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Global Gap Volunteer Program Successfully Completes 5th Year

Projects Abroad announces 5th anniversary of international gap year program for high school graduates

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Global Gap volunteers prepare for a marine survey dive on the Conservation project in Thailand.

NEW YORK – June 17, 2015Projects Abroad, a leading international volunteer organization, will celebrate the 5th anniversary of its innovative Global Gap program this year. The program is popular with high school graduates who choose to defer their college careers for a year so they can travel, experience cultural exchange, and contribute to service projects in developing countries.

“Global Gap has grown enormously over the past five years and has gone from strength to strength,” says Terri Ball, a Program Advisor for Projects Abroad USA. “In the first year, two students participated. The class of 2014-2015, our biggest group to date, had seventeen students taking part. We are thrilled to see that so many students are eager to devote their gap years to giving back and exploring the world as volunteers.”

On the Global Gap program, students can explore new fields and expand their interests and practical skills continuously. An added appeal is that they can gain insight into the issues facing developing countries today through service work, such as education, housing, environmental conservation, and more. It is an immense opportunity to learn and grow, and many students relish the chance. Isabet, a volunteer who took part on the program, shared this:

“The Global Gap year I had was the best experience I could have ever hoped for, and I absolutely loved the projects, the people, and the beautiful places I got the chance to visit!”

The 2015-2016 group will depart on September 25th 2015. Places are still available for the trip.

The full itinerary includes:

September 25th - October 10th, 2015 (2 weeks): Orientation & Care in Accra, Ghana
October 11th - December 12th, 2015 (2 months): Building & Choice of Project in Cape Town, South Africa
December 13th, 2015 - January 9th, 2016 (1 month): Winter Break
January 10th - March 13th, 2016 (2 months): Teaching in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru
March 14th - April 16th, 2016 (1 month): Choice of Project in Kathmandu, Nepal
April 17th - May 14th, 2016 (1 month): Diving & Marine Conservation in Krabi, Thailand

For more information about Global Gap, please visit: www.projects-abroad.org/volunteer-projects/gap-year.

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, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, and the United States.

For details on volunteering abroad, visit Projects Abroad’s web site at www.projects-abroad.org.

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