VOLUNTEER AS A NOMAD WITH PROJECTS ABROAD FOR AN IMPACTFUL CROSS-CULTURAL EXPERIENCE THIS FALL
Volunteers can journey through the desert, teach music to orphans, restore a historic culture and more
NEW YORK – July 21, 2010 – Americans searching for a worldly alternative to hitting the books or spending endless hours in a cubicle this fall should consider the unique volunteer opportunity with Projects Abroad’s new Morocco Nomad Project in the Sahara Desert. This exciting program is ideal for an adventurous student looking for a resume booster or a career breaker wanting to escape the ordinary and experience a new culture.
Morocco Nomad Project
Nomadic families of the Moroccan Sahara welcome volunteers to truly experience their ancient civilization and lifestyle that has barely changed for thousands of years. Volunteers can immerse themselves with their desert host family, whose daily lives include herding camels and goats across the vast desert in search of water.
Volunteers will be involved in a wide range of work and activities during their stay. These may include:
- Caring for and milking livestock
- Helping to locate underground water resources and oases
- Building nomadic homes
- Cooking bread and traditional meals in ovens under the sand
- Mastering local Saharan handicrafts
- Learning the local language and the songs of nomadic folklore
While many tourists travel to southern Moroccan towns for a day, very few are able to completely discover a foreign culture while sharing bits of their own. With this program, volunteers will undoubtedly have the experience of a lifetime in the Sahara, all while helping a family in need.
In addition to the Nomad Project, Projects Abroad is offering three new programs that make a difference in the global community and allow volunteers to gain a deeper worldly perspective. These include:
Tamazight Language Course in Morocco
Volunteers are given the opportunity to learn the language of the indigenous people of Morocco in the capital of Rabat. Participants can choose from an intensive two-week or month-long Language Project that includes 15 hours of lessons each week. Volunteers who participate in the Nomad Project often participate in the Language Project for two or four weeks before embarking on their desert adventure.
South Africa Reconciliation Project
This project is best for those interested in South Africa’s history. Volunteers work in The District Six Museum, established in 1994 to commemorate the history of the forced resettlements which took place during apartheid and can choose from three areas including Collections, Research and Documentation, Exhibitions or Education. In these programs, volunteers can assist in commemorating the un-sung heroes in the museum’s history, work with international tour groups, assist with artistic productions and more.
Music Project in Bolivia
Volunteers in this project work alongside trained musical teachers in an orphanage in the town of Cochabamba and are encouraged to implement new ideas and musical workshops for the children. While the orphanage staff provides basic needs, volunteers are relied upon to teach new skills. The music project is designed with a focus on three major objectives including appreciation and awareness, learning and therapy. The orphanage has a wide range of both traditional Bolivian musical instruments and others. Volunteers are asked to bring energy, creativity and an open mind to this project.
For costs and more information on these projects and others, visit www.projects-abroad.org.
About Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geography professor, as a program for students to travel and work while on break from full-time study. The program had its genesis in post-USSR Romania, where students were given the chance to teach conversational English. After a few years just sending volunteers to Eastern Europe for teaching, the company expanded to sending volunteers of all ages around the world on a wide range of projects.
A UK-headquartered company, Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 26 countries and recruitment offices in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Holland, South Africa, Sweden and the United States.
For details on volunteering overseas, visit Projects Abroad’s Website at www.projects-abroad.org
This press release includes references to working in or with orphanages. Find out more about Projects Abroad's current approach to volunteering in orphanages and our focus on community-based care for children.