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Bolivian Beats December 2011

Bolivian Beats

I’m almost at the end of a three month sabbatical during which I have travelled in Peru and Bolivia, taught music in Cochabamba (Bolivia) and explored the enchanting sounds and rhythms of Andean music. I decided that the most effective way of submerging myself into a musical community was to volunteer as a music teacher. The music volunteer project run by the organisation Projects Abroad seemed an ideal option.

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My mission to help Romanian orphans - by Rosie Prebble December 2011

My mission to help Romanian orphans - by Rosie Prebble

I MUST have wanted to help poor kids in Romania a lot - because I forced myself on a plane for the first time at 60 to do it! I am 64 now, from Somerset, and I’ve worked as a Learning Support Assistant in a secondary school for 13 years.

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Cuppa helps boost Fiji coffers December 2011

Cuppa helps boost Fiji coffers

Two Linlithgow teenagers have organised a charity coffee morning tomorrow (Saturday). Any cash raised at the St Michael’s Church Hall event will go into the pot to get Libby Peters and Lauren Macleod to Fiji for two weeks as volunteer workers with the charity Projects Abroad.

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Surprise chat with a prince December 2011

Surprise chat with a prince

A medical student had a surprise chat with Prince Charles during a royal visit to the African town where he is a volunteer. Amardeep Legha, from Loughborough, met the Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in Tanzania during their recent eight-day Commonwealth tour.

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Volunteer organisation needs Britons to help children with HIV/Aids in Jamaica December 2011

Volunteer organisation needs Britons to help children with HIV/Aids in Jamaica

The fact that it is World Aids Day today may not make much of an impact on most people in the UK, where HIV is “yesterday’s news” – however the world’s largest volunteering organisation, Projects Abroad, has used the occasion to offer Britons the chance to take a break in Jamaica to help out at a new facility for orphans living with HIV/Aids.

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Volunteer Profile - Alexa Anderson November 2011

Volunteer Profile - Alexa Anderson

Alexa Anderson started volunteering at just 16 as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award. After finishing school, and before embarking on university life, she planned a gap year with Projects Abroad. A conservation project in Mozambique, followed by a stint in Mexico later and she had caught the volunteer bug. Alexa continued to work with Projects Abroad in various forms, until earlier this year but now the 25-year-old graduate works for Macmillan Cancer Support as a fundraising assistant and volunteers with two grassroots charities.

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Lions give £300 towards student's trip to India November 2011

Lions give £300 towards student's trip to India

Blue School student Natalie Cox was recently awarded a grant of £300 from City of Wells Lions Club. Natalie, who is in the second year of her A-levels, is raising funds for a trip to Madurai in southern India which she hopes to take in early summer 2012. Natalie plans to study midwifery at university and will be volunteering with Projects Abroad at a maternity clinic in Madurai.

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Warning on change to university admissions November 2011

Warning on change to university admissions

Proposals to change the university admissions process have received a mixed reaction from education experts. Admissions service UCAS has published a consultation document on changing the system to allow students to apply to higher education after they have received their A-level results.

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>Teenagers swap gap years for snap years as trend for shorter breaks after school increases November 2011

>Teenagers swap gap years for snap years as trend for shorter breaks after school increases

It is a rite of passage in which school leavers take a breather and broaden their horizons before starting university. Now the traditional gap year, which can last a year or more, appears to be giving way to a new phenomenon: the snap year. Gap year organisers have reported a sharp rise in this truncated break, with young people forced to restrict themselves to just a couple of months off after finishing school.

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Enjoying a language July 2011

Enjoying a language

Learning English can be made interesting. Grammar classes interspersed with trivia about South Africa and Zimbabwe's culture and geography were indeed a different kind of experience for the students of Velliveethiyar Corporation Girls Higher Secondary School, Madurai.
As part of a tie-up with Projects Abroad programme, the school students were taught the nuances of the English language, grammar and conversation skills by student volunteers from abroad.

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Student makes a difference through African trip June 2011

Student makes a difference through African trip

A Chester student who took a year out to volunteer in Africa is encouraging others to do the same. Harriet Walker, 19, decided to go to Ghana after she finished her studies at Christleton High School, Village Road, Christleton, last year.

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Is volunteering still on your agenda? June 2011

Is volunteering still on your agenda?

Given the challenging economic environment that UK companies are operating within, the fact that many companies continue to allow employees to devote time to volunteering projects, often overseas, appears to be something of a surprise.

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77-year-old gives praise for renovated home May 2011

77-year-old gives praise for renovated home

The sense of peace of having a good roof over one's head is something that every individual dreams of in life. This helps to understand the joy felt by 77-year-old widow Cassinia Smith, as she witnessed the work done by volunteers on her two-bedroom house in Clarkes Town, Manchester, on Friday.

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Celebrate 100 years of Inca discovery with Projects Abroad May 2011

Celebrate 100 years of Inca discovery with Projects Abroad

The ancient city of the Incas, Machu Picchu, celebrates its century anniversary this July, as it is 100 years since the stunning city was uncovered to the world. Projects Abroad, a leading overseas volunteering and work placement operator, is encouraging travellers to visit Machu Picchu during the landmark anniversary, to get a hands-on experience of local life and the fascinating history of the Incas.

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The rise of the Snap Year May 2011

The rise of the Snap Year

Snap Year ... scale new heights. Skint young Brits are ditching the lengthy gap year in favour of a shorter Snap Year more in keeping with their tight budgets. Money-saving snappers should check out Projects Abroad, the overseas volunteering and work placement projects provider, which offers a bevy of different projects in the area to allow visitors to experience the Inca history at first hand.

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Feature: volunteering advice for a fulfilling gap year May 2011

Feature: volunteering advice for a fulfilling gap year

But with so much to think about, from where to go and what to expect, one of the big questions plaguing young travellers is - how do I volunteer?! Well thankfully we’ve had a little chat with the nice folks at Projects Abroad, to help you get started.

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Projects Aboard add new volunteer projects May 2011

Projects Aboard add new volunteer projects

Gap-year students or career-break travellers looking for a different type of adventure should consider an overseas volunteer work placement, as Projects Aboard has just added two new destinations to its growing portfolio. Projects Aboard now offer volunteering opportunities in 27 different countries across the globe, and recently added teaching, care and conservation placements in the town of Baños, in Ecuador and care and teaching projects in the Javanese city of Yogyakarta in Indonesia.

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Projects Abroad provides support to fleeing refugees March 2011

Projects Abroad provides support to fleeing refugees

Projects Abroad has been running projects that provide care and medical support in Ghana for more than 15 years and the project is now extending to help the huge number of Ivorians seeking refuge in Ghana. Projects Abroad’s medical volunteers will be providing medical outreach services like helping children with infected wounds and insect bites, plus ensuring that anyone with a more severe medical condition is referred for treatment.

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Brits believe they are 'too busy' to volunteer abroad March 2011

Brits believe they are 'too busy' to volunteer abroad

A straw poll has found that the main barrier holding Brits back from volunteering abroad is the required investment in time. Almost half of Brits polled by international volunteering company Projects Abroad (47 per cent) say they wouldn't volunteer abroad as they don't believe they have enough spare time.

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Forget relaxing by the pool, why not give a little something back to the world? March 2011

Forget relaxing by the pool, why not give a little something back to the world?

More and more newlyweds are beginning to consider more imaginative ideas to make their honeymoon more worthy and memorable; what better way to start your new life togtether than to share the experience of giving something back to the developing world.

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Experts' view: Degrees aside, what else can you do to catch an employer's eye? March 2011

Experts' view: Degrees aside, what else can you do to catch an employer's eye?

We ask a panel of experts how graduates can boost their skillset and stand out from the crowd.

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Opinion - For the better March 2011

Opinion - 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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Gap years in decline as university fees rise February 2011

Gap years in decline as university fees rise

Gap-year companies are experiencing a drop in the number of school-leavers applying for places, as increased tuition fees next year makes it more prudent for them to go to university. Many are opting to forgo the chance of spending a carefree year abroad in favour of beating the fees rises of up to £9,000 a year, which come into effect in September 2012. However, the effect on gap-year companies is likely to be mitigated by an influx of older graduates, who have searched for jobs in vain and are now turning to volunteering to boost their CVs.

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Wild with heart: 'Voluntouring' at the Taricaya Ecological Reserve in Peru February 2011

Wild with heart: 'Voluntouring' at the Taricaya Ecological Reserve in Peru

If you’re thinking of taking a gap year, a sabbatical or long holiday this year, then chances are, you’ve thought about volunteering abroad. While voluntourism has had a bad rap in the past – accused of everything from taking local jobs to being a total waste of time – Projects Abroad does volunteering with a difference.

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Head of Recruitment, Ian Birbeck is Interviewed on Radio 4's Excess Baggage February 2011

Head of Recruitment, Ian Birbeck is Interviewed on Radio 4's Excess Baggage

If you’re thinking of taking a gap year, a sabbatical or long holiday this year, then chances are, you’ve thought about volunteering abroad. While voluntourism has had a bad rap in the past – accused of everything from taking local jobs to being a total waste of time – Projects Abroad does volunteering with a difference.

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An alternative ‘honeymooner’s paradise... February 2011

An alternative ‘honeymooner’s paradise...

If you’re thinking of taking a gap year, a sabbatical or long holiday this year, then chances are, you’ve thought about volunteering abroad. While voluntourism has had a bad rap in the past – accused of everything from taking local jobs to being a total waste of time – Projects Abroad does volunteering with a difference.

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Would you do voluntary work on your honeymoon? February 2011

Would you do voluntary work on your honeymoon?

It used to be a wet week in Scotland, now the modern honeymoon is synonymous with exotic indulgence. But some holidaying newlyweds are choosing something different. It has already become commonplace for the bride and groom to ask guests to donate to a charity rather than give presents. The logical extension is for the happy couple to give up their time on honeymoon helping a worthy cause, says Dr Peter Slowe, founder of volunteering firm Projects Abroad.

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Never mind a honeymoon, it's time for the 'honeymonth!' February 2011

Never mind a honeymoon, it's time for the 'honeymonth!'

As well as planning a wedding, brides and grooms to be also have the somewhat difficult task of searching for the dream honeymoon destination. If recent research is anything to go by, these popular honeymoon locations are no longer on newlyweds' radar. Dr Peter Slowe, founder of Projects Abroad, has discovered that couples are staying away from the obvious holiday choices and embarking on month long adventure holidays.

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Gap Year Travel Wins Greater Recognition From UK Employers February 2011

Gap Year Travel Wins Greater Recognition From UK Employers

New independent research commissioned by leading international volunteering company Projects Abroad, has found that 60% of business managers believe that gap years are just as important or more important as a university degree when selecting candidates for interview. More than 250 managers across several industry sectors in the UK were asked to rate the importance of the gap year against a degree.

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Top holidays to make a difference January 2011

Top holidays to make a difference

Care for kids in Ghana. Doing some voluntary care work in Ghana is an ideal way to learn more about the country while helping to improve conditions for local children. The work simply involves playing games and giving kids the attention they deserve. And you don't need to commit to a long-term post: just two weeks can make a real difference.

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Africa mission for Nothe Tavern pair January 2011

Africa mission for Nothe Tavern pair

Drinkers and pub staff are raising a glass to two bar workers who are set to have a life-changing African adventure. Merryn James, 19, and Stacey Hobday, 25, who work at the Nothe Tavern in Weymouth, are travelling to Ghana to volunteer at orphanages and day centres. The trip, organised by Projects Abroad, will see the pair depart in August for Accra, where they will live and work for six weeks.

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Inspiring holidays for 2011 January 2011

Inspiring holidays for 2011

OK, we can't promise a new you … but here's our pick of inspiring ideas for holidays and short breaks guaranteed to point you in a new direction. Human rights education, South Africa - With its brutal history of apartheid and colonialism, there can be few better places than South Africa to get involved in campaigning for human rights.

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Guest Comment: The outlook for gap year travel January 2011

Guest Comment: The outlook for gap year travel

Dr. Peter Slowe, founder and director of Projects Abroad www.projects-abroad.co.uk, shares his predictions for the gap year market in 2011.

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5 Minutes with: Peter Slowe January 2011

5 Minutes with: Peter Slowe

Real Travel chats to Projects Abroad founder Peter Slowe to get his take on travel, volunteering and the benefits of a good map...

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