Ghana, Argentina, India Most Popular Destinations for High School Volunteers
Countries attracting the most high school students to volunteer abroad this summer on Projects Abroad’s High School Special programs, international volunteer trips for teens
NEW YORK – March 27, 2013 – As one of the largest international volunteer organizations in the world, Projects Abroad receives thousands of volunteers annually from all over the world to undertake service projects throughout the developing world. Volunteers can contribute on a range of activities, from environmental conservation work and building projects to public health campaigns and human rights initiatives.
One of the organization’s flagship programs are the High School Specials, group service trips for teens. Nearly 1000 students worldwide participate in Projects Abroad’s High School Special programs every year. As applications continue to come in for summer 2013, the countries drawing the most attention so far this year among high school students from the United States are Ghana, Argentina and India.
In all three destinations, Care & Community projects are the most popular. For these programs, students split their time between childcare work at kindergartens and orphanages and group renovation projects to benefit the local community. Medicine internships are the next most popular programs, allowing students to shadow doctors in local hospitals and clinics and learn about medicine firsthand.
“Our younger volunteers are typically drawn to the destinations that are considered safer while still offering meaningful work,” says Projects Abroad Vice President Thomas Pastorius, Jr. “Our Ghana programs have been the most popular year-in and year-out for a while, thanks in part to the country’s reputation of being safe and welcoming.” In explanation of the other two top destinations, Pastorius continues, “A big draw of Argentina for high school students is to be able to practice Spanish while participating in childcare or medical work there. India also offers both childcare and medical programs, but in a country where English is more common.”
Former High School Special volunteer Victoria H. offers some insight on why she chose to volunteer in India. “For as long as I can remember, India has always been a country of great fascination to me,” she explains. “However, when searching for a summer program to participate in before going into my senior year of high school, India was not the first criteria that registered in my mind. Rather, it was the chance to experience medicine first hand. The fact that this program allowed me to observe medicine, while also being fully immersed in the Indian culture, is precisely why I chose this trip with Projects Abroad.”
In all, over 40 High School Special programs are available in over 20 countries across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. The complete listing of programs and dates are available on Projects Abroad website at www.projects-abroad.org/hss
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.