PROJECTS ABROAD CELEBRATES ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY
The International Volunteer Placement Organization Has Worked with Over 35,000 Volunteers to Date
A Projects Abroad Volunteer plays with children on the Care & Community Project in Ghana.
NEW YORK – June 30, 2011 –Projects Abroad, a leading international volunteer placement organization and pioneer in the volunteer travel niche, will commemorate its 20th anniversary in 2012. Founded by its Director Dr. Peter Slowe in 1992 in the UK, Projects Abroad started with one office and a single learning project in Romania. The organization has vastly expanded its reach over the last 20 years, now featuring more than 350 trained staffers throughout its 26 destinations, recruitment offices in 17 countries, and placing over 35,000 volunteers from 40 countries to date.
Dr. Slowe recognized the growing interest of students and professionals in taking academic and work-related time-off. This emerging trend, coupled with the growing number of developing countries in need of self-funded volunteers, influenced Dr. Slowe to launch Projects Abroad.
“We’re looking forward to celebrating 20 years in the volunteer travel sector,” said Founder and Director of Projects Abroad, Dr. Peter Slowe. “The volunteers we place make a lasting impact on the individuals they work with, and vice versa. Our organization is committed to helping local communities in developing countries and fostering cross-cultural understanding for citizens of developed ones, which is why we continue to encourage people of all ages to volunteer abroad.”
Following are a few fast facts regarding Projects Abroad’s programs to date:
- 22,000 children helped by Projects Abroad volunteers in 108 orphanages worldwide.
- 320 schools, language centers and other organizations have benefited from Teaching projects.
- 600,000 Olive Ridley, Leatherback, Hawksbill, Loggerhead and Green Turtles have been protected on Conservation projects in Mexico, Costa Rica and Peru.
- 173 orphanages, disabled centers and other organizations have benefited from Care projects.
Projects Abroad continues to expand, now offering more than 200 projects in 26 countries, including Argentina, Bolivia, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, Romania, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo and Vietnam. Projects are available to volunteers of all ages and range from Teaching and Care to Archaeology and Conservation.
Following Projects Abroad’s success in the UK, the organization has helped lead the way in establishing the “gap year” trend in the United States. Projects Abroad’s formal “Global Gap” program, an innovative 27-week volunteer program that will launch for the second year in October 2011, is designed for recent high school graduates taking a year off before college. It consists of a one-week orientation in Ghana, followed by one- to- two month programs in South Africa, Peru, India and Thailand, as well as a holiday break in the United States. Each program allows volunteers to become involved in service projects that lend insight into important global issues such as housing, education, environmental conservation and human rights.
2012 will also mark the second year of Project Abroad’s special one-week Alternative Spring Break Trips, which offer the chance for motivated students to fit a short service trip into their busy schedules. Options include Building, Conservation, Care and Community projects in easily-accessible destinations including Jamaica, Mexico, Costa Rica and Morocco.
Costs for volunteer projects include accommodation, food, airport transfers, full travel insurance, medical insurance, in-country induction with a staff member upon arrival, support and 24 hour back-up from both local, US and Canadian staffers, a personalized MyProjectsAbroad page, pre-departure support from a Desk Officer by email and phone, and visa support if applicable.
For more information on Projects Abroad and its latest offerings, visit www.projects-abroad.org.
About Projects Abroad
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, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, Norway, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.
For details on volunteering overseas, visit Projects Abroad’s website at www.projects-abroad.org.