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Working Abroad Projects

About

We are a not-for-profit company, established in March 2002, in order to provide small scale organisations with need-based support from volunteers. Our main areas of focus are: wildlife and habitat conservation, environmental education and management, teaching, social work, community development and healthcare. We also have professional internship opportunities.. We run projects in various countries around the world which volunteers are welcome to join.

Founded
2002

Reviews

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Isabella
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience of a Lifetime!

I had an amazing experience in Peru! It was incredible to work in a foreign country and serve the local people. I learned so much about health care and public health while having lots of fun. Experiencing a new culture, working hands-on at the clinic and health campaigning, and meeting the Peruvian people and host family was the highlight of my summer. I met great people from all over the US who were part of my team and became lasting friends. I had an awesome experience exploring the country especially Machu Picchu. I really wish I could have stayed longer and it is has lead me to apply to college in the medical field concentrating in public health. Thank you!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
At a local restaurant I tried Alpaca and Guinea Pig. Like most people say, it tasted like chicken:)
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Martha
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience!

I arranged this adventure for my husband and 14-year-old son. This was totally out of their comfort zone, and they loved every minute of it. Due to COVID, we made a lot of changes to the travel arrangements. The team was awesome to work with. Once in Ecuador, they felt safe. Accommodations were fine and the food was delicious. They had first-hand experience interacting with those beautiful tortoises. They helped to remove endangering experiences and surveying for birds.It was a meaningful experience. Buyers beware, those tortoises loved their food and they are fast to get to it!
If you also want to tour other islands, try to add at least two weekends in between to explore the rest of this beautiful area.

What was your funniest moment?
There were a lot of funny moments. This trip was totally out of my family's comfort zone. But, they loved those tortoises. So, after a long day of cutting leaves to feed them, they were tickled by how much they actually loved the food. I mean they were fast to get to it!
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Liza
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Conservation in the Galapagos

San Cristobal is the island with the capita of the Galapagos and is the third biggest. It is not as commercial as Santa Cruz but it has beaches, hiking and places to drink and eat after work. You will stay 5kms out of town in a hostel with plain shared rooms and good food. Taxis into town are easy to get and there are many options for weekend activities on this island or on others. You will have a cross section of experiences covering sea lions, iguanas, petrels and giant tortoises. There is weeding, attacking blackberry and lantana with machetes and gathering otoy for the tortoises. We also painted a mural at a school.It’s a well supported project, and better than others whose volunteers I spoke to. You’ll feel safe and there are people of other nationalities and ages to share free time with.

What would you improve about this program?
If you’re flexible I wouldn’t make any changes. You need to know that there are early starts and limited tools but nothing beyond a reasonable level of fitness.
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Helyne
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Trip of a lifetime

As a 50-year-old woman travelling with her teenage daughter I was filled with trepidation before the trip. However it was all needless worry. From the moment we arrived in Puerto Maldonado we will made welcome and part of an extended family. Despite a trip to the local hospital on the middle weekend This trip was absolutely the trip of a lifetime. Highlights included, but are absolutely not limited to, hand feeding bears, holding hands with monkeys, keeping a Nightingale warm in the palm of my hands, meeting amazing people from all over the world and making friends for life. Even the accommodation which was basic was more than enough as time in them was limited through work but also socialising. All in all .... a FANTASTIC TIME was had.

What would you improve about this program?
The food was basic but to be fair the kitchen was pretty basic too.
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Anon
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Extraordinary Experience

I don't have much time, so this reviiew will be short.
That being said, I can't put into words how much working with Project Abroads has helped me develop as a character.
On my trip to Peru I met unique people, experienced different cultures, and ate some great food!
On the way there you can see many phenomenal works such as Macchu Picchu along with other temples.
I live in a small town in the USA, and my experiences there are limited.
I practically live in a bubble, but my experience in Peru has changed my perception of the world (in a good way!).

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What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Alpaca meat, Guinea Pig meat, eggs with chicken, along other things.

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Alumni Interviews

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

Elizabeth Ann Wormell

Elizabeth Ann Wormell

Why did you choose this program?

I wanted to be in a Spanish speaking area and somewhere I hadn’t been before. The Galapagos is a World Heritage area with a unique fragile environment and many stressors. I wanted to contribute and to understand more than I could as a tourist. I went to the Projects Abroad meeting in London and decided that they were offering structure and support.

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

I planned the travel as I went to Quito before and then on to Colombia. Insurance would normally be provided but I was too old, so I got a rebate and used my own annual worldwide cover.

I was picked up from the airport, given an induction, provided with full board and lodging, transport to activities every day and supervision. There were social activities organized and travel to other islands and commercial trips, such as snorkeling, booked for us.

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

This is quite a physical program. I could do it at my age and level of fitness, but the first week I was very tired!

Take very old robust clothing, wellies, and strong gloves. I think 2 weeks is on the short side; 3 or 4 weeks would be better and would also give more weekends to travel the islands.

Take enough money to do side trips.

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

On 3 mornings, you leave at 5 am to conduct a sea lion census on beaches. On those days, there is then a post-breakfast and afternoon sessions. There is a clearing of alien species with machetes, weeding, cutting of otoy to feed tortoises and inspection of petrel nests and placing of rat poison. You will also clean the tortoise enclosures and lagoons and chop feed for the various sizes of animals. We spent a day painting a mural at a school.

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

I didn’t have any specific fears; my commitment was two weeks and I was pretty sure I’d cope. I was impressed that there were 9 different nationalities and a 55 year age span and we got on well and supported each other. I knew very little about the Galapagos or their flora and fauna, so the hands-on experience and the excellent interpretation centre and research centre gave me insight and knowledge.

What impressed you the most in this trip?

You will probably be able to shine a torch into a petrel nest and see a chick, notice a newborn sea lion pup, with placenta being eaten by birds and spot black iguanas on black volcanic rocks. I can now say that I can tell the difference between an alpha male, male, female, juvenile and pup.