Articles About Projects Abroad from 2006
As an aspiring journalist, recently graduated from the University of Birmingham, I decided to gain more experience in the field before doing a post graduate course at UCE (Birmingham).
India is a country I have long wished to visit. The culture, geography and the history intrigue me. I came across Teaching & Projects Abroad at a Gap Year fair hosted by the university. I applied to a Teaching & Projects Abroad placement working for a monthly magazine (The Sivakasi Times) in Sivakasi in the state of Tamil Nadu.
With no knowledge of Wolof and just a few words of French, Zenobe Reade braved the classrooms of Senegal.
For my first few weeks in Senegal, I would sit bolt upright in bed soon after dawn, woken by the early morning call of the muezzin to the faithful. That was followed by the regular sounds of a household slowly rising: the goats braying to be let out; the coffee man knocking on his door-to-door rounds; and the sweep-sweep as the mosaic tiled corridor was cleaned of its accumulated debris... . I chose to volunteer through Teaching and Projects Abroad because it housed volunteers with families, not in hostels.
If you’re planning a year out, the internet is a useful resource. The sources of information are endless – here is our pick of the best. www.teaching-abroad.co.uk: impressive range of volunteer placements here, too - from teaching or journalism through to conservation projects.
"I can honestly say that taking part in this project changes my life on so many levels. Being in Ghana - a country so different from the UK – and working with children so in need of love brought out all sorts of skills and qualities I didn’t know I had."
Teaching & Projects Abroad are holding an open day on June 17 to give prospective volunteers the chance to find out more about combining adventurous overseas travel with the chance to work for worthwhile causes. Projects on offer range from working in an orphanage in Asia, to gaining experience of medicine, veterinary science, conservation, journalism and business in destinations ranging from Africa to South America.
A gap project could greatly enhance your long-term career prospects and provide you with a fast-track ticket into industry. Peter Slowe, who set up Teaching & Projects Abroad says, "both employers and postgraduate departments at universities and colleges are enthusiastic about structured overseas work experience. We receive regular feedback from former volunteers who are very pleased from the point of view of their careers that they went on one of our programmes."… Dorothy Hudson travelled to Nepal with the company but instead of doing the traditional medical placement, undertook one in physiotherapy.
I discovered South Africa through an organisation called Teaching & Projects Abroad. They offered me a care placement working with orphans who couldn’t afford to go to school, which suited me perfectly…. I only spent a month away, but even during this short period I experienced so much. The children I was working with were wonderful, and seeing the injustices they suffered really made me appreciate my own blessings".
Three months of working at a centre for disabled children in China have confirmed Wendy Gostock’s view that gap years are for grandmas as much as for younger volunteers…..The Bo Ai Centre for children with cerebral palsy in Shanghai is the only one of its kind in China and Wendy, 58, went there as a volunteer with Goring-based organisation, Teaching & Projects Abroad.