News from 2015
On a Business internship, Spanish volunteer Anna Tapiolas, worked with The Asociacion de Emprendedores Belemitas primarily in the area of workplace environment.
On Monday 23 November, Projects Abroad presented donations of medical supplies to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Projects Abroad is pleased to offer new opportunities to Physiotherapy volunteers with the recent launch of two placements in Costa Rica, working with both elderly citizens and disabled children.
On October 16, Projects Abroad volunteers from different projects across the Philippines came together to conduct a massive larviciding campaign in partnership with the Rotary Club of Cebu and the City of Bogo.
The story of Dutch Anne Preschool is one of friendship, service and a longstanding commitment made nearly ten years ago. Emerging from one of the darkest moments in Sri Lanka’s history, Dutch Anne is a testament to local development and progress.
The Projects Abroad Jamaica team started preparation for World Homeless Day at the beginning of October, creating care packages to hand out and even taking part in local media interviews about the project.
This month, Projects Abroad launched a Nutrition project in Samoa, with the aim of encouraging health and fitness among the Samoan people.
Inspired by International Coastal Clean-up Day on September 19, Projects Abroad Sri Lanka staff members were joined by 27 volunteers for a beach clean-up on 24 September in Panadura, 25 km south of Colombo.
This summer in Sri Lanka, Projects Abroad has hosted more medical outreach programmes than ever before. By assisting Sri Lankan doctors, our volunteers have helped over 1,000 patients, most with limited access to regular healthcare.
Our new partnership with ADI has seen eight animals rehomed at Taricaya Ecological Reserve, where Projects Abroad has been operating since 2001.
In July, interns from Cape Chameleon, the Journalism project in South Africa, started an outreach programme that sees girls aged 13-18 acquire essential writing and life skills through a range of activities and weekly workshops.
The Deepmala Club is an initiative started by two volunteers from Denmark and the UK, who went above and beyond at their Teaching placement in Nepal. Through their teamwork, creativity, and commitment to service, they have set a remarkable example for volunteers to come.
It is with great excitement that Projects Abroad has partnered with Animal Defenders International (ADI) to rehome several animals rescued from a lifetime of abuse at the circus..
Conservation volunteers in Peru are making exciting progress in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, with the reintroduction of the Peruvian spider monkey (Ateles chamek) into the wild. Based in the Taricaya Ecological Reserve, Projects Abroad volunteers are tasked with restoring and preserving one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world.
Projects Abroad has a range of worthwhile service programmes perfect for volunteers taking a gap year.
As one of the largest voluntary tourism providers in the world, and therefore a leading authority on the industry, Projects Abroad recognises that animal cruelty can often be a by-product of tourism. Examples of this include elephant back riding, photography opportunities with wildlife and close encounters with wild animals.
Projects Abroad Sri Lanka’s Short-term Special Medicine volunteers collaborated on a project to send wishes of hope, health and good fortune to new mothers and babies. Inspired by Japanese tradition, 13 Short-term Special volunteers crafted 1000 paper cranes to decorate the wards at the Kethumathi Hospital for Women in Panadura, a town in the Kalutara district in Sri Lanka’s Western Province, some 25 kilometers south of Colombo.
On 7 July, the Samoan rugby team, Manu Samoa, competed against the New Zealand All Blacks in a long-awaited Test match, held at Apia Park. Despite the nations’ close ties, the All Blacks had never played in Samoa, much to the dismay of the local people. But after years of campaigning, the match finally took place in the heart of Samoa’s capital city, with a revamped stadium and an audience of 8000 people watching.
The Thuy An Rehabilitation Centre for Handicapped Children is located 70 kilometres from Hanoi. By bus, the ride into the Vietnamese countryside only lasts a couple of hours, yet Thuy An is worlds away from the sprawl and bustle of Vietnam’s capital. This setting has allowed a group of American students from the University of Delaware to make strides in a variety of therapies for disabled children.
Projects Abroad Medicine volunteers in Ghana have partnered with the Francis Eshun Baidoo (FEB) Foundation to paint the paediatric unit of the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital. The hospital’s paediatric unit receives surgical, orthopaedic and general medical cases affecting children within the Central Region of Ghana.
The Disaster Relief project in Nepal officially started this month on the 8th June. The project has got off to a strong start with determined staff and volunteers working hard to help rebuild damaged schools, brick by brick.
If you only have a short period of time free this summer, a 2 week volunteering experience on our Shark Conservation Project is the ideal getaway. Running from Sunday 9th August to Saturday 22nd August you will experience the wonders of Fiji whilst contributing to important conservation work.
The Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, recently commended Projects Abroad for its work in the island nation. With the support of the Prime Minister, Projects Abroad Samoa is looking to impact communities, while encouraging a valuable cross-cultural exchange with the local people.
Projects Abroad conservation volunteers and staff have been instrumental in the discovery of a new species of bird in the Taricaya Ecological Reserve, in Peru. The landmark discovery was confirmed by ornithology experts at the end of May.
When William Wubben volunteered at a football project in Ghana through Projects Abroad, he never imagined that in five years’ time, he would be running a successful fashion label based on his experiences in the country.
Marine conservation volunteers in Thailand have continued their efforts to protect the coastal regions and island habitats of Krabi, by participating in a variety of clean-up projects over the past months. Projects Abroad has been working closely with local government and NGOs on these projects for over two years.
Projects Abroad volunteers in Costa Rica have implemented an exciting and worthwhile project in Barra Honda National Park. In an effort to assist residents of the National Park in combatting global climate change, volunteers have introduced an efficient and cost-effective system to manage waste: the bio-digester.
Projects Abroad Jamaica has recently launched a new campaign to help combat homelessness throughout the country: Operation SHARE (Support Help and Respect Everyone). Operation SHARE aims to create public awareness around the issue of homelessness.
Nepal needs many more volunteers. Once the immediate emergency response is complete, Projects Abroad’s Nepal Disaster Relief Programme will come into effect. It will start on June 8th.
If you’re still without plans for the summer, then perhaps you should consider taking part in one of our Short-term Specials. There’s still time to sign up for these projects, which are specifically designed for ages 16-19 and run for 2-4 weeks during the summer holidays.
Projects Abroad Thailand was proud to part of an amazing local initiative called the Princess Project, which teaches children from around Thailand the wonders of the ocean through snorkelling. This is the second year in which we have been involved with the project that is supported by PURE Krabi.
Projects Abroad volunteers on the South Africa/Botswana Conservation Project are pleased to have contributed to the annual Bird Population Monitoring Programme Count Report.
Projects Abroad is offering a special two week option for professional dentists in Jamaica this summer. Starting from August 10th, professional dentists seeking to make a meaningful impact with their skills, will be working in conjunction with non-profit organisation, A Child’s Smile.
For the second year running, to celebrate the new edition of the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine, Oxford University Press will 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.
Owned by the Director of Projects Abroad Ecuador, William Puga, and partly funded by Projects Abroad itself, a new nursery is well on its way to housing some of the Galapagos’ most precious plant species. The Galapagos National Park, a Projects Abroad partner, will provide plants for the nursery and provide assistance and guidance to volunteers during the development stages at the nursery.
One of the primary concerns of the Conservation Project in Costa Rica, is the integration of the local community with the conservation efforts going on inside the national park. The primary form through which this initiative is realised is through the Bandera Azul or “Blue Flag” programme that Projects Abroad volunteers have worked to implement in local schools.
Projects Abroad is pleased to support the “Help Chann go back to school” campaign and are happy to announce that a total of $4002 was raised through donations for this inspiring independent initiative instigated by Heather Stilwell.
Projects Abroad Fiji celebrated the one year anniversary of our Shark Conservation Project this month. Volunteers and staff in Fiji, celebrated the occasion by planting 365 mangrove saplings, one for each day that the project has been running.
Projects Abroad Jamaica brought some festive cheer to children this past Christmas through the annual toy drive, which saw 1248 toys given to underprivileged children across the country. Dubbed “Operation Krismus Smile” this ambitious project ensured that children received a gift this year.