News from 2011
Projects Abroad are currently working on an ambitious building project in Tanzania, which will see the creation of a school for one of the Maasi communities. We began the project earlier this summer and we are pleased to say that the work is almost completed.
The Projects Abroad Peru Conservation Project; the Taricaya Research Center celebrated its 10th Anniversary this November. Conservation Director, Stuart Timson tell us more...
Projects Abroad volunteers in Ghana have helped to organize a health walk for the members of Osu Children’s Home in Accra. The walk was set up in order to raise awareness about the importance of exercising, with an aim to improve overall health and reduce hospital bills.
Our Thailand Conservation Director, Ingrid Sprake, met recently with the founders of the Association of the Protection of the Environment (APE) and finalized details of an exciting new partnership.
Earlier this month, on Wednesday 9th November, our Projects Abroad volunteers were visited by members of the British Royal Family, his Royal Highness Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla at Leganga Primary school. The surprise visit from the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall was certainly a memorable and rewarding moment for local children and teachers, as well as our volunteers.
Our Human Rights volunteers in Ghana have recently been involved with the moving case of Kweku Nartey. This case is the second major success that the Projects Abroad Human Rights office has witnessed.
Projects Abroad’s primate rehabilitation project, based in the province of Cordoba, is the only rescue center in Argentina solely committed to the rehabilitation of primates. Volunteers have a unique opportunity here to work in the only reserve in the world dedicated to Carayá monkeys.
Projects Abroad India has organized Diwali celebrations at the Vallalar Illam orphanage in Srivelliputtur. Diwali is the most important holiday for millions of Indians. The 5 day long festival is also known as the Festival of Lights.
Conservation Director, Ingrid Sprake, tells us about the new volunteer accommodation on the Conservation Project: ‘On 1st October we spent our first night at our new home, an eco-resort called The Dawn of Happiness situated on Ao Nammao beach about 5km East of Ao Nang and 15km South of Krabi Town.
The Peru Conservation project continues to go from strength to strength. Our animal rescue center, which forms a large part of the conservation work at the Taricaya Lodge, (our base in the Amazon jungle), has recently been recognized as the best and most effective animal rescue center in the country by the Peruvian government.
The Projects Abroad Ecuador team are delighted to welcome their first ever volunteer! Sophie Kaiko, from Australia, has arrived in the Galapagos to take part in a Teaching project for two months. She will be joined in the coming days and weeks by fellow new recruits.
Former Projects Abroad volunteer Munira Nagji was recently awarded the YMCA Peace Medal for humanitarian work. Munira volunteered with Projects Abroad on a Care project in India back in 2010.
Projects Abroad has launched a new program in Ghana to encourage reading as a way of improving literacy. The ‘Read and Feed’ program inspires children to see reading as something that is enjoyable. Now all new volunteers to Ghana are being asked to bring a book with them.
Our conservation team and volunteers are going all out this year to help clean the reefs, beaches, mangroves and ultimately, the ocean. Working side by side with two international environmental organizations, namely The Ocean Conservancy and Project AWARE - Dive Against Debris, our staff and volunteers now have an even deeper purpose behind the weekly coastal and marine clean ups.
Projects Abroad has just completed renovation work on five schools in the Central region of Ghana. Not only have volunteers there painted five nurseries and orphanages but they have also donated 400 exercise books and 31 school uniforms.
Conservation Director, Ingrid Sprake, sent us the following report following this summer’s popular 2 Week Special programme.
Last week the Projects Abroad team in Ghana donated an assortment of hospital equipment worth 1000 Cedis to the Nkawie-Toase Government Hospital in the Atwima Nwabiagya District in the Ashanti region.
Last Friday 29th July a team from Projects Abroad visited the small town of Vilachery to conduct our regular veterinary outreach trips to local villages around Madurai. This village is just a few miles from the famous local rock temple close to the Projects Abroad office. There were eight volunteers along with five staff members as well as a team of local vets.
On Friday 29th July, Jenny Shulman, who works with our team in India gave a speech at Karpagam University. This university is in the Southern Indian town of Coimbatore. Her talk was on the value of volunteering. It was part of a cross cultural information sharing day.
Recruitment Director, Ian Birbeck is spending 2 months working in the India office this summer. Here’s his report: ‘I have just spent my first week back in India working with Projects Abroad. It is always a culture shock.
Projects Abroad Law & Human Rights volunteers in Ghana have helped secure the release of a Liberian man, falsely accused of defilement. Mr Koplay Pah had been assaulted, held in police custody for several months and provided with no legal representation.
Projects Abroad recently had the honor of hosting famous wildlife expert Jack Hanna at our Conservation site in Peru to film an episode for his Emmy Award winning TV show Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild.
Projects Abroad is pleased to announce our selection as a Recommended Organization for the America’s Unofficial Ambassadors (AUA) Mosaic Scholarship program.
We hope that everyone enjoys their time overseas with Projects Abroad. However, some of our volunteers are so inspired by their experience that they are driven to go the extra mile. 18 year old Anna Henley is literally doing just that as she prepares to take part in a 10 mile hike to raise money for Mongolia.
When people go abroad to volunteer it often makes a huge impact on their lives. This is certainly the case for Petra Oblak, who volunteered on a Care Project in Ghana in September 2009. Petra worked at an orphanage in Accra, and while she was there she saw how some of the children moved out of the orphanage when they were adopted.
Projects Abroad volunteers are helping refugees from the Ivory Coast who have fled to neighboring Ghana. Over 2000 refugees have been registered in the Western Region of Ghana in the past month. However, up to 20,000 more are expected to arrive as the political crisis worsens in the Ivory Coast.
Ecuador and Indonesia have now joined the list of fascinating destination countries that Projects Abroad volunteers can work in. Volunteers in Ecuador will find themselves in a rainforest, helping on a range of conservation projects to guarantee the protection of these precious forests.
More than half of managers across the country believe that gap years are just as important or more important as a university degree when selecting candidates for an interview. A recent survey conducted by Projects Abroad showed that out of 253 managers in several industry sectors across the UK, only 44 percent believed that a traditional university degree is more important than gap year travel.
Break-dance show group ABCrew helped Projects Abroad to hold an ‘outreach session with a twist’ with the volunteers and children in Sri Lanka. The group from Switzerland taught everyone how to throw some amazing shapes in their usual enthusiastic manner.
Director of Projects Abroad Mongolia, Oko Togtuun was proud to collect an award for Best NGO working with children in Ulaanbaatar last month. Every year the Ulaanbaatar City Municipal Office presents awards to schools, kindergartens, NGOs and government organizations to show appreciation of their outstanding work with underprivileged children.
Director of Projects Abroad PRO, Scott McQuarrie tells us about the latest developments. “Over the course of 2010 we have been developing our new skilled and qualified arm called Projects Abroad PRO. The main focus of Projects Abroad PRO is to connect professional volunteers with project partners in the developing world who will find a practical use for their skill.
Projects Abroad is excited to announce the opportunity for two of our upcoming volunteers to be sponsored by the travel publication ShermansTravel! They have chosen the two lucky volunteers, but still have not reached their goal of 5000 fans on their Facebook page. If they do, the two can go, but the deadline is January 15th!