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December 19th, 2013
Micro-finance project in Tanzania turns one

The Micro-finance project in Tanzania has been helping disadvantaged women in Arusha for one year now with the aim of supporting these women in achieving economic independence through providing them with training and loans to set up businesses. 

December 18th, 2013
Volunteers Complete the First Renovations of a School in the Philippines

Following the recent Typhoon Haiyan disaster in the Philippines, Projects Abroad has successfully initiated the Disaster Relief Project. With eight volunteers currently in destination and a further ten arriving over the coming month, the renovation of one classroom at Don Pedro Elementary School was completed on Friday 13th December 2013. 

December 18th, 2013
Gap Year student Spends 3 Months in Mongolia

18-year-old Emily Ho-Tai from Guelph, Canada, was drawn to Mongolia by its rich history, fascinating culture and the uniqueness of the country itself. “It is certainly a bit more off the beaten trail, so I thought it would be really neat to experience a country that is not as commonly visited.”

December 4th, 2013
4 Months of Volunteering 8,000 miles from Home

“In the US, I’ve also worked with a lot of young kids before, and so it was very interesting to come and see what’s different and what’s similar between kids in the US and Thailand.”

November 28th, 2013
Conservation Work in Peru Recognized at Primate Conference

Projects Abroad’s Conservation Project in Peru recently received recognition for the work they have been doing at our base, the Taricaya Research Center. The conservation project’s animal rescue center has been recognized by the Peruvian government as the best and most effective of its kind in the country.

November 26th, 2013
Drexel University graduate volunteers in Mexico

New Hampshire Health Sciences graduate Amy Cotton spent three months volunteering at an orphanage and hospital with Projects Abroad in Mexico.

November 26th, 2013
Eastern Michigan University student gains experience in Nepal

A day spent trekking through dense mountain jungles and towering gorges either sounds incredible, or miserable. For 29-year-old Anthony Sloan from Ann Arbor, it sounded like the perfect opportunity. “One of the main reasons I wanted to sign up for the Conservation Project in Nepal is because I want to work in the national parks in the US in the future.”

November 26th, 2013
Boston Latin Academy graduate volunteers on Building in Ghana

18-year-old Rubin Brenner from Boston, Massachusetts, had always wanted to do something worthwhile and see some of the world and learn about new cultures. With this in mind, Rubin traveled to the hilly part of the Eastern Region of Ghana to volunteer for one month on the Building Project offered by Projects Abroad.

November 14th, 2013
Projects Abroad Launches Global Shark Campaign

Launched in 18 countries across four continents this month, the Projects Abroad Global Shark Campaign comprises a worldwide awareness and action movement centered on the plight of sharks. The campaign aims to spread the word about the threats to and misconceptions about sharks to as many people as possible across the globe.

November 14th, 2013
Volunteers Needed in the Philippines for Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Relief

In the wake of the recent Typhoon Haiyan disaster in the Philippines, Projects Abroad is calling for volunteers to help with valuable typhoon recovery work.

November 8th, 2013
Discovery at the Inca Project in Peru

The great Inca road, Qhapaq Ñan in the Amaybamba Valley, is once again beginning to reclaim its status. Through field research, Projects Abroad volunteers and archaeologists have been able to identify and record that it once served as an important main route along the Inca trail

November 7th, 2013
New England College student gains Journalism experience in Mongolia

49-year-old Christine Westgate from New Hampshire, USA, decided to sign up for the Journalism Project offered by Projects Abroad in Mongolia for one month. Wanting to gain experience in writing for a newspaper, Christine was placed at the country’s first independent English newspaper, the UB Post.

November 7th, 2013
Head Royce School graduate teaches in Thailand

Having always wanted to travel to Asia, Surya Tubach (18) decided to spend her gap semester volunteering with Projects Abroad in Thailand doing their Teaching Project. “I wanted to do something more meaningful than just backpacking around.

October 7th, 2013
Care volunteers in Senegal expand their classes

Care volunteers in Senegal often work with Talibes at the ASF Talibe Center. Up until very recently, volunteers in Senegal only taught male children; this is no longer the case as more and more young girls are coming to the center to attend classes. 

October 2nd, 2013
New spider monkey baby in Taricaya

Projects Abroad has a Conservation Project in the Amazon Rainforest in Peru on a reserve called Taricaya. This project focuses on the animals of the forest and the environment. Recently they witnessed the group of spider monkeys they released 18 months ago interact with the newcomers. 

October 1st, 2013
Nursing student explores Global Health Care

Keep an open mind, open heart and be prepared to help in ways you haven’t previously considered,” advises Jeffrey Hammond (34) after completing a one month medical volunteer placement in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania through Projects Abroad.

October 1st, 2013
Recent University of Arizona graduate does Nutrition in Peru

The Nutrition Project from Projects Abroad is what attracted 22-year-old graduate in Nutritional Sciences Kyra Loehnis to the Sacred Valley in Cusco, Peru. As a recent graduate from the University of Arizona, Kyra had time in between her bachelors and masters programs and chose to take this opportunity to travel and volunteer.

September 24th, 2013
Vassar undergraduate gains medical experience in Vietnam

Evan Teske (22) had always wanted to travel abroad. He saved up and decided to do something that would benefit his chosen career path of one day becoming a doctor. With the goal of learning from another culture and other medical approaches, he signed up with Projects Abroad to participate in their Medical Project in Vietnam.

September 24th, 2013
A family spends quality time in Ghana

It had been a childhood dream of Dieneke Holstein, a mother of four from the Netherlands, to travel to Africa. After hearing that Projects Abroad provided the option for families wishing to travel with their children, Dieneke did not hesitate to sign up to spend one month at the Care Project in Ghana. 

September 19th, 2013
New Medical Placement in Kenya

With the increase in Medical volunteers in Kenya, as well as the increase in PRO volunteers, Projects Abroad Kenya has been on the lookout for new Medical placements. Projects Abroad volunteers will have the opportunity to work with St Anthony, a mission health center.

September 16th, 2013
Mother and daughter help at the Conservation Project in Kenya

Manila Wise (58) and Kathryn Arnold (27) are not your usual volunteers; they are a mother and daughter team. Both teachers back home in Colorado, Manila and Kathryn also share a keen interest in conservation and the environment;

September 16th, 2013
Westminster Schools student explores the people and places of South Africa

Fifteen-year-old Haley Vincent’s interest in human rights combined with her longstanding desire to visit Africa made the Projects Abroad Human Rights Project in South Africa a perfect experience for her.

September 13th, 2013
PAHRO’s Fadama Legal Assistance Program progresses in Ghana

Projects Abroad Human Rights Office (PAHRO) makes significant progress with the Fadama Legal Assistance Program (FLAP) in the slum community in Old Fadama in Accra. The Human Rights team of volunteers and staff have been creating awareness and empowering the community to know about their basic human rights.

September 9th, 2013
Hands-on experience gained by clinical psychology graduate in Vietnam

Ronalyn Bio (22) came to Vietnam with Projects Abroad to gain more knowledge in the field that she wants to establish a career in: clinical psychology. She was placed at Hope Center – a center of education and intervention for children with disabilities where she worked in the department for autistic children.

September 9th, 2013
Occupational Therapy student gains experience in Equine Therapy in Argentina

21-year-old Julie Yaroni, a current student at Boston University, decided to come to Argentina during her summer vacation to volunteer at the Projects Abroad Equine Therapy Project.

August 15th, 2013
Ursinus College Graduate Volunteers on Human Rights in Ghana

23-year-old Kristine Mikkelsen, from Lebanon, New Jersey, had always wanted to travel to Africa. Perhaps working on Barack Obama’s presidential campaign the previous year ignited her passion to see Africa from a Human Rights perspective.

August 15th, 2013
Occupational Therapy student Gains Experience on Equine Therapy in Argentina

21-year-old Julie Yaroni, a current student at Boston University, decided to come to Argentina during her summer vacation to volunteer at the Projects Abroad Equine Therapy Project. Julie is not new to the unique work of Equine Therapy, as she has been volunteering in her home state of New Jersey doing similar work in a private equine therapy center since 2007.

August 15th, 2013
15 Year old Learns that Age is not an Obstacle when Lending a Helping Hand

Projects Abroad Jamaica offers a 2-Week-Special volunteering program to high school students between the ages of 15 and 18-years-old. An individual can choose to volunteer on the Medicine, Care or Building Projects during the months of June or July. Every year, volunteers come to Jamaica from all over the world not only to make a valuable impact but also to experience the rich culture of Jamaica.

August 15th, 2013
Experience Gained by Clinical Psychology Graduate in Vietnam

Ronalyn Bio (22) came to Vietnam with Projects Abroad to gain more knowledge in the field that she wants to establish a career in: clinical psychology. She was placed at Hope Center – a center of education and intervention for children with disabilities where she worked in the department for autistic children.

August 1st, 2013
Welcome Home to Grangemouth High School

After raising funds for over a year, a group of 24 staff members and students from Grangemouth High School in Scotland joined a Care & Community project in Ghana. The group worked in a mix of day care centers and schools in the area over two weeks. 

July 25th, 2013
Ward Melville High School Student gets Medical and Teaching experience in Mongolia

Eighteen-year-old Joseph Suk, a recent graduate from Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, had always been interested in the medical profession. Eager to seize the opportunity of observing doctors and surgical procedures and to experience a different culture, Joseph traveled to Mongolia to volunteer at Projects Abroad’s High School Special Medical Program.

July 25th, 2013
Family volunteers together on Care Project in Kenya

Lotte Pedersen, a day-care manager in her home town of Skive in Denmark, traveled to Kenya with her 6-year-old daughter Olivia to volunteer at the Care project. Both Lotte and her daughter Olivia were placed at Hope Children’s Ministry, where the family’s presence has been a great addition to the center.

July 25th, 2013
English Club in Chitwan – A Fun Approach to Learning!

Care volunteers provide an English club for girls at a children's home in Nepal. The main aim of the club is to improve the children's reading, but at the same time the children have found the club to be enjoyable and seem more inspired to read their favourite story books. 

July 22nd, 2013
University of Louisville student gains PT experience in Nepal

As a soon-to-be final year student in the Health and Human Performance program at University of Louisville, 21-year-old Kelly Wilkie needed to complete 240 hours of practical work experience. When she found out she could complete her internship in Nepal, she jumped at the opportunity.

July 17th, 2013
Engineering Student Impacts Tanzanian Orphanage

Two to three months before arriving in Tanzania, Nisha Samburmurty was
certain that she wanted make a lasting physical and financial impact at her
volunteer placement in Arusha.

July 17th, 2013
16 Year Old Helps Children and Gains Experience in Nepal

A current student at David Posnack Jewish Day School in Florida, 16-yearold Alyssa decided she wanted to become a physiotherapist after meeting disabled children in Ghana in 2012: “I came to Nepal to test myself, I know I want to help children in poor countries, and gain some experience.”

July 12th, 2013
Mercyhurst University student does Medicine in Kenya

Deciding to sign-up with the Medical Project in Kenya with Projects Abroad was the right choice for 20-year-old Shauna Novobilsky, a biochemistry
student at Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania.

July 4th, 2013
Hendrix College student travels to Senegal

Gretchen McCarthy wanted to volunteer in Senegal for her Odyssey project as she wanted to gain more experience with children and improve her French. She decided to volunteer through Projects Abroad at their Care Project for one month.

July 3rd, 2013
Catholic University of America graduate spends one month in Vietnam gaining a different view on medicine

“Volunteering means discovering, introducing and understanding.” This definition fits perfectly with the volunteering experience of the young graduate Timmy Le (22). Having always wanted to experience volunteering, Timmy signed up with Projects Abroad and traveled to Vietnam where he participated in their Medical Project.

July 3rd, 2013
On her way to becoming a physician’s assistant, Shannon Casey sees the diversity of humanity in Nepal

Preparing to leave Nepal after volunteering for three months at a local hospital; a phrase springs to Shannon’s mind: “There’s more than one way to be human” she says, “a professor told me that once, and I’ve really experienced that here in Nepal.” 

July 1st, 2013
Volunteers in Vietnam Throw Birthday Party at Care Placement

Projects Abroad volunteers often use their own initiative and go outside their expected duties to make a difference at their placements. An example of this dedication was recently shown by Care volunteers in Vietnam.

June 28th, 2013
First Aid Course for Teachers in Togo

Teaching volunteer Sophie Greiner recently organized a first aid course for the teachers at her placement. Sophie, from Munich, Germany, was placed at l’École Newton in Lomé, Togo’s capital city. Thanks to Sophie, the teachers are now equipped to deal with minor medical challenges, which could save a person’s life!

June 11th, 2013
Pomfret School graduate makes lasting impression at the Teaching Project in Senegal

Taylor Houghton (19) wanted to travel, so he decided to take a gap year and join Projects Abroad to become a volunteer in Senegal for a month. Despite having heard about Senegalese hospitality and being eager to practice his French, Taylor was quite nervous at the idea of coming to Senegal.

June 11th, 2013
University of Wyoming graduate uses Boren Award to engage in Microfinance Project in Tanzania

Allison Beaufort (22) spent a total of eight months living in Tanzania as
part of a study abroad scholarship she received from the Boren Award program, which funds opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to learn languages underrepresented in international study.

June 5th, 2013
The Cochabanner - Journalism interns needed in Bolivia

In 2005, Projects Abroad teaching volunteer Scott Liddle began a small publication with a group of students from Cochabamba’s Universidad Mayor de San Simón. As Scott’s time in Bolivia was drawing to a close, he approached the Projects Abroad office to present the idea of The Cochabanner as a full time journalism project.

June 4th, 2013
Franklin and Marshall College student takes his skills to Cape Town Sports Project

“I have only ever heard rave reviews about Cape Town and South Africa at large. I knew I would enjoy the natural and cultural diversity of the country, and that I wanted to immerse myself rather than simply observe it all.” Twenty-oneyear-old Sam kind decided to follow the advice of his friends and volunteer in Cape Town for three months through Projects Abroad.

May 31st, 2013
A Lesson in Dental Hygiene at a Care Project in Argentina

Volunteers at the Copa de Leche care placement recently organised a lesson with the children to teach them the importance of brushing their teeth. Volunteers spend a lot of time with the kids at the Copa de Leche, and it was noticed that many of the children have very dirty teeth and at a young age, were already losing teeth due to decay and lack of care.

May 30th, 2013
Economics major aids in microfinance

Fresh out of finishing his economics degree at the University of Florida,
24-year-old Justin Pressley had many reasons for wanting to volunteer abroad
in Tanzania. “I had always wanted to come to Africa. I took African Studies classes while in college and I also studied development, so I thought the Microfinance Project would be a great opportunity to travel to Africa and be a part of development first hand. Also, being an African American, I wanted to take the opportunity to be the first one in my family to go to Africa.”

May 30th, 2013
Barrington High School graduate takes time out

Kristin Prunskis (18) was drawn to Peru by its rich and colorful culture. She
wanted the opportunity to immerse herself in this culture, to meet people
from all over the world and make a positive contribution to the lives of
others. As it turned out, she found that these people she met and helped
changed her life as well!

May 2nd, 2013
Intern in Ghana this Summer on a Pre-Med Project

Projects Abroad is launching a brand new project aimed at providing experience to young interns planning on working in the medical field.

April 16th, 2013
Botswana Conservation Project Moves to a New Camp

Projects Abroad is pleased to announce that it is moving to its very own new camp within our study area of Kwa Tuli reserve in Botswana. We have named our camp 'Motswiri Camp', motswiri is Setswanan for Leadwood.

April 11th, 2013
A Moment of Glory for Tanzania

Tanzania Country Director, Glory Matoi, won the Young Achievers Award during the Tanzania Women of Achievement Awards held at the Serena Hotel in Dar Es Salaam last month.

February 28th, 2013
Volunteer in Projects Abroad’s Newest Destination

The Philippines is the latest addition to the family of Projects Abroad destinations. Volunteer projects will begin in April 2013 and are perfect for anyone wanting a unique Asian experience whilst doing something worthwhile in a developing country.

February 22nd, 2013
Ghana Volunteers Launch Water Sachet Recycling Project

One of the most frequent things new volunteers are surprised by in Ghana is that water is commonly sold in plastic bag sachets instead of bottles. Each sachet costs roughly 5 pence, however, the cost to the environment is far greater. Since December 2012, Projects Abroad Ghana and its volunteers have recognized this, and are now working together with the patients of the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital to do something proactive about it.

February 18th, 2013
Maasai Water Project in Tanzania Reaches Completion

Projects Abroad Tanzania Information Manager, Kanette Mwanjabala tells us about the recent completion of the Water Project: “The Water & Sanitation Project was completed ahead of schedule! The project began on January 14th and was initially scheduled for four weeks, but due to participation of the seven volunteers and the surrounding community, the village of Endulen is now enjoying clean and safe drinking water.

January 21st, 2013
Projects Abroad Wins Special Commendation in Thailand Conservation Awards

Projects Abroad are excited to announce that our Diving & Marine Conservation project in Thailand has been awarded a special commendation in Wanderlust Magazine's Thailand Green Excellence Awards 2012!

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