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For the better December 2010

For the better

Peter Slowe, former economic advisor to Tony Blair and founder of Projects Abroad, responds to a recent report by the South Africa-based Human Sciences Research Council that says gap year volunteers are doing more harm than good.

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Volunteering for a very different Christmas December 2010

Volunteering for a very different Christmas

I chose to go away with Projects Abroad because it is the largest (and probably best) organiser of overseas volunteering and the staff really does its best to match volunteers’ skills to the needs of the partner organisations abroad. My sister volunteered in Ghana and she highly recommended the whole experience with Projects Abroad.

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Projects Abroad launches online forum December 2010

Projects Abroad launches online forum

International volunteering company, Projects Abroad, has launched an online journalism magazine called Voices of the World for budding journalists to exchange opinions and ideas with other volunteers and local residents.

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Tulsa teen travels to India to help farmers November 2010

Tulsa teen travels to India to help farmers

Far away, in India, 18-year-old Piper Connelly composed an e-mail to explain how exactly she found herself in the village of Ullar - a place where a few hundred people live near rice and sugarcane fields while the mountainous Western Ghats stretch in the distance. It only took Connelly an instant to transmit her message back home to her native Tulsa, where she maintained a waitressing job at Elote before leaving her parents' home to volunteer for Projects Abroad.

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A very special Christmas spirit - Guadalajara, Mexico and Cusco, Peru December 2010

A very special Christmas spirit - Guadalajara, Mexico and Cusco, Peru

Many people, volunteering overseas, will spend this Christmas being welcomed into somebody else's family whilst getting the opportunity to glimpse the celebrations of another culture. Fran Harris spoke to Tessa Okell who spent Christmases in Mexico and Peru with Projects Abroad.

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Helen helps children in her gap year in Ghana November 2010

Helen helps children in her gap year in Ghana

A student has been held up as a shining example for using her gap year to undertake community work in an African village. Helen Peacock, of Guilden Sutton, near Chester, spent the past year working in a rural primary school in Ghana through a programme called Projects Abroad. The 22-year old said: “Ghana seemed one of the most interesting and diverse places to visit, accorded by its history, culture and geography."

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Gap-year volunteers fulfil a vital role abroad November 2010

Gap-year volunteers fulfil a vital role abroad

A report that accuses volunteering projects of harming local economies is wrong, says Peter Slowe.

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The Inca Way October 2010

The Inca Way

Enjoying time off on her gap year, Laura McKenzie signed up as part of an archaeological volunteer programme to discover the hidden treasures of Peru’s Inca heritage. 'The ever important first impression is decided the moment you set foot out of the confined shell of a plane. A scent and climate individual to each country eagerly rush forward to welcome you.'

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A choir of many voices. Brand new initiative to unite the world’s aspiring journalists November 2010

A choir of many voices. Brand new initiative to unite the world’s aspiring journalists

One of the world’s leading international volunteer companies, Projects Abroad, has announced the launch of its latest project, a service aimed at connecting aspiring journalists and bloggers across the globe to share their thoughts and opinions on what is going on in their homeland.

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Barrowford teenager volunteers in fight against malaria October 2010

Barrowford teenager volunteers in fight against malaria

A Barrowford teenager gave up the comforts of home to work with malaria sufferers in West Africa. Freddie Bailey, embarked on his month-long journey as a medical volunteer in Togo. The 18-year-old, who lives with his mum Jan in Highfield Crescent, said the trip had made him determined to pursue a career in medicine and help people in third world countries. The Clitheroe Grammar sixth form student worked as a trainee nurse during the trip organised by Projects Abroad.

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Volunteer agencies respond to Boris Johnson’s ‘gap yar’ slurs September 2010

Volunteer agencies respond to Boris Johnson’s ‘gap yar’ slurs

Two leading volunteer organisations, Projects Abroad and Year Out Group, disagree over the Mayor’s taunting comments. Boris Johnson caused controversy earlier this week after mocking young people who take a ‘gap yah in Tanzani-ah’. The comments came at the launch of City Year London, a volunteering scheme to educate those at deprived schools in three areas of London: Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets.

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Victims of the Sarkozy Ban September 2010

Victims of the Sarkozy Ban

Young Projects Abroad volunteers in Romania are helping with the human tragedy created by President Sarkozy's Roma deportations campaign. They agree with the EU Commissioner Viviane Reding that French deportations are a reminder of the Nazis. Our volunteers work at Sacele Hospital and Prejmer Day Care Centre.

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Brits Abroad September 2010

Brits Abroad

From Medicine in Mongolia to teaching in Tanzania, Projects Abroad has plenty for those willing to stand out from the crowd, as Laura Cartledge discovers. If the recession was to have a silver lining, the boost to volunteer projects would arguably be it.

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A Profound Lesson in Freedom, Learned in Extraordinary Places August 2010

A Profound Lesson in Freedom, Learned in Extraordinary Places

I am the last business traveler who actually loves flying and airports. I always try and take a slightly different route when I go places, and I even plan all my trips in great detail.

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Gap Year Webchat August 2010

Gap Year Webchat

Thinking about organising a gap year but not sure where to start? Maybe you want to volunteer abroad or teach English as a Foreign Language? Or perhaps you are a parent, concerned about your globetrotting offspring? Travel experts Ian Birbeck a director at Projects Abroad, Tom Griffiths, founder of Gapyear.com and Kate Mison from STA Travel are answering your questions live.

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Stark contrasts in hospital care July 2010

Stark contrasts in hospital care

As a third-year nursing student Sofia Razaq spent a four week elective working in a children's ward in Morocco. In this article she describes the main differences between working there and in the UK.

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Ghana Volunteer Interviewed on BBC Oxford part 1 July 2010

Ghana Volunteer Interviewed on BBC Oxford part 1

Nick Jones from Wheatley in Oxfordshire has recently returned from his rugby and care projects in Ghana. On his return he was interviewed on BBC Oxford by Jo Thoenes.

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Ghana Volunteer Interviewed on BBC Oxford part 2 July 2010

Ghana Volunteer Interviewed on BBC Oxford part 2

Nick Jones from Wheatley in Oxfordshire has recently returned from his rugby and care projects in Ghana. On his return he was interviewed on BBC Oxford by Jo Thoenes.

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Peru Volunteer Interviewed on BBC Somerset July 2010

Peru Volunteer Interviewed on BBC Somerset

Angela Pitt, 65 from Montacute, Somerset has recently volunteered with Projects Abroad on the Conservation Project in Peru. Before she started her project Angela was interviewed on the breakfast show of BBC Somerset to talk about her forthcoming trip.

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A slice of paradise July 2010

A slice of paradise

The Amazon rainforest provides a truly remarkable backdrop with excitement and adventure around every corner - imagine getting up every morning to the sounds of howler monkeys and toucans filling the air, walking to a stunning sunrise which quickly turns to a downpour, and going to bed at night accompanied by the chorus of squeaking bats and chirping frogs.

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Projects Abroad starts a new marine mammal conservation volunteer project in Mozambique July 2010

Projects Abroad starts a new marine mammal conservation volunteer project in Mozambique

The Dugong has been hunted for thousands of years for the use of it's meat and for oil. As a species it is vulnerable to extinction and is now referred to as one of the rarest mammals on earth.

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For the best way to see the world, start in Goring... June 2010

For the best way to see the world, start in Goring...

In an unassuming street in Goring, a global enterprise is hard at work. With offices in 32 countries, more than 500 staff and around 8,000 people heading out on schemes this year. Projects Abroad is the world’s largest provider of volunteer projects in developing countries.

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Girls on their bikes for Sri Lankan trip May 2010

Girls on their bikes for Sri Lankan trip

Two teenagers will get on their bikes to fund their work with orphans in Sri Lanka. Esther Eldridge, aged 16, and Alice Hill, aged 15, will cycle 38 miles from Manchester to Liverpool on May 30 to pay for two weeks’ work experience in south Asia in July. The girls will complete the trek with Maria Hill, Alice’s mum. The pair need to raise £2,000 to go on the trip, organised by Projects Abroad – a company specialising in work placements for students.

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Coach makes shirts plea for street kids April 2010

Coach makes shirts plea for street kids

Something as simple as a second-hand football shirt really can make all the difference to an impoverished child living on the streets in Africa. Worthing man David Williams will be spending at least one month with street children in Senegal – a country in West Africa where extremely poor people live in close proximity to others who are rich.

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Mullingar women matching volunteers with international opportunities April 2010

Mullingar women matching volunteers with international opportunities

Two young Mullingar women who have come to the conclusion that the best way to get to really know another country, is to spend some time working there, are Jessica Warner and Koreen Walsh. That's why to date, the two have worked abroad, separately, as volunteers in locations as diverse as Sri Lanka, Costa Rica and Ethiopia.

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Bristol Student Fiji Flight February 2010

Bristol Student Fiji Flight

A Downend student is flying out to Fiji to help in a children's centre. Clare McKenzie, 21, who lives in Coronation Road, is in the second year of her Tourism Management degree at Bath Spa University and chose the placement as one of the modules. She will now spend a month working as a volunteer in the Nadi Centre as part of a placement organised with Projects Abroad.

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On a Foreign Mission February 2010

On a Foreign Mission

Brian MCCarthy was bored of the usual holidays. Various TY projects had opened his eyes to both the diversity and injustices of the world, so when an opportunity to work as a volunteer in Ghana arose, he took it. Brian got a part-time job and saved the requisite €2,000, plus around €600 for flights.

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