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Projects Abroad Press Room: Fast facts

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ABOUT PROJECTS ABROAD Projects Abroad, which began operating in 1992, is among the leading international volunteer placement organizations. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, the organization has recruitment offices in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Finland, Israel, India, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the United States.
GLOBAL PRESENCE Projects Abroad offers hundreds of projects in 32 destinations:  Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Belize, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Peru, the Philippines, Romania, Samoa, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, and Vietnam.
WHY CHOOSE PROJECTS ABROAD Volunteers enjoy the flexibility of selecting a start date, end date, destination and project that best aligns with their schedule, interests and qualifications. Projects Abroad has offices in all of its destinations with full-time staff who offer unparalleled support. Plus, volunteers have the unique opportunity to live with host families and have a truly authentic experience and appreciation of the local region’s culture and people.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Volunteers can get involved in a variety of programs: Agriculture & Farming, Teaching, Care, Conservation & Environment, Culture & Community, Sports, Creative & Performing Arts, Medicine & Healthcare, Journalism, Business, Microfinance, International Development, Law & Human Rights, Archaeology, Veterinary Medicine & Animal Care, and Language Courses. Volunteers may also choose to use the experience for Dissertation research. Most volunteers go for between four and twelve weeks.
COST As a private organization independent from government, partner or other funding, Projects Abroad volunteer positions are self-funded to ensure that organizations or individuals in the developing world don’t have to incur any additional expenses. Projects Abroad is able to secure excellent work experience placements for volunteers because it does not ask partner-organizations to cover any costs for volunteers. Prices vary depending on the program.
WHAT’S INCLUDED The cost includes accommodation, food, airport transfers, travel and medical insurance, in-country induction with a staff member upon arrival, support and 24-hour back-up from both local and US/Canada staff, a personalized MyProjectsAbroad page, pre-departure support from a Volunteer Advisor by email and phone, necessary work-related transportation and visa support (if applicable).
WHO CAN VOLUNTEER Volunteers are accepted from across the world, and no qualifications are necessary. Projects Abroad welcomes volunteers from the ages of 16 and up. Many are between 18 and 25 years old, but a rapidly increasing number of “career breakers” and retirees are now taking part, result in a mix of ages in all destinations. Families can also volunteer together.
WHY VOLUNTEER By going on a Projects Abroad placement, volunteers are joining a community of fellow volunteers and local people in developing countries - working hard, traveling and having a good time while achieving worthwhile goals. While gaining experience that looks impressive on a resume, volunteers will improve valuable skills such as team-work, presentation and communication. Above all, this is an unrivalled opportunity to gain insight into completely different cultures and ways of life, which is becoming increasingly important in the globalized world
32: The number of developing countries that we work with across 5 continents.
100,000: The number of Projects Abroad volunteers to date.
41: The number of different nationalities of our volunteers.
367: The number of schools, language centers, and other organizations that have benefited from our Teaching projects. Aside from conversational English, volunteers have also taught French, German, Math, Art, Drama, Music, IT, and Physical Education!
502: The number of orphanages, care centers, disabled centers, and other organizations that have benefited from our Care Projects.
22,000: The number of children our volunteers have helped to care for at 108 orphanages.
10: The number of Conservation & Environment destinations we have.
600,000: The estimated combined number of Olive Ridley, Leatherback, Hawksbill, Loggerhead, and Green Turtles we have protected on Conservation Projects in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Peru.
476: The number of hectares of Amazon Rainforest granted Projects Abroad to operate as an ecological reserve in Peru - the 'Reserva Ecologica Taricaya' (for more information, please visit our Amazon Rainforest Conservation in Peru page).
137: The height (in feet) of our canopy walkway at 'Taricaya'.
47: The number of areas our Medicine volunteers work in, from Acupuncture to X-ray!
FOR MORE INFORMATION Visit, email or call 888-839-3535 (in the US) or 877-921-9666 (in Canada).

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