince Hotel were also extremely friendly and accommodating to our needs.

The people I met were also very friendly. I was also surprised by the many different backgrounds of the volunteers that volunteered alongside me. There were students from all over the world that came to participate and it was a joy learning to communicate in their languages and making foreign friends.

If I have the time and opportunity, I would definitely partake in the program again. I give this program my highest recommendation for those who want to help others while visiting a foreign country.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Maddy
10/10

Peru!! What an incredible place. From beautiful buildings to incredible views. The people, the food and the markets are great!! The schools and the children are so warm hearted!! Great experience!!

I have never meet a company that is so informative and helpful. They always answer all their emails, and even take phone calls. Very easy to communicate and organise things with. This was the same when I was in Peru. Always there and ready to help.

My experience during my placement has amazing. It was fun, heartwarming, and enjoyable time. I was lucky to work with a great group of students, and all different ages. I had time to work with them 1 on 1, as well as in a group.

I found the altitude a little difficult, but got use to it very quickly. My family actually gave me a special tea to help. My family did many beautiful things to help make my stay enjoyable. They took me on a tour around the city, cooked amazing food, spent time with me learning spanish, as well as taking me to the market.

During my time in Peru I got to meet with many of the other volunteers. We spent nights at restaurants having dinner, seeing in karaoke bars as well as doing some small tours. It was nice to feel safe and like I had a whole new family here.

It was a once in the lifetime experience, and I hope too and can not wait to go again!!! Thank your Projects Abroad.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Megan
2/10

From mine & other volunteers experiences this voluntourism does not seem to be harmful but I also do not believe it does much good. A lot of us felt we weren't needed at our placements and did not make any difference with our volunteering.

Considering the low cost of living in Vietnam the courses are hugely over priced and the company is very cheap when it comes to paying for transport and food despite how much volunteers pay. Had multiple bad experiences with staff right from the booking process through to leaving.

Only thing that made the project enjoyable was the people there. Would highly recommend avoiding Projects Abroad and going directly to an NGO which will be much cheaper and you're time there will be useful. Other volunteers agreed that Projects Abroad was not an ethical organisation and they wished they had used a different company. Stay away!!

Response from Projects Abroad

Dear Megan,

Thank you for your feedback. I'm very sorry to hear you did not feel you were making a large impact in the community you were working within. We are very proud of the contribution our volunteers make each year around the world and in Vietnam. In 2017, our volunteers made a significant and lasting impact around the globe - from the 52,000 trees planted, to the 37,500 people they provided with health checks and basic health services, to the 8000 people they taught about safe hand washing practices, to the 16 new species of bird discovered. You can read more examples in our Global Impact Report here:
https://docs.projects-abroad.ie/uk/global-impact-report/global-impact-report-2017.pdf

In Vietnam, this year we have provided health and safety training to 280 disadvantaged youths, 168 students with health check-ups, speech therapy to over 86 patients, occupational therapy to over 58 patients and physiotherapy to over 94 patients. Our volunteers taught over 3,000 students and renovated an old classroom to make a library complete with a hand washing station and art corner. Our volunteers have educated over 120 children on hand washing and teeth cleaning, and worked with three local social enterprises, increasing traffic to their website by 10%.

We are really sorry to hear you were not happy with the support of our staff. We ask volunteers to provide us with feedback at the end of their stay. This year our team in Vietnam has received a score of 92/100.

I'm sorry that you did not feel we were value for money. We provide volunteers with accommodation, transport, local meals, travel and medical insurance and staff support 24 hours a day from our dedicated in-country team. While there may be some other cheaper options out there, it's important to keep in mind that Projects Abroad volunteers pay not only for the cost of living abroad, but to ensure they join a long-term, safe, and structured program that is focused on you having a positive and sustainable impact on the community you have chosen to serve. You are getting a hassle-free experience in which we take care of everything for you, as we do plan your trip from start to finish and guide you every step of the way so you don't have to worry about anything and you can just focus on your project. This would not be true by going directly with a local NGO, though the help is always appreciated anyway it comes!

We are extremely proud of the work that we do, but can always build on this. We value the feedback you have provided to us already, and have taken on board your concerns. Thank you again for sharing this with us.

Best wishes,

Suzy Wyett-Adams
Head Office Coordinator for Argentina, Cambodia, Romania, Thailand and Vietnam.

No, I don't recommend this program
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Analiese
8/10

My time in Fiji was an amazing and unforgettable experience. I stayed in Nadi and interned/volunteered for the Nutrition Project through Projects Abroad. Fiji overall is a great country to travel to; its beauty is stunning, there is plenty to do in your free time, and I felt very safe the whole time. I stayed with a host family, which was such a great experience. My host mom, "Lo" as we called her, was such a sweet spirit who did everything she could to make the volunteers feel comfortable and at home. She was also a great cook, and made us delicious traditional Fijian meals every night! I loved having dinner with her and the rest of the family every night and playing with her 4 kids.

The nutrition project itself was an amazing and unique learning experience as well as a ton of fun! I am a nutrition student at the University of Alabama, so I was able to apply my previous nutrition knowledge as well as learn a lot about Fijian dietary habits/recommendations. We did a variety of things including health screenings, nutrition counseling, and presentations at schools. Everyday was a little different, which kept the project exciting. Our project coordinator, Meiva, was really great in leading us each day, and also was very open to suggestion for how to make the project better. She also asked every intern what they enjoyed or wanted to get out of the project, and made changes accordingly.

Lastly, I think my favorite part of the whole experience was the other volunteers I met while I was there. I loved spending every day with my fellow nutrition volunteers and also getting to know interns from the other projects in Nadi as well. We had “socials” arranged by Projects Abroad and also explored Fiji together in our free time at night or on weekends. I know I made several lasting friendships, and I even have plans for a volunteer I met in Fiji to come visit me this Fall! Overall this was an incredible experience of a lifetime.

How can this program be improved?
I think the nutrition project could have reached more people within Fiji if we expanded who all we gave presentations to or did nutrition screenings for.
Yes, I recommend this program

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