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News from 2013

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December 24th, 2013
Micro-finance project in Tanzania turns one

The Micro-finance project in Tanzania has been helping disadvantaged women in Arusha for one year now with the aim of supporting these women in achieving economic independence through providing them with training and loans to set up businesses. 

December 18th, 2013
Volunteers Complete the First Renovations of a School in the Philippines

Following the recent Typhoon Haiyan disaster in the Philippines, Projects Abroad has successfully initiated the Disaster Relief Project. With eight volunteers currently in destination and a further ten arriving over the coming month, the renovation of one classroom at Don Pedro Elementary School was completed on Friday 13th December 2013. 

November 28th, 2013
Conservation Work in Peru Recognised at Primate Conference

Projects Abroad’s Conservation Project in Peru recently received recognition for the work they have been doing at our base, the Taricaya Research Centre. The conservation project’s animal rescue centre has been recognised by the Peruvian government as the best and most effective of its kind in the country.

November 14th, 2013
Projects Abroad Launches Global Shark Campaign

Launched in 18 countries across four continents this month, the Projects Abroad Global Shark Campaign comprises a worldwide awareness and action movement centred on the plight of sharks. The campaign aims to spread the word about the threats to and misconceptions about sharks to as many people as possible across the globe.

November 13th, 2013
Volunteers Needed in the Philippines for Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Relief

In the wake of the recent Typhoon Haiyan disaster in the Philippines, Projects Abroad is calling for volunteers to help with valuable typhoon recovery work.

November 8th, 2013
Discovery at the Inca Project in Peru

The great Inca road, Qhapaq Ñan in the Amaybamba Valley, is once again beginning to reclaim its status. Through field research, Projects Abroad volunteers and archaeologists have been able to identify and record that it once served as an important main route along the Inca trail.

October 7th, 2013
Care volunteers in Senegal expand their classes

Care volunteers in Senegal often work with Talibes at the ASF Talibe Centre. Up until very recently, volunteers in Senegal only taught male children; this is no longer the case as more and more young girls are coming to the centre to attend classes.

October 2nd, 2013
New spider monkey baby in Taricaya

Projects Abroad has a Conservation Project in the Amazon Rainforest in Peru on a reserve called Taricaya. This project focuses on the animals of the forest and the environment. Recently they witnessed the group of spider monkeys they released 18 months ago interact with the newcomers. 

September 24th, 2013
A family spends quality time in Ghana

It had been a childhood dream of Dieneke Holstein, a mother of four from the Netherlands, to travel to Africa. After hearing that Projects Abroad provided the option for families wishing to travel with their children, Dieneke did not hesitate to sign up to spend one month at the Care Project in Ghana. 

September 19th, 2013
New Medical Placement in Kenya

With the increase in Medical volunteers in Kenya, as well as the increase in PRO volunteers, Projects Abroad Kenya has been on the lookout for new Medical placements. Projects Abroad volunteers will have the opportunity to work with St Anthony, a mission health centre.

September 13th, 2013
PAHRO’s Fadama Legal Assistance Programme progresses in Ghana

Projects Abroad Human Rights Office (PAHRO) makes significant progress with the Fadama Legal Assistance Programme (FLAP) in the slum community in Old Fadama in Accra. The Human Rights team of volunteers and staff have been creating awareness and empowering the community to know about their basic human rights.

September 3rd, 2013
Thinking of joining up as a group?

An increasing number of groups have been joining Projects Abroad this summer, working on a range of projects from Care to Community. Whether you are a school group or a group of Girl Guides have a look at some of the options available to you.

August 14th, 2013
Clearing – What if Exam Results Change your Plans?

At Projects Abroad we receive phone calls every August from students worried whether they will be able to join a programme. We have a wide range of programmes that can be joined by volunteers on their gap years.

August 6th, 2013
New Animal Care Project in Samoa

Projects Abroad recently opened an Animal Care project on the island of Samoa for volunteers with a keen interest in animal welfare. Working on a variety of different activities, volunteers help domestic animals by assisting with consultations, treatment and, among other things, inoculations.

August 1st, 2013
Welcome Home to Grangemouth High School

After raising funds for over a year, a group of 24 staff members and students from Grangemouth High School in Scotland joined a Care & Community project in Ghana. The group worked in a mix of day care centres and schools in the area over two weeks. 

July 31st, 2013
English Club in Chitwan – A Fun Approach to Learning!

Care volunteers provide an English club for girls at a children's home in Nepal. The main aim of the club is to improve the children's reading, but at the same time the children have found the club to be enjoyable and seem more inspired to read their favourite story books. 

July 31st, 2013
Danish Mother and Daughter volunteer together at the Care Project in Kenya

Lotte Pedersen, a day-care manager in her home town of Skive in Denmark, travelled to Kenya with her 6-year-old daughter Olivia to volunteer at the Care project. Both Lotte and her daughter Olivia were placed at Hope Children’s Ministry, where the family’s presence has been a great addition to the centre.

July 1st, 2013
Volunteers in Vietnam Throw Birthday Party at Care Placement

Projects Abroad volunteers often use their own initiative and go outside their expected duties to make a difference at their placements. An example of this dedication was recently shown by Care volunteers in Vietnam.

June 28th, 2013
First Aid Course for Teachers in Togo

Teaching volunteer Sophie Greiner recently organised a first aid course for the teachers at her placement. Sophie, from Munich, Germany, was placed at l’École Newton in Lomé, Togo’s capital city. Thanks to Sophie, the teachers are now equipped to deal with minor medical challenges, which could save a person’s life!

June 5th, 2013
The Cochabanner - Journalism Project in Bolivia

In 2005, Projects Abroad teaching volunteer Scott Liddle began a small publication with a group of students from Cochabamba’s Universidad Mayor de San Simón. As Scott’s time in Bolivia was drawing to a close, he approached the Projects Abroad office to present the idea of The Cochabanner as a full time journalism project.

May 31st, 2013
A Lesson in Dental Hygiene at a Care Project in Argentina

Volunteers at the Copa de Leche care placement recently organised a lesson with the children to teach them the importance of brushing their teeth. Volunteers spend a lot of time with the kids at the Copa de Leche, and it was noticed that many of the children have very dirty teeth and at a young age, were already losing teeth due to decay and lack of care.

May 2nd, 2013
Volunteer in Ghana this Summer on a Pre-Med Project

Projects Abroad is launching a brand new project aimed at providing experience to young volunteers planning on working in the medical field. The Pre-med project consists of 3 days medical outreach work per week and 2 days observation in a local hospital or clinic in Ghana.

April 19th, 2013
Well Done to New College Nottingham on their Fundraising Efforts

Ian Birbeck, Group Trips Organiser at Projects Abroad, has recently visited New College to meet the students and their parents. The group from Nottingham are heading out to India in October where they will spend two weeks working in local hospitals and clinics on a healthcare project.

April 16th, 2013
Botswana Conservation Project Moves to a New Camp

Projects Abroad is pleased to announce that it is moving to its very own new camp within our study area of Kwa Tuli reserve in Botswana. We have named our camp 'Motswiri Camp', motswiri is Setswanan for Leadwood.

April 11th, 2013
A Moment of Glory for Tanzania

Tanzania Country Director, Glory Matoi, won the Young Achievers Award during the Tanzania Women of Achievement Awards held at the Serena Hotel in Dar Es Salaam last month.

February 28th, 2013
Volunteer in Projects Abroad’s Newest Destination

The Philippines is the latest addition to the family of Projects Abroad destinations. Volunteer projects will begin in April 2013 and are perfect for anyone wanting a unique Asian experience whilst doing something worthwhile in a developing country.

February 22nd, 2013
Ghana Volunteers Launch Water Sachet Recycling Project

One of the most frequent things new volunteers are surprised by in Ghana is that water is commonly sold in plastic bag sachets instead of bottles. Each sachet costs roughly 5 pence, however, the cost to the environment is far greater. Since December 2012, Projects Abroad Ghana and its volunteers have recognised this, and are now working together with the patients of the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital to do something proactive about it.

February 18th, 2013
Maasai Water Project in Tanzania Reaches Completion

Projects Abroad Tanzania Information Manager, Kanette Mwanjabala tells us about the recent completion of the Water Project: “The Water & Sanitation Project was completed ahead of schedule! The project began on January 14th and was initially scheduled for four weeks, but due to participation of the seven volunteers and the surrounding community, the village of Endulen is now enjoying clean and safe drinking water.

January 21st, 2013
Projects Abroad Wins Special Commendation in Thailand Conservation Awards

Projects Abroad are excited to announce that our Diving & Marine Conservation project in Thailand has been awarded a special commendation in Wanderlust Magazine's Thailand Green Excellence Awards 2012!

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