News from 2012
Projects Abroad is excited to begin work on a special Water & Sanitation project in Tanzania and has found the volunteers to do the work. Following the success of several Water & Sanitation Projects worldwide, Projects Abroad and partner BridgIT Water are returning to Tanzania in January 2013 to continue with their life changing work. The six volunteers needed to make the project a reality quickly came forward after the project was announced this fall.
Last month our Conservation Project in Peru was blessed with the birth of little Theo, a baby tapir! Theo is the first tapir to be born at Taricaya Animal Rescue Centre as part of our captive breeding program. He is doing very well and his mother, Isabella, is taking good care of him.
Projects Abroad volunteers have been working alongside archaeologist Zenobio Valencia on the Inca Project in Peru. Recently, they have uncovered a number of indentations which they believe to be a form of Incan rock art-work.
At the end of November all Projects Abroad volunteers in Romania were involved in the Drama Mini Project in Brasov. The project was directed by American volunteer Victoria Waldthausen, who adapted the classic story of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ for everyone to perform.
Over the past month Projects Abroad volunteers have been very busy helping improve the quality of life of the Talibés in Senegal. Projects Abroad volunteers work with several Talibé centres throughout the year and we fund a variety of programmes, from free breakfast schemes to Micro-finance loan projects for older Talibé students.
Projects Abroad has teamed up again with the BridgIT Water Foundation to investigate water issues in the Endulen Maasai community in Ngorongoro Conservation Park. Endulen School is located within this community and has around 800 students. Currently there is no water at the school, not even a working water tank. We are looking for volunteers to help solve this problem.
Volunteers in Argentina have been coming up with some ingenious ways of fundraising to support one of our Care projects recently. One Saturday in October three teams of volunteers set out to the green parks of Cordoba to sell homemade cakes to the locals.
Projects Abroad is proud to launch our new Micro-finance project in Senegal. We asked Dr Peter Slowe, Director of Projects Abroad, to tell us a bit more about the project.
The Campaign Against Child Trafficking organized by Projects Abroad Human Rights volunteers in Ghana has been gaining momentum in recent weeks. Two Projects Abroad PRO social workers have been working in Kete Krachi with the children of a rescue shelter called ‘Village for Life.’
This month Projects Abroad funded a visit to the Cambodia Conservation Project for two of the UKs leading seahorse experts, Neil Garrick-Maidment from the Seahorse Trust and Kealan Doyle from Save Our Seahorses. The pair spent a week out in Cambodia.
Thailand Conservation Director, Ingrid Sprake tells us about the great reforestation work our Conservation volunteers are involved in: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with APE (Association for the Protection of the Environment) and FORRU (Forrest Restoration Research Unit) on this incredibly important forest restoration project.
With the launch of our Conservation Project in Kenya comes the unique chance to work with one of the most endangered giraffe subspecies in the world. There are sadly only around 450 Rothschild giraffes in the wild. Our Conservation volunteers in Kenya are able to contribute to a project which aims to protect this species in order to see that number increase.
Projects Abroad’s Teaching volunteers in Thailand have been busy helping local adults improve their spoken English. They have just finished running a week-long intensive course in conjunction with the Labour Skill Development Center of Krabi Province.
Projects Abroad Care volunteers in Senegal have been doing a great job in one of the local Talibé Centers. Noticing that the children’s feet were bare and injured Naomi from the US, Christina from Norway and Coby from Germany resolved to club together and buy some shoes.
In January, Projects Abroad started a new project at a primary school in Steenberg, Cape Town. We revisited the school last week and interviewed some students. They had some interesting things to say about our volunteers!
Projects Abroad PRO volunteer, Dr Jennifer Caplin, has been working with us since November on an intensive eight month dentistry project in Shanghai. Having completed four years of university and a further four years of dental school, Dr Caplin told us of her need for a change before entering the workforce!
Projects Abroad’s volunteers in Fiji have made an exceptional effort with their Flood Relief Donation Campaign in aiding local Fijians who have been affected by the recent flooding. Volunteers had a brilliant idea of setting up a camp at Nadi International Airport where they had a very successful day collecting donations.
I had recently graduated when I saw a small advert in a magazine advertising “Teaching in Moldavia” in 1992. I was slightly intrigued. I didn’t know much about Moldavia but liked the idea of combining some travel and teaching overseas.
Lizzie Bendle volunteered on a Medicine project with Projects Abroad as a pre-university student in Togo and Ghana in 2001. After deferring her university entry for a year Lizzie decided to use her gap year to gain some worthwhile experience in her chosen field of study - medicine.
Projects Abroad volunteers in Tanzania have had a busy year! They are coming to the end of a building project in a school in Engikarat, near Kilimanjaro, and in the next month we hope to see its grand opening… Following on from this success we now have even more ambitious plans to build a primary school in the Maasai village of Meserani, south of Arusha.
Staff at our pioneering Conservation project in Cambodia are keen to have the help of more volunteers this April. We’ve had a record breaking start to 2012, with 40 volunteers joining the project between January and March; however, we need to keep the momentum and consistency going!
Following on from a 3 month placement in Ghana, Harriet Walker has been inspired to take on a new challenge, a round the world yacht race! Here she tells us more: ‘This time last year I had just arrived in Cape Coast, Ghana and given half the chance I would get on a flight back over there tomorrow! It was my three month trip of a lifetime that inspired me to take on my next big adventure – The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
Projects Abroad volunteer, Virginie Thouvenin, from France, has made an unusual and inventive donation to her care placement in Senegal. Noticing the need for a more organized way of storing the children’s books, she sought out a carpenter in order to install four bookshelves.
Conservation Manager, Richard Munday updates us on the exciting Scarlet Macaw project, which forms part of our Conservation Project in Costa Rica: 'As each month passes we are gradually increasing the rhythm of the Macaw project so that eventually, when we reach April/May we are there 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Our international, community-focused journalism project, Voices of the World is gaining momentum. We have now established Voices of the World clubs in India, Romania, South Africa and Senegal, thus giving the chance to local young people to attend free workshops on journalism and publish their articles in our online publication – www.voices-of-the-world.org/.
Our first donations from the Bring-A-Book programme were presented to Apostolic Preparatory School in Ghana last month by volunteers, Hannah Pascoe-Smith, Harrison Swaine and Thomas Haynes. Bring-A-Book is a programme in which volunteers are asked to bring English children's books with them when they arrive in their destination countries.
Due to the success of our placements in Phnom Penh we have now expanded to Siem Reap. Siem Reap is a large town about 5 hours’ drive from Phnom Penh and is famous for being the closest town to the incredible temple complexes of Angkor Wat.
The Projects Abroad team in Kenya are thrilled to have welcomed their first volunteers onto our Care project - Takuya Yamanaka from Japan and Victoria Strømsodd from Norway! Our Kenya Country Director, Karanja BK, has expressed great excitement about the future of our projects in Nakuru.
Volunteers often return from their projects overseas inspired to do more. Many stay in touch with their placements and host families, some raise money to make donations of books or toys and some volunteers even start planning their return trip.
Projects Abroad is currently carrying out a survey in conjunction with Massey University in New Zealand in order to find out the motivations of our volunteers. Whether you are on a gap year, at university, on a career break, or even a retiree, we would like to know what made you decide to volunteer!
Projects Abroad volunteer, Lauren Brant, had a unique opportunity during her Music Project to make an appearance on one of Bolivia’s biggest television channels. Lauren volunteered with us last year and after 3 months of teaching music to blind children, both hers and the student’s hard work was recognised.
Projects Abroad’s Conservation team in Costa Rica has embarked on an exciting and essential mission to help save the Scarlet Macaws. These beautiful birds are at grave risk of extinction and our aim is to put an end to this devastation.
Alexandra Ichim, Projects Manager in Romania tells us about a recent charity show that the Projects Abroad Romania staff team and volunteers from a variety of projects, helped to arrange.