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Projects Abroad Introduces New Foreign Language Classes for Volunteers in Developing Countries

NEW YORK - June 15, 2011 - Americans can learn a foreign language while on vacation this summer with Projects Abroad’s new foreign language class opportunities. Projects Abroad, an international volunteer placement organization, is introducing new language class offerings to participants interested in acquiring a valuable skill set while volunteering in less fortunate communities abroad.

By taking lessons and practicing new language skills in daily real-life situations, volunteers can quickly progress in their ability to communicate with locals. Volunteers can choose from Projects Abroad’s “Language Plus” program, which involves a 14-, 30-, or 60-hour Language Plus “add-on” course in addition to a volunteer project. These courses are tailored to a volunteer’s individual level and run alongside the project or internship abroad. Participants can choose from 18 major and local languages in 20 developing countries.

Full-time language courses are also offered to volunteers who prefer to focus exclusively on learning or improving upon a foreign language. These intensive courses are particularly useful before beginning a volunteer project or internship abroad in which some understanding of the local language would be beneficial. The intensive language projects are available for two weeks or longer in the same languages and destinations as Language Plus courses.

Whether it’s taking an add-on Sinhalese language course alongside a volunteer project in Sri Lanka, or spending a month focusing primarily on Portuguese in Brazil, participants will acquire a new skill while gaining a deeper understanding of an unfamiliar culture. Language courses can be added on to nearly all of Projects Abroad’s 100+ volunteer projects, including Teaching, Care, Community Building, Human Rights, and more.

“There’s no better way to really understand a culture than to learn its language,” said Thomas Pastorius, Jr., vice president of Projects Abroad. “Our new language projects allow participants to become active members of the community by speaking with and understanding locals.”

Projects Abroad is offering newly-introduced Language Plus courses and independent language projects in the following destinations:

Amharic: Ethiopia
Ewe: Togo
Mongolian: Mongolia
Patois: Jamaica
Quechua: Bolivia, Peru
Romanian: Romania
Sinhalese: Sri Lanka
Swahili: Tanzania
Tamil: India
Twi: Ghana
Wolof: Senegal

Language Plus and independent language courses will continue to be offered in the following languages and destinations:

Arabic: Morocco
French: Morocco, Senegal, Togo
Mandarin: China
Portuguese: Brazil
Spanish: Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru

No prior foreign language experience is required for any of the above courses. Instructors tailor courses to match participants’ skill levels.

To learn more about Projects Abroad’s Language Courses and Language Plus Courses, visit or call 1-888-839-3535.

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.

Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 26 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.

For details on volunteering overseas, visit Projects Abroad’s Web site at

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