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"More Travelers Requesting Up-Close-And-Personal African Wildlife Experience"
“Judi Gounaris, Conservation Director for Projects Abroad in Botswana said wildlife tourism can benefit conservation and tourism as long as it is managed correctly, but walking with lions ‘only satisfies the ego of the tourist and does nothing for the lion’. Wild animals should only be viewed in the wild or in legitimate sanctuaries with nonbreeding policies where animals have been rescued and could not be returned to the wild, she added.”read the full article
"Teenagers watch heart surgery in Argentina"
Bermudians Gianluca, 16, and friend Liam Peniston, 17, watched the surgery as part of a volunteer trip to Argentina with Projects Abroad. "Until I saw the open-heart surgery I didn’t really understand what being a doctor meant," Gianluca said. "I didn’t really take my studies as seriously as I could have. I am going into my last year at Saltus and hadn’t picked a university. Now, I am a lot more serious. I have a purpose.”read the full article
“Why not send Cameron a birthday gift?”
“During her volunteer trip to Ghana, Cameron decided to gather donations to help expand the maternity ward at Nkawie Government Hospital. The new building, which hospital officials named the Cameron Ausley Carlyle Maternity Theatre, contains an operating room plus additional beds, a bathroom, a scrub room, a nurses' station and a room to hold an incubator for premature babies.”read the full article
“World Lion Day: Leading voluntary placement company commits to ensuring ‘animal friendly’ offer in wake of Cecil the Lion death”
“One of the world’s leading gap year and voluntary placement providers, Projects Abroad, has publicly committed to doing more to ensure that its international projects are in no way connected to animal cruelty in any form.”read the full article
“How to be a useful voluntourist”
“With more widespread media coverage of global crises, the number of people volunteering through independent companies or organizations such as UK-headquartered Projects Abroad is increasing.”read the full article
“Speech expert helps out”
“In the early spring of 2015, I realized I needed a challenge and a new adventure, something to get me thinking outside of the 'box' I was living in," Michele, a speech-language pathologist from Newfoundland, Canada, said. "Perhaps it was a combination of restlessness and the need for something completely different. The answer? Visit beautiful Fiji as a volunteer!”read the full article
“Why South Asian students need to be more socially engaged”
“Recently I had an engaging conversation with Ashima Dhingra, a second-generation South Asian who works with Projects Abroad, a company which runs a Global Gap Volunteer Program for high school students. Ashima spent a gap year abroad where she met people from all walks of life, worked with the less fortunate and ended up learning more in a year than some of us do in a lifetime.”read the full article
“Volunteer helps tackle mental health challenges in Samoa”
“As numbers and demand for specialised health providers in Samoa increases, Naomi Levels jumped at the opportunity to leave Tilburg University in the Netherlands and spend five months in Samoa. Ms. Levels is studying a Masters in Child and adolescent psychology and her time in Samoa will go towards its completion.”read the full article
“15 Trips To Take Before You Turn 30”
“We recognize the benefits of giving back and helping others, and tying a travel experience in with a volunteer opportunity is rewarding on a variety of levels.”read the full article
“Want to help rebuild Nepal? Projects Abroad is organizing relief trips”
“More than 7,200 people have died in the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, and the need for aid continues to be desperate. Projects Abroad is heeding the call for help.”read the full article
“Travel industry aids victims of Nepal earthquake”
“Projects Abroad, a global company founded in 1992 that organizes short-term volunteer programs with projects in 28 countries, is calling for volunteers to help with earthquake recovery work through its Disaster Relief project.”read the full article
“Ghidotti student to hone surgical skills at Stanford program”
“Sophie McMurry, a junior at Ghidotti Early College High School, has spent the past several years seeking out ways to gain more experience in the medical field. Last summer, she traveled to Tanzania with volunteer organization Projects Abroad. There, she spent a month interning at three different local hospitals, doing significant outreach to increase access to medical care for women in the community. She was recently accepted into a summer internship program at Stanford University’s Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills and Education Center.”read the full article
“Students looking for a meaningful summer can volunteer abroad”
“High school students seeking a meaningful experience over the summer may wish to look into volunteering abroad. Programs are available that enable students to travel to developing communities and making a positive impact there through volunteer efforts.”read the full article
Thomas Pastrorius, Head of Global Recruitment for Projects Abroad, was a guest at the Rudy Maxa’s World radio show with Rudy Maxa. The interview starts at 24:08.listen to the interview
“Sophie looking forward to her South American adventure”
“A teenager is set to travel thousands of miles to volunteer for an important environmental initiative that also looks after unwanted animals. After coming across the Conservation Project in Peru, Sophie Webster plans to work there for a month later this year.”
“Clinical placement in Nepal: an interview with Ruth Jones”
“In May last year, Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine, in partnership with Projects Abroad, offered one lucky medical student the chance to practice their clinical skills abroad in an international placement. The winner was Ruth Jones from the University of Nottingham, who impressed the judging panel with her sincerity, dedication, and willingness to become the best doctor she can be. Ruth has decided to take her placement in Nepal.”
“Volunteering in Fiji with Sharks”
“Ellen Mackenzie shares the experience she had volunteering abroad with Projects Abroad on the Fiji Conservation Project.”
“4 Archaeological Vacations Worth Digging Into”
“Many companies are working with scientific teams around the globe to bring people and history together. These volunteers help with surveying, documenting the landscape and excavating, as well as sampling, cleaning, and processing finds.”
“Alternative spring break trips for college students”
“For college students, finding an affordable and safe place to go for spring break can be a challenge. However, there are many alternatives to the wild and expensive places such as Panama City Beach. Projects Abroad is a Global Service Organization where volunteers nationwide come together to learn and serve other countries. With seven locations to choose from, students can help build, advocate public health, or work at local shelters.”
“Bolton student sponsors Kenyan child's education after working vacation in Africa”
“When Bolton sisters Stephanie and Kristine De Jong had the opportunity to get away from this Arctic winter, instead of flying off to sip margaritas on a beach in the Caribbean they opted for volunteering in Kenya with Projects Abroad.”
“Want to give high school students the world? Projects Abroad can help”
“Gap years have become popular for high school students who want to take a year off and see the world before starting college. But for students short on time who want a meaningful travel experience, Projects Abroad can fill the gap.”
"Alternative Spring Breaks 2015: 5 Volunteer Opportunities For Building Homes, Teaching Youth At Cool Destinations"
“Still not sure how to spend your upcoming spring break? Consider volunteering. Several non-profit organizations have alternative spring breaks where college students and other young adults can help the less fortunate.”
“In their effort to alleviate the onslaught of climate change, Projects Abroad Shark Conservation has extended its services and joined other institutions to fight against climate change.”
“Woman lives off 80p a day for a week”
“A dedicated volunteer has raised hundreds of pounds for impoverished communities in Kenya — by living off 80p a day for a week. Sally Shephard lived below the international poverty line to raise money for Mattumaini, a project dedicated to the development of the community in the slums of Nakuru, the fourth largest town in Kenya.”
“Stella on Hashtag Radio, 26 Jan Interview: Aimee Bishop, Projects Abroad SA”
“Aimee Bishop, Communications Manager for Projects Abroad’s Global Information Office in Cape Town, South Africa, was a guest at a radio show with Stella WaAfrika. ”
“Discover uncharted territory”
“There are numerous opportunities available to young Canadians who have the desire to travel and explore international cultures and destinations. Depending on a person’s tastes, their next spring break could involve learning Arabic and volunteering with children in Morocco. Projects Abroad offers an ‘alternative spring break’ program that provides options for alternate ways to spend reading week.”
“The Struggle is Real: 10 Summer Programs to Make You Forget How Cold You Are”
“If you’re not keen on frozen nose hairs and at least want to envision yourself somewhere warmer this summer, take a look at these ten programs to warm you right up!”
“Parents weigh value of gap year”
“Taking a gap year can give a school leaver perspective on what career path they want to follow, said Aimee Bishop of Projects Abroad, adding that it could also offer them a good chance to further their understanding of the working world.”
“Foreign Volunteers travel to protect the woods and its wild life”
“At the Pumakawa Reservoir, in Calamuchita, every year young European volunteers arrive to do some conservation work for a few months. In between adventure and exchange, the NGO benefits.”
["En la reserva Pumakawa, en Calamuchita, reciben cada año a jóvenes europeos que llegan para trabajar como colaboradores varios meses. Entre la aventura y el intercambio, la ONG se beneficia."]
“Making service vacations part of New Year's travel resolutions”
“College students looking to spend spring break or other school breaks during 2015 in a meaningful way while exploring a new destination may wish to check out opportunities with Projects Abroad.”
“Projects Abroad Lets Teens and Adults See the World While Giving Back”
“Many people have goals to see the world and also to make a difference by helping others. Projects Abroad is making it possible for participants to do both at the same time.”
“Crazy Fun Gap-Year Ideas For Grownups”
“Gap years truly are, with apologies to that old Coca-Cola ad, the ‘pause that refreshes.’ But until recently, they -- like youth -- were wasted on the young. While plenty of students take a gap year before starting college, there are several gap year programs that are geared for the retired or about-to-be retired.”
“Short-term volunteer vacations: 10 charitable trips for the time-crunched traveler”
“Thinking of mixing some volunteer work in with your next vacation, but feeling tight on time? Short-term volunteer vacations are out there.”
“Modern toilets for Richmond Primary”
“The international private volunteer organization, Projects Abroad, recently handed over flush toilet facilities to Richmond Primary School. The modern sanitation system replaced age-old pit toilets, which are being gradually phased out at schools across Jamaica.”
“1Ls: Why You Should Do A Service Internship Abroad”
“Former volunteer Emily D. explains, ‘I learned more in my month of interning at the Projects Abroad Human Rights office than I ever could have imagined. It was the first time in my life when I felt like I was doing tangible work, and at the same time, I was actually touching the lives of people.’”
“A Guide to Community Service for Busy High School Students”
“Instead of lying around on the couch playing video games or hanging out at the mall during your breaks, use the time to get in your community service. Find a short term activity that you can do over the breaks, like working abroad. Projects Abroad has High School Specials, a program which offers follows a schedule of taught sessions, hands-on and observational service work, as well as evening activities and weekend excursions.”
"Strategies for a Gap Year"
“Students who would like to put their college career on hold to travel around the world a gap year can enjoy a life-changing experience particularly if some of the time is used to volunteer abroad. Here are some tips to consider from Projects Abroad, an international volunteer organization that has been sending gap year students abroad to more than 25 destinations on six continents since the mid-90s.”read the full article
"My Children Abroad"
“Aster Dergu and her family are very different from other families in one aspect. The family have, since November 2007, opened their house to foreigners working in Ethiopia as volunteers for an organization called Projects Abroad. Aster says that they have hosted about 400 volunteers from all over the world so far. All of them have imparted her some experiences and values, which she uses every day.”read the full article
“Volunteering Around the World”
“Volunteers go through a thorough orientation, but despite the amount of training and pre-departure information that Projects Abroad provides, managing volunteers’ expectations is a key part of the job”
"Projects Abroad NGO repaints part of Lautoka Hospital"
“Volunteers who come from all corners of the globe are painting the waiting room of the Dental Clinic and the Children’s ward’s ‘Mother Room’ with brightly colored arts and craft with the hope of spreading laughter and smiles to the children of the hospital.”read the full article
"Grimsby team ready for mission trip"
“Grade 11 Grimsby teen, Genevieve Mindorff, is planning a mission trip to Morocco next summer with the help of Projects Abroad, working with children as an educational assistant in a care center. For the first time, she will be staying with a family in Morocco for the entirety of her trip. “It will be even more of an authentic experience,” said Mindorff.”read the full article
"Combating the global epidemic of prison overcrowding"
"Maria Mulindi is Program Manager for Projects Abroad’s Human Rights Project in South Africa (PAHRO), and her experience working with refugees and, more recently, Pollsmoor inmates has given her excellent insight into the prison underworld and the ramifications of the overcrowding problem."read the full article
"Desire to conquer poverty prompts Fijian trip"
"One student’s desire to help others is taking her to Fiji. Maddy Bunton, 16, is traveling to the island in December to spend two weeks with disadvantaged locals. Traveling to a village near Pacific Harbour she will be teaching English, renovating buildings, and working with children."read the full article
"Projects Abroad hailed for volunteerism"
"Ministry of Education director in Region 5, Dr Nadine Leachman, has lauded the non-governmental organization Projects Abroad Jamaica for what she described as "volunteerism at its highest level."read the full article
"Christiana Fattorini ’15 finds a passion for public health with Projects Abroad"
"As a volunteer for Projects Abroad, Fattorini became aware of the importance of education in public health. It was a turning point for her career path. ‘I loved working in the hospital, but I found most patients returned for preventable health issues,” said Fattorini. “I realized there is a great need for education and resources in public health."read the full article
"Volunteerism: For Those Looking to Travel and Give Back"
"If you’re looking to make an impact on the environment, Projects Abroad is playing an important role in contributing to the preservation of the earth. With ten Conservation & Environment projects on four continents, Projects Abroad is making great strides in conservation work and promoting environmental awareness in communities around the world, with the help of dedicated volunteers."read the full article
"Bookworm Kadisha Gets Scholarship"
"Made possible through the company Projects Abroad, Kadisha Mitchell received a total of J$30,000 to help offset school fees, among other expenses."read the full article
"Children’s Day Enjoyed by Local Kids"
"Projects Abroad Fiji was happy to sponsor the Digicel Bula Festival 2014 Children’s Day which marked the opening of the Festival. Volunteers organized free games and fun activities for the children of Nadi to enjoy."read the full article
“Projects Abroad - For students who wish to take a break, travel, and contribute”
"Geneviève Therrien est conseillère de programmes chez Projects Abroad au bureau de Toronto. Elle est l’invitée au micro de Raymond Desmarteau."
["Genevieve Therrien, Program Advisor for Projects Abroad in Toronto, was a guest at the radio show with Raymond Desmarteau.]listen to the interview
“Victoria Murphy from the UK and Lindsey Benster from the US are volunteering as nutrition volunteers with Projects Abroad Fiji. They are based at Dratabu Village in Nadi and have already become famous icons promoting healthy eating and living standards.”read the full article
“Nelson Mandela Day”
“Nelson Mandela International Day in Fiji was recognized well by Projects Abroad Fiji. As part of the Projects Abroad Global campaign, volunteers and staff dedicated 67 minutes to give back to the community.”
“10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Joining the Peace Corps”
“Despite the attention from the press, TV references and endless information available about joining the Peace Corps, most of us still wish there were a few things someone had told us about our service before we decided to join.”read the full article
“Senior volunteers go global with Projects Abroad”
“Whether they’re tackling the issue of human rights abuse in Jamaica, building a new school for Maasai children in Tanzania, or helping disadvantaged communities in India overcome poverty and start businesses, senior volunteers and those of all ages can get involved in these impactful opportunities.”read the full article
“Projects Abroad Supports Villagers Health”
“International volunteer organization Projects Abroad Fiji staff and volunteers visited Dratabu village to dig and plant a total of 11 gardens for village residents. ‘Empowering them about the importance of nutritional food is one of our main objectives. By planting these gardens we are able to give them the opportunity to access nutrient dense foods (super foods) because they are eating food containing more carbohydrates and less macro-nutrients,’ said Projects Abroad Medical & Health Consultant Mr Rosan Lal.”read the full article
"Summer internships allow students to sharpen skills, explore the world"
"These programs are designed to help graduates develop skills in a particular field by working alongside local professionals an intern and helping as needed. With internships in many fields, graduates from all backgrounds are sure to find something to suit their interests and career plans."read the full article
"Delay college for a gap year"
"As a growing number of students are discovering, taking time off between high school and college can not only make you a more interesting person, it also might make you a better student. As Hage says, "There is no better education than having the world as your teacher."read the full article
"Volunteer in the field and the country of your choice"
Maryse Jobin a voulu en savoir davantage sur ce volontariat où il faut défrayer les coûts de son stage. Elle s’est entretenue avec Émile Kinley-Gauthier, conseiller de programmes chez Projects Abroad Canada
["Maryse Jobin was interested in learning more about this particular type of volunteering for which you have to cover the cost of your internship. She discussed it with Emile Kinley-Gauthier, Program Advisor at Projects Abroad Canada."]listen to the interview
“Volunteering in the Philippines - Projects Abroad Helps Rebuild After Typhoon Haiyan”
“Besides providing hands and strength to help rebuild infrastructure and maintain stability in schools and hospitals, the volunteers are also on the ground for a much simpler purpose. “A big part of our volunteers’ jobs is to help take their minds off things,” said Rachel McMillan, referring to the typhoon survivors. “This is especially important with the children.”read the full article
“5 Impressive Things You Can Do Instead of Being an Intern”
“Volunteering gives you the chance to not only contribute to a worthwhile cause and give back, but also work on something you personally feel strongly about. A volunteer opportunity is also a way to explore a role that's in line with your professional goals: administrative work for management interests, accounting for finance, thrift shop or clothing bank positions for fashion and retail, and so on.”read the full article
“World’s Best Volun-tourism Opportunities”
“For some divers, it’s instinct to spend most of their time underwater watching for a certain dorsal fin. With Projects Abroad’s newest venture, launched in Fiji this past January, you can put those spotting skills to good use.”read the full article
“International Internships Available to Recent College Graduates this Summer”
“It has become increasingly popular over the years for recent college graduates to embark on a summer trip abroad before entering the workplace. Many graduates are interested in travelling with a purpose, and want to do something meaningful with their time. International volunteer organization Projects Abroad offers a variety of internships in several disciplines that give graduates a worthwhile experience abroad for the summer while also enhancing their resumes.”read the full article
“Projects Abroad Turns 5 Years in Fiji”
“Today, Projects Abroad has seven successful running projects within the country namely Teaching / Physical Education, Music and Arts & Craft (PEMAC), Medical, Care, Community, Animal Care, Sports, and the Shark Conservation Project. Our Fiji projects have become a success throughout the years and have attracted over 300 volunteers.”read the full article
“COE Hosts 2014 Alternative Spring Break in Jamaica”
“Six University of Tennessee students travelled to inland Jamaica, to Mandeville in the Manchester Parish, for the second annual COE Alternative Spring Break. Five engineering students (from majors civil, chemical, aerospace, computer science, and mechanical) were joined by an honors student double-majoring in economics and philosophy.”read the full article
“New Volunteer Opportunities with Projects Abroad”
“Church groups looking for new volunteer opportunities can consider building a school for Tanzanian Maasai children, helping impoverished communities start businesses in India or choosing another of Projects Abroad’s new volunteer opportunities.”read the full article
“Projects Abroad Offers Global Service Programs for High School Students”
“Teenagers get involved in all sorts of projects that range from environmental conservation, to public health campaigns, child and animal care, human rights initiatives and more. The organization sees an increasing number of teens wanting to volunteer abroad and its High School Special programs aim to channel this energy into ways for young volunteers to benefit both its host communities abroad and themselves through service work and cultural exchange.”read the full article
“Manchester home for 40 more HIV-infected children”
“The flagship project of international volunteer organization, Projects Abroad Jamaica and the BrigIT Water Foundation in Australia is slated to provide — in a family and home setting — health care and meet the social and psychological needs of 40 children without legal guardian and support, and 20 women who have been ostracized by their families.”read the full article
“Projects Abroad Introduces New Volunteer Opportunities”
“Projects Abroad is offering new programs in Jamaica, Tanzania, Fiji, India, and the Philippines. Whether they are tackling the issue of human rights abuse in Jamaica, building a new school for Maasai children in Tanzania, or helping disadvantaged communities overcome poverty and start businesses in India, volunteers of all ages can get involved in these impactful opportunities.”
“Projects Abroad Jamaica shines spotlight on Belle Haven HIV/AIDS facility”
“Projects Abroad Jamaica intends to draw attention to the issue of HIV/AIDS and its impact on children in Central Jamaica and capitalise on its international-volunteer network to generate interest and fundraising.”read the full article
“Keep it clean”
“A SHARK conservation project by Nadi-based Projects Abroad Fiji includes an awareness campaign in coastal villages on Viti Levu. The campaign was introduced in Galoa Village, Navua where villagers were educated on the importance of keeping their environment clean for themselves and for marine life.”read the full article
“Vietnam an eye-opener for Australian physios”
“Lee says her time at Bo De children’s home did allow her to effect positive change, particularly in terms of fostering greater interaction between disabled children and the home’s nannies. By the end of her stay she also noticed that beanbags donated by Projects Abroad were being used to help children at the home with cerebral palsy to sit in an upright position and thereby benefit from the stimuli of the kindergarten.”read the full article
"The Week You’ll Never Forget"
“Make your memories more meaningful by taking an alternative spring break this year…Help with Typhoon Haiyan Relief in the Philippines at Projects-Abroad.org”
"Travel News, Tips & Tricks for Spring 2014"
“Projects Abroad offers students on break from full-time study a chance to do volunteer work overseas on a short-term basis. Their latest venture is two projects, bringing clean water to rural communities in the East African nation of Tanzania.”read the full article
“New Volunteer Project Brings Clean Water to Rural Communities in Tanzania”
“Following the success of several Water & Sanitation Projects worldwide, Projects Abroad and partner BridgIT Water are launching new projects in Tanzania this month, where they will continue their international development work to provide safe and sustainable water sources to communities abroad.”
“Volunteer Falls in Love with Animal Care Project in Fiji”
“Lisa said that ‘Projects Abroad makes a lot of difference as there is less work load on the staff when volunteers are present. Daily tasks begin at 8am where we clean cages and feed the animals. Then, we clean up the kitchen, do the laundries and attend to customers. After Lunch, we do cleaning and feeding again before we finish off from work in the afternoon.”
“7 Specialty Volunteer Organizations to Discover”
“Projects Abroad matches volunteers with a tremendous range of projects worldwide. They cater to all different folks aged 16 to 75, and offer various fields of volunteering - from performing arts and archeology to teaching and building.”read the full article
“American Volunteer Ventures into Teaching Special Needs Children”
“The highlight of her experience was establishing a relationship with her Projects Abroad host family. ‘My best experience would be meeting my host family because they’ve been so wonderful. I’ve been sick a few times and being far away from my family was not a problem as my host family filled in pretty well, making sure I got better,’ she shared.”
“How To Volunteer To Help Those Affected By Typhoon Haiyan”
“’The inquiries and the requests, how can I help, how can I go abroad, has really skyrocketed lately,’ says Rachel McMillan, a program adviser with Projects Abroad. Projects Abroad, with an office in New York City, operates trips for volunteers who want to pitch in on relief and care efforts in 28 developing countries around the world.”
“Projects Abroad is Already Organizing Typhoon Relief Volunteer Trips to the Philippines”
“In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, several organizations are calling on volunteers to help rebuild the Philippines. One of those agencies, Projects Abroad, already has people on the ground concentrating on restoring schools and child care centres. Since disaster relief efforts are expected to last for the next several months, they organizing more volunteer trips to the region right now.”read the full article
“Succor for the Suffering”
“In the wake of the recent Typhoon Haiyan disaster in the Philippines, Projects Abroad is calling for volunteers to help with valuable recovery work. By directing resources and efforts toward providing volunteers to help in the Philippines, Projects Abroad’s Disaster Relief project will focus on areas heavily affected by the typhoon, with the objective to bring educational facilities back to working order as soon as possible and also to look after local children while their parents help with the clean-up efforts.”read the full article
“How To Help The Philippines After Typhoon Haiyan As A Volunteer Or Tourist”
“Projects Abroad, which had a presence on the ground in the affected area before the storm hit, sent its first set of volunteers in this week and said the response has been tremendous. All volunteers must commit to a minimum of two weeks and pay their own way (though accommodation is provided with a host family in an undamaged home).”read the full article
“Now is the time for volunteer tourism in the Philippines”
“To help in areas that have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan, Projects Abroad is directing resources and efforts in the Philippines toward providing volunteers to help in typhoon relief work in the Philippines through a special Disaster Relief project.”read the full article
“Volunteers Needed In The Philippines For Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Relief”
“Projects Abroad's Disaster Relief project in the Philippines will focus on areas in the northern part of Cebu Island close to the typhoon's path, including Bogo City, Tabogan, and San Remigio, all of which have been affected by the typhoon.”read the full article
“Alum Discovers Global Perspectives in Medicine”
“Le, who graduated from CUA just last year with a BS in Biochemistry, participated in an initiative last summer run through the organization Projects Abroad, an international program which provides volunteers for project sites around the world. He travelled to Vietnam, where he was placed in the pediatric cerebral palsy department at the acupuncture hospital.”read the full article
“Adventurous Karen from Sutton takes on Mongolia”
“Career-breaker Karen Nolan has gained invaluable experience while volunteering in Mongolia. The 43-year-old from Sutton Coldfield had always wanted to volunteer abroad - after working in the tourism industry for fifteen years in various roles, Karen decided to give something back. ‘I’ve gained a wide range of experience in my working life and wanted to be able to share some of this,’ she said. ‘I wanted to be able to spend a good amount of time and I finally had the opportunity to take 3 months off work to do this.’”read the full article
“Showin' some love 'n' gettin' 'Dirty' ... Volunteers visit and clean infirmary”
"’The residents were appreciative of the care and attention given to them; many have grown accustomed to the loving care of volunteers who are placed here. Companies like Projects Abroad help us fulfil the mandate of the institution to cater to the total well-being of the residents,’"read the full article
“Shirley Venter, 70, from South Africa spent a month volunteering with Projects Abroad Fiji at a women's club in Dratabu Village in Fiji…Shirley believes that more seniors should participate as volunteers because she believes that they are not afraid to address the chiefs or the higher ranking people of the village.”read the full article
“'Projects Abroad' Takes Ward Melville Grad to Mongolia and Back”
"’We shadowed doctors and got to learn about the health care and medical system within the main capital," he said, adding that he got to experience close-up observations of a gall bladder removal surgery as well as surgeries on an eye, heart and prostate. He noted that the country's health care system ‘is very understaffed.’"read the full article
“Scholarships, bursaries from Projects Abroad”
“’We believe in helping where help is needed, whether it is needed by an individual, an organisation or an entire community. We respond to the needs as effectively as we can with our abilities and our resources,’ said Projects Abroad Jamaica Country Director Dr Bridgette Barrett.”read the full article
“You’re Retired? How to Volunteer Overseas“
“Where you go and what you’ll be doing on your volunteer vacation depends on your own interests and skills. You can find opportunities in dozens of countries, from Poland to Peru. You might be able to tap into the skills you’ve honed in your professional life, or choose something that simply appeals to you…Another site we recommend is Projects Abroad.”read the full article
“5 Reasons to be a Medical Intern Abroad”
“As an international volunteer you will have a valuable role to play in your host community. You will work alongside local colleagues, join service projects and public health initiatives, and participate in international exchange. Projects Abroad medical interns get involved with outreach activities to bring access to healthcare to local communities.”read the full article
“A Different Project for Madurai Corporation School Students”
“’There is a new environment created here for these students when the volunteers visit. Their English improves the more they converse with the volunteers and their awareness is enhanced, thanks to the exposure.’ The students share experiences with the volunteers.”read the full article
“Foreign Students Volunteer in Holiday School”
”’We have been taking out these programs mainly in the second term of holidays, since 2011 and this helps us as teachers and our children to learn more from these students that are here and willing to share what they know and in return it builds their confidents to be future teachers’”.read the full article
“A Ray of Hope”
“11 volunteers from various European countries as well as a local technical advisor worked on completing the house for the family to move in before the onset of the hurricane season.”
“Gretchen McCarthy, a sophomore from St. Louis, Mo., taught French and English this summer to children in Saint Louis, Senegal. McCarthy worked as a volunteer for a month in a care centre that offered classes to children who do not attend school. Her project was part of the Projects Abroad program. A French and Spanish double major, her project goals were to figure out if she truly wanted to pursue a career in education and to push herself out of her comfort zone."read the full article
“Projects Abroad Japan”
“When we asked Projects Abroad Japan about the challenges they face and their future goals, they said, ‘Volunteering in Japan is still less popular than in Western countries, although the numbers are increasing every year. We’re afraid that sometimes those who might be interested in volunteering don’t take the chance because they think volunteering is much more involved and serious than it really is. Volunteering can be a very simple activity, and it is invaluable not only to those in need, but also to you.’”read the full article
“News about opportunities, initiatives”
“Projects Abroad seeks volunteers to continue making strides to promote small business growth and financial independence in communities in the developing world through small loan initiatives in Costa Rica, Ghana, Senegal and Tanzania. To date, 40 volunteers from 14 different countries have signed up to volunteer abroad on these projects since Projects Abroad established its first Microfinance project in Senegal in August 2012.”read the full article
“More students are taking time out to travel”
“More students now decide to go travelling as a gap year experience before university. Dr Peter Slowe, director of Projects Abroad, says: ‘A shortage of places on some courses, coupled with considerable increases in university fees, volunteering for philanthropic projects abroad becomes an attractive option. Many young people see volunteering in the Third World as an excellent way to step off the educational treadmill and broaden their outlook, life skills and general education while enriching the lives of others. Students return from volunteer placements more mature and more confident, and ready to tackle university studies.’"read the full article
“Projects Abroad Volunteers Promote Small Business”
“’The project involves providing loans and business training to women that own their own business," says Justin Pressley, who recently volunteered in Tanzania. "It requires volunteers to travel to each group once a week to collect installments, monitor their processes and provide business training and tips. Projects Abroad makes a difference by providing the money for the loans and training the local women so they can make money to improve their lives and existing business.’"read the full article
“Projects Abroad supports Old Fadama”
“Representatives from Projects Abroad, a volunteer-sending organisation, met the chiefs of the Old Fadama community yesterday in an effort to facilitate their outreach work in the Agboloshie market area. Projects Abroad volunteers started a medical outreach program and a human rights advocacy program at Old Fadama in April 2012, working in partnership with the Women in Slums Economic Empowerment, a non-governmental organisation based at Agboloshie.”read the full article
“Home Sweet Home”
“Seventy-one-year-old Rudalph Johnson’s life was given a big lift when he was given his lifelong dream of having a home of his own. It is something that he had been hoping and praying about for many years. Projects Abroad, a United States-based organisation, is building a new house for Johnson on his property located at Belbie district, Robins Hall, Manchester. This will enable him to move out of the one-room board shack he has been living in for the last seven years into a new and far more comfortable house.”read the full article
“Projects Abroad supports 400 kids”
“About 440 vulnerable children from four deprived communities in the Amansie West District of the Ashanti Region have benefited from free registration of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). The beneficiary communities are Kwakokrom, Atobrakrom, Nsiana-Kaniago and Abodom-Domi. Projects Abroad, an NGO working to restore dignity to vulnerable children by providing them medical care and education, gave the underprivileged children the chance to access health care free of charge.”read the full article
“OTs without borders”
“For Emilee Mason, a senior at the University of Georgia, volunteering in Moldova through Projects Abroad for four weeks sealed her decision to pursue a career in occupational therapy. She worked in a facility for teens and adults with developmental disabilities, such as autism and Down syndrome. ‘The unfortunate part is that this population is not accepted in Moldova as much as it is in the United States,’ Mason said. ‘At the facility, [patients] have the chance to do activities like baking, cooking and ceramics. I loved seeing them feel proud when they could complete tasks like cleaning their own dishes. These are things that their parents may not have the patience to let them do. I was fairly confident when I went over there that I wanted to do occupational therapy, and when I came back I was 100% confident in that choice.”read the full article
“Projects Abroad Celebrates Volunteers Everywhere This Week”
“During this year's National Volunteer Week, Projects Abroad has a total of 993 volunteers working internationally, teaching English and helping take care of children, or even assisting local doctors on medical projects in hospitals and clinics worldwide. Volunteers from 26 nationalities will collectively work 29,790 hours over the course of the week, working in 28 different countries in all four hemispheres.”read the full article
“Projects Abroad gives teens a chance to lend a hand”
“From childcare to medical internships, Projects Abroad offers high school students an opportunity to travel and help nurture a community in another country. This year about 1,000 students from around the world will volunteer through Projects Abroad's High School Special program. ”read the full article
“Travel for Earth”
“What is that power supporting these volunteers to care so much about the habitat of seahorses and coral reefs, and to help local education and healthcare even though they are in a place where water, electricity and food are not an easy thing? Is it really just a travel experience in their life? May be what is written on Projects Abroad’s brochures can tell us why these dedicated volunteers are here – ‘If you want to help, learn, and to start an unforgettable journey of exploration, please join us.’ – This is such a strong call to travellers!”
“Co-op in African classroom transforms student’s career outlook”
“Fontaine trav¬eled to Ethiopia last fall with Projects Abroad, a com¬mer¬cial vol¬un¬teer travel orga¬ni¬za¬tion that places stu¬dents in 30 coun¬tries world¬wide. While in Addis Ababa, Fontaine worked in a kinder-garten class¬room with 35 four– to eight-year-old chil¬dren, who taught her just as much as she taught them.”read the full article
“Ray of Hope”
Local Jamaican television features a success story from Projects Abroad’s Building project in Jamaica.
“Projects Abroad Reaches Out to Elderly St Elizabeth Resident”
“Having been made aware of Witter’s living conditions, Projects Abroad’s assistant country director and desk officer, Cherricha Jacobs, rose to the forefront of efforts to extend the support that he was receiving from the ‘good Samaritans’ in his community. ‘We decided that if we can sleep comfortably, Bill should sleep comfortably. Projects Abroad UK gave the go-ahead to do the project and provided funding (to build the house),’ country director Dr Bridgette Barrett told the gathering of local and international volunteers and curious onlookers at the handover.”read the full article
“Teaching English Abroad: a Perfect Opportunity for Cultural Exchange”
“For those who love to travel and immerse themselves in the local culture there are plenty of volunteer opportunities from organisations such as Projects Abroad available and many chances to teach with or without qualifications in paid positions.”
“Projects Abroad Looking for Much Needed Medical Volunteers”
Zadia's story is a beacon of hope, but for many people in Africa healthcare, is still dangerously out of reach. From grandparents such as Zadia to tiny babies, many are in desperate need of help. As well as the assistance provided from governments through overseas aid, many more Africans can be helped by volunteers with organisations such as Projects Abroad Ireland (https://www.projects-abroad.ie).read the full article
“5 Things NOT to do During Your Alternative Spring Break”
“This March, thousands of college-aged Americans will descend upon the global south for Spring Break. Their goals are not to binge drink or party, but rather to help impoverished communities with short term service projects… Many organizations that offer alternative spring break options, such as Projects Abroad, also have long-term volunteer programs.”read the full article
“Projects Abroad: Meaningful Volunteer Work for Teens”
“Former High School Special volunteer Victoria H. offers some insight on why she chose to volunteer in India. ‘For as long as I can remember, India has always been a country of great fascination to me,’ she explains. ‘However, when searching for a summer program to participate in before going into my senior year of high school, India was not the first criteria that registered in my mind. Rather, it was the chance to experience medicine first hand. The fact that this program allowed me to observe medicine, while also being fully immersed in the Indian culture, is precisely why I chose this trip with Projects Abroad.’"
“Projects Abroad medical volunteers helping on women’s health issues”
“Nursing and midwifery volunteers will work in maternity clinics and general hospitals. Volunteers will mostly observe a variety of births, gynaecological and obstetric procedures. While there may be some limited hands-on work, volunteers play a vital role in providing emotional support to patients – essential to women who may feel vulnerable and scared when giving birth. The experience of having a baby is joyous, but it can also be frightening, and having a volunteer on hand to offer support makes a huge difference to a new mother's emotional well-being.”read the full article
"A Labor of Love"
"Carin Postal graduated from Lake Mary High School in 2009 and was quickly off to Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, with plans to be an art history major. She never would have envisioned herself working in the labor ward of a hospital in Tanzania, helping nurses deliver babies. But that’s exactly what Carin found herself doing this past winter break. As part of a one-month medical assignment with Projects Abroad – one of the world’s largest volunteer abroad organizations – Carin spent most of her time volunteering at a local hospital in Tanzania’s largest city, Dar es Salaam, while doing research for her college thesis."read the full article
"Alternative Spring Break: Beyond Beaches and Body Shots"
"Alternative spring breakers might come back with a different set of stories than their beach-going peers, but they are no less memorable. Based on her experience in Costa Rica, Hart recommends diving in. ‘I would tell anyone who is considering alternative spring break to just go for it, because it will change your attitude towards any new experience you will encounter thereafter.’"read the full article
"Summer Plans for Far East Adventures with Projects Abroad"
"It is a popular misconception that volunteering can only be undertaken in a gap year. Projects Abroad also offers volunteer programs that run during the summer vacation…Volunteering is an experience that can provide students with a wealth of skills. As well as the practical skills, for example, learned during child care or journalism projects, volunteers also see increased confidence and the ability to work with a diverse range of people."read the full article
"Projects Abroad volunteers among those making a change in Ethiopia"
"Every year, organisations such as Projects Abroad send hundreds of volunteers to Ethiopia to work in disadvantaged areas.They get involved in work such as teaching the next generation of Ethiopian children, lending a hand in care centres, and even providing medical treatment."read the full article
"Two Decades of Global Service with Projects Abroad"
"We’ve developed a work ethic around the word ‘worthwhile’. Each project should be worthwhile for the volunteer, worthwhile for our partner organizations, and worthwhile for our host families. It’s a simple idea that has guided us well in this rapidly-changing field."read the full article
"Student Finds Second Home While Volunteering"
"I’ve done Kilimanjaro, gone on Safari and day trips, but my most memorable experience is my walks to and from school. The children made my day, every day. They couldn’t pronounce Kayla so they called me Kila. I miss hearing them calling me ‘Kila! Kila!’ and just wanting to chat, dance or braid my hair."read the full article
"Students invest in Projects Abroad and other volunteer programs to boost their higher education prospects"
"Charlotte Bonner, who undertook a 2-week special project in Medicine in India, says: ‘The only real way to know what a country is like is to immerse yourself in its culture, soak up the atmosphere and get amongst the people. This is exactly what Projects Abroad allows you to do as you are not seen or treated as a tourist, but as a member of the community.’"read the full article
"Projects Abroad PRO offers new ways for people to give back more than money"
"In only one week, we have seen and done so many things – we have learnt about many new techniques and theories and have found it all fascinating. Volunteering abroad allows you to completely immerse yourself in the local culture of your location."read the full article
"Organising Help for Developing Countries"
"Projects Abroad has been organising volunteer projects, work experience and gap year placements for more than 20 years. The company, which was founded in 1992, has sent more than 50,000 volunteers to more than 25 developing countries across the globe. The price of each project includes accommodation, food and transfers as well as travel and medical insurance."
"A Cool Proposition"
"’I think in our culture, there’s a subliminal connection between a country where your help might be needed and somewhere hot. I think people might see places that are milder or colder as more developed places, which is not necessarily true’ says Tom Pastorius Jr., vice president of Projects Abroad, which offers medical and health care internships in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, where temperatures can drop to minus 40 F, as well as Romania and Moldova, which can hit zero in the winter."
"8 Travel Resolutions Worth Keeping"
"Help those less fortunate. Volunteering as a family while on vacation is an easy way to re-connect with each other…Really want to dig in to help those in developing countries? Projects Abroad places thousands of volunteers every year."
"Caring Causes: Projects Abroad"
"While in Argentina, Nicole volunteered at a children's home. ‘For Christmas,’ she says, ‘I asked my parents to please tell my family that instead of buying me Christmas presents that I will open a month late, could they please give me the money so that I could spend it on presents for the children, and so this is what I did.’"read the full article
"Volunteer Tells of Eight Week Fiji Experience"
"I would recommend this company to anyone, of any age or background. My fellow volunteers were managing directors, chartered accountants, sixth formers, graduates and teachers back home, from places such as Australia, Japan, Switzerland, Portugal, Germany, Belgium and Scandinavia. This trip was the best decision I ever made, and it has given me the impetus to volunteer and travel again. I arrived in Fiji with little, I came back home with so much more than I had bargained for."read the full article
"Projects Abroad appoint new dedicated Medical Electives Coordinator as awareness grows over the importance of making an ethical choice"
"’Our medical programs literally span the world, from South America to Africa and China,’ said Lauren Dumbleton, the new Coordinator. ‘As a company we have been operating for over 20 years, bringing together skilled and general volunteers with the communities who most need them. Our message to students seeking help with tailor-made medical volunteering placements is: It can be a stressful and competitive process – so let us do the hard work for you. Whether you’re on your way to becoming a doctor, surgeon, dentist, nurse or midwife, our experience in delivering specialist, supportive placements means we can offer a holistic but results-driven elective.’"read the full article
"Success in Africa leads volunteer abroad organisation to roll out microfinance projects in four other destinations"
"In Tanzania, volunteers quickly realised the concept of ‘business’ is not really comparable to that of business in the western world – but that that in itself had the potential to be a positive thing. ‘I began to see the positive sides of the lack of development in Tanzania, namely huge spaces for new businesses, possibility for improvement of working processes and innovation,’ said volunteer Franz Jaenecke, who worked alongside the River Side Women’s Group in Ngaramtoni, a poor suburb of Arusha."read the full article
"Alternative Spring Break Trips Projects Abroad Adds New Program in Jamaica"
"’Since we started running the Alternative Spring Break Trips a few years ago, we have seen a tremendous interest from students all over the country,’ says Thomas Pastorius, Jr., Vice President of Projects Abroad. ‘Volunteering abroad is a growing trend among young students looking to give back and do something worthwhile over their short spring breaks. We are excited to offer additional programs to help allow more of these motivated and compassionate students to achieve this goal and serve local communities abroad.’"read the full article
"Projects Abroad Reaches Samoa"
"International Development Officer for Projects Abroad, Anne Buglass who is on island, said that choosing to have Samoa included in their projects was because the agency felt Samoa would benefit from it. ‘When we are looking to set up projects in a new destination, we want to identify places that we feel could really benefit from some extra assistance in the fields that our volunteers want to work."read the full article
"Karishma Gets the Word Out"
"During the devastating floods this year, volunteers from Projects Abroad made it their top priority to collect funds from a door-to-door appeal for their host families who were affected. Karishma says the fact that they had gone out of their way to lend a hand during a national disaster was truly motivational."read the full article
"Understanding New Cultures With Projects Abroad"
"In addition to their robust presence around the world, Projects Abroad embraces a very high standard of volunteering. They work with local people whenever possible, supporting local economies by hiring local workers, a practice that must inevitably make Projects Abroad stronger."read the full article
"Project Abroad Launches Their First Volunteer Trip to Samoa This Fall"
"Project Abroad, which offers short-term international volunteer opportunities for all ages, has recently announced they will host their first trip to Samoa this fall. Volunteers taking part in Project Abroad's inaugural trip to Samoa will spend most of their time in the capitol city of Apia, where they work with a local staff to help educate and care for children."read the full article
"Gap year case studies: archaeology in Peru"
"I had just got the offer of a place and so the archaeology project appealed. It was a choice between Peru or Romania and I chose Peru because Romania was a bit too close to home. I originally only intended to stay for two months but ended up staying for eight. I didn’t want to go home!"read the full article
"With Thoughts Turning to Back-to-School Season, Projects Abroad Reveals What Really Matters to Students when It Comes to Mandatory Volunteering"
"Most young people have a positive experience when completing their mandatory community service, partly because they believe they’re making a positive difference to lives and communities, and partly because they feel they’re contributing to their self-improvement and career prospects."read the full article
"Volunteers Needed in Samoa"
"For those who vacation there, the Pacific Island nation of Samoa is a paradise. But the country is also on the U.N.’s list of least-developed nations, and there is a great need amongst some of the islanders, especially in the main city, Apia. Now Projects Abroad, a global leader in short-term volunteer programs, has added Samoa to the already lengthy list of countries in which they operate. Students interested in volunteer work in Samoa would primarily be assisting with education and childcare in schools and care centres."read the full article
"Volunteers Needed on Microfinance Project in Senegal"
"It was a delight to see the faces of the Talibés living in grueling poverty listening to an opportunity of a life-time being presented to them,’ says Max Wieland, who recently completed time on the Microfinance project in Senegal, an experience he calls ‘genuinely remarkable.’ ‘I distinctly remember one Talibé coming into the office to have his interview with the biggest smile on his face and a sparkle in his eyes, merely delighted at the opportunity he now has,’ Wieland continues. ‘I was so pleased to be involved in shaping and realizing his dreams and ambitions."read the full article
"Skilled volunteers prove their mettle in rescue of Ghanaian child trafficking victims"
"Volunteers came from a range of countries and with a range of experience. Patrice Van Zimmerman, from the Netherlands, is a professional counselor and therapist, professions that are not common in Ghana. She was keen to emphasize that, as well as sharing her skills, she also learned a lot in her time as a volunteer. ‘I have been lucky to work with the children involved in this particular rescue campaign and local professionals, whose work to stamp out trafficking will be ongoing,’ said Patrice. ‘My training meant I was able to bond with the children and speak to them about their trauma – as well as help them with their homework! In the months that I’ve been here I’ve noticed that there are things people in Ghana know or do better than we do in Europe, so for me it has worked as an exchange. The experience gave me the feeling that I really can make a difference."read the full article
"10 of the Best Volunteer Abroad Organizations"
"Projects Abroad is one of the more large-scale volunteer abroad organizations out there; it matches volunteers with a tremendous range of projects worldwide. According to their website, they cater to volunteers aged from 16 to 75; as it turns out, there's a growing interest in volunteer abroad projects among retirees and career breakers."read the full article
"Volunteer in Samoa with Projects Abroad"
"It is always exciting to help bring volunteers into new countries,’ says Projects Abroad Vice President Thomas Pastorius, Jr. ‘Our model of having directly-employed staff recruited from the same communities where our volunteers work has proven effective and sustainable. Over the last 20 years we have helped over 50,000 volunteers of all ages perform worthwhile services in developing societies, providing local employment and injecting millions of dollars into emerging economies in the process. We are pleased to expand this impact to Samoa."
"Projects Abroad UK Fund Fact-Finding Mission for Top Seahorse Experts in Order to Re-Focus Southeast Asian Conservation Project"
"Very little is actually known about seahorses in the wild, so to have Neil and Kealan visit the project, and to enter into a partnership with The Seahorse Trust, is an honour for us,’ said Projects Abroad’s Cambodia Project Coordinator Carly Atkins. ‘Their visit meant that we were able to restructure our work in this area so we can conduct some really important research and understand the local ecosystem as a whole.’ With millions of seahorses used in the traditional medicine trade every year, illegal fishing and trade is a constant threat, with some conservationists believing that the species could be extinct within 10 years. As well as cleaning up the beach and monthly reef surveys, volunteers will now be involved in specific tasks such as locating and identifying seahorses and helping to preserve them and their habitat from, for example, trawling. Through the partnership, the experts will remain involved in the implementation of the research project, along with Marine Conservation Cambodia."read the full article
"Travel Tip: Teen Voluntourism"
"Volunteer vacations aren’t just for grown-up with professional skills. There are programs out there designed specifically for teens where they can work with local communities and get a great experience of a lifetime."read the full article
"Make a change with Projects Abroad!"
"When filming volunteer work for Projects Abroad we visited Fiji, Ghana, Tanzania, Shanghai, India, Nepal, Peru and Costa Rica. Every single time we filmed for this organization, we had a great experience and we see what people can do for others with just a little help! All destinations we filmed were beautiful and we can recommend all of them to you."
"Developing World Experience – Placements with Projects Abroad"
"Projects Abroad organises elective and pre-clinical placements across 20 developing countries. Medical students from all round the world travel to work in a variety of settings across Asia, Africa and South America. The placements are designed to be educational and practical while also offering a chance for students to immerse themselves in the local culture and explore the country while working alongside medical students from all round the world."
"As stats show recession-related increase in career breaks, Projects Abroad PRO director says volunteering demonstrates personal qualities and boosts CVs and confidence"
"Placements in fields such as business development, engineering and human rights often attract volunteers with quite a lot of experience,’ said Scott. ‘People travel more than they did in the 70s and 80s and there’s a sense that the world is a smaller place. But in some countries it’s not a ‘fair’ place. Volunteers want to put their experience and expertise into practice where the benefits of their input will be real and tangible. If they’re between jobs, it also gives them an opportunity to show how proactive, flexible and, ultimately, employable they are."read the full article
"Projects Abroad PRO kick off South African human rights campaign with an appeal for more qualified legal volunteers in South Africa"
"This month, Projects Abroad PRO – whose work to match qualified volunteers to relevant projects enables them to make a difference to some of the world’s poorest communities – are launching a campaign aimed at UK legal professionals. In a country where the abundance of natural beauty lies in stark contrast to living conditions for many, the campaign will highlight Projects Abroad PRO’s law and human rights work and encourage professionals to get involved."read the full article
"Projects Abroad gets support from 'partners' in Manchester"
"Three organizations in Manchester have taken the lead in partnering with non-government (NGO) body, Projects Abroad, in promoting HIV/AIDS awareness as they embark on plans to build a related facility for children in central Jamaica. Northern Caribbean University (NCU), the Greenvale Community — through its taxi operators and football team — and Morrison's Variety Store have made their input by adopting the project for different months.Manchester High School Cadets march for the Immunitiative Project recently.The residential facility for children with HIV/AIDS to be built in Manchester by Projects Abroad is being promoted as the place where they will be able to REST (Restore Empower Serve Train). Projects Abroad Jamaica, through what is referred to as an 'immunitiative project', aims to provide an ‘ideal’ environment in Belretiro, Manchester for about 40 children living with HIV/AIDS."read the full article
"Projects Abroad helps US teens volunteer overseas"
"Officials at the agency said they expect almost 1,000 students to take part this summer in the group's ‘High School Specials,’ which are structured programs for high school students…More than 40 programs are scheduled this coming summer, including in Ghana, Jamaica, Costa Rica, South Africa and China."read the full article
"Filling the Gap"
"In some cases, prestigious colleges are not only encouraging a gap year, but funding it. Both Princeton University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill aid students in setting up a gap year prior to coming to campus. ‘We are seeing that the drive for a gap year is coming from the universities themselves,’ says Tom Pastorius, vice president of Projects Abroad, an organization that helps kids set up gap years."
"More High School Students Choosing to Volunteer Abroad"
"Projects Abroad, which recruits thousands of volunteers worldwide to volunteer in developing countries, reports that increasing numbers of high school students are choosing to volunteer abroad this summer. The leading international volunteer organization is expecting almost 1,000 students to take part this summer in their High School Specials, which are structured programs for high school students."read the full article
"High School Students More Interested in Volunteering Abroad"
"The most popular option for students is the High School Specials, which are targeted directly at this demographic and allows students to broaden their perspective on the outside world, in addition to providing them with valuable extra-curricular credits for their college applications."read the full article
"Voluntourism Spotlight: Projects Abroad in Mexico"
"’Words do no justice to the views and scenery out there, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. I never thought I’d wake up in the morning, step outside and have a cowboy ride over to see how things are going.’"read the full article
"How to disappear for a year"
"Says program advisor Craig Ferriman, ‘Teaching abroad is a great way to combine seeing another country and really helping out. In many of the countries where Projects Abroad work the local schools really struggle to get people who speak English to work with them as they can be paid more to work as a tour guide or in a local hotel.’"read the full article
"Taking a gap year helps a student to get the most out of university"
"There are many benefits associated with taking a gap year between school and university in terms of attitude, work ethic, maturity and the perception of others…Ian Birbeck, recruitment director at Projects Abroad, said: ‘It gives students time to evaluate what they really want to do away from the pressure of exams and school. Universities have stated that the dropout rate from students who have taken gap years is less than those that go straight to university.’"read the full article
"Rewarding Spring Break Alternatives Abroad"
"Texas is urging spring breakers to avoid popular spring break destinations such as Cancun, Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, and Tijuana because of drug-related violence and criminal activity…Don’t let this get you down, your spring break can still be saved! Project Abroad is taking last minute signups for alternative spring break trips where teens can get away, experience and give back."read the full article
"College students on a mission to make a difference"
"Projects Abroad announced that there is still room on some of the Alternative Spring Break Trips for college students who want to make a difference during their week off from studies. ‘Projects Abroad provides worthwhile volunteer projects rooted in the needs of the local communities in which we work,’ says Thomas Pastorius, Jr., Vice President of Projects Abroad. ‘Even with just a week, volunteers can impact these communities and mature themselves in the process.’"read the full article
"A Trip to Remember"
"When Emily Kaufman went to South Africa in August for a volunteer outreach trip, she didn’t know she would do more in five weeks than all her 17 years prior. ‘I wanted to experience it the best I could,’ she said. Whether climbing the country’s iconic Table Mountain or working with children living in poverty, Emily came home with a new perspective on life."
"Chester teenagers take on Vietnam mission for Projects Abroad"
"Two teenagers from the Chester area are preparing to head off to Vietnam on a charity mission. Dona Kumar and Felicity Elsegood, both 18, will be volunteering with the global organisation Projects Abroad…Peter Slowe, director of Projects Abroad, said: ‘We are really pleased Dona and Felicity are doing this.’"read the full article
"Challenge of trip to Africa"
"Our speaker for the evening, Anne Moffatt, came to tell us about her trip to Ghana last year. Anne is a practising midwife and works at the Princess Anne Wing maternity hospital of the Royal United Hospital in Bath…Feeling in need of a challenge, she was offered six weeks in a maternity hospital in a small town north of Accra, in Ghana. A ‘challenge’ is probably the understatement of the year."read the full article
"Former Mountain Vista soccer player finds new skills in the sand"
"Johnson, an International Business major at the Nebraska-located college, travelled to Brazil this past summer and spent three months engaging in a lifestyle that has forever changed her life. Projects Abroad was her home away from home. Her responsibilities included volunteering at two different projects. Daytime hours found Johnson working with 12-18 year-old soccer players, in a project called Gerson, and evening hours she spent playing with teams on a Brazilian beach. ‘My most important responsibility was to work with the kids, gaining their trust while understanding their culture,’ Johnson said."read the full article
"Gap-year placement has become a mini-industry over the past few years. For a fee, various charitable organisations help gap-year students to work in childcare centres, on environmental projects or teach English. Some operators do it better than others…Considering this - and I have a daughter in the same position as your son - I would have no hesitation putting Projects Abroad at the top of my list."read the full article
"Grey pound joins the queue for a gap year with purpose"
"A desire for life-changing travel experiences has seen teenagers heading off to every corner of the globe, and the same impulse is now fuelling the travel market that serves the older age group…’While younger people still take the majority of our placements, we are getting a lot of older volunteers going away,’ says Ian Birbeck, marketing manager for gap year and volunteering company Projects Abroad. ‘We had one chap whose son was doing a teaching course in China, so he decided to go to Romania to teach kids. It was a case of: ‘Well... if the kids are doing it, let me have an opportunity’."read the full article
"Volunteer to Juice Your Career"
"Got a bad case of the ‘Why am I working here?’ midwinter blahs? Feeling stuck in a career rut? The solution might just be found in a corporate volunteer program. Less expensive than a fancy vacation and more invigorating than a spa day, these programs can make you feel better about yourself, look more kindly upon your employer, expand your professional network, and discover new meaning in your career."read the full article
"Projects Abroad Announces its 20th Anniversary"
"’We are grateful to our thousands of volunteers who have given their time on our projects over the years and are eager to help many more partake in the invaluable experience of international volunteer work,’ says Thomas Pastorius, Jr., Vice President of Projects Abroad."read the full article
"60 Links Every Student Traveller Needs"
"Projects Abroad. Both internships and volunteer programs are available through this organization, which annually sends over 8,000 participants to five different continents for different social, linguistic, educational, and ecological causes. Trips last between one week and five months, and they do offer alternative spring break options as well."
"Summer classes for our young"
"A team of volunteers from abroad is conducting summer classes for primary school students in the capital city. Organised by Projects Abroad - Fiji, the summer classes started at Suva Primary School in Samabula on December 5 and ends today…Projects Abroad - Fiji regional co-ordinator Chinnamma Reddy said the summer classes were basically for education, fun and games. Ms Reddy said the children were taught how to solve mathematical problems. ‘There is a lot of emphasis on education plus fun things for the children by volunteers from Germany, Canada, United States of America, Australia and Austria,’ she said."read the full article
"Voluntouring offers new way to experience Mexico"
"A volunteer vacation is one of the best ways for a habitual sun-and-fun vacationer to break out of the rut; for a first-timer, it's a safe and rewarding introduction to the Mexico that exists in the real world, outside the all-inclusive resorts' walls…Projects Abroad: Widely varied programs in Mexico that can be as short as one week, along with excellent reviews, put this one at the top of the list."read the full article
"Volunteering takes on new meaning overseas"
"Projects Abroad director Will Pashley says Ms Capper is one of a growing number of people loading their backpacks and heading to faraway places in search of personal discovery and cultural enlightenment. Last year, more than 10,000 Australians made such a trek. ‘You always get more out than you put in,’ Mr Pashley says. ‘You experience life in a developing Third World country that has different cultural practices to your own. You make connections with local people that you would not if you just, say, went on a safari in Africa or a travel tour.’"
"112 pints from drive"
"The University of the South Pacific collected 112 pints of blood early this month in its most successful drive ever to collect the gift of life…The USP blood drives have been organised by USP Campus Life and the USP Sai Youth Wing of the Sathya Sai Service Organisation of Fiji in conjunction with the USP Students Association and supported by Vodafone. USP has volunteers from Projects Abroad who have joined this year."read the full article
"Backpacking Adventures Get Kicked Up A Notch With ‘Nomad Projects’"
"Nomad Projects allows the experienced backpacking adventurist to see Morocco or Mongolia through the eyes (and lives) of the locals. Offering backpacking trips hosted by nomadic volunteer families whose ways of living haven't changed in thousands of years, adventurists looking for a unique way to check out the Moroccan Sahara or the Mongolian Steppe will get the opportunity of a lifetime thanks to Projects Abroad."
"Amazing teen travel to Amazon"
"Her two-week stint in the Peruvian Amazon led Brampton teen Jessica Da Silva to connect with wild animals in an up, close and personal way. Da Silva, 15, spent her time volunteering at the Taricaya Ecological Reserve (TER) near Puerto Maldonado in Peru, with a team of Projects Abroad volunteers…’The trip made me feel that we don’t realize just how much animals care for us,’ she said. ‘I realized that whatever I did as a volunteer, I was helping make a change...’"read the full article
"C’est plus que des vacances"
"Cet été, l’adolescente a refusé de partir en Grèce. Elle boucle sa valise pour une destination beaucoup plus exotique…'J’avais envie d’être constructive et de pouvoir aider, d’apporter quelque chose en fait.' Pendant un mois, Chloé va vivre au cœur de la jungle amazonienne dans une réserve d’animaux. Au milieu des perroquets et des singes, des vacances utiles, dont cette passionnée d’écologie rêvait depuis longtemps."
[This summer, the teenager refuses to go to Greece. She’s packing instead for an exotic destination…'I wanted to be constructive and to be able to help, to bring something.' For 1 month, Chloé will be living in the heart of the Amazon jungle on a reserve. In the middle of parrots and monkeys, a useful holiday, that this nature lover dreamt about for a long time.”
"Work abroad gives career flexibility, cultural savvy"
"If you didn't study abroad in college, you may not have missed your chance. In fact, more and more people are choosing to delay the abroad experience until after they finish college, or are even a few years out of school, says Tom Pastorius, vice president of Projects Abroad, an organization that hosts volunteer projects in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America."read the full article
"The Lost Girls: 10 Life-Changing Getaways"
"Since I first set foot on a soccer field at the age of 5, I fell head over cleats in love with the sport. While I stopped playing competitively years ago, I still indulge in the occasional street 'match' with local kids overseas, who get quite a kick out of playing with an American woman. For fellow travellers who want to lend their soccer skills to children in need, Projects Abroad offers a multi-week volunteer coaching program just outside of Rio de Janeiro -- with limited or no experience necessary."read the full article
"With Projects Abroad, High School Students Make a Difference and Take Joy in Doing It"
"Wherever the student volunteers, they will be making a lasting impression on all the children they encounter. For volunteer Liam Goulding, it was just the opposite. 'Whilst in Ghana it was also my birthday and the children at Abura Literacy School all made me birthday cards and during the monthly party in Accra, which all volunteers currently in Ghana can attend, they all sang and wished me a happy birthday. It was certainly a birthday that I won’t forget!'"read the full article
"See the World, Helping Animals"
"Because care for animals in undeveloped places is not easily available or affordable, the Projects Abroad folks offer placement for just about anyone, from students to retirees and everyone in between, to give back and lend a much-needed hand. There are more than 100 different projects, and internships in Veterinary Medicine and Animal care are available, no matter what your level of expertise is, or isn't"
"An Overview of Volunteering with Humanitarian Organisations"
"Two student nurses who recently used their university holidays to volunteer with Projects Abroad generously shared their experiences with me...Lucy feels that, ‘the nursing experience was invaluable and something every first world medical professional should experience. It made me realise how lucky we are and the vast amount of resources we have."read the full article
"The gap year goes professional"
"More gappers than ever are aiming to spend time constructively to boost their careers. The gap year is going professional. If that sounds dull, think again. With a bit of imagination and planning you can organise a gap year that is both memorable AND a valuable first step on the career ladder. Here's how..."read the full article
"Not Your Average Summer Vacation: How These College Students Made a Difference This Summer"
"Jessye Kass, a junior from Brandeis, has always been fascinated with Africa. She currently has a double major in anthropology and African and Afro-American studies. In 2009, she visited Africa for the first time through Projects Abroad, a program that organizes students interested in volunteering in another country."
"Projects Abroad Donates To Toase Hospital"
"Projects Abroad Ghana, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) has donated assorted hospital equipment worth GHc1000 to the Nkawie-Toase Government Hospital in the Atwima Nwabiagya District of the Ashanti region. The items which were presented last Tuesday included two delivery sets, 20 mosquito nets, eight artery forceps and five bicycle covers."read the full article
"Learn a Language While You Volunteer"
“Travellers with an interest in learning Amharic, Ewe, Patois or Mandarin can sign up for the new language programs offered by Projects Abroad in Ethiopia, Togo, Jamaica and China, respectively.”read the full article
"Enjoying a language"
“As part of a tie-up with Projects Abroad program, the school students were taught the nuances of the English language, grammar and conversation skills by student volunteers from abroad…Simone Fourie said she was very impressed with their English language skills, ‘it is just that they are shy to speak in English, they do not get opportunities to speak, so we gave exercises to improve their conversational skills.’”read the full article
"Discover Inca Secrets in Peru"
“100 years ago, Hiram Bingham rediscovered the lost Inca City of Machu Picchu and almost instantaneously he and National Geographic magazine moved this Wonder of the New World into top spot on everyone’s ‘must do’ travel list. How would you like to make discoveries of your own in Peru? Projects Abroad sponsors the Inca Project, where volunteers work on archaeology projects mapping Inca ruins, or live with a Peruvian family while they work on Community Development Projects.”read the full article
"Medical student from Owasco gains valuable field experience in Ghana"
“Nicholas Leader returned June 20 from a month-long trip to Cape Coast, Ghana, where he volunteered at the regional hospital and a leprosy village…‘It was incredible; I learned more over there than I could have over here, because we were able to actually get close to the patients and perform some of the tasks.’”read the full article
"Launch Your Reinvention with Travel Abroad"
"Projects Abroad Pro: Why go? Use your skills to strengthen an overseas developing community through voluntary work. Volunteering turns your focus from yourself to others—giving you perspective. Because your attitude matters; it can help or hinder you."read the full article
"Searching for a New BFF? Take a Summer Course"
"Projects Abroad is a short-term international volunteer program with projects in 26 countries. This summer, the organization is offering 14-, 30-, and 60-hour "Language Plus" courses for those who want to learn a new language or practice skills that have gotten rusty. The courses are run in association with international volunteer programs, and are tailored to each individual's language skills."
"Student makes a difference through African trip"
"Harriet Walker, 19, decided to go to Ghana after she finished her studies at Christleton High School, Village Road, Christleton, last year. She spent much of her time in Central Regional Hospital, Cape Coast, near Bura, in Ghana, and took part in a range of activities including visiting a leprosy camp and organising games for local children…’The placement was challenging, my host family were friendly and supportive and the country is beautiful, if not slightly crazy. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I loved every moment of it."read the full article
"Thaïlande : le grand voyage d’Elisa"
"Elisa ou : comment à dix huit ans décider de prendre une année sabbatique et partir à l'étranger se faire une expérience personnelle. Pour découvrir un tout nouveau monde, Elisa choisit de participer à une mission d'écovolontariat…Direction la Thaïlande et le parc national de Ko Phi Phi au sud-est de Pucket."
"[“At 18 years old Elisa decided to take a gap year and travel abroad to live-out a true personal experience. To discover a whole new world, Elisa choose to do a Conservation project...heading to Thailand and the Ko Phi Phi national park, south-east of Phuket.”]"
"New York Nightly News with Chuck Scarborough"
Projects Abroad Vice President Tom Pastorius speaks about the Global Gap program on New York Nightly News with Chuck Scarborough.Watch the video
"Join the Celebration in Machu Picchu, Peru"
"It's not too late to explore the ruins of Machu Picchu during the 100th anniversary of the date when Hiram Bingham discovered these spectacular ruins of the Inca civilization high in the mountains of Peru, then broadcasted the news around the world…Projects Abroad has an Inca project, which includes living with a local family or working alongside archeologists."read the full article
"From free man to slave: walking through the ‘door of no return’"
"Projects Abroad volunteer Claire Chaffey writes about her trip to a slave castle in Ghana."read the full article
"Is volunteering still on your agenda?"
"Given the challenging economic environment that UK companies are operating within, the fact that many companies continue to allow employees to devote time to volunteering projects, often overseas, appears to be something of a surprise…Ian Birbeck, a director at Projects Abroad, a company that sends teams and individuals across the world to assist in community projects ranging from home-building to teaching, explains: ‘I think in terms of retention it's important. We see loads of people in their early thirties who go on career breaks because they need a break. Of course the company loses all of that skill if they go away and come back to work for a competitor. But if they fund a month away from the office, they'll come back refreshed and ready for the next 10 years."read the full article
"Emission 50 ans qui ont changé notre quotidien"
"Pour ses vacances, Nicole fait un choix différent. En 2009, elle part en Thaïlande, comme beaucoup d’autres vacanciers, elle vient y faire de la plongée dans des fonds marins exceptionnels.…Quand Nicole ne plonge pas pour ramasser des déchets, c’est pour répertorier la faune et repérer les espèces menacées. Elle tient à faire de ses vacances quelque chose d’utile. 'J’ai l’impression que je dois bien ça à la nature, une manière de lui renvoyer toutes les joies que la nature peut apporter.'"
[“For her holidays, Nicole chose something different. In 2009, she left for Thailand, and like many others, she left to dive in the exceptional waters of Thailand…When Nicole doesn’t dive to collect waste, it is to collect data on the fauna and identify endangered species. She wanted to do something useful during her holidays: 'I feel like I owe it to nature, it’s a way to give back for all the joys that nature can bring.'”]"
"9 Travel Experiences to Get You Inspired and Energized"
"Ready to give back? Here is the perfect opportunity to give of your time and energy. You'll work outside Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, with schools located in small towns along the western coast. Projects Abroad can place you in a coastal village school or at a school in the hills for the children of tea planters. Some of the schools are close to the beach; some are even based in temples."read the full article
"Volunteer on Vacation"
"When Kathleen O'Neal packed her bags for a six-week trip to Ethiopia, it was the realization of a dream deferred. In the 1960s after she graduated from college, O'Neal had been invited to be a Peace Corps volunteer in that country. But then her mother got sick; she met the man she would marry, and O'Neal never made it to Africa. So two years ago, at age 65, O'Neal signed up for a Projects Abroad mission to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia."read the full article
"그 오지로 36살 처녀 선생님 송영화씨가 ‘프로젝트 어브로드’를 통해 겁도 없이 들어갔다. 그녀의 직업은 소아과 의사, 일에 있어서는 그 어느 여성보다도 파격적이고 도전적이지만 인정 넘치는 의사선생님."
["Song Young Hwa, a thirty six year old pediatrician, went to remote Fiji with Projects Abroad. She's very adventurous but loves children."]read the full article
Projects Abroad South Africa’s Alyssa Myers is interviewed on SABC 3's Expresso.Watch the video
"Projects Abroad’s Volunteer Opportunities for Students"
"Instead of choosing to spend their summers lifeguarding or in an unfulfilling office internship, students are opting to spend their summers making a difference in the global community by volunteering abroad. Projects Abroad, a leading international volunteer placement organization, offers a wide variety of summer internship opportunities and special two-week high school programs in developing countries around the world."read the full article
77-year-old gives praise for renovated home
"The sense of peace of having a good roof over one's head is something that every individual dreams of in life. This helps to understand the joy felt by 77-year-old widow Cassinia Smith, as she witnessed the work done by volunteers on her two-bedroom house in Clarkes Town, Manchester, on Friday."read the full article
"This week we wanted to highlight one of our favorite Voluntourism companies, Projects Abroad. Pioneering conservation and research activities are at the forefront of protecting and researching diverse marine environments and Project Abroad doesn’t just stop at the well known diving locales, but also at the smaller lesser known beaches… like those in Cambodia"read the full article
"Vétérinaires sans frontiers"
"Vous avez Project Abroad, qui organise des stages en Afrique, en Asie, en Amérique du Sud et au Canada. Pour la réinsertion de certaines espèces animalières ou simplement pour les soigner. Une sorte de volontariat animalier sur des terres qui ne sont plus propices aux activités du rhinocéros ou du colibri."
[“You have Projects Abroad, who organizes internships in Africa, Asia, South America and in Canada. To help release animals and species into the wild or simply to heal them. A sort of animal volunteering where rhinos and birds’ activities are too far gone.”]
"Skip the Diploma: Alternatives to College"
"As an alternative to school, one way to get life experience and travel the world is by volunteering for an overseas or domestic organization. Getting a more global view of life can help students gain perspective about what they want to do. 'By going abroad, you get the opportunity to step outside the insular world that you grew up in and put it in a greater context,' says Tom Pastorius, vice president of Projects Abroad."read the full article
"PIC Fellowship: The Life Changing Experience in Cape Town, South Africa"
"I arrived at the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office in the southern suburbs of Cape Town in late May. I was welcomed by staff and interns from all over the world, including Holland, Senegal, England, Angola, France, Japan, and Cameroon. My supervisor, Theodore Kamwimbi, was a lawyer originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo...I will always remember sitting in his office one day as Theo gave me the best piece of advice I received all summer: 'Emily, if you don't cry for these people, then you aren't human. If you aren't human, then you aren't cut out for human rights work.'"read the full article (turn to page 24)
"Interview with Projects Abroad"
"We sat down Ian Birbeck, Recruitment Director at Projects Abroad, and Scott Macquarrie, Director at Projects Abroad PRO, for a chat. Projects Abroad is a volunteer-sending organisation, and PRO is its sister company which recruits volunteers with professional skills. We wanted to know what it's really like working for a volunteer organisation, and what myths they would dispel. Some of what they say may surprise you."read the full article
"A-Plus for Volunteerism"
"'It's a great experience. The kids have so much energy,' he said with a laugh. Treleaven is one of hundreds of overseas volunteers who have travelled to Jamaica to serve worthy causes and experience Jamaican culture since 2008, thanks to Projects Abroad."read the full article
"Year off before college can offer new perspectives"
"This is the time of year that many high school seniors are anxiously awaiting letters of acceptance, or rejection, from colleges and universities. But a small percentage will take a different path to higher education."read the full article
"Projects Abroad provides support to fleeing refugees"
"Since the fighting resumed in the Ivory Coast last month and political tension continues to grow, Projects Abroad, the international volunteering company is announcing that it is providing care to over 2000 registered refugees that have fled to the Western region of Ghana."read the full article
"Increasingly, as spring break approaches, the term “Alternative” is seen lumped in with those words. What does this mean? It means that a week that once was responsible for the death of billions of brain cells is now a time devoted to bettering humankind, specifically by college students; but the idea has caught on throughout every age bracket."read the full article
"Vinalhaven senior spends spring break in Ghana"
"Travel anywhere, but particularly to a foreign country, is bound to be eye-opening. For Martin, visiting Ghana 'made me realize how materialistic the U.S. really is,' she said. 'The kids over there were always happy. For kids that don't have much, you would have never realized by their little giggles and soft touches. You could give them something as simple as a new coloring book or a pack of crayons and they'd be happy for hours.'"read the full article
"Help Kids on These Other Trips Worth Taking"
"Near the town of Wadduwa, on Sri Lanka's southwestern coast, Projects Abroad has set up a computer centre. The program offers free, three-month courses in information technology to children in the community."read the full article
"Eric and I had never volunteered outside of North America but I always had a dream about volunteering in Africa. Several agencies offered volunteer trips, but Projects Abroad answered all our questions and was really helpful. I called repeatedly because I had so many questions. Their 24-hour on-site staff and the global awareness of the organization made us feel safe and secure.'"read the full article
"SPASH grad to help doctor in Ghana"
"'I knew that I wanted to take this as an opportunity to give back to a cause that I really didn't have much exposure to in the Midwest,' Mitchell said. 'I've been so far removed from this worldly issue that I think I need to educate myself as a global citizen, and I felt that now is the perfect time to do that.'"
"Discover the world during spring break and give back"
"Some college students have opted to study abroad while in college. Volunteering abroad takes that cultural experience to a completely different level. Opting to do it during spring break adds an even broader scope to the benefits: you utilize that week to enhance the lives of others. Volunteer, live with a host family, and sneak in the sights, all in a week. Instead of the typical spring break souvenirs, you will come home with unforgettable life-changing experiences and memories that last a lifetime."read the full article
"Travelling to exciting and far-flung destinations is certainly an enriching and unforgettable experience, but I wanted to take away something that would help me in the future. For this reason, I decided to take a French language course in Morocco with Projects Abroad...It's a unique opportunity to be thrown together with people from all over the world who all want to experience this modern yet traditional culture firsthand."read the full article
"Falling into the Gap"
"One of the best decisions I ever made was to take a year off from my otherwise full-speed-ahead education to live in rural Thailand for a year...Gap years - a year between high school and college - are becoming increasingly popular among American teenagers."read the full article
"Tours & Cruises"
"College students who want to see their time used for good might consider Projects Abroad's weeklong 'Alternative Spring Break Trips.' The excursion to Jamaica involves rebuilding impoverished sectors of Manchester Parish, where many have lost their homes to hurricanes. No construction experience is required, and volunteers stay with host families. The experience ends with an excursion to a beach or waterfall."read the full article
"U alumni wins trip to Ghana, Africa"
“'I thought the trip was a perfect chance to broaden my horizons to travel to a continent and a country I’ve never been to,' Mitchell said. 'I know I wanted to challenge myself.' Mitchell will work in conjunction with the government’s hospital in Accra, the capital. The project is designed to care for people who are infected or affected by HIV and AIDS with counseling, helping doctors test for the virus, campaigning for proper nutrition and awareness, and prevention outreach."read the full article
"Would you do voluntary work on your honeymoon?"
"'Honeyteering' is where just-married couples volunteer for a worthy cause in the developing world, rather than the indulgent two weeks on a beach. A growing trend in the United States, it is relatively new in the UK...It has already become commonplace for the bride and groom to ask guests to donate to a charity rather than give presents. The logical extension is for the happy couple to give up their time on honeymoon helping a worthy cause, says Dr Peter Slowe, founder of volunteering firm Projects Abroad."read the full article
"Volunteer Abroad for Spring Break 2011 With 'Projects Abroad'"
"Volunteering abroad is a fantastic, life-altering experience: the travel, the opportunity to help someone else, the new knowledge about you and your place in the world are invaluable results. Volunteering abroad is a big commitment, though, and the planning and research can seem daunting. Here's a solution: try it out by volunteering abroad for spring break. One week. No big commitment. Perfect."read the full article
"For the adventurous couple, take advantage of your honeymoon to bond with each other and do something great in the world. With Projects Abroad, choose from over 100 projects in 26 countries to get a truly gratifying honeymoon experience"read the full article
"Projects Abroad 'Honeyteer'"
"Instead of spending their honeymoon lounging on the beach or being cooped up in a stuffy hotel room, newlyweds can now celebrate by giving back! A 'Honeyteer,' a honeymoon spent volunteering, is the perfect way to start a new life with your spouse or partner. Projects Abroad offers over 100 projects in 26 countries worldwide and can give newlyweds a unique and gratifying honeymoon experience."read the full article
"Tourisme solidaire: aller plus loin"
“L'Afrique. Bien des gens rêvent d'y aller, mais ne savent pas comment l'apprivoiser. Surtout si ce sont les rencontres authentiques qui les atirent plutôt que les safaris organisés. Quand j'ai décidé de faire un voyage «solidaire», j'ai tout de suite pensé que c'était le meilleur moyen de découvrir enfin l'Afrique. Quelques clics plus tard, j'ai atterri sur le site d'un des nombreux organismes et agences de voyages solidaires, Projects Abroad, qui a un bureau au Canada et qui gère des projets dans 26 pays.
[“Africa. A land that many dream about visiting, but do not know how to tame it. Especially if they are looking for an authentic experience rather than an all-included safari. When I decided that I would travel and help abroad, I immediately thought that it would be the best way for me to finally discover Africa. A few clicks later, I landed on Projects Abroad’s website; with an office in Canada, the organization manages projects in 26 countries."]read the full article
"Interview with Projects Abroad Volunteer Katie Grott"
"Instead of doing something on your own, you have the support of Projects Abroad. I felt safe from the minute I boarded the plane to the minute I returned to America. While in Romania, I talked to people who actually lived in Brasov and could tell me where to go and what to see. My time there, though brief, was really well utilized. I gained a real sense of the culture, because I became a part of it instead of just vacationing in it."read the full article
"Inspiring holidays for 2011"
"With its brutal history of apartheid and colonialism, there can be few better places than South Africa to get involved in campaigning for human rights. Projects Abroad has short-term placements in Cape Town which give volunteers the opportunity to work alongside respected humanitarian organisations, while gaining first-hand experience of human rights law in practice."read the full article
"Gap year experience 'important as degree to employers'"
"More than half of all business managers view job applicants' gap year experience as being equally important or more valuable than a university degree, according to new research...In fact, some of the managers said they consider experience of volunteering, studying or working abroad to be more crucial than a degree when looking for potential interview candidates."
"Aussies celebrate Australia Day in Ghana"
"Speaking on behalf of the Ghanaian government, Minister for Education Betty Mould-Iddrisu, expressed her country’s gratitude for the support provided by Australia. 'Ghana appreciates the significant contributions that Australia has made to the country’s socio-economic development in recent years,' she said...According to Daniel Thompson, Assistant Regional Coordinator of UK-based company Projects Abroad, they typically have 20 Australian volunteers undertaking placements in human rights, journalism, care, health and sport throughout Ghana."
"Biomedicine is Jen's joy"
"The Maribyrnong resident plans to do a medical internship in India during her mid-semester break with Projects Abroad. 'It would be pretty interesting to see if I can deal with these kinds of situations – I think experiencing a third world country would be an amazing experience.'”
"Retirement-age volunteers mix altruism with travel"
"Patti Cooper-Smith, 64, of Carson City, Nev., wanted to go somewhere for a month to both improve her Spanish and contribute something. So she went to Urubamba, Peru, last year and taught English through a Projects Abroad program...'It was much more enriching and a little more altruistic than me just paying someone to teach me," she says. "You can't accomplish much in a month, but I did feel that I was contributing.'"
"Volunteering abroad: why college is the perfect time"
"While internships have their merit, and earning money is necessary for the collegiate lifestyle, the value from taking a few months to volunteer is limitless. Additionally, future employers or graduate school admissions boards will respect the decision you made to volunteer abroad. Most important, many communities both domestic and international have a very strong need for the support from even the commitment of just a few weeks."
"Spring Break Ideas"
"Though college and university students are now starting a new semester, it doesn't preclude them from brainstorming spring break ideas...Another increasingly popular spring break idea is embarking on a spring break volunteer trip. Discover a new part of the world while helping people in need! Groups like United Planet and Projects Abroad make it easy, offering a wide variety of packages for spring breakers looking to participate in projects around the world."read the full article
"Q&A with Projects Abroad Founder Peter Slowe"
"Volunteering in a developing country and staying with a host family fully immerses volunteers in that country’s culture, allowing them to gain a deep, worldly perspective. This is something that can’t be achieved simply by travelling abroad. By working alongside locals, teaching students, or caring for underprivileged children, volunteers can vastly expand their global point of view and see the world in a more educated light."read the full article
"Cambodia no cruise for Tara"
"Tara Morrison is packing insect repellent and sunscreen this summer – but not for a trip to the beach. Instead, Ms Morrison is travelling to Cambodia to volunteer her services as an occupational therapist. The 22-year-old has just finished her honours thesis while working at Taranaki Base Hospital, and is ready for a new challenge. The trip to Cambodia became a reality when she got in touch with Projects Abroad, a volunteering organisation."read the full article
"Volunteering for a very different Christmas"
"I chose to go away with Projects Abroad because it is the largest (and probably best) organiser of overseas volunteering and the staff really does its best to match volunteers’ skills to the needs of the partner organisations abroad. My sister volunteered in Ghana and she highly recommended the whole experience with Projects Abroad."read the full article
"Best Places for a Sabbatical"
"Budding archaeologists can help unearth mysteries in the ancient city of Dacia (now Deva), located in the medieval environs of Transylvania—the place where the brutal ruler Vlad the Impaler first inspired the Dracula legend. Through this multiweek program with Projects Abroad, you can work with Romania’s Museum of History to conduct digs and restore ruins across several sites."read the full article
"Tis the Season for Giving"
"Instead of donating the contents of your wallet, why not donate your time! Projects Abroad provides spring breakers the opportunity to ditch the resorts for more genuine feel-good alternatives such as home building or sea turtle conservation."read the full article
"Green travel: top eco getaways"
"For the passionate eco-warrior, there are an increasing number of opportunities for voluntary conservation work...Wherever you want to go and whatever you want to do, there’ll be a green option. We can all make a difference by selecting holidays that don’t just save us money, but which save the planet. It’s what all the cool kids are doing these days."read the full article
"If you're not into the traditional, all-inclusive honeymoon package, perhaps you and your new spouse might consider a "honeyteer," a volunteer-based honeymoon. You might travel across the world to teach English, or head to a tropical island and help out with beach cleanup. The possibilities are endless, and you can design your "honeyteer" around volunteer activities you both love."read the full article
"Tulsa teen travels to India to help farmers"
"Far away, in India, 18-year-old Piper Connelly composed an e-mail to explain how exactly she found herself in the village of Ullar - a place where a few hundred people live near rice and sugarcane fields while the mountainous Western Ghats stretch in the distance."read the full article
"Making a Difference"
“'I chose Projects Abroad because they help with details like food and flights,' Ruark said, 'but also give you a lot of independence.'... Ruark is grateful for the experience. She is amazed at the differences in culture between Ghana and America, and she learned a lot about cultural sensitivity, returning with admiration and respect for Ghana’s people."read the full article
"Lumos Travel Award Winner Selden Recounts Ghana Experience"
"May 2010 Belmont graduate Abby Selden returned to campus recently to offer a presentation on her experiences in Ghana. Selden is the first recipient of a Lumos Student Travel Award, which is a grant given annually to help students embark on a travel experience that will give them a different cultural perspective of some aspect of the social sciences: visual, performing and/or linguistic arts; or to enhance an artistic, scientific or teaching skill or talent."
"Voluntourism, The New Travel Trend"
"Projects Abroad specializes in arranging accommodations and work projects for people who want to become part of the community they are helping...'Part of what makes the experience with Projects Abroad so special is that our volunteers are welcomed into the home of a host family, providing a complete sense of community and immersion into the local customs.'"read the full article
"Accueillante, solidaire, généreuse : l’autre visage de la France"
["Welcoming, united, generous: the other face of France"]
"Complément d’enquête sur ces Français qui prônent d’autres valeurs: l’accueil, la solidarité, la fraternité, l’universalisme...Qui sont ces citoyens qui se dévouent pour aider ? Quels risques sont-ils prêts à prendre au nom de la générosité? Les bons sentiments suffisent-ils quand les moyens manquent."
["Further investigation of the French who advocate other values: welcome, solidarity, brotherhood, universalism....Who are the citizens who are dedicated to helping? What risks are they ready to take in the name of generosity? The good feelings suffice when the means are lacking."]
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"Sri Lanka: The first days of my 'gap semester'"
"The plane ride: twenty-two hours. A whole day of barely resting because the hum of the engine and the mild discomfort of sitting upright prevented me from sleeping more than three hours. It was almost like a dream...It was bizarre to think that in a day, I would be somewhere completely different— an alternate universe so to speak."read the full article
"Voluntourists on the rise"
"Close to three hundred voluntourists have visited Fiji since April last year and according to a leading agency, more are scheduled to come. Projects Abroad, one of the world's leading voluntourist agencies, said the number of people showing interest in visiting the country was increasing."read the full article
"Your Jamaica conservatory"
"If you’re a musician or music lover, consider travelling to Jamaica to teach a child how to play an instrument. As a volunteer with Projects Abroad, a Britain-based program, you will teach children ages 6 to 18 how to play keyboard, guitar, violin, flute, or drums. Or you can offer instruction on melody improvisation, and how to read, notate, compose, and arrange music. The Music Project focuses on traditional Jamaican music but incorporates cultural influences from around the world. Projects Abroad provides all instruments and resources."
"Past the finish line"
"In an effort to take her mind off the life-altering news, she went to Mexico last summer with Projects Abroad, a volunteering organization. 'I wanted to do something that’s not related to sports, not related to school, not related to anything or anyone,' Nightengale says. Nightengale worked with a wildlife conservation project to ensure baby sea turtles survived until hatching...For a month, Nightengale dedicated her days and nights to the protection of sea turtles, finally watching as the baby turtles hatched and dug their way from the sand and eventually to the ocean."
"After School Activity"
"The number of Americans taking gap years through Projects Abroad, a U.K. company that coordinates volunteer program around the world, has nearly quadrupled since 2005. The organization just launched Global Gap, its first effort marketed specifically to Americans; the 27-week curriculum features service projects in South Africa, Peru, India and Thailand."read the full article
"Ask Trip Coach: Volunteer Vacations"
"Stay with a local host family. Mine lived in South Africa and endured apartheid. We had some incredible talks that made my experience so much better.' —Emily Dennis, 24, of Nashville, Tenn., who volunteered at a human rights firm in South Africa in 2009 with Projects Abroad"
"I am the last business traveller who actually loves flying and airports. I always try and take a slightly different route when I go places, and I even plan all my trips in great detail. I’ve really learned to keep everything in perspective relative to travel. I must because I’ve had so many bizarre and sometimes wonderful experiences."read the full article
"Trips and Tips for Fall and Beyond"
"Forget trick-or-treating if you’re volunteering in Peru over Halloween; you’ll be playing a traditional game involving not-so-hard-boiled eggs instead. Your Christmas in Fiji will be “bright” not “white” and Christmas in Ethiopia, celebrated in January, might entail the sharing of a dish of ox stew. If you’d like to volunteer overseas and can take at least two weeks off from your studies, find a list of opportunities at projects-abroad.org."read the full article
"Working Vacations in Europe"
"Whether you're a student looking for a dynamic Eastern European internship or a working professional in need of a breath of fresh air, Projects Abroad has opportunities to help you advance your career…Professionals in business development, culture and media, education, engineering, environment, human rights, medical and social work fields acquire unpaid projects that may lead to overseas career placements."read the full article
"Destination of the week: Phnom Penh, Cambodia"
Cambodia can be a hard place to relax. Walk the streets of Phnom Penh, its capital, and you’ll see beggars whose signs say they were victimized by the Khmer Rouge, a brutal Communist regime that according to the New York Times killed or caused the death of 1.7 million people between 1975 and 1979. Barefoot children ask for money in cafés. Wander the city’s darker side streets and you’ll feel mildly sketched out.read the full article
"Explore Ethiopia for its ancient culture"
"I went to Ethiopia in May for a month as a volunteer with Projects Abroad for my senior class project at the Haverford School. I worked as a journalist in the capital city of Addis Ababa, writing articles about Ethiopian culture for a local newspaper. I tried to absorb as much of the culture as I could, touring Addis Ababa as well as many historic small towns such as Lalibela, named after the king who built the city about 1,000 years ago."read the full article
"GHS graduate takes his skills to South Africa"
"'The most rewarding thing about this trip was gaining a completely new perspective on both life here back home and also in South Africa (my other home). I noticed that we take so much for granted here. It's shocking how excessive the American lifestyle can be without us realizing it.'"read the full article
"On the Job Hunt: Volunteer Overseas"
Projects Abroad’s Vice President Tom Pastorius appears on FoxNews.com’s Strategy Room.See a screenshot
"Globe-trotting: Take a volunteer vacation in Tanzania"
"Wendy Tisdell, a director at BridgIT, guided the [Water and Sanitation] program in Jamaica last year and is doing likewise in Tanzania this summer. She is a former Projects Abroad volunteer whose experience inspired her to use her professional skills and give communities around the world a chance to access clean water"read the full article
"Where he hoes I’ll go"
"The couple met a counsellor at the Projects Abroad Human Rights office on Thursday to start reconstructing their life. The meeting was as much about designing a plan for the couple's immediate future as it was a chance for them to vent… The counsellor laboured through Philippe's long-winded rants to motivate the couple to ‘take life into your own hands and don't wait for the government’."
"Dining and Destinations"
Dr. Peter Slowe talks about Projects Abroad's volunteer opportunitiesListen to the audio file
"Turn Tots And Teens Into Voluntourists"
"Because the projects are so varied, families who want to find the right volunteer match should have a 'long and serious discussion with us about what you hope to get out of the experience,' says Dr. Peter Slowe, Projects Abroad’s founder and director."read the full article
"Après les journalistes Sylvie Saint-Jacques et Éric Clément, c’est au tour d’Émilie Côté de déposer ses valises aux quatre coins du monde. Émilie est une Montréalaise qui ne déménagerait nulle part ailleurs au monde, mais qui adore voyager. Jusqu'à la fin juin, vous pouvez la suivre de l'Asie en Europe en passant par l'Afrique."
[Following journalists Sylvie Saint-Jacques et Éric Clément, it's Émilie Côté's turn to travel around the world. Émilie is a Montrealer who wouldn't move anywhere else in the world, but loves to travel. You can follow her from Asia to Europe (passing through Africa) until the end of June.]read the full article
"Volunteer Tourism in Peru"
"Volunteer tourism in Peru is one of the most rewarding ways to see different parts of the country while doing some good at the same time...Not only is volunteer tourism relatively inexpensive in Peru, it also makes much needed contributions toward protecting the environment and assisting Peruvian citizens living in poverty."read the full article
"Trips Worth Taking"
"Hurricanes Dean and Gustav tore through the Caribbean island of Jamaica in 2007 and 2008, leaving many houses water-damaged or completely destroyed. Volunteer organization Projects Abroad, together with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, is dedicated to rebuilding more than 40 homes in the parish of Saint Ann, on the island's northern coast."read the full article
"Real Life in Africa"
"'The biggest benefit is, first of all, to develop a sense of adventure and certainly a sense of confidence, as well as being able to manage in a lot of different situations,' she said. 'You become very adaptable and learn to survive with less, and I think you learn to accept people for how they are and not judge them."
"Mullingar women matching volunteers with international opportunities"
"The fact that young people, who haven't yet got skills or qualifications in place are still welcome to travel out, and help in whatever way they can, means Projects Abroad is different to some other organisations that arrange placements."
"Haiti quake sparks interest in 'voluntourism"
"When the going gets tough, the compassionate get going. The January earthquake in Haiti prompted a spike in interest in service vacations, sometimes called "voluntourism," several organizations report...Projects-Abroad.org reported it received 46 percent more applications than expected since the earthquake."read the full article
"The massive earthquakes in Haiti and Chile have sparked an increase in service vacations – also know as voluntourism...Projects-Abroad.org – which sends students and professionals on short-term service projects – says, since the quake, it’s received almost twice as many applications from prospective volunteers."
"The Guide to Summer"
"Summer vacation! Unless you’re at a year-round school, it might mean a little sun and sand, maybe a part-time gig at the public links, or more time with your own kids. But just because school is over doesn’t mean the learning has to stop for you...Through agencies like Projects Abroad, you can set off on 'meaningful travel'"read the full article
"Learning sustainability from the rainforest"
"Kennedy lived a few hours outside of Puerto Maldonado, a city in Southeastern Peru, shacking up in a bungalow made of wood and mosquito netting...It didn’t take him long to get accustomed to the Amazonian lifestyle. 'I felt at home within a few days,' he says. 'We don’t necessarily need all the stuff that we have.'"read the full article
"On a foreign mission"
"I’d always wanted to do something like this,” he says. “My group was building a childcare centre for parents who couldn’t afford childminding, while many other volunteers were teaching.” Brian travelled with Projects Abroad, an international organisation that arranges volunteer work for school and university students and professionals."read the full article
"Teen goes overseas for volunteer work"
"Research led her instead to Projects Abroad, an organization that links volunteers with work and destinations according to their interests.
As its website explains, Projects Abroad “sends over 6,000 high schoolers, university students and professionals on short-term international service projects each year."
"A volunteer-minded traveller leaves a bit of his heart behind"
"That's what prompted me to enter the world of the volunteer tourist. After searching the Internet for weeks, I felt as though I had found the ideal environment to create lasting change working through www.projects-abroad.com.
I spent a month working in a local school trying to foster learning and cross-cultural enlightenment. Leading English classes for 30 Peruvian children was a baptism by fire. But it was inspiring to nurture them, if only for a short time."
"Giving Back in Ghana"
""I’m speaking with a couple of different organisations at the moment – Projects Abroad, Love Football and the school where I teach – about how we could provide long-term support. Everyone’s support so far has been amazing but there’s more work to do if we’re to truly help this community”."read the full article
"Explore like a star and do a world of good"
"Follow in the footsteps of Angelina Jolie -- and make a difference -- by taking a volunteer vacation with Projects Abroad, which sends 6,000 people a year to 25 fascinating countries."read the full article
"Countryside High graduate is in Ghana to help human rights victims"
"The 19-year-old University of Miami student and 2007 Countryside High graduate is interning this summer for the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office in Accra, which is concerned with female genital mutilation and the environmental impact of mining among other issues."read the full article
"Area teen launches book drive"
"Jillian organized and planned her trip to Arusha, Tanzania, with Projects Abroad, a volunteer organization she felt safe with. Although her parents, Marty and Diane Froelick, offered to pay for half the trip, Jillian wanted to raise the money through friends and family and getting a part-time job."
"A world of good"
"Projects Abroad Australia is one of several commercial organisations offering a smorgsabord of volunteering opportunities..."read the full article
"Parents concerned about students' gap-year safety"
"Peter Slowe, the founder of Projects Abroad, a gap-year company, said that the first Gap Year Safety Conference, which is being held in London on June 17, had in part been called as a response to heightened parental concern and the number of gap-year tragedies.'Safety is top of parents’ priorities,' Dr Slowe said. 'We have had lots more contact with parents and the consciousness about safety is higher than some years ago.'"read the full article
"How to stay safe on a gap year"
"Peter Slowe, founder of Projects Abroad: 'My advice: always travel in a group (especially if you’re a younger gapper), always check your insurance (expensive insurance does not necessarily mean better insurance), and always make sure you do some research before you go – such as whether you need a mosquito net, what medicines you might need or the appropriate dress code for the country you’re visiting.'"read the full article
"Leading from the Front Line"
"David....decided to use funds set aside under the program to travel to South Africa for a month-long stint as a volunteer with Projects Abroad -- an organisation that runs benevolent projects overseas."read the full article
"Do something useful with your time"
"Surely volunteering is mainly a student gig? 'Actually, women taking career breaks, perhaps due to redundancy, are the fastest growing group of volunteers. And it doesn't just appeal to philanthropists, but women wanting to improve their skills or to see the world in a safe environment.'"read the full article
"Recession helps boost guilt-free tourism industry"
"Projects Abroad, which runs volunteer programs overseas, said bookings were up 20 percent this February from February last year, with some of the travellers recently laid off, but others simply looking for vacations that involve service. Options range from teaching soccer in Moldova for two weeks to teaching English in Nepal for three months."read the full article
"Destination: Cape Town"
"The family chose the Projects Abroad: Teaching program and Casper is set to leave on July 15 for about five weeks. She will teach English to primary and secondary school students. 'There's also the opportunity to teach students other interests you have, like sports or music or drama,' said Casper..."
"Be an ecovolunteer"
"...associations like...Projects Abroad are thriving. The projects are wide-ranging and usually run year-round...Volunteers don't need any special skills other than an open mind and an adaptable spirit."read the full article
"Getaways That Are 'Guilt Free'"
"Projects Abroad, which runs volunteer programs overseas, said bookings were up 20 percent this February from February 2008, with some of the travellers recently laid off but others simply looking for vacations that involve service."read the full article
"Small Business Directors and Entrepreneurs Flee U.S. on 'Enterprise Gap Years"
"More than half of the 60% increase in older volunteers leaving on gap-years in developing countries are American small business directors and entrepreneurs, according to Projects Abroad, the world’s leading commercial volunteer service organization."read the full article
"travelling alone was a challenge - but got me a job back home!"
"I found out about Projects Abroad, who offer volunteering placements in rehabilition centres, on the internet and thought they sounded perfect. I could spend three months in South American while getting some overseas experience in occupational therapy...We were reassured when I was told I'd be met at the airport and given accommodation in a safe place."read the full article
"Time for a CV Change"
"Projects Abroad, the largest commercial volunteer service organisation in the world with schemes in 24 countires, has experienced a big increase in the number of people wanting to give their time gratis."read the full article
"UK-Based Voluntary Group Paints Classroom and Donates Books to Manchester School"
"...Bridgette Barrett, Country Director for Projects Abroad, said that the group conducts a "dirty day" every month, to give a facelift to a school or hospital. It's a physical activity. We are getting dirty, but at the end, we accomplish a task. We chose Villa Road as it has been with us since 2008, so that this classroom will be fully painted and reading materials given to the students," she informed."
"As unemployment rate increases, more individuals choose to spend time volunteering"
"...n recent months, organizations like Projects Abroad and Peace Corps have seen record increases in people’s willingness to volunteer. 'People are finding themselves out of jobs and are using it as an opportunity to get something done that they’ve wanted to do for a while, but might not have been able to because of the time constraints of their job."read the full article
"Some U.S. jobless find hope and solace as volunteers"
"Applications to Projects Abroad, a private organisation that directs thousands of volunteers to developing countries, jumped 55 percent in December and nearly 50 percent in January compared to a year earlier. Volunteers must pay their own way."
"Some U.S. Jobless Find Hope And Solace As Volunteers"
"Projects Abroad...The group's founder, Peter Slowe, said a growing proportion of new applicants are middle-aged people who find themselves unemployed or underemployed and have long thought about testing their abilities, or are just fed up."read the full article
"Some U.S. Jobless Find Hope and Solace as Volunteers"
"Applications to Projects Abroad, a private organization that directs thousands of volunteers to developing countries, jumped 55 percent in December and nearly 50 percent in January compared to a year earlier."
"Failing economy gives rise to volunteers"
"...Projects Abroad reported an increase in applications of 64 percent in 2008...those who are interested in volunteerism will note a definite perk to the idea: a competitive advantage on job searches in the future."
"Some U.S. jobless find hope and solace as volunteers"
"Applications to Projects Abroad, a private organization that directs thousands of volunteers to developing countries, jumped...Volunteering can fill a gap in job history and supplies the answer to an interviewer's question, "what have you been doing?"
"U.S. Unemployed Find Purpose in Volunteerism"
"Applications to Projects Abroad, a private organization that directs thousands of volunteers to developing countries, jumped 55 percent in December..."read the full article
"Some US jobless find hope and solace as volunteers"
"Applications to Projects Abroad, a private organization that directs thousands of volunteers to developing countries, jumped 55 percent in December and nearly 50 percent in January compared to a year earlier."read the full article
"The World's Best Working Holidays"
"The neem tree is a godsend to Indian farmers, but few of them are aware of it, so your job is to spend at least a fortnight in Tamil Nadu marketing its miraculous properties... The trip is available year-round... with Projects Abroad."read the full article
"Dr. Peter Slowe speaks about Projects Abroad."
February 2009, The Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia and February 2009, The Sunday Times, Australia
"Uni can wait, but the poor of Africa cannot"
"THIS time last year I was completely confused about what to do with my life. After a successful year 12, I could study almost anything I wanted; problem was, I didn't know what I wanted... So I decided to spend a gap year overseas before starting university... I organised my trip with a volunteer group called Projects Abroad, which was wonderful. There were advantages and disadvantages... Projects Abroad was expensive compared with some other organisations, but it provided incredible help in preparing me for the trip, as well as support in Ghana, such as when I fell ill. There was also the advantage of being able to travel any time of the year."read the full article
"Old people volunteer due to crunch"
"The number of older people volunteering for overseas projects has shot up due to credit crunch redundancies, according to gap year firm Projects Abroad. The number of over-25s signing up to volunteer abroad was 60% higher last month than it was in January 2008, spokesman Ian Birbeck said."
February 2009, The Globe & Mail, Canada "What I did on my layoff"
February 2009, ABC Action News, the United States,
"Unemployed and unattached? Try volunteering overseas"
Volunteering abroad is looking more and more appealing to those stuck at home mourning the loss of their jobs because of the economic storms that continue to fuel job losses across the country... 'There definitely has been an increase in calls during the past few weeks [especially] from career breakers,' says Robert Levine, director of Projects Abroad Canada. 'My guess is we're going to see a huge influx of people who have been laid off applying in the next month or two."
"An army of altruists: VSO boosted by record rise in recruits"
"Ian Birbeck, recruitment director at the global volunteering company Projects Abroad, said his organisation had introduced 1,000 extra placements this year: 'We sent about 4,000 volunteers last year, and this year we anticipate sending 5,000. We're getting a lot of calls from people who have been made redundant. We're working on developing more professional volunteering schemes so people can use their skills."read the full article
"Jobless Britons opt to volunteer overseas"
Projects Abroad, which runs volunteer schemes in 24 countries around the globe, recorded a 55 per cent increase in applications last month from Britons who had recently been made redundant.
"We have seen an increase in the number of people in their thirties applying", said Dr Peter Slowe, founder of the organisation. "We currently have people from all sorts of professions: welders, care workers, staff from local authority finance departments and construction workers."read the full article
"Student founds charity for Senegalese children"
"During the summer of 2007 Checkley spent five weeks working in St. Louis with Projects Abroad, an international relief organization that places volunteers in countries where help is most needed."
"Recession sends volunteer numbers soaring"
Projects Abroad, the biggest organiser worldwide of overseas volunteer work, has also seen a rise in inquiries in the last few weeks. "We are maintaining our normal level of student applications, but recently we've seen a noticeable increase in older people, or those with more skills and experience, getting in touch," says Dr Peter Slowe, Director of Projects Abroad."read the full article
"Nursing major named inaugural David J. Beck Fellow"
"The fellowship will provide Mikel with a full academic scholarship for 2009 – including tuition, fees, books and on-campus room and board – along with up to $10,000 to pursue the summer project she proposed as part of her application. She plans to travel to Ghana where she will work as a nursing intern in a rural hospital and live with a host family for six weeks through Projects Abroad."
"New Graduates don't mind the Gap"
"James Campbell finishes school at Churchie in Brisbane in a few weeks and hasn't made up his mind what he wants to do with his life. He's not concerned, though... 'I am going to be working a bit at the start, and then travel a bit, first to Tasmania because I have family there. I will then be coming back and working to save money for my trip to Peru. It's a volunteer project with Volunteers Abroad [sic]. Basically it's for people who want to volunteer their services to help a developing community.'"read the full article
"Great Humanitarian Trips Around the World"
"Nomad Community Outreach, Mongolia: Projects Abroad volunteers help nomad families with daily tasks like herding yaks and cattle, mucking out horse and camel enclosures, and milking sheep and goats. They also produce dairy products like butter and cheese, prepare meals, and play with the communities’ many children."read the full article
"Squawk Box Europe"
Peter Slowe, Founder and Director of Projects Abroad, discusses bank capitalization and entrepreneurialism in the developing world.read the full article
"Volunteers Gain Valuable Experience"
"The international organisation, Projects Abroad, registered a growing number of over 800 volunteers in 2008 who spent some free working months in Ghana, often combined with travelling around on the weekends.
During their time they are either staying with a Ghanaian family..."
"How I made it: Peter Slowe, founder of Projects Abroad"
"As the number of youngsters signing up grew, Projects Abroad widened its scope to Africa, Asia and Latin America. Today its gap-year travellers help out in ever more diverse activities such as teaching in local schools, helping small enterprises with basic IT, assisting the RSPB with conservation projects and establishing a youth football academy in Ghana."read the full article
"Moving experience for Rebecca"
"The 16-year-old, from Hermitage Park Way, Newhall, spent two weeks in the African country's capital, Accra, after raising £2,000 to fly out on July 19 with Projects Abroad, one of the world's leading organisers of volunteer placements overseas."read the full article
"Louisburg Woman Explores Beyond the Great Wall"
"After doing 'a ton' of research in her quest to go to China, Fleming said she found a British company, Projects Abroad, that pairs young adults with others in countries to do volunteer work and internships, like teaching English and practicing medicine, law and business concepts."
"Sikhisizwe - Building the Nation"
"Today we spoke to Dana Myers – from Project Abroad. We were talking about their Human Rights placements. This project gives volunteers the opportunity to work on a really worthwhile project alongside respected humanitarian organisations, whilst also gaining first hand experience of human rights law in practice."read the full article
“Five Best…Gap Year Projects”
“Based in Ulaanbaatar, your journalism internship in print, radio or TV will give you experience in a media environment that has flourished since the introduction of democracy in 1990. You might be asked to write a column in the English section of a national paper, front a radio chat show and gain experience behind the camera, directing or presenting the news.”read the full article
“The Lions Sleep Tonight”
“Living with a local family, sell organic fertiliser at the weekend market, play cricket with the kids and spend weekdays helping out at a model farm in the village of Tamil Nadu. This volunteer-run demonstration site in south India is a place for villagers to learn about sustainable farming practices, environmental conservation and new farming techniques and technology. After mastering the practices themselves, volunteers then work with villagers at the farm to help implement the ideas in their own communities.”read the full article
"Je Veux Voyager Autrement!"
"Vous souhaitez vous offrir une parenthèse utile? Goûtez à la logistique des Grenoblois de Projects Abroad.Ils proposent des missions de volontariat ouvertes à tous et extrêmement variées : projet humanitaire en Inde,protection de l'environnement en Afrique du Sud,enseignement au Nepal ou encore archéologie sur les sites incas au Pérou.Les volontaires choisissent leur date de départ,la durée (1 mois minimum),la destination et le projet."
"I want to travel overseas!"
"Do you want to do something useful during your break? Try the destinations Projects Abroad in Grenoble has to offer. They have a variety of volunteer opportunities ranging from volunteer work in India, conservation in South Africa, teaching in Nepal, and excavating Inca sites in Peru. Volunteers choose their departure date, the length of stay (one month minimum [sic]), the destination, and project."read the full article
"School's out, travel's in"
"Projects Abroad is another good online resource, especially for gappers looking for a volunteer expedition. It offers a heap of different experiences and provides online application forms to get the ball rolling.
The Projects Abroad website has details of holidays including a Mexican turtle conservation project and fossil digging along the Inca Trail to Peru. Whether you'll be painting classrooms in a school or harvesting tomatoes in a remote field, the website gives you a good indication of what you've signed up for. "
“Warsi Moves From Teddy to Dragon”
“Warsi and entrepreneur Caan – who left Pakistan at the age of two and is now chief executive of Hamilton Bradshaw, the private equity firm – are to work closely with Projects Abroad, which sets up overseas placements for volunteers on gap years or career breaks.”read the full article
"Program Offers Another Chance to Study, Volunteer Abroad”
“Projects Abroad, an England-based volunteer group, held an interest meeting Monday in the Baylor Sciences Building. Program adviser Jacob Lowe spoke to students about Project Abroad's goals, which are helping others, helping students learn and exploring new places.
The group sends around 3,500 volunteers out each year. About half of the volunteers are from England and the rest come from the United States and other countries all over the world.”read the full article
“Eager to Lend a Hand”
“College students today seem more enthusiastic than ever to help those in need, due in part to growing knowledge about troubles worldwide. Additionally, service abroad attracts a great deal of attention from students interested in travelling to an exotic locale. Projects Abroad, an international organization aimed at sending students around the world to volunteer, understands the call to action.”
“Projects Abroad: An Exciting New Opportunity for Metropolitan State University Students”
“Projects Abroad recognizes the importance of learning about different cultures, gaining real-world experience and helping out across continents. It is from these ideas of global exchange and assistance that Projects Abroad was created. They are a premier international volunteering service in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany and the Netherlands sending over 3,500 volunteers a year to 20 countries on five continents.”
“Seasonal Activity in the Bird Community of the Lower Madre de Dios River”
”La Reserva Privada 'Taricaya' is a private reserve located in the eastern margin of the lower Madre de Dios River, at an altittude of about 170 m, in the Madre de Dios Region of southeast Peru. The dynamics of seasonal activity in the birds of the under-story were investigated between Jul 2005 and May 2006 in six different habitats of varying succession that are subject to different levels of seasonal flooding.”read the full article
“Case Study – Physiotherapist – Theresa Mohan”
“I’d already graduated from Keele University with a degree in physiotherapy and been working as a physio for just over a year at Wolverhampton City Primary Care Trust when I went to Nepal for four months. I went to Nepal with Teaching & Projects Abroad…”
“No Waves in Mongolia”
“[Volunteer Jena Sussex] spent more than two weeks in Mongolia, living with a family and volunteering in a pediatric intensive-care hospital. Instead of riding waves, she spent most of her days feeding babies through intravenous tubes and shadowing Mongolian doctors to see how they work. This was the second summer Sussex has done volunteer work through Projects Abroad.”read the full article
“Students Assist While Overseas”
“Rather than just studying abroad, Project Abroad allows students to also volunteer in hospitals, schools, community service and other fields of interest.”
“How A Gap Year At A Foreign Newspaper Could Give You Invaluable Experience”
“Teaching and Projects Abroad, as well as sending volunteers to join the media in countries as diverse as Mexico, Moldova and Mongolia, offers a different angle from the others, in that it has three placements - in Bolivia, Romania and India - on magazines the organisation has set up itself, to guarantee that volunteers will receive proper attention, rather than returning home with an advanced qualification in tea-making.”
“Volunteering with ‘Projects Abroad’ ”
“My personal experience of volunteering was when I spent three months in India after school. I worked in a junior school, and since it turned out I wasn’t a great teacher I spent my time teaching the two weakest kids basic English and maths. This placement was arranged by a gap year company (Projects Abroad) and I decided to go away with a company because both me and my parents wanted the secure ‘safety net’ these companies provide.”read the full article
“The Great Adventure”
“Programs include areas of teaching, medicine, conservation, journalism, care and community action, veterinary medicine, business, archaeology and Inca projects. Volunteers are ages 17-70, with the average age 18-25.”
“The Good Life”
“Projects Abroad organizes trips to remote Mongolia, where volunteers live in ger s--large round tents--and become part of a nomadic family by helping take care of livestock like yak and cattle (projects-abroad.org). The organization also has a program in Addis Ababa where volunteers teach English in primary and secondary schools. They stay with local families and receive briefings on teaching techniques.”read the full article
“Travels in India”
“India is a country I have long wished to visit. The culture, geography and the history intrigue me. I came across Teaching and Projects Abroad (TPA) at a Gap Year fair hosted by the university. I applied to a TPA placement working for a monthly magazine (The Sivakasi Times) in Sivakasi in the state of Tamil Nadu.”
“A Tale of Two Gap Years”
“Through a gap-year company called Projects Abroad, I found a journalism internship with Shanghai’s main English-language business magazine, BizShanghai. Along with 25 or so other interns around, I experienced life in one of the world’s fastest-growing metropolises.”read the full article
“Hallan Gran Ciudad Inca Cerca Machu Picchu”
“Varios anos despues, trabajando para ‘Projects Abroad’ en el Valle Sagrado de los Incas, Cusco, ya casado y con familia tenia menos opotunidades para realizar mi pasatiempo favorito, sin embargo debido al trabajo que comenzo en el 2005, decidimos en el proyecto, combinar las actividades del desarollo communal, con el estudio arqueologico, asi retome las largas caminatas de exploracion.read the full article
“Volunteer Medic Finds No Room at UBC”
“When did they start making kids like Mohit Singh? …Through Projects Abroad, he volunteered in a hospital for two months and helped build houses for tsunami victims for the last month. Almost immediately he was taking blood samples and blood pressure. By the end of two months, he'd helped deliver babies, put in sutures and even induced labour, which is apparently a necessity in the over-crowded, under-staffed obstetrics ward.”read the full article
“Aspiring to Help Others”
“During her trip to India with Projects Abroad, Jena Sussex says she’s no longer squeamish about certain things in the medical profession. It’s seeing others in pain that hurts.”read the full article
"They offer a diverse range of teaching, care, conservation, medical, journalism and work experience projects, plus the opportunity to become part of one of our [sic] local communities overseas."read the full article
"Volunteer Vacations: Going Native"
"Conservation in Peru is a project for the more adventurous. Access to the lodge is a two-hour riverboat journey from the town of Puerto Maldonado. You will be living with up to 30 other volunteers and a resident spider monkey! Taricaya lodge is basic, but clean and comfortable."read the full article
“Internships in Focus: Journalism in Romania”
“The program I worked through was called Teaching/Projects Abroad [sic], which has a number of projects in several different countries. I chose to go to Romania. The office I worked at was in Brasov (the old city, built by Saxons, brought over by a Hungarian) on Casteluli St. I lived in the new city (built during the Soviet era) on Bulevardul Muncii. There I wrote for a local traveller's magazine called the Brasov Visitor. This entailed reviews of cafes, interviews with locals and travellers, and opinion- and fact-based articles.”read the full article