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  • “I volunteered looking for an enriching experience and an adventure. I got both.”
    Chris Sherratt (in Bolivia)
  • “Volunteering with Projects Abroad has been a life changing experience. I have come back with much more confidence…And yes, I would definitely recommend Projects Abroad to everyone else! Brilliant – Thanks very much.”
    Joanna Sidonio (in Bolivia)
  • “I will never forget the people, especially the children -their friendliness and curiosity was amazing.“
    Alan Flood (in Cambodia)
  • “My most memorable experience was sitting in the lighthouse bar on the Bund, overlooking the Pudong skyline whilst practicing some of the Mandarin that I had learnt on my placement. It made me really what an amazing place Shanghai is and how much I had learnt and experienced in the 2 months that I was there.”
    Katherine Potter (in China)
  • “I would wholeheartedly recommend Projects Abroad. I would not have ventured into China on my own, but having Projects Abroad organise everything gave me peace of mind and helped make it a really enjoyable experience.”
    Anna Rizza (in China)
  • “I think the most memorable thing about my trip to China was the warmth with which I was welcomed by the people. There were many fun nights spent with volunteers and staff, but also with the locals. The Chinese attitude towards work took some getting used to, but gave me a good insight into the different culture I was immersed in.”
    Arti Krishna (in China)
  • “My trip to China was a life-changing experience.”
    Michael Schulkins (in China)
  • “The reality of being placed in a totally alien environment was such a thrill that I’m hoping to do all again with Projects Abroad.”
    Michael Schulkins (in China)
  • “Volunteering in Ghana is one of the most enjoyable and interesting things I have ever done. It was such an amazing experience which was made by actually living the Ghanaian way of life with a host family. I was able to really ‘see’ their culture, and meet and understand some incredible people, who I hope will be friends for life.”
    Rebecca Lund (in Ghana)
  • “I had a wonderful time with the other volunteers – especially travelling. If you wanted to do something there was always something going on.”
    Sarah Craig (in Ghana)
  • “We saw so many remarkable sights, waterfalls, three-headed palm trees, caves, botanical gardens… I would definitely go back to Ghana.”
    Ruth Malthouse (in Ghana)
  • “Going to a foreign country with a really different culture to your own really opens your eyes to the world. You become more open minded and you learn more about yourself. When in a foreign country you are faced with new situations nearly every day and it really tests you in your strength of character to overcome new challenges. Having the support of staff at Projects Abroad made me feel safe in a new country so I could face these new situations.“
    Anne Robinson (in India)
  • “I had such a fantastic time in India – I completely fell in love with the country and the genuine and generous south Indian people. The people in the office were so helpful and approachable, especially Pabbu and Pondi.”
    Katherine Anderson (in India)
  • “I loved it and I would love to go back sometime and its inspired me to learn more about Indian culture.”
    Faye Golding (in India)
  • “I enjoyed everything! The people, the music, dance and the project! It is certainly an experience within my life that I will never forget! “
    Christopher Anderson (in India)
  • “I thoroughly enjoyed my placement in Mexico. The staff were friendly and helpful – allowing me to change aspects of my project. They were also extremely helpful when I had to go to the doctors. .. The projects were fun and there was sufficient work to do. I would recommend Projects Abroad to anyone thinking of taking a gap year.”
    Simon Ellis (in Mexico)
  • “I had security and support 100% of the time I was volunteering”.
    Anna Svensson (in Mexico)
  • “It was brilliant. I met some amazing people, saw some beautiful sights and gained loads more independence”
    Karen Waldie (in Mexico)
  • “Local staff were always extremely friendly and approachable. I felt sure I would be able to go to them if ever I had a problem.”
    Jess Gibson (in Mexico)
  • “Mexico has a fantastic culture – I thoroughly enjoyed the food, drink, music architecture and language. “
    Jess Gibson (in Mexico)
  • “My most memorable experience was going into the Mongolian countryside. We ate a traditional Mongolian BBQ, stayed in a traditional Ger and went horse riding. We met children at a summer camp, which was amazing. When we arrived they all looked so happy. They were playful and friendly and I didn’t want to leave!”
    Gemma Cavill (in Mongolia)
  • “The Mongolians were incredibly welcoming and friendly, and the fellow volunteers were also great. I have life-long memories of these two months and I wouldn’t swap them for anything.”
    James Macleod (in Mongolia)
  • “It was an incredible experience with a great spirit and atmosphere. Great place to meet new people. Anybody who likes wildlife, learning about the local environment or has any interest in biology would love it there.”
    Eilidh Southren (in Peru)
  • “The 5 months I spent in Peru were by far the best of my life....I now look back and see how far I’ve come, the independence and tolerances you learn are all skills to be appreciated… I chose to spend more time with my host family and through doing so I had a fully immersed experience and one which I will treasure.”
    Joanna King (in Peru)
  • "I will always recommend Romania as a destination to anyone. It is so complex and interesting, a truly fascinating country."
    Alice Gibbs (in Romania)
  • “I had a wonderful experience and will cherish hundreds of memories, I felt like I could return home with some real knowledge of Transylvania and at least an idea of what life is like there.”
    Alice Gibbs (in Romania)
  • “I have so many memories of Romania….. The kids at school, the friendliness of other volunteers, the fact that there are mountains on the horizon everywhere you look in Brasov. Talking to my host, just by pointing, miming and making faces!”
    Elizabeth Ibbotson (in Romania)
  • “The social life that I had whilst in Romania contributed a huge amount to the fantastic time that I had. My host family was situated right in the centre of the city and the staff were great. All of them were keen to socialise with us and organised trips to the cinema and parties! I had a fabulous time and would do it all again!”
    Emily Sharman (in Romania)
  • “I just received the Projects Abroad newsletter and just wanted to commend you all for an outstanding programme.  My son, Josh, is currently in Romania with Projects Abroad and is having an extraordinary experience.  The staff in Brasov has been fantastic.  My husband and I visited our son and met the team - what a dedicated and wonderful group of people.  

    I have been extremely impressed with Projects Abroad from the moment Josh signed up.  I was thrilled (and surprised) when the teaching coordinator (Daniella) called him at home to welcome him to the programme.  We have appreciated the informative newsletters that the journalism coordinator (Alexandra) emails us. 

    Josh's host mother is absolutely delightful (although I'm afraid he won't like my cooking when he comes home!!).  The teaching experience has been awesome.  And when my son needed to see a doctor recently, they took him to an excellent physician (even better than at home, my son reported).  As a parent, it is really comforting to know that your child is in such good hands.  

    I wanted to thank Projects Abroad - it is clearly a well organised, top notch organisation.  We did a lot of research before sending our son across the world, and Projects Abroad has lived up to everything we read (and more).  This gap year experience has been life-changing for my son, and will certainly have a positive impact on his future.  He has even decided to major in global relations when he enters college next year.

    Many, many thanks to all of you.”
    Jan Fellerman (in Romania)
  • “I loved my time in Brasov very much and it shall always be treasurered in my heart. The job, the Projects Abroad staff in Brasov, my host mother, my roommates, my colleagues, and the citizens of Brasov have made me a better person. I’ve discovered that a smile and an open mind are two universal “languages” that are receptive to all people in all cultures.”
    Supattra Rabin (in Romania)
  • “My experience in Romania was life altering. It opened my eyes to the immense deprivation that is so close to home. Working with the orphans was humbling. I hope I was able to provide them with enough of the attention that they so clearly craved. Overall, a fantastic memory. I have met lifelong friends and have definitely been inspired to travel even more after Uni. Thank you.”
    Tiffany Cunningham (in Romania)
  • “I can appreciate one can live without the material comforts of the western world!”
    Jill Streeten (in Senegal)
  • “I am looking forward to university so much more as I feel confident, independent and comfortable in my own skin. I now know that I am easily adaptable and can make friends wherever I go.”
    Ros Kenber (in South Africa)
  • “Sri Lanka is a great size – it meant we could travel somewhere new every weekend to see a completely different side of the country, from mountains and beaches to rainforest! The culture is very relaxed, but the people very helpful.”
    Elizabeth Mitchell (in Sri Lanka)
  • “The most outstanding memory is the friendliness of all Sri Lankans.”
    Gill Barber (in Sri Lanka)
  • “It was a real mix of things from everyday crazy Sri Lankan life – tuk tuks, jam packed buses, people, people, people, random elephants walking down the road, amazing spicy food, to incredible scenery - beaches, waterfalls, tea plantations, paddy fields, to fantastic trips – white water rafting, visiting an elephant orphanage, seeing the ancient cities, to meeting wonderful people from a host of different backgrounds – volunteers, my host family, local staff and the teachers and children at my placement. The colours, noise, sights and smells made it an unforgettable experience, one full of amazing, crazy and wonderful memories!”
    Sarah Beetson (in Sri Lanka)
  • “The whole trip was amazing… Overall I had a fantastic time and would not change a thing about my trip. The people in Thailand are so friendly it makes being so far from home easier.”
    Amie Norman (in Thailand)
  • “Being able to really experience Thai life and culture instead of just being a tourist was a fascinating and extremely beneficial experience.”
    Gemma Davis (in Thailand)
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