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Projects Abroad offers various volunteer programs globally

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I have never taken a real family vacation before with my family; you know, the typical family vacation where we go to DisneyWorld or Universal Studios and spend thousands of dollars for an experience that is ‘rewarding’.

But, ‘rewarding’ is beginning to take on a whole new meaning as families’ take non-traditional vacations. Instead, there is an increase of families’ vacationing with a purpose and where it matters the most.

Projects Abroad, an international volunteer organization, offers families, and individuals, the opportunity to travel, explore and experience countries through a unique viewpoint—volunteering.

Projects in various fields are available throughout the year and families, as well as individuals, can join at any time.

Best part: no prior experience required; only commitment and dedication to helping others.

Families that vacation together, stay together

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A family volunteering with Projects Abroad for their summer vacation in Sri Lanka

A family from the UK, parents John and Caroline, along with their four children—Ollie, Fleur, Cosmo and Gus, spent last summer in Sri Lanka volunteering at an orphanage.

“Much to my surprise I enjoyed our three weeks at the Varjira Sri Children’s Development Center more than any other family vacation I have ever been on,” says John.

Through volunteer work, families form special bonds while helping other families build up their own communities and supporting sustainable development.

“There were some very hard moments for each of us individually, but these were short lived and we really did learn to help each other through,” he says.

According to Alejandra Estrada Guzman, a Program Advisor for Projects Abroad in the United States, every member of the family benefits from this experience.

“Adults use their skills and experience to help others while traveling,” she says. “Many parents appreciate having the opportunity to teach their children about different cultures and the power of one person helping another.”

Also, each member of the family can be accommodated based on their interests.

“Volun-cation” as an Professional Individuals and Students

volunteer-jobs-medical-work-abroadProjects Abroad also offers volunteering and interning opportunities for Professional individuals and students.

Based on a particular field of interest, individuals and students can choose a project that can span up to 8 weeks or more with a flexible start date.

Special programs are designed for high school students to allow them the option to spend two or four weeks (during the summer) in a field and country of their choice; high school students also have the option of taking a global gap year before heading off to university.

University students have the option of completing a project during their spring breaks.

On the same note, professionals can use their expertise to improve and maintain sustainable communities.

For the future

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As a student, Projects Abroad is offering me the opportunity to travel the world while helping people and communities.

Especially for my career choice, helping people will be a part of my job so why not start now? Learning about the different program offerings have caught my attention and I’m sure it will catch the attention of families and individuals alike.

The flexibility in start dates and duration of the projects are a plus as well.

So if you are looking for a vacation for your family or a vacation for yourself, Projects Abroad may be the right fit for you and your family’s needs.

About Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geographer professor, as a program for students to travel and work while on break from full-time study. The program had its start in post-USSR Romania, where students were given the chance to teach conversational English. After a few years just sending volunteers to Eastern Europe for teaching, the company expanded to sending volunteers of all ages around the world on a wide range of projects.

Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 30 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.

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Just for Ages 50+

For details on volunteering abroad, visit Projects Abroad.

 

Kayla Jasmin

Editor-in-Chic at Kay Travels The World
UDEL Alum, Brooklyn native, Adventurer, and Learner. Those are some of the words I would use to describe myself. When it comes to travel, I am a novice. But, I know this for certain: I LOVE Travel! My first experience with travel started the summer after my ninth grade year, and I haven’t looked back since. There is always a story behind each place I visit. I love the journey; its about traveling to new places and seeing new things. And, for me, that means engaging with the local communities in the country or destination. After a study abroad trip to Italy, I realized how much travel means to me. I encountered obstacles that put travel into perspective for me. Its not all glits and glam; sometimes, its up to YOU to make the most out of your experience and learn from it.So, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!

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UDEL Alum, Brooklyn native, Adventurer, and Learner. Those are some of the words I would use to describe myself. When it comes to travel, I am a novice. But, I know this for certain: I LOVE Travel! My first experience with travel started the summer after my ninth grade year, and I haven’t looked back since. There is always a story behind each place I visit. I love the journey; its about traveling to new places and seeing new things. And, for me, that means engaging with the local communities in the country or destination. After a study abroad trip to Italy, I realized how much travel means to me. I encountered obstacles that put travel into perspective for me. Its not all glits and glam; sometimes, its up to YOU to make the most out of your experience and learn from it. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!

  • Rebekah Osprey-Ellis

    Wow, I hadn’t heard of Project Abroad until now. It definitely sounds like something I’d like to get involved with. I’ve actually done volunteering in the past. I spent a month in Tanzania a few years back and it was an incredible experience.

  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    That is an amazing idea! Nothing brings a family together like travel and doing good. I love that this combines both!

  • Shirley Wood

    I have never heard the term ‘volun-cation’ but I love what it means. I think the reality TV family, The Duggars have shown us how rewarding a volunteer vacation really is. I love this idea completely. I will have to share Projects Abroad with my grandson who is currently seeking volunteer opportunities as a college freshman.

  • Ra’Nesha Wilson

    Wow I heard a little about this program, but I’ve learned a lot from your post. I am going to volunteer here first before I head out abroad especially after the hurricanes hitting Puerto Rico and some the islands. Project Abroad is definitely on my list.

  • Eva

    We did two trips with my oldest where they did some voluntourism and worked with kids at a summer camp and a school. They had a blast and felt like their vacation meant more than just sand and sun.

  • Such a rewarding opportunity to share with our kids. Travel and outreach in itself is rewarding, but to also be able to stay with local families would ensure the a fulfilling trip. Such a great way to share in our world.

  • leah

    What an amazing thing! I’ve never heard of this, but it is something I would truly love.

  • What a fabulous way to help others, especially going into your career. I never thought of vacationing like this.

  • I am seriously going to check out some of these abroad events! Travel is wonderful obviously but when you can do something that really truly matters to help others while also enjoying a new culture or place – that is priceless!

  • Roger Willis

    We haven’t been on a vacation in YEARS! I do love the idea of volunteering as a vacation, and I can see the benefits. However, for me personally, it kind of takes away from the term vacation: where one goes to relax, unwind and recharge. Maybe a vacation like this could fulfill these “requirements”?

  • Marcie W.

    An experience like this would be a total dream for my family and I. Not only could we visit new places, we would be able to make a difference and have an impact at the same time. So awesome!

  • Marceline Dementori

    I would love to have the kids more involved in helping others out. This sounds like the perfect vacation because it will show them how the people are like in some places of the world and how they can help out. I love it, it’s a brilliant idea and I cannot believe I never heard of this before! You always have the best travel posts.

  • KoKoa Magazine

    I have never traveled abroad but I am planning on doing some of those trips in the next few years. I will definitely do at least one trip focused on giving back to the community I am visiting.

  • BookGoddess

    With more than a handful of children spanning in ages from 18 to 2 years old I often wonder how I will keep them all together and not so scattered to the wind. This kind of helping vacation sounds like something that might well bring older children back into the fold for meaningful memories someday!

  • What a lovely experience. I think it’s so cool that kids can have experiences like this. I think it helps open their mind to new cultures and other ways of life.

  • Nancy at Whispered Inspiration

    This kind of experience is so valuable for our children to participate in! Travel is great but if you can also use it to help people, that’s is amazing.

  • Elizabeth L

    Travelling as a family is important and being able to make a difference while you do it is VERY amazing.

  • Cyn Gagen

    I would love to go on one of these volunteer abroad opportunities. I love to travel and to be able to do some good at the same time would be ideal.

  • Lynn Dee

    I think it would be an amazing experience to visit a place, learn their culture and help them at the same time. I would love to do this someday.

  • Christy Garrett

    This is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in other country. I know that in the past when I have volunteered at various places helping others that it has been a very rewarding experience.

  • Censie ‘Mumby’ Sawyer

    While I love traveling for fun, I really want to do something like this with our kids. It would be a great teachable experience for them. We like to visit the Turks and Cacios area and they have a great program for guests to help local schools. HOping to do that soon.

  • Carissa

    This would be great experience! I have researched a couple of trips like this before! Traveling and making a difference…you cant beat that!

  • Our Family World

    You are such great parents to provide your children such a wonderful experience. Volunteering and sharing your time with people who need it most is something your children will learn to love. Your children are so blessed to have you as their parents.

  • This is literally right on time because we were talking about these types of trips at my church today and I was thinking that I need to look into one! I love the idea of traveling for a true purpose and making a huge impact.

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison

  • That is a great way to give back and travel too. Truly make a difference in a place where it matters.

  • Adaleta Avdic

    I think these opportunities are incredible, a great way to not only enjoy some time together but grow individually as great people!

  • How amazing. I think more people should involve their children in volunteering abroad. It is such a valuable experience

  • I love all the breakdowns of opportunities. I would love to travel with my family and volunteer. It will be a perfect opportunity for my kids to learn about other cultures and ways that they can contribute.

  • I travel a lot and I have thought about traveling for a better purpose than for just vacation. I would love to research more on Project Abroad and possibly look into volunteering abroad one day.

  • I am definitely looking into doing more traveling with a purpose than just vacay! I love the concept of Project Abroad I would love to volunteer internationally in the future.

  • TColeman

    I honestly think that the more non-traditional vacations are the ones that are going to be the best. I need to plan some more of these for my family.

  • I love this concept of vacationing. Babe and I would totally go for this. Even my oldest could really benefit from this. I’m on the fence about the 5 year old.

  • This sounds like a really neat program. What an awesome way to change up a vacation and make it more meaningful.

  • I love this. Travel with a purpose! I haven’t been on a real family vacation yet either but we’re looking to start this year. Projects Abroad sounds like a great program.

  • Ola Broom

    This is amazing! I had no idea programs like this existed. I would love for my family to vacation this way. It would certainly teach the younger ones greater empathy.

  • JoAnnah Thompson

    Great way to have your vacation mean something special. Also a great way to get your kids involved! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • We strive to look for opportunities to leave a place better than we came, AND to not really be the focus of the project while we’re participating. I love Projects Abroad, and the work that they do. Looking forward to the time my little babies can go on a volunteer trip with me.

  • Kay

    Awesome! If only I had the guts to attempt this kind of vacation. Over the years I’ve become very closed in when it comes to helping in foreign countries. I commend you, your kids look as if they’re proud of their efforts in making a difference.

  • Once i took part in some project like ” Projects abroad”.
    I feel this way of helping means a lot of responsibility. In general, you have a great post…
    Regards,
    Mary