Articles About Projects Abroad from 2012
Chinese role for Wedmore's Sophie
Teenager Sophie Nash is preparing for the adventure of a lifetime after volunteering to help businesses in China. Sophie, 18, of Willow Farm, near Wedmore, is volunteering with the global Projects Abroad group.
Aspiring midwife heads on African adventure inspired by lost twin
A young woman whose twin sister died from a heart condition aged six weeks is preparing to work in Africa to fulfil her dream of becoming a midwife. Vicky May, 19, will spend three months in Accra, the capital of Ghana, to help her secure a place on a midwifery degree course.
Volunteer tells of eight week Fiji experience
A graduate from Northampton has recently returned from an eight week trip working as a volunteer in Fiji. Chris Church, aged 24, spent eight weeks working for a company called Projects Abroad. The following is his diary about his time and experiences in the Melanesian island.
Caring Poppy signs up for trip to island of Jamaica
A woman is heading off to Jamaica to work in care and community for one month. Poppy Bogle (22), of Swinbridge Street, Foxton will be a volunteer with the global organisation Projects Abroad. Peter Slowe, director of Projects Abroad, said: “We are really pleased Poppy is doing this. Jamaica destination are looking forward very much to meeting her."
The gap widens
Students are turning their backs on university in favour of travelling. Jeremy Gates reports on the gap year revival. Dr Peter Slowe, director of Projects Abroad, says: “The record number of A-level passes has resulted in 700,000 students seeking only 480,000 university places this summer.
Karishma gets the word out
Karishma Nandan is quite passionate about her work as an information manager for non-governmental organisation, Projects Abroad. The fact that she's literally at the forefront of organising and facilitating programs for overseas volunteers makes her love her day job even more.
Dalton teenager visits Argentinean hospitals
A Huddersfield teenager spent two weeks helping at hospitals in South America. Greenhead College student Alakhiwe Ndlovu, 17, visited six medical centres in the Argentinean city of Cordoba. The Dalton teenager was among a group of 36 young people from around the world who took part in the Projects Abroad visit to the country.
Grey Gap-Years" Gathering Momentum
Ten per cent of travellers over 50 years-of-age visit countries they heard their children raving about after their gap-year adventures - according to new research from an overseas volunteering company.
Gap year case studies: archaeology in Peru
In the run up to A-level results day, we speak to gap year participants whose work experience abroad has helped them on their chosen career path. Hannah Schober, 20, did an Inca Project with Projects Abroad before going to Cambridge University to study archaeology and anthropology. She said: “It was a choice between Peru or Romania and I chose Peru because Romania was a bit too close to home. I originally only intended to stay for two months but ended up staying for eight. I didn’t want to go home!
Your Life: Destination adventure for Coventry gap year students
Feature writer Catherine Vonledebur chats with three gap year students from Coventry and Warwickshire about their itineraries, their budgets and their reasons for going on the biggest adventures of their lives. David Civil is 18 and from Coundon, Coventry, he is joining a Human Rights project with Projects Abroad in Mongolia. He did history, psychology and English A levels at Coundon Court School and has a place to study a three-year history course at Nottingham University, this autumn.
You're never too old for a 'gap year'
Retired Grassington couple, Elaine and Richard Clare, read a newspaper article which encouraged them to apply to be volunteers with an organisation called Projects Abroad. Usually it is students planning a 'gap year' who are looking for some worthwhile work in interesting and needy far-flung parts of the world. The article mentioned, however, that people of almost any age could apply - even retired folk if they were reasonably fit, liked a bit of adventure and were cheerful!
Thailand awaits Altrincham volunteer
An Altrincham resident is heading out on a trip of a lifetime to Thailand. Former Leeds University student Rachel Kay will spend two months volunteering with top global organisation Projects Abroad.
The sociology graduate will head out to Krabi, Thailand on July 4. Duties will involve providing creative and educational activities that will aid children in learning English.
Norwich teenager to spend part of summer holidays as a medical volunteer in India
While many college students will be enjoying a relaxing summer, one Notre Dame High School sixth-former will be volunteering in rural India. Nyasha Ngwendere, 17, will be flying to the city of Madurai in southern India to take part in a medical volunteering programme with Projects Abroad. As well as experiencing the culture of India, she will be placed in the care of a variety of doctors of different types.
Fantastic fundraisers: A trip to Ghana and running the Dorset coastline
A sixth form student from Bovington is preparing to embark on an African adventure that will see her working with orphaned children. Hannah Moore, 17, will head off to Ghana on completing her A-levels this summer after being inspired by a schoolfriend from the West African country.
Rise in student volunteers
Students are increasingly turning to volunteering projects and gap years after they find themselves unable to land a place on their dream university course. Gap year specialists Projects Abroad have seen a 30 per cent rise in people enrolling on volunteering placements this year, while youth travel agents STA have seen a 35 per cent increase in the number of youngsters booking gap year travel experiences.
Wannabe doctor Shelby heads to India to help with medical care
A Girl from North Cornwall will fly to India in June to work in a hospital and an orphanage. Shelby Gessey, 17, will jet off to Madurai in the far south of India, where she is going to work in medicine and care for a month.
Sale student gets ready for India challenge
A Sale student is jetting off to India in July to begin a month volunteering in local schools. Moira Cox, aged 19, of Framingham Road, is going to Asia with top global volunteer organisation Projects Abroad. “This is a big challenge for me personally,” said Moira. “I really hope my trip is a big success.”
Over the Hill and far away
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel the new movie about a group of retired Brits heading for India, reflects a growing trend for adventurous travel later in life.
Sarah O’Meara reports.
Sponsored swim starts Sophie’s India mission
Rothesay Academy pupil Sophie Duncan’s bid to raise the money she needs to spend two weeks as a charity worker in India this summer has started just swimmingly. The first in a series of fund-raising events saw Sophie complete a two-mile sponsored swim at Rothesay Leisure Pool on Thursday evening in just 90 minutes.
When the answer lies abroad
MANY of the 220,000 young Britons who were unable to gain a place at university last year have decided to opt for volunteering breaks in developing countries instead. Since being founded in 1992, Projects Abroad has sent more than 35,000 volunteers to 27 different countries across five continents.
Over-50s on grey gap year trips
Young travellers are inspiring their parents to take “grey gap year” trips, it was revealed today. As many as 10 per cent of travellers over 50 visit countries their children had recommended following gap year adventures, a Thomas Cook survey showed.
How to disappear for a year - English Teacher in Thailand
Teaching English to those eager to learn the lingua franca of the business world is one of the most popular gigs going. Projects Abroad offers placements around the globe, where conversational English is sought and no qualification is required, just the right to work in the host country.
Our African adventure was a real eye-opener
As fears spread across Brentwood of an impending hosepipe ban, there are Ghanaian children struggling to wash with a trickle of dirty water who can only dream of a flushing toilet. On the outskirts of the capital Accra, many homes and schools are without a supply of fresh running water. Marion Sprake and her daughters Emma, five, and Belle, nine spent two months with Projects Abroad at a school in Ghana.
Chester teenagers take on Vietnam mission for Projects Abroad
Two teenagers from the Chester area are preparing to head off to Vietnam on a charity mission. Dona Kumar and Felicity Elsegood, both 18, will be volunteering with the global organisation Projects Abroad.
The duo, both King’s School sixth formers, will work in Hanoi as part of a project called Care and Community for two weeks.
Students discover what a difference a year makes
A year out between school and going to university or college is a good way of seeing the world and gaining valuable skills to boost your CV. Gap years have long become a tried and tested option for youngsters who what to broaden their horizons after school or university.
Challenge of trip to Africa
Our speaker for the evening, Anne Moffatt, came to tell us about her trip to Ghana last year. Anne is a practising midwife and works at the Princess Anne Wing maternity hospital of the Royal United Hospital in Bath. She explained that last year at work she noticed details of a firm organising "Projects Abroad".
Grey pound joins the queue for a gap year with purpose
A film about a group of retired Britons heading for India reflects a growing trend for adventurous travel later in life. “While younger people still take the majority of our placements, we are getting a lot of older volunteers going away,” says Ian Birbeck, marketing manager for gap year and volunteering company Projects Abroad.
Coundon teenager plans gap year trip to Mongolia
A TEENAGER from Coundon, Coventry, is packing his bags to fly 4,000 miles to Mongolia. Since taking his A-levels last year, David Civil, 18, has been working at Starbucks at Corley Services to save for university fees and a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Mongolia this summer.
Rosemary ready for African challenge
A GAP year student from Cheltenham is all set for the African adventure of a lifetime. Rosemary Collins, 18, from Leckhampton, has been chosen to go on a four-month internship to Ghana to learn about law and human rights. The former Pate's Grammar School pupil has been given the chance by Projects Abroad, which runs a range of overseas volunteering opportunities.
Sophie to volunteer as midwife
Frome teenager Sophie Willis is volunteering to help with midwifery on a trip to Tanzania. The former Selwood and Frome Community College pupil will be working with Projects Abroad. Sophie, of Foxcote Gardens, said: "My dream is to become a midwife and I am studying an access to higher education course to enable me to go to university to study midwifery in September."
More students go overseas than ever before
More students than ever before are seeking voluntary working placements abroad according to Projects Abroad - the world's largest volunteering organisation. Dr Peter Slowe, Director of Projects Abroad, said, "The record number of A-level passes that are being awarded has resulted in 700,000 students seeking only 480,000 university places.
Gap year students becoming increasingly reliant on bank of mum and dad
Students are increasingly turning to the "bank of mum and dad" to fund their gap year travel. Nearly half of 17-25-year-olds look to their parents for more money if they run out during trips, a survey by currency company Moneycorp found. And 9% of these young travellers are lucky enough to have their entire trip paid for by their parents.