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FORMER PROJECTS ABROAD VOLUNTEER CREATES WATER AND SANITATION PROGRAM IN TANZANIA TO BENEFIT ORPHANAGE, HOSPITAL AND CLINIC

Volunteers Needed for Summer 2010 Project Beginning July 12

NEW YORK – April 22, 2010 – As the summer travel season approaches Projects Abroad is calling for Americans to consider a volunteer vacation abroad. The organization is in need of volunteers to assist with a new Water and Sanitation Project in Tanzania, which begins July 12, 2010. The project comes on the heels of the success of a similar program in Jamaica in 2009 done in conjunction with BridgIT Water, a water and sewerage infrastructure company. Both projects were directed under the guidance of Wendy Tisdell, a director at BridgIT Water, a former Projects Abroad volunteer whose experience inspired her to use her professional skills to give communities around the world access to clean water.

Volunteers with the Water and Sanitation Project in Tanzania are needed to help install guttering and set up new tank systems to catch rainwater at an orphanage, a hospital and a health clinic in Arusha. These facilities and surrounding community are currently suffering from an unreliable water supply, leaving insufficient water to cook and clean, and furthermore the stream running through the grounds is contaminated and unsafe to use. The program will create the infrastructure to give more than 200 residents of the community access to safe water.

“Many of our former volunteers have found their time with Projects Abroad to be life-changing, and have been inspired to find ways in their personal lives to make a difference, just as Wendy has done,” said Projects Abroad’s Executive Vice President Thomas Pastorius, Jr. “We are hopeful that as Americans begin to make their summer travel plans they consider spending time volunteering with a program such as the one in Tanzania, which will positively impact the lives of so many.”

Tisdell visited Jamaica as a volunteer with Projects Abroad in April 2008. During her time she realized that that with her role at a water and sewerage infrastructure company she had a lot more to offer than just a pair of hands and her time. The next year, she arranged for BridgIT Water to sponsor the Water and Sanitation Project in Jamaica in conjunction with Projects Abroad.

“Volunteering with Projects Abroad opened my eyes to the possibilities that my professional skills could be impactful in the world,” said Tisdell. “I knew first-hand that utilizing the expertise of Projects Abroad to organize the Water and Sanitation Programs and provide enthusiastic and qualified volunteers would be integral to the success of the program.”

Travelers interested in participating in the Water and Sanitation Project in Tanzania can learn more about the program at Tanzania - Water and Sanitation Project page. For more information about Projects Abroad and its variety of programs offered in 24 destinations visit www.projects-abroad.org.

About Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geography professor, as a program for students to travel and work while on break from full-time study. The program had its genesis in post-USSR Romania, where students were given the chance to teach conversational English. After a few years just sending volunteers to Eastern Europe for teaching, the company expanded to sending volunteers of all ages around the world on a wide range of projects.

A UK-headquartered company, Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 24 countries and recruitment offices in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Holland, South Africa, Sweden and the United States.

For details on volunteering overseas, visit Projects Abroad’s Web site at www.projects-abroad.org

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