PROJECTS ABROAD VOLUNTEERS BRING U.S. MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY OVERSEAS
Volunteers in India, Ghana and Mongolia Participate in Day of Service
NEW YORK – October 28, 2010 – More than 100 American Projects Abroad volunteers took their philanthropy efforts to the next level on October 23 by participating on a special volunteer project for Make a Difference Day, a nationwide day of service in the United States.
Volunteers based in three destinations, India, Ghana and Mongolia, embarked on a special project to show solidarity with efforts taking place in the United States and contribute to Make a Difference Day’s success on a global level. In India, volunteers worked at the Love & Care orphanage located on the outskirts of Madurai. The orphanage has nearly 200 orphan and semi-orphan children who come from poverty stricken families. Volunteers helped with delousing efforts, prepared a traditional Indian lunch and conducted games and activities for the children.
The Ghana Make a Difference Day project included renovation work on Cantonments Football Academy football field. Volunteers undertook work on the field including weeding, distilling of gutters, picking-up litter, painting goal posts and sweeping.
For Make a Difference Day in Mongolia, volunteers provided medical outreach to children at The Detention Centre in Ulaanbaatar, a temporary home for children found living on the streets. Volunteers educated the children about basic healthcare, and also provided specific information to the older children about anemia, HIV awareness, contraception and more.
About Make a Difference Day
Make a Difference Day is the nation’s largest day of volunteerism, created and sponsored annually by USA WEEKEND Magazine. Make a Difference Day takes place on the 4th Saturday in October each year. This year marked the 20th anniversary.
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.
Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 26 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Holland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.
For details on volunteering overseas, visit Projects Abroad’s Web site 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.