Hundreds Give the Gift of Service Volunteering Abroad
Over 650 Projects Abroad volunteers to spend the Holiday Season giving back overseas
NEW YORK – December 19, 2012-While many people this time of year are preparing to confront crowded airports and highways journeying home for the holidays, there are some who have chosen to embark on a completely different journey this holiday season.
This December 25th, Projects Abroad will have over 650 international volunteers working on volunteer projects overseas. These volunteers will be giving a different kind of gift: service to communities in need. They will be caring for orphans, building homes and classrooms, distributing food, helping in medical clinics, and much more. Projects Abroad volunteers of all ages undertake service work abroad on their own schedule throughout the year, choosing when and where they want to volunteer abroad.
Former Projects Abroad volunteer Clare T. describes why she chose to volunteer abroad when she did. “I was struck by a brilliant idea, why not travel, live in another country and experience another culture, meeting lots of different people while gaining some all important practical experience.” That year, Clare received mosquito nets and first aid kits for her trip for Christmas instead of traditional gifts. “All in all, it was the most amazing experience; I wouldn’t change it for the world, and can’t wait to go back.” Clare volunteered promoting Human Rights in Ghana.
Most Projects Abroad volunteers live with local host families - a homestay for the holidays for those abroad this Holiday Season. “I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend it!” says Nicole R. of her experience celebrating Christmas with her host family in Argentina.
While in Argentina, Nicole volunteered at a children’s home. “For Christmas,” she says, “I asked my parents to please tell my family that instead of buying me Christmas presents that I will open a month late, could they please give me the money so that I could spend it on presents for the children, and so this is what I did.”
“It is extremely encouraging to see so many people choosing to volunteer abroad this time of year,” says Thomas Pastorius, Jr., Vice President of Projects Abroad. “We hope they inspire more people to give their time and resources to serve communities in need at home and abroad throughout the year.”
For more information on Projects Abroad and how to volunteer abroad yourself, 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.
Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 28 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, 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.