News from 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!