News from 2015
Anna Tapiolas, an intern on the Business Project in Costa Rica, helped to improve the workplace environment for socially and economically marginalized employees at The Asociacion de Emprendedores Belemitas.
On Monday November 23rd, Projects Abroad presented donations of medical supplies to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Colombo, Sri Lanka. A placement for Projects Abroad Medicine interns, NCI is the country’s largest public oncological hospital.
We are pleased to offer new opportunities to Physical Therapy interns with the recent launch of two placements in Heredia, Costa Rica.
In October, Projects Abroad volunteers and interns from different projects across the Philippines came together to conduct a massive larviciding campaign to prevent the spread of the illness, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Cebu and the City of Bogo. Close to 1,200 people attended.
Projects Abroad Care and Teaching volunteers continue to support Sri Lankan children through Dutch Anne Preschool in Modarawila, a community for families displaced by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, ten years later.
On World Homeless Day on October 10th, Projects Abroad staff and volunteers gathered to help provide food, care items, and grooming services to the homeless communities in Jamaica.
Projects Abroad Samoa has launched a new Nutrition program to encourage better health and fitness in Samoan communities. The program will build on the work that Projects Abroad has been doing in Samoa since 2012, with an increased focus on improving the health and well-being of local communities.
To celebrate International Clean-up Day, Projects Abroad volunteers took part in a coastal clean-up as part of the National Coastal Cleaning Program in Panadura, Sri Lanka.
Projects Abroad volunteers are working to protect a rapidly declining scarlet macaw population through conducting research and collecting data, educating the community, and aiding reforestation efforts in Barra Honda National Park, Costa Rica.
Over this past summer, Projects Abroad hosted more medical outreach programs than ever before in Sri Lanka. Although these kinds of programs have been run in Sri Lanka for over a decade, this is the first time that High School Special Medicine volunteers have been able to assist in organizing the camps. With their help, we were able to treat over 1,000 patients.
Earlier this month, Projects Abroad Peru and Animal Defenders International (ADI) welcomed eight animals rescued from the circus to their new homes at the Taricaya Ecological Reserve.
Projects Abroad Journalism interns start an outreach program that includes workshops about journalism at Vredelus House, a detention center for girls in Cape Town.
Projects Abroad Teaching volunteers from Denmark and the UK have started a vacation program for school children in Deepmala, Nepal. Not only does this initiative give children a safe place to learn and grown during their free time, it gives volunteers the space to use more creative teaching methods and topics.
We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with Animal Defenders International (ADI). With the help of ADI in Peru, we are working to rehome several wild animals that were rescued from the circus, at the Taricaya Ecological Reserve.
As one of the largest volunteer tourism providers in the world, and therefore a leading authority on the industry, Projects Abroad recognizes that animal cruelty can often be a by-product of tourism. Examples of this include elephant back riding, photography opportunities with wildlife, and close encounters with wild animals.
Volunteers on the Rainforest Conservation Project in Peru are making exciting progress in the heart of the Amazon, with the reintroduction of the Peruvian spider monkey (Ateles chamek) into the wild and the birth of a third baby.
Projects Abroad Sri Lanka’s High School Specials Medicine volunteers collaborated on a project to send wishes of hope, health and good fortune to new mothers and babies. Inspired by Japanese tradition, 13 High School Specials volunteers crafted 1000 paper cranes to decorate the wards at the Kethumathi Hospital for Women in Panadura, a town in the Kalutara district in Sri Lanka’s Western Province, some 25 kilometers south of Colombo.
Tobias van der Sar, a Physical Therapy intern in Samoa, added an incredible experience to his resume when he accepted a request from the Samoa Rugby Union to be part of the medical team for the Manu Samoa versus New Zealand All Blacks rugby game.
This summer, a group of students from the University of Delaware traveled to Vietnam with Projects Abroad to intern at the Thuy An Rehabilitation Center for Disabled Children, where they helped local staff treat mentally and physically disabled children.
Projects Abroad Medicine volunteers in Ghana have partnered with the Francis Eshun Baidoo (FEB) Foundation to paint the pediatrics unit of the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital. The hospital’s pediatrics unit receives surgical, orthopedic and general medical cases affecting children within the Central Region of Ghana.
The Disaster Relief project in Nepal officially started this month on the 8th June. The project has got off to a strong start with determined staff and volunteers working hard to help rebuild damaged schools, brick by brick.
If you only have a short period of time free this summer, a 2 week volunteering experience on our Shark Conservation Project is the ideal getaway. Running from Sunday 9th August to Saturday 22nd August you will experience the wonders of Fiji whilst contributing to important conservation work.
The Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, recently commended Projects Abroad for its work in the island nation. With the support of the Prime Minister, Projects Abroad Samoa is looking to impact communities, while encouraging a valuable cross-cultural exchange with the local people.
Projects Abroad conservation volunteers and staff have been instrumental in the discovery of a new species of bird in the Taricaya Ecological Reserve, in Peru. The landmark discovery was confirmed by ornithology experts at the end of May.
When William Wubben volunteered at a soccer project in Ghana through Projects Abroad, he never imagined that in five years’ time, he would be running a successful fashion label based on his experiences in the country.
After traveling to Brasov, Romania to participate on the Drama Project for six weeks, American volunteer Elizabeth Lengyel decided that she wanted to do something more for the children she worked with.
Marine conservation volunteers in Thailand have continued their efforts to protect the coastal regions and island habitats of Krabi, by participating in a variety of clean-up projects over the past months. Projects Abroad has been working closely with local government and NGOs on these projects for over two years.
Projects Abroad volunteers in Costa Rica have implemented an exciting and worthwhile project in Barra Honda National Park. In an effort to assist residents of the National Park in combatting global climate change, volunteers have introduced an efficient and cost-effective system to manage waste: the bio-digester.
Projects Abroad Jamaica has recently launched a new campaign to help combat homelessness throughout the country: Operation SHARE (Support Help and Respect Everyone). Operation SHARE aims to create public awareness around the issue of homelessness.
Nepal needs many more volunteers. Once the immediate disaster relief is complete, Projects Abroad’s Nepal Disaster Relief Program will come into effect. It will start on June 8th.
Projects Abroad Thailand was proud to part of an amazing local initiative called the Princess Project, which teaches children from around Thailand the wonders of the ocean through snorkeling. This is the second year in which we have been involved with the project that is supported by PURE Krabi.
Jessica Poad and Kyle Drury are two American college students who spent their spring break in the historic town of Cape Coast, where they helped provide important basic medical care for disadvantaged children and adults in the community.
Projects Abroad volunteers on the South Africa/Botswana Conservation Project are pleased to have contributed to the annual Bird Population Monitoring Programme Count Report.
Projects Abroad is offering a special two week option for professional dentists in Jamaica this summer. Starting from August 10th, professional dentists seeking to make a meaningful impact with their skills, will be working in conjunction with non-profit organisation, A Child’s Smile.
Owned by the Director of Projects Abroad Ecuador, William Puga, and partly funded by Projects Abroad itself, a new nursery is well on its way to housing some of the Galapagos’ most precious plant species. The Galapagos National Park, a Projects Abroad partner, will provide plants for the nursery and provide assistance and guidance to volunteers during the development stages at the nursery.
One of the primary concerns of the Conservation Project in Costa Rica, is the integration of the local community with the conservation efforts going on inside the national park. The primary form through which this initiative is realized is through the Bandera Azul or “Blue Flag” program that Projects Abroad volunteers have worked to implement in local schools.
Satchel Tangonan from White Plains and Y-Lan Nguyen from New York City, have been best friends since they first met at mathematics class at Macaulay Honors College at the City College of New York. Both share a strong interest in medicine and wanted to gain practical experience before starting their medical career in the US.
Projects Abroad is pleased to support the “Help Chann go back to school” campaign and are happy to announce that a total of $4002 was raised through donations for this inspiring independent initiative instigated by Heather Stilwell.
Students from the State University of New York at Cortland travel to Costa Rica to experience the benefits of mutual learning.
Projects Abroad Fiji celebrated the one year anniversary of our Shark Conservation Project this month. Volunteers and staff in Fiji, celebrated the occasion by planting 365 mangrove saplings, one for each day that the project has been running.
Projects Abroad Jamaica brought some festive cheer to children this past Christmas through the annual toy drive, which saw 1248 toys given to underprivileged children across the country. Dubbed “Operation Krismus Smile” this ambitious project ensured that children received a gift this year.
Nineteen year old Kathleen Wilson, a graduate from The Potomac School in Virginia, USA, has always been interested the world around her. Eager to seize the opportunity to see the world as a volunteer, as well as to gain experience in her field of interest, Kathleen spent 7 weeks on a conservation project with Projects Abroad.