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Projects Abroad shifts focus to community-based care for children
November 8th, 2017
Projects Abroad shifts focus to community-based care for children

From January 2018, Projects Abroad will be focusing on community-based care for children, and will no longer send volunteers to work directly in orphanages.

Celebrating 25 years of helping, learning and exploring
August 16th, 2017
Celebrating 25 years of helping, learning and exploring

Projects Abroad is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017; in more than two decades, the company has helped connect over 100,000 dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers with communities around the world where they can make a difference. Over the years, volunteers have worked alongside local staff and communities in 38 countries to make a sustainable impact in fields ranging from conservation to medicine to childcare.

The Projects Abroad team contributes towards improving literacy in South Africa
October 24th, 2017
The Projects Abroad team contributes towards improving literacy in South Africa

The team in South Africa started a collection drive to tackle literacy in the local townships. Projects Abroad contributed R3000 and, together, we donated over 400 books, stationery items, puzzles and games to four care centres in Vrygrond, Cape Town.

Projects Abroad launches Global Impact Database
September 15th, 2017
Projects Abroad launches Global Impact Database

Projects Abroad recently launched our Global Impact Database, a monitoring and evaluation tool through which we can identify needs in local communities and create action plans that bring us closer to achieving the goals we set for our projects and volunteers. 

Cambodian school stays open thanks to Projects Abroad High School Special volunteers
September 12th, 2017
Cambodian school stays open thanks to Projects Abroad High School Special volunteers

When the Salvation Centre Cambodia School 2 did not receive its regular funding, Projects Abroad High School Special Care & Community volunteers raised enough money to help keep the school doors open.

Successful first year for new sea turtle conservation partnership in Cuyutlán, Mexico
August 31st, 2017
Successful first year for new sea turtle conservation partnership in Cuyutlán, Mexico

Projects Abroad marks a successful first year working with El Tortugario Conservation centre in Colima, Mexico.

Belize literacy programme to expand in September 2017
August 31st, 2017
Belize literacy programme to expand in September 2017

The Teaching Project in Belize is growing rapidly, as a result of the expansion of our literacy programme. Since September 2016, Projects Abroad volunteers have worked closely with the children from Holy Cross Anglican School and based on the success of the programme, literacy classes will expand into a second placement - New Horizons Primary School - just in time for the new school year.

High school students leave a lasting impact with Projects Abroad
July 20th, 2017
High school students leave a lasting impact with Projects Abroad

In July alone, 1,560 High School volunteers from all over the world are spending their school holiday volunteering with Projects Abroad. With such a large number of volunteers, we are making huge strides towards achieving our global goals and we are already seeing some exciting successes from the efforts of our High School Special groups. 

Belize Conservation volunteers join international efforts to control invasive lionfish
July 12th, 2017
Belize Conservation volunteers join international efforts to control invasive lionfish

Over 1000 lionfish have been captured and killed by Projects Abroad Conservation volunteers and staff in Belize, during their dives in marine parks near Placencia, between November 2016 and July 2017. This unusual conservation method forms part of an ongoing, worldwide effort to tackle the lionfish invasion that poses a major threat to native fish numbers. 

Projects Abroad volunteers build a safe playground for Jamaican children to learn and play
July 7th, 2017
Projects Abroad volunteers build a safe playground for Jamaican children to learn and play

In many rural Jamaican schools, children spend most of their day in overcrowded classrooms with no access to safe, outdoor play facilities. To address this issue, Projects Abroad volunteers began with the construction of a playground at Christiana Leased Primary School in Sedburgh, Jamaica. It will be the biggest playground in the area and the first to be fully equipped to cater for children with physical disabilities. 

Meet the woman championing free legal advice in Cape Town’s townships
June 26th, 2017
Meet the woman championing free legal advice in Cape Town’s townships

In 2016, more than 25 000 hours of free legal services were provided by the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office (PAHRO) in South Africa. We sat down with attorney and project manager of the Human Rights Project, Maria Mulindi, to find out what drives her, why her strength lies in the volunteers that join her team and why free legal services are needed in Cape Town, South Africa. 

Projects Abroad volunteers in Madagascar plant 4000 trees in the wake of Cyclone Enawo
June 12th, 2017
Projects Abroad volunteers in Madagascar plant 4000 trees in the wake of Cyclone Enawo

Projects Abroad volunteers have planted over 4000 trees to help with reforestation efforts in Madagascar following the devastation caused by Cyclone Enawo, which struck the eastern part of the island in March 2017. 

Projects Abroad takes a stand against human trafficking and abuse of women in Bolivia
May 22nd, 2017
Projects Abroad takes a stand against human trafficking and abuse of women in Bolivia

Abusers and human traffickers work to isolate women by taking away their social support systems and their ability to earn an income. That’s why it’s so important to provide these women with a safe space to learn, build confidence, and heal. Through our new Human Rights Project in Bolivia, Projects Abroad is working in collaboration with the Sayariy Warmi centre in Cochabamba, Bolivia, to provide such a space. 

Bright future for spectacled bears at Taricaya Ecological Reserve in Peru
May 15th, 2017
Bright future for spectacled bears at Taricaya Ecological Reserve in Peru

Projects Abroad Conservation Project volunteers and the staff at Taricaya Ecological Reserve have been working to protect Peru’s critically endangered spectacled bear. After three successful bear rescues, in partnership with Animal Defenders International, Projects Abroad staff welcomed a fourth spectacled bear to the reserve in February 2017.

Projects Abroad completes Disaster Relief Project in Nepal
May 8th, 2017
Projects Abroad completes Disaster Relief Project in Nepal

Projects Abroad launched a Disaster Relief Project in Nepal in June 2015, following the devastating earthquakes that hit the country in April and May of that year. In just 20 months after the project started, volunteers from around the world reached the goals set out by Projects Abroad: to rebuild classrooms for children affected by the earthquakes.

New funding opportunities for entrepreneurs in Cape Coast, Ghana
May 3rd, 2017
New funding opportunities for entrepreneurs in Cape Coast, Ghana

The Projects Abroad Micro-finance Project in Ghana will be moving from Akuapem Hills to Cape Coast in April 2017 to provide support to entrepreneurs at a leprosy camp and empower business women in a local fishing community.

Record enrolment numbers for Projects Abroad Teacher Training Project in Peru
March 1st, 2017
Record enrolment numbers for Projects Abroad Teacher Training Project in Peru

The annual Projects Abroad Teacher Training Project in Peru, organised in conjunction with the Peruvian Ministry of Education, has gone from strength to strength, with the January 2017 intake attracting over 700 enrolments – 300 more than in previous years. 

The Cochabanner turns 10
January 6th, 2017
The Cochabanner turns 10

This past December marked 10 years since the Cochabanner became the official magazine published by the Projects Abroad Journalism project in Bolivia. The Cochabanner is the only free English-language publication in Cochabamba, and it has taken over a niche in the Cochabamba community among expats, English-language students, and locals simply looking to retain or improve their current language skills.

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