Working Abroad Projects

Program Reviews

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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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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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Helen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Girl Guiding adventure in Costa Rica

I took part in this project through Girl Guiding international trip. It took me out of my confort zone and into a rainforrest filled with bugs and insects but i didnt mind. Mainly because I had the most amazing experience on that I will never forget. On my trip I conqured so many fears and was put in situatiuons which I would never have imagined in my wildest dreams but I wouldnt have changed it for the world best 3 weeks of my life Ive spent. The projescts abroad staff were so accomodating, I personally didnt have any experience with speaking spanish, let alone Costa Rican spanish! So i felt very very out of my depth in that regard. But the staff knew a lot of english and were alble to teach me a few words and phrases. My favourite of all id 'Pura Vida' or pure life, a manta that Costa Rican Ticos live by.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I was having a shower and a trantula came out of nowhere! I was terrified and almost ran out naked but all was good he scuttled away and i continued to shower. Not something im likely to want to repeat.
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Beata
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Nepal Childcare and Community Program for High School Students

It was a fruitful 2 week program in which I really enjoyed. It's lovely that we get to travel with people of our age (aged 15-18) from around the globe as we get to learn about different cultures. Besides painting classrooms and interacting with children on the weekdays, we did a variety of activities like learning a bit of Nepali, watching traditional dance performances, visiting temples and a farm and travelling to Pokhara where we get to visit a suspension bridge, lake Phewa and see lots of attractions. We get to try a range of traditional Nepali cuisines as well and I particularly enjoy Momo, pork dumplings. The trip was very precious as you get to experience a different culture and make a difference to the place without worrying as we are being carefully looked after by friendly Project Abroad staff.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
There were quite a few cows laying comfortably in the middle of the street and all drivers could always pass by skillfully despite the heavy traffic.
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Rachael
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

best trip ever

Visiting the Galapagos has been a lifelong dream of mine. I was traveling solo so I searched for a program that would give me some structure in an unfamiliar country but also enough freedom to explore as much as I wanted. Projects Abroad was perfect for this. The volunteer work was fun and worth-while and the staff and host families were beyond amazing and helpful. On the weekends and evening I had plenty of time to explore other islands, scuba dive and see everything I wanted to. I made lifelong friends from around the world. I highly recommend this project, and can't wait to participate in another one some day.

Plan a trip for as long as you possibly can. This may seem obvious but I thought two weeks was enough, and it flew by and I wished I had more time to explore and be with the people from the project.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Plan on arriving over the weekend before your project starts. This will give you enough time to settle in and not miss the beginning of the work week.
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Rachael
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

One of the best experiences of my life

Visiting the Galapagos has been a lifelong dream of mine. I was traveling solo so I searched for a program that would give me some structure in an unfamiliar country but also enough freedom to explore as much as I wanted. Projects Abroad was perfect for this. The volunteer work was fun and worth-while and the staff and host families were beyond amazing and helpful. On the weekends and evening I had plenty of time to explore other islands, scuba dive and see everything I wanted to. I made lifelong friends from around the world. I highly recommend this project, and can't wait to participate in another one some day.

Plan a trip for as long as you possibly can. This may seem obvious but I thought two weeks was enough, and it flew by and I wished I had more time to explore and be with the people from the project.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Plan on arriving over the weekend before your project starts. This will give you enough time to settle in and not miss the beginning of the work week.