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VOLUNTEERS CAN SPREAD THE LOVE THIS VALENTINE’S DAY WITH ONE OF PROJECTS ABROAD’S VOLUNTEER VACATIONS

Couples and Singles can Choose from Over 100 Projects in 25 Destinations Worldwide

NEW YORK – February 3, 2011 - Rather than traveling to a crowded beach or resort town this Valentine’s Day, Americans can take a journey that truly spreads the love and gives back with a Projects Abroad volunteer vacation. Volunteers can choose from a diverse selection of two-weeks-or-longer trips that give couples or singles the perfect opportunity to grow their love and spread it to others in need.

“Projects Abroad’s volunteer trips are a great option for anyone looking to give back this Valentine’s Day,” said Thomas Pastorius, Jr., Vice President of Projects Abroad. “Americans can immerse themselves in a totally foreign culture; while at the same time connect to the local community. Many of our destinations celebrate Valentine’s Day very differently than in the U.S., which gives our volunteers a more worldly perspective.”

To celebrate the holiday last year, volunteers at Projects Abroad’s human rights office in South Africa organized a special day for women at Saint Anne’s shelter at Kirstenbosch botanical garden, surprising them with magazines, body care products, make-up, chocolates and more. In Romania, volunteers celebrated the holiday of Dragobete (Feb. 24), a traditional holiday honoring the Romanian mythological god of love and well-being, while in Mexico, volunteers on projects based in Guadalajara, one of the country’s friendliest cities, gathered to celebrate its founding on Feb. 14.

Projects Abroad also makes it easy for volunteers to show their love for the environment or a foreign culture with its brand new projects. The Eco-Project in Bolivia allows volunteers to work alongside a Bolivian environmental organization dedicated to the protection of the environment through conservation and preservation efforts, while the Music & Culture Project in Senegal gives volunteers the opportunity to work alongside a local band, allowing them a more thorough understanding of the Senegalese culture.

Projects Abroad volunteers can choose a project, destination and time span that caters to their particular interests and schedules. Volunteer projects abroad are an ideal way to spend a vacation, while learning about a new country and contributing to make a difference in the lives of many. For more information on planning a volunteer trip with Projects Abroad this Valentine’s Day, 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.

Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 25 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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