PROJECTS ABROAD INTRODUCES NEW VOLUNTEER PROJECTS THIS SUMMER
Volunteers Can Choose From New Conservation and Human Rights Projects Around the Globe
NEW YORK – JULY 26, 2011 - Americans still deliberating their summer vacation plans should consider a volunteer trip with Projects Abroad, an international volunteer placement organization. Projects Abroad is once again adding to its vast collection of projects with new programs in Ecuador, Tanzania and Argentina. Whether they’re observing rare bird species in The Galapagos Islands, educating communities on equality for disabled children in Tanzania, or helping reintroduce at-risk primates into the wild in Argentina, volunteers of all ages can participate in these adventure-filled opportunities.
“Projects Abroad is very excited to expand its reach and give volunteers even more ways to contribute to conservation and human rights efforts globally,” said Thomas Pastorius, Jr., Vice President of Projects Abroad. “Our new projects in Ecuador, Tanzania and Argentina are the perfect way for volunteers to make a lasting impact on communities in need, travel the globe and gain significant life experience.”
New projects include:
Galapagos Island Conservation Project
The Galapagos Islands, famous for their uniquely evolved wildlife, have been named by ecologists as one of the world’s “megadiversity hotspots.” Projects Abroad volunteers can help conserve the animal and wildlife population by working on the island of San Cristobal at a reserve and biological station. Volunteers’ work includes helping with reforestation, contributing to environmental education, researching for station maintenance, assisting with organic agricultural activities and guided hikes, and more. Volunteers also work alongside local biologists and guides and are trained in all work techniques used on the project.
Human Rights Internship in Tanzania
Projects Abroad volunteers on the Tanzania Human Rights project are based in the town of Arusha, where they’re given the opportunity to work together with a well-respected humanitarian organization while gaining first-hand human rights experience at a grassroots level, specifically with women and children. Volunteers’ duties include but are not limited to, promoting the importance of health through workshops and presentations, educating and creating awareness about HIV and AIDS, aiming to reduce mortality rates through education, creating awareness about the rights for disabled children, supporting at-risk children and teens, educating communities on issues of family planning, and more.
Primate Rehabilitation in Argentina
Projects Abroad volunteers can now work with the first and only primate rehabilitation center in Argentina, located 80 km. north of Cordoba in the Tiu Mayu region. Over the past 20 years, local staff has focused on the rescue and rehabilitation of the Black Howler monkey, which is now considered vulnerable, as the local communities continue to hunt for bush meat, keep them as pets and destroy their natural habitats. Volunteers work with staff to help feed and care for monkeys, observe, study, and help input data on various social groups, monitor and care for baby orphaned monkeys, clean and maintain the center, construct and repair monkey enclosures, as well as care for many other animals including llamas, capuchin monkeys, mountain lions, donkeys, and dogs.
To learn more about Projects Abroad’s offerings, visit www.projects-abroad.org or call 1-888-839-3535.
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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, China, 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