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Volunteers Needed on Microfinance Project in Senegal

Project Abroad’s new program provides small loans for former street children

NEW YORK – August 30, 2012 - Projects Abroad, which arranges international volunteer projects around the world, is seeking volunteers to help out on its new Microfinance project in Senegal aimed at providing small loans to young adults who grew up on the streets.

Projects Abroad has long worked with Senegalese street children, known as Talibés, in the coastal town of St. Louis. The organization already runs care centers for Talibés where volunteers on childcare and medical programs assist with educational and social activities and provide basic healthcare. They have now opened a Microfinance Office to help older Talibés develop business skills and provide funding to set up small businesses of their own.

“We really need the help of volunteers in order to make this project a success,” says Dr. Peter Slowe, Founder and Director of Projects Abroad. “The number of businesses we can help set up ultimately depends on the number of volunteers we have supporting the Talibés. In 2011 Projects Abroad contributed 1.5 million hours of voluntary labor. We are looking to continue the good work.”

“It was a delight to see the faces of the Talibés living in grueling poverty listening to an opportunity of a life-time being presented to them,” says Max Wieland, who recently completed time on the Microfinance project in Senegal, an experience he calls “genuinely remarkable.”

“I distinctly remember one Talibé coming into the office to have his interview with the biggest smile on his face and a sparkle in his eyes, merely delighted at the opportunity he now has,” Wieland continues. “I was so pleased to be involved in shaping and realizing his dreams and ambitions.”

According to Slowe, “Projects Abroad isn’t just about giving aid – it is also about exchange. The exchange of knowledge and culture.”

Projects Abroad programs include meals, accommodation, insurance, and staff support for all of its volunteers. To find out more about the Microfinance project in Senegal, visit

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 28 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, 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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