News from 2016
Ashtan Davis, a familiar face at the Projects Abroad Surfing Project in South Africa, has made surfing history as one of the first people to take part in the country’s first Adaptive Surfing Championships, and being selected for the 2016 Stance World Adaptive Surfing Champs.
Projects Abroad volunteers and staff have completed construction on a new house for local teachers in a rural village in the Ngorongoro, Tanzania.
Projects Abroad has launched a new initiative in Ghana, ‘Soccer Pitch Reading’, to help teach children to read and continue developing their reading ability in a fun and interactive environment.
Projects Abroad staff and volunteers at the Archaeology Project in Peru have begun excavation work at a new site at the Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman in Cusco, through an agreement with the Peruvian Ministry of Culture.
Projects Abroad would like to announce that Greg Thomson has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer. Greg assumed his role in August 2016 and has succeeded Dr Peter Slowe, the founder of Projects Abroad, who will remain in the company as the Executive Chair.
This summer, Projects Abroad established a new International Development Project in Lomé, Togo. Here, interns will work towards resolving the social and economic issues hampering the country’s development, especially in the field of human rights, political governance, and public health.
Projects Abroad Physical Therapy intern Victor Lee presented at the 38th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week in Philippines from July 17th to 23rd 2016. He discussed the establishment of a community-based Rehab and Disability Center, the first of its kind in the northern part of Cebu island.
Recently, Projects Abroad staff member Sea Sorn gave a presentation at the Conservation Asia conference held earlier this month. He discussed the subject of “ghost nets”, an important conservation issue in Cambodia.
This summer, Projects Abroad will welcome its first volunteers at the new Canine Therapy Project in Córdoba, where we are partnered with Fundación Jingles (The Jingles Foundation). The Jingles Foundation is a privately run therapy center, aimed at improving the health and well-being of its clients with the assistance of the 32 therapy dogs that live at the center.
Fien Ackerman, a Projects Abroad volunteer from Belgium, raised money before starting her Care Project so that she could donate new clothing to more than one hundred talibé children in St Louis, Senegal.
It has been just over a year since Projects Abroad launched a Disaster Relief Project in Nepal to help the country recover from a series of earthquakes. In that time, hundreds of volunteers have built six schools and enabled 1500 children to return to education.
The refugee and migrant crisis in Europe has become critical. To help the thousands of refugees and migrants in need, Projects Abroad has partnered with international and local NGOs in Italy to launch a new project.
Last month, Care volunteers in Madagascar participated in an initiative to help make sure hundreds of school children in the village of Andasibe had access to clean drinking water.
A group of Projects Abroad Human Rights interns in Córdoba have helped a homeless couple successfully apply for and receive their disability pensions from the Argentine government.
Projects Abroad Teaching volunteers took the opportunity to offer free English classes at a partner school during the summer break to any students who wanted to attend and interact with native English speakers.
Projects Abroad Kenya recently embarked on a new partnership with Soysambu Conservancy in the Great Rift Valley for the African Savannah Conservation Project. This is an exciting move that will open up new opportunities for volunteers.
To mark World Book Day this year, Projects Abroad will be holding events in nine destinations to highlight the importance of reading and writing for children. From mobile libraries to reading sessions and one-on-one tuition, our dedicated staff and volunteers in these countries will work to inspire children with the written word and to encourage a passion for learning.
Projects Abroad Nutrition interns have begun making an impact by promoting healthier lifestyles in disadvantaged townships in Cape Town, South Africa.
Projects Abroad Disaster Relief volunteers have started working on the sixth school building, Yashaswi Gurukul English Secondary School, in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.
Projects Abroad staff and volunteers at the Tropical Dry Forest Conservation Project in Costa Rica recently took part in the annual Meso-American Bat Survey held across Central America, including Barra Honda National Park.
Students attending Yelebe Fana and Berhane Zare, two schools in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, will start 2016 with access to 250 new books, thanks to a donation by Projects Abroad Ethiopia volunteers and staff in November 2015.