In Kenya, legislation made school obligatory in 2003 and schools became crowded, so more Teaching volunteers are now needed. Many schools where we have volunteers lack resources and sufficient student support, so volunteers are doing considerable work by painting classrooms and teaching English.
Resuming for one month in January 2013, volunteers will continue the international development work of Projects Abroad and partner BridgIT Water to help provide safe and sustainable water sources to communities abroad. This placement is based northwest of Arusha in the heart of Ngorongoro National Park where infrequent rainfall and an increase in waste water create a desperate need for a reliable clean water supply.
This is an amazing opportunity to work with primates, live in the jungle, and work closely with other animals and wildlife studies. Three volunteers describe their experiences here complementing their studies, during their gap year, and taking some time off before starting their career.
American volunteer Amanda from Memphis taught ballet to the children at her day care center in Vrygrond Township in Cape Town.
Volunteers in South Africa work in care centers and are able to incorporate their own skills and passions into the project.
In the South Pacific islands of Samoa, volunteers will begin Teaching and Care projects in September 2012. Most visitors are unaware that Samoa is on the UN's least developed countries list, and it is the poorer areas of cities like Apia that are most in need of volunteer help.
As part of land-based activities, volunteers are planting indigenous trees to create nature corridors in Ao Nang, enabling wildlife to cross over destructive rubber tree and palm oil plantations. Volunteers also earn diving certification as they learn to preserve coral reefs and mangrove swamps on the coast of Thailand, which are threatened by fishing, tourism, shrimp farms and climate change.
We are happy to welcome back our 2011-2012 Global Gap volunteers. After 8 months of dedication, 5 countries, and countless adventures we're sure that the group is looking forward to a little rest and to a future with an international focus. We are thrilled to have them join our Alumni network. We're also excited to welcome this year's Global Gap group beginning in September. There is still time to sign up for the 2012-2013 year!
More high school students than ever are doing volunteer placements with us this summer. There are still spaces on some July and August programs, so contact us if you're interested in joining this summer!
In the Annapurna Mountain range, we work with a national nature and conservation organization to help preserve and enhance biodiversity in the area. Volunteers research threatened and endangered species, work on natural resource management, assist with alternative energy initiatives and help maintain nurseries.
Interns in Kumasi, central Ghana focus on community outreaches in orphanages, schools, churches, villages, and community centers. Alongside a local healthcare professional, interns help with general health testing, minor wound and skin treatments, educational presentations on personal hygiene, first aid and more.
In Need of Experienced Volunteers – Projects Abroad Pro.
Projects Abroad Pro is the skilled and qualified arm of Projects Abroad. We are in need of volunteers with a degree or significant experience in the areas of social work, medicine, education, human rights and more.
Volunteers work with a local charity on a microfinance program in Arusha, helping entrepreneurs and small businesses gain access to financing to improve their business model. Volunteers gain insight into developing small businesses in a foreign country and how micro-credit can help disadvantaged communities.
Founded in 1992 with a few volunteers traveling to Eastern Europe to teach English, Projects Abroad is now one of the largest volunteer and intern abroad organizations in the world. Over 40,000 students, graduates, professionals, and families from 40 different countries have joined Projects Abroad's programs to date.
At Taricaya Research Center, we have received 1324 dedicated volunteers over the past ten years. Amongst other accomplishments, we've classified 443 species of birds in the 476 hectares and released over 6000 young turtles back into the wild.
Newest Destination: Kenya. Projects Abroad is constantly growing and evolving. We are excited to announce our newest destination, Kenya. Volunteers can now join us in Nakuru, Kenya on one of our Teaching, Care or Medicine projects. Kenya is a fascinating mix of traditional tribal culture and modern sensibilities.