workingabroad.com

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 ecological conservation and restoration, environmental education, 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. All our programmes adhere to our high ethical standards.

Founded
2002

Reviews

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Emma Liva
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Sport project, Peru

Great experience! So many nice people around the project. I felt very safe and welcome at my host mom’s house, the staff around the basketball project and the Projects Aboard staff too! There was a good balance between free time alone, to enjoy and experience the city on my own, but also activities with the other volunteers in the city.

The only thing I could have missed, was a little more influence on the basketball practice/the work, but with help from the coaches to translate from English to Spanish

I can definitely recommend Projects Abroad!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would have practiced more Spanish before I went to Peru, and also spent a little more time on practicing Spanish in my “home” in Peru.
-Would have been nice to talk more with my host mom and people in the city, even though it still worked out with a very small vocabulary.
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Victoria
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Medical Internship

I’m very thankful for my trip to Peru. It gave me some clarity on what I want in the future, I felt very safe there, the country was beautiful and filled with culture and history, and my house family was the absolute best. My host family and those that worked for the organization were available at any moment and were so willing to help with anything. This internship confirmed that I definitely want to do medicine overseas. I always look back through my pictures and feel very thankful for the opportunity and the growth I experienced there.

What was your funniest moment?
I found myself laughing with the other volunteers all the time. I also remember times when there would be street performers that would do things intentionally to make other people laugh which of course, worked.
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Isabel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Peru

The project offers more than just the work experience. The project was incredible at giving the volunteers a social outlet with one another, which made the whole trip amazing. They also regularly gave advice on the places to visit, and guided us to others that could safely take us around. The archaeology program was amazing, and more hands on than I had imagined. If you do the archaeological project, you will have the opportunity to work with ancient artifacts and explore the most beautiful ruins.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future travelers; let yourself become completely immersed into the culture. Don’t hold back, and don’t let yourself get too caught up in your own expectations to enjoy the curveballs.
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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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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.