Projects Abroad Welcomes Volunteers to the Pink City
Organization moves its operations to the city of Jaipur in order to increase the number of people benefitting from the work of volunteers in India
NEW YORK – October 15, 2014 – After many successes in India, international volunteer organization Projects Abroad has decided to move its base of operations to Jaipur, India’s famous ‘Pink City’, to further the organization’s goal of sustainable development in India. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan in Northern India and the city is home to many cultural sites, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia. Although tourism and industry have given Jaipur’s economy a welcome boost, in reality, there is still a huge gap between the rich and the poor and there are many disadvantaged groups that are desperately in need of support.
In previous years, Projects Abroad has focused on development work in various parts of India and the organization now hopes to benefit underprivileged communities in Jaipur. Volunteers have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of different service projects and internships. Not only do volunteers engage in work designed to make an impact on peoples’ lives, they can also participate in cultural and project workshops organized weekly by Projects Abroad. These activities help them adapt to their new environment and often teach volunteers new skills that allow them to make the most out of their project. In addition to regular volunteer work, volunteers and Projects Abroad staff get together once a month for a ‘Dirty Day’ where they go out into the community as a group to do important cleaning and renovation work.
“There is a lot of need in India and if you combine that with its unique culture, you have a destination that is ideal for travelers looking to give back in communities abroad,” says Christian Clark, Deputy Director of Projects Abroad USA. “It’s always exciting to help volunteers discover new opportunities and Jaipur is a place where we can continue to effect real change and give volunteers a taste of a different way of life.”
Here are some of the most popular volunteer projects and internships volunteers can do in India:
In many developing countries, children are often the most vulnerable. Projects Abroad welcomes volunteers of all ages and skill levels who would like to help children and support their development and education. Childcare placements in Jaipur are available in orphanages, care homes, centers for street children, and centers for children with disabilities and special needs. Volunteers take on an important role at their placements: they become an extra pair of helping hands for local staff, help with the children’s general care, and teach basic classes like the alphabet and numbers.
A good education is the gateway to a better life and the ability to speak English is crucial. Many public schools are ill-equipped to teach conversational English and students from impoverished backgrounds are at an immediate disadvantage. Volunteers can make a positive impact on students’ lives through teaching at elementary and high schools in Jaipur. At many placements, volunteers will also have the option of teaching extra-curricular subjects, like art, drama, music, and sports. Projects Abroad also offers projects where volunteers can Teach IT or Physical Education full-time.
Medical interns based in Jaipur will devote their time to observing and learning from skilled doctors and nurses in a number of different departments. A medical internship abroad can prove invaluable as it will give students experience with tropical diseases and conditions in advanced stages that are not normally seen in North America. Projects Abroad encourages interns to ask questions and take notes to make the most of their time abroad. Interns can spend time in a variety of departments, including pediatrics, orthopedics, gynecology and obstetrics, neurology, dermatology, urology, ENT, oncology, radiology, and more. Projects Abroad also organizes visits to other centers in and around Jaipur including a center for traditional medicine, a mental health center, and a leprosy clinic. Internships are also available in the fields of Nursing, Midwifery, Dentistry, and Physical Therapy.
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 29 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.
For details on volunteering abroad, visit Projects Abroad’s web site at www.projects-abroad.org.