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AMERICANS CAN CELEBRATE EARTH DAY YEAR-ROUND BY VOLUNTEERING WITH PROJECTS ABROAD

Global Conservation Projects Offered in More Than Ten Destinations

NEW YORK – April 21, 2011 – Americans can extend their Earth Day celebrations beyond April 22 by volunteering on a Projects Abroad conservation project in one of eleven developing countries. Whether they are students taking a gap year, career breakers, retirees, or newlyweds, volunteers can work across the globe this Earth Day, and the rest of the year on a wide variety of conservation projects, ranging from protecting sea turtles on the coast of Mexico, to educating locals on sustainable farming techniques in Bolivia.

“Earth Day is the perfect time to celebrate the conservation work our volunteers have done and continue to do all over the world,” said Vice President of Projects Abroad, Thomas Pastorius, Jr. “We welcome volunteers of all ages to our conservation projects. The variety of these projects, coupled with the flexibility in project length, ensures an option for everyone.”

Projects Abroad’s conservation projects, which range from two weeks to several months, are located in Bolivia, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, South Africa and Thailand. A sampling of projects includes:

Amazon Rainforest Conservation in Ecuador
As one of Projects Abroad’s newest offerings, the Amazon Rainforest Conservation project in Ecuador helps protect the country’s scarce rainforest, 80 percent of which has already been lost. Volunteers are involved in various animal studies, including mist-netting projects with birds, a pioneering bat project with local experts, and a project compiling wildlife inventory of all animal species in the area.

Eco-Project in Bolivia
Project’s Abroad Eco-Project in Bolivia is dedicated to raising environmental awareness in the country. Volunteers work with farmers on an eco-farm, learn about developing sustainable farming techniques, educate local children and adults on conservation, and help promote awareness among local media.

Diving & Marine Conservation in Cambodia
Volunteers on the Diving & Marine Conservation Project in Cambodia research activities at the forefront of protecting the country’s diverse marine environment. The project is the first of its kind in the country and supplies the Cambodian Fisheries Administration with much needed data to help in their marine conservation efforts. Volunteers learn to dive, contribute to reef studies, and help protect endangered seahorses abundant in Cambodia’s tropical seas.

Sea Turtle & Coastal Ecology Project in Mexico
Based on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, the Sea Turtle & Coastal Ecology Project offers volunteers the opportunity to protect endangered sea turtles, and research endangered species of crocodiles and the local lagoon wildlife, all while living on the stunning beach.

African Plains Project in Southern Africa
Projects Abroad runs Legodimo, a nature reserve in the wilderness of the Southern African Bushveld, located on the frontier of South Africa and Botswana. Volunteers work at the reserve and help conserve elephants, hyenas and many other species of plants and animals. Initiatives involve combining conservation efforts across international boundaries – including game reserves, national parks, and conservation areas for the benefit of wildlife, local people and future generations.

Americans looking to celebrate Earth Day this year with Projects Abroad can visit www.projects-abroad.org or call 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 27 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Holland, South Africa, South Korea, 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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