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December 29th, 2011
Taricaya Research Centre: December 2011

As another year comes to a close it is immensely satisfying to look back over our accomplishments from the last 12 months. With the help and dedication of 242 volunteers, 2011 has flown by and we have made huge progress in so many of our projects and new discoveries in our biodiversity research.

December 27th, 2011
More Volunteers Needed for Building Work in Tanzania!

Projects Abroad are currently working on an ambitious building project in Tanzania, which will see the creation of a school for one of the Maasi communities. We began the project earlier this summer and we are pleased to say that the work is almost completed.

December 16th, 2011
Peru Conservation Project Celebrates 10th Anniversary!

The Projects Abroad Peru Conservation Project; the Taricaya Research Centre celebrated its 10th Anniversary this November. Conservation Director, Stuart Timson tells us more...

December 12th, 2011
Places Filling up Fast on 2-Week Specials for Summer 2012

Summer might seem like a lifetime away as we turn up the heating and get ready for Christmas, but we've had record interest and many early applications this autumn for next summer's 2-Week Special programmes, so get in quick and give yourself something to look forward to!

December 8th, 2011
Ghana Volunteers Lead Health Walk with Orphans

Projects Abroad volunteers in Ghana have helped to organise a health walk for the members of Osu Children's Home in Accra. The walk was set up in order to raise awareness about the importance of exercising, with an aim to improve overall health and reduce hospital bills.

November 25th, 2011
Thailand Conservation Reforestation Project Moves to Higher Grounds!

Our Thailand Conservation Director, Ingrid Sprake, met recently with the founders of the Association of the Protection of the Environment (APE) and finalised details of an exciting new partnership.

November 21st, 2011
A Royal Surprise in Tanzania!

Earlier this month, on Wednesday 9th November, our Projects Abroad volunteers were visited by his Royal Highness Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla at Leganga Primary school. The surprise visit from the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall was certainly a memorable and rewarding moment for local children and teachers, as well as our volunteers.

November 10th, 2011
More Success for the Human Rights Team in Ghana

Our Human Rights volunteers in Ghana have recently been involved with the moving case of Kweku Nartey. This case is the second major success that the Projects Abroad Human Rights office has witnessed.

October 28th, 2011
More Volunteers Needed at the Argentina Primate Rehabilitation Project

Projects Abroad's primate rehabilitation project, based in the province of Cordoba, is the only rescue centre in Argentina solely committed to the rehabilitation of primates. Volunteers have a unique opportunity here to work in the only reserve in the world dedicated to Carayá monkeys.

October 26th, 2011
India Volunteers Embrace Diwali Celebrations

Projects Abroad India has organised Diwali celebrations at the Vallalar Illam orphanage in Srivelliputtur. Diwali is the most important holiday for millions of Indians. The 5 day long festival is also known as the Festival of Lights.

October 19th, 2011
Thailand Conservation Project Moves to the Beach!

Conservation Director, Ingrid Sprake, tells us about the new volunteer accommodation on the Conservation Project: 'On 1st October we spent our first night at our new home, an eco-resort called The Dawn of Happiness situated on Ao Nammao beach about 5km East of Ao Nang and 15km South of Krabi Town.

October 18th, 2011
Free Course for Volunteers in London on Friday 9th December

Projects Abroad have partnered with the British Safety Council for the last couple of years. Volunteers in the UK are able to join the free course where they will gain a Level 1 Certificate in Health and Safety at Work.

October 13th, 2011
Peru Animal Rescue Centre Receives Government Praise

The Peru Conservation project continues to go from strength to strength. Our animal rescue centre, which forms a large part of the conservation work at the Taricaya Lodge, (our base in the Amazon jungle), has recently been recognised as the best and most effective animal rescue centre in the country by the Peruvian government.

October 5th, 2011
First Volunteer Arrives in Ecuador!

The Projects Abroad Ecuador team are delighted to welcome their first ever volunteer! Sophie Kaiko, from Australia, has arrived in the Galapagos to take part in a Teaching project for two months. She will be joined in the coming days and weeks by fellow new recruits.

September 30th, 2011
India Volunteer Wins YMCA Peace Medal

Former Projects Abroad volunteer Munira Nagji was recently awarded the YMCA Peace Medal for humanitarian work. Munira volunteered with Projects Abroad on a Care project in India back in 2010.

September 28th, 2011
Projects Abroad Ghana Launches Read and Feed Programme

Projects Abroad has launched a new programme in Ghana to encourage reading as a way of improving literacy. The 'Read and Feed' programme inspires children to see reading as something that is enjoyable. Now all new volunteers to Ghana are being asked to bring a book with them.

September 20th, 2011
New Projects Abroad Sports Website Launched

Projects Abroad are excited to announce the launch of a brand new website dedicated to our sports projects. provides you with detailed information about all of our different sports projects in the developing world.

September 7th, 2011
Thailand Conservation Volunteers Dive Against Debris!

Our conservation team and volunteers are going all out this year to help clean the reefs, beaches, mangroves and ultimately, the ocean. Working side by side with two international environmental organisations, namely The Ocean Conservancy and Project AWARE - Dive Against Debris, our staff and volunteers now have an even deeper purpose behind the weekly coastal and marine clean ups.

September 6th, 2011
School's Not Out for Kids in Fiji!

It may be school holidays in Fiji but at one school on the island of Suva, kids just couldn't keep away. Volunteers on the Teaching programme have just finished organising a week long summer school.

August 22nd, 2011
Refurbishment Complete at 5 Schools in Ghana

Projects Abroad has just completed renovation work on five schools in the Central region of Ghana. Not only have volunteers there painted five nurseries and orphanages but they have also donated 400 exercise books and 31 school uniforms.

August 18th, 2011
Thailand Conservation 2 Week Special Report

Conservation Director, Ingrid Sprake, sent us the following report following this summer's popular 2 Week Special programme.

August 17th, 2011
Clearing – What if Exam Results Change your Plans?

August is always a time of uncertainty as students start to receive their results. Some find they have done better than expected; others have not done as well. Decisions have to be made – whether to re-apply or accept an offer through clearing.

August 16th, 2011
Projects Abroad Makes Donation to Ghanaian Hospital

Last week the Projects Abroad team in Ghana donated an assortment of hospital equipment worth 1000 Cedis to the Nkawie-Toase Government Hospital in the Atwima Nwabiagya District in the Ashanti region.

August 2nd, 2011
Veterinary Outreach to Vilachery

Last Friday 29th July a team from Projects Abroad visited the small town of Vilachery to conduct our regular veterinary outreach trips to local villages around Madurai. This village is just a few miles from the famous local rock temple close to the Projects Abroad office. There were eight volunteers along with five staff members as well as a team of local vets.

August 1st, 2011
Projects Abroad's Jenny Shulman Addresses Karpagam University Students in India

On Friday 29th July, Jenny Shulman, who works with our team in India gave a speech at Karpagam University. This university is in the Southern Indian town of Coimbatore. Her talk was on the value of volunteering. It was part of a cross cultural information sharing day.

July 12th, 2011
Return to India

Recruitment Director, Ian Birbeck is spending 2 months working in the India office this summer. Here's his report: 'I have just spent my first week back in India working with Projects Abroad. It is always a culture shock.

July 6th, 2011
MEP Endorses Projects Abroad in EU Year of Volunteering

Despite the austere times facing Europe there has rarely been a better or more important time to volunteer. 2011 is the European Union's Year of Volunteering which is celebrating the countless hours of voluntary work that people of all ages do both in their local communities and beyond.

June 30th, 2011
Possible New Species Found at Taricaya

Since Projects Abroad began working on its highly impressive and important conservation project in Peru, we have recorded 52 species of bat in the Reserva Ecologica Taricaya (Taricaya Lodge).

June 14th, 2011
Legal Triumph for Projects Abroad Volunteers

Projects Abroad Law & Human Rights volunteers in Ghana have helped secure the release of a Liberian man, falsely accused of defilement. Mr Koplay Pah had been assaulted, held in police custody for several months and provided with no legal representation.

June 7th, 2011
Make a Difference Abroad this Summer

As the sun begins to shine and exams start to become a distant memory lots of people are thinking about getting away. We have projects you can join for just a couple of weeks like our 2 Week Summer Specials aimed at 16-19 year olds.

May 24th, 2011
Free Course for Volunteers in London on Friday 10th June

Projects Abroad have partnered with the British Safety Council for the last couple of years. Volunteers in the UK are able to join the free course where they will gain a Level 1 Certificate in Health and Safety at Work.

May 11th, 2011
Calling all Projects Abroad Alumni

The UK Government is looking at creating an International Citizen Service (ICS) and they want to pick the brains of former Projects Abroad volunteers. The ICS aims to help young people get involved in overseas volunteering.

May 4th, 2011
Volunteer Hiking for Mongolia

We hope that everyone enjoys their time overseas with Projects Abroad. However, some of our volunteers are so inspired by their experience that they are driven to go the extra mile. 18 year old Anna Henley is literally doing just that as she prepares to take part in a 10 mile hike to raise money for Mongolia.

April 13th, 2011
Volunteer has Life Changing Experience in Ghana

When people go abroad to volunteer it often makes a huge impact on their lives. This is certainly the case for Petra Oblak, who volunteered on a Care Project in Ghana in September 2009. Petra worked at an orphanage in Accra, and while she was there she saw how some of the children moved out of the orphanage when they were adopted.

April 12th, 2011
Listen to the Projects Abroad Song!

At Projects Abroad we now have our very own song, composed by South African staff member Aaron Baxter.

April 1st, 2011
New Dates for British Safety Council Course

A free course with the British Safety Council is once again available to Project Abroad volunteers. The next courses will take place on the 15th April and 10th June at the British Safety Council in London.

March 24th, 2011
Volunteers Help Ivorian Refugees in Ghana

Projects Abroad volunteers are helping refugees from the Ivory Coast who have fled to neighbouring Ghana. Over 2000 refugees have been registered in the Western Region of Ghana in the past month. However, up to 20,000 more are expected to arrive as the political crisis worsens in the Ivory Coast.

March 23rd, 2011
Gap Month – No Need to Take a Gap Year!

The decision of whether to take a gap year or not is giving a headache to students across the UK. Projects Abroad would like to offer an alternative solution – the Gap Month.

February 21st, 2011
New Exciting Destinations: Ecuador and Indonesia

Ecuador and Indonesia have now joined the list of fascinating destination countries that Projects Abroad volunteers can work in. Volunteers in Ecuador will find themselves in a rainforest, helping on a range of conservation projects to guarantee the protection of these precious forests.

February 3rd, 2011
Gap Years as Important as University Degrees

More than half of managers across the country believe that gap years are just as important or more important as a university degree when selecting candidates for an interview. A recent survey conducted by Projects Abroad showed that out of 253 managers in several industry sectors across the UK, only 44 percent believed that a traditional university degree is more important than gap year travel.

January 27th, 2011
Break-dance Group Inspire Children and Volunteers in Sri Lanka

Break-dance show group ABCrew helped Projects Abroad to hold an 'outreach session with a twist' with the volunteers and children in Sri Lanka. The group from Switzerland taught everyone how to throw some amazing shapes in their usual enthusiastic manner.

January 26th, 2011
Projects Abroad Mongolia Wins Best Children's NGO Award

Director of Projects Abroad Mongolia, Oko Togtuun was proud to collect an award for Best NGO working with children in Ulaanbaatar last month. Every year the Ulaanbaatar City Municipal Office presents awards to schools, kindergartens, NGOs and government organisations to show appreciation of their outstanding work with underprivileged children.

January 25th, 2011
Free British Safety Council Course

Projects Abroad have partnered with the British Safety Council for the last couple of years. Volunteers in the UK are able to join the free course where they will gain a Level 1 Certificate in Health and Safety at Work. They will then be given a briefing on how to deliver the programme when they are overseas.

January 14th, 2011
Honeymoon Volunteering

Love is a universal value. Romance is admired around the globe. Marriage is magical. But has the honeymoon lost some of its meaning? Nowadays, many newlyweds feel that they would like to give something back and make their honeymoon more meaningful.

January 6th, 2011
Projects Abroad PRO Update

Director of Projects Abroad PRO, Scott McQuarrie tells us about the latest developments. "Over the course of 2010 we have been developing our new skilled and qualified arm called Projects Abroad PRO. The main focus of Projects Abroad PRO is to connect professional volunteers with project partners in the developing world who will find a practical use for their skill.

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