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News from 2014


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December 24th, 2014
Projects Abroad starts new Micro-finance Project in Cambodia

Following on from their positive experience at the Projects Abroad Micro-finance Project in Senegal, volunteers Helge and Kina have been instrumental in founding an exciting new micro-finance initiative in conjunction with Khemara, a well-established NGO in Cambodia. 

December 15th, 2014
Conservation volunteers in Thailand ‘Dive against Debris’

Last week our volunteers in Thailand celebrated the Kings 88th birthday by participating in a dive clean-up organised by the local government. Volunteers cleaned the coral reefs of Koh Hong as part of the “Dive against Debris” initiative. 

December 8th, 2014
Group Trips – review of the year 2014

As we approach Christmas it is a good time to reflect on the work our groups of volunteers have carried out over the past year. Over 300 students joined one of our Group Trip projects, which took place in 15 different countries this year. 

December 3rd, 2014
Philippines Disaster Relief - a year after Typhoon Haiyan

Last month marked the one year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the island nation of the Philippines. Projects Abroad began working on Cebu Island at the beginning of 2013, and could not ignore the havoc and devastation that was left behind after Haiyan struck.

November 25th, 2014
Spider monkeys successfully released into the wild in Peru

Projects Abroad Peru has tracked a group of spider monkeys to discover that they have successfully reintegrated into their natural habitat. Projects Abroad’s reintroduction and rehabilitation project is the only spider monkey release programme in the country that is recognised by the Peruvian government.

November 20th, 2014
Equine therapy volunteers participate in Bolivia’s Olympic Games

The Bolivian government asked Projects Abroad to participate in the opening ceremony of the country’s Plurinational Olympic Games, after seeing our Equine Therapy volunteers participating in a parade on Bolivia’s Independence Day. 

November 6th, 2014
Thank you to all our 2014 Short-term Special volunteers!

Thanks to well over 500 volunteers across 12 countries, this summer our Short-term Special volunteers made a real impact overseas. The following infographic shows just some of the ways they helped out.

November 4th, 2014
Jamaica team rewards communities joining ‘Operation Get Ready’

The Operation Get Ready competition aims to get residents in vulnerable communities ready for the hurricane season and other natural disasters. Projects Abroad Jamaica offers a Disaster Management Programme which facilitates individuals from across the world.

October 28th, 2014
Projects Abroad Safety Update - British Standard BS8848

Projects Abroad has grown to sending over 10,000 volunteers away to 29 different countries every year. We have always taken our projects seriously. The safety of our volunteers and the welfare of our partners overseas are of vital importance. 

October 16th, 2014
Nutrition volunteers needed in Peru and Fiji this World Food Day

Today is World Food Day. According to the World Food Programme, over 805 million people do not have enough food to live a healthy life and 66 million primary school children go to school hungry in developing countries every day. The facts speak for themselves.

October 7th, 2014
Volunteers in Bolivia Embrace World Heart Day

Volunteers in Bolivia recently embarked on an outreach health programme to assist elderly people in having their blood sugar and pressure tested to commemorate World Heart Day. 

October 6th, 2014
Projects Abroad gets top honours at Global Youth Travel Awards

Projects Abroad has been presented with the coveted Extraordinary Experience Award at this year’s Global Youth Travel Awards. The award is given in recognition of an extraordinary travel experience, which this year was represented by the Dunshaughlin school group from Ireland, who spent two weeks volunteering on Care & Community projects in Ghana.

September 17th, 2014
Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists needed in Cambodia

Home of Hope is a centre for children and male adults living with disabilities. We are delighted to announce that, after a summer of hard work, our volunteers have finished converting two disused rooms at the centre into a physiotherapy room and a sensory room. 

September 15th, 2014
Record numbers of groups joined us this summer!

This summer was a busy time for Projects Abroad with more group trips than ever before away in many of our destinations. The focus of each group trip is always slightly different as the schedule is tailored to the needs and preferences of both the group and the community they work in.

September 12th, 2014
Pen pal initiative aims to increase child literacy levels

A new pen pal initiative to increase literacy levels of children thousands of miles apart from each other has been launched by Projects Abroad in Jamaica and South Africa. 

August 14th, 2014
Your whole life is ahead of you… So what now?

Calling all wanderers, activists, dreamers and adventurers; your next journey is about to begin. You’ve just received your A-level results and you’re suddenly feeling impossibly free. Maybe you need a gap year!

August 12th, 2014
Latest news from the Peruvian rainforest

The last few weeks at Taricaya have been busy as usual and, with the floods a distant memory, we have been able to push on in many of our projects and the results have been very rewarding. After nearly 14 years of working with volunteers on our Conservation project, I am still amazed by the levels of dedication they show and their ability to work hard in often unfriendly conditions. 

August 6th, 2014
Projects Abroad acknowledged by the Prime Minister of Fiji

The nutrition, health and wellness project in Fiji is going from strength to strength since it started in May this year. So much so, that even the Prime Minister in Fiji cannot help but notice the incredible work our volunteers are doing. 

July 29th, 2014
Mandela Day goes global

The spirit of Mandela Day has gone global, with countries around the world celebrating Nelson Mandela’s birthday by donating their time to helping others. In Fiji, Ian Campbell of the WWF joined Projects Abroad to educate local children at the Multi-Cultural School on the importance of protecting sharks. As part of the day, teams of children and volunteers joined forces to clean up the local village and beach, collecting over 20 bags of rubbish. 

July 25th, 2014
Shark Conservation - the most important shark project in the world

Ian Campbell, the Programme Manager for the WWF Global Shark Programme, recently tweeted that Projects Abroad have “possibly the most important shark project in the world”. Since the Shark Conservation project started in January, 200 volunteers have signed up to assist the local scientists in Fiji. 

July 17th, 2014
Building project in South Africa receives global recognition

The Projects Abroad Building project in South Africa is part of Village Heights’ Friends and Neighbours, a World Design Capital 2014 project. The Friends and Neighbours project has been awarded a Gold Star rating in the City of Cape Town’s Mayor’s Portfolio of Urban Sustainability, which showcases some of the best practice achieved in the development of areas in Cape Town.

July 1st, 2014
Creating sustainable development in Tanzania

The Projects Abroad team in Tanzania has been working alongside the local community in Dar es Salaam to create a sustainable endeavor through the work done by Projects Abroad volunteers. According to the Country Director in Tanzania, Gloria Matoi, the voluntary work done in Tanzania assists in uplifting the local community.

June 16th, 2014
Volunteers Embrace World Environment Day in Thailand

Each year on the 5th of June, World Environment Day is celebrated to create worldwide awareness and encourage action for the conservation of our environment. In light of this day, volunteers on the Conservation in Thailand placement joined the Krabi Provinicial Administrative Organisation and welcomed school students to an educational day. 

June 2nd, 2014
The Philippines Disaster Relief project continues to help local communities

Projects Abroad’s Disaster Relief project in the Philippines is moving on to its next mission: to reconstruct the grade two section of Banban Elementary School, which was greatly affected by the 2013 Typhoon. Banban Elementary School is 2km away from Bung-aw Elementary School where Projects Abroad volunteers have rebuilt six classrooms. 

May 29th, 2014
Taricaya Rescue Centre in Peru celebrated six years of wonderful work

Earlier in May, the first baby howler monkey was born at the Taricaya Rescue Centre, giving the centre yet another reason to celebrate this month. Yesterday, on May 28th, the Taricaya Rescue Centre celebrated six years of wonderful work in Peru and will add the birth of this little fellow to its already long list of achievements. 

May 28th, 2014
World Hunger Day – nutrition volunteers needed in Peru

World Hunger Day 2014 is upon us, with its aim of celebrating sustainable solutions to ending extreme hunger and poverty. In line with its goal to highlight the positive actions taken by those surviving on very little, we turn the spotlight on our Nutrition Project in Peru and its impact on the community.

May 20th, 2014
New College Nottingham students gain valuable medical experience in India

Twelve students from New College Nottingham travelled to Madurai, India with Projects Abroad to spend two weeks volunteering on a medical project. As part of their health studies course, the students chose Medicine in India with the aim of gaining the medical experience that is difficult to get in the UK.

May 13th, 2014
Costa Rica Conservation Project strives for Ecological Blue Flag Award

The Costa Rica Conservation Project is working with three schools near the Barra Honda National Park in order to gain the Ecological Blue Flag Award. Projects Abroad is assisting in education, training and the building of ecological strategies that will aid the social development of these three communities in an innovative and sustainable way.

May 5th, 2014
Celebrating World Penguin Day with SANCCOB

To celebrate World Penguin Day, Projects Abroad continued to support SANCCOB in Cape Town. SANCCOB is at the forefront of saving African penguins, as well as other seabirds. Volunteers assist in preparing food, feeding the birds, cleaning out the cages and rehabilitating injured or oiled birds. If the birds are unable to go back into their natural habitat, SANCCOB provides them with a permanent home. 

April 14th, 2014
The City of Bogo honours Projects Abroad volunteers in the Philippines

The City of Bogo and the Department of Education in Bogo City organised a dinner party for Projects Abroad volunteers in April 2014 at the City of Bogo Science of Arts and Academics (CBSAA). The event, dubbed as “Mga Pungpong sa Bulak” (Wreath of Flowers), was to acknowledge the volunteers’ dedication to help rebuild classrooms in public elementary schools in the city through Projects Abroad’s Disaster Relief project. 

April 8th, 2014
Projects Abroad Jamaica celebrates its 6th anniversary

Projects Abroad have been supporting worthwhile projects in Jamaica for the past six years. In order to celebrate their sixth anniversary, the Projects Abroad team in Jamaica will be holding an information week to acknowledge those who contribute to the success of the destination.

March 14th, 2014
Staff member receives his Archaeology degree with the help of Projects Abroad

With continuous help and support from Projects Abroad over the last six years, Jhon Valencia Cordoba received his professional qualification and became a licensed archaeologist in Peru. Jhon is based at the Inca Project in Peru and has spent a lot time investigating the ruins in the Lucumayo Valley with many Projects Abroad volunteers.

March 10th, 2014
Projects Abroad to build a primary school in Maasai village

Projects Abroad Tanzania will begin construction of a primary school in March 2014 at Meserani, a Maasai community located just outside of Arusha. In November 2013, Projects Abroad Tanzania purchased 4,046m of land which will provide enough space to build two classes, two toilets, a temporary kitchen and a small playground.

February 25th, 2014
Win a four week medical project with Oxford University Press and Projects Abroad

To celebrate the new edition of the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine, Oxford University Press has decided to present one winner with £2000 towards a four week Medicine & Healthcare placement in a destination of their choice in Africa, Asia, Latin America or Eastern Europe with Projects Abroad.

February 24th, 2014
Projects Abroad Microfinance Project helps kick-start a local soap factory in Ghana

Supported by the Projects Abroad Microfinance Project, a small community soap factory in Ghana produced and sold their first batch of locally made soaps last week. The Obuotumpan Soap Factory in Koforidua was established by the community through the support and direction of the Microfinance Project’s volunteers and staff. 

February 17th, 2014
Building project invited to showcase at the World Design Capital

When the Building project in South Africa first started, around 2008, in the impoverished community of Lavender Hill in Cape Town, the site was home to just one small wooden crèche and was surrounded by shacks. The project is now in its third phase of development; a literacy room has been built, as well as a toilet, a wash area and two rooms.

February 11th, 2014
Projects Abroad opens three new day care centres with the Khemara Organisation

Established in 1991, the Khemara Organisation was the first local NGO in Cambodia which played a significant role in working for the advancement of women and children in Cambodia by working directly with communities. Its goal is to support vulnerable people including women, children and disadvantaged families.

February 5th, 2014
New Maasai Community Project in Tanzania

One of the reasons that many volunteers choose Tanzania as their volunteering destination is because of the Maasai tribe. This tribe has maintained their tradition and culture regardless of the encroaching modern world. As the Maasai people are very private, it is rare that foreigners get an insight into their lifestyle and rituals. 

January 30th, 2014
Helping teachers in Peru

Not all English teachers in Peru have the competency in the English language that is required to teach students. Therefore, the Teacher Training Project aims to help teachers in Peru so that there can be a higher standard of English in schools in addition to bringing new teaching techniques into the classrooms.

January 24th, 2014
Steiner family gives back

The myball.ch Project is an initiative which was started by the Steiner family from Switzerland, who wanted to help the many children who do not receive gifts. The aim of the project is to distribute balls to disadvantaged children in developing countries.

January 23rd, 2014
Shark Conservation Project kicks off in Fiji

Projects Abroad’s Shark Conservation Project has begun in Fiji with 26 volunteers confirmed for the month of January 2014. Currently, 13 volunteers have already begun their dive lessons with Beqa Adventures dive instructors.

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