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Projects Abroad

Loan Officer

May - June 2021 • Maipú, Santiago Metropolitan

What I liked

Not in Chile- No option for Arusha, Tanzania. It was fantastic, greatly helped me grow in independence as well as interpersonal skills.

What I wish was different

Ideally there would have been more in office work and more business visits/interviews.

Advice

Do it. You will grow as a person tremendously and have memories to last forever.
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Volunteer Physiotherapist Assistant

June - July 2019 • Apia, Gaga'emauga

What I liked

Being able to be abroad, in my mother's home, while still getting relevant career experience with the Manu Samoa 7's rugby team.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Volunteer

May - June 2019 • Bharatpur, Narayani Zone

What I liked

I liked the community aspect with Projects Abroad. I met people from all over the world, who were on the same path as me. It was very fun and very eye-opening.

What I wish was different

I wish that I had seen more and done more in the hospital while I was there. It was hard to not be a tourist while I was there, but I think that was also an integral part of the trip.

Advice

I would recommend Nepal is a location to see a lot of unique things, in the hospital setting and for vacational purposes. I would recommend going to as many wards as possible within the hospital.
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Environmental Analyst

August 2017 - May 2018 • Thalang, Phuket

What I liked

I loved teaching the local population about the importance of keeping their oceans and environments clean. Also working as a dive master and helping the Thailand National park rebuild the coral reef in the area that's destroyed due to tourism and fishing boats.

What I wish was different

I believe I enjoyed everything I could have with this volunteering time. I wish I could have spent longer in Thailand.

Advice

Be open minded and ready to learn. Although it sounds funs there are some days you're physically and mentally exhausted.
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Human Rights Intern

June - July 2018 • Mandeville, Manchester Parish

What I liked

I would say the experience is worthwhile. Particularly because you are in Jamaica and not in the Jamaican/tourist resorts. Living in a parish with a host family, you really get to learn and you are forced to adapt to the local culture, the people, the food, transportation. My host family was great! On the weekends, it’s the norm to and you are encouraged to coordinate with the other volunteers weekend trips to go to the resorts, the beaches, the mountains and other cities across the island. This makes the experience with Projects Abroad even more worthwhile. Although the description of the Human Rights Internship in Jamaica with Projects Abroad is advertised as interns working alongside a human rights program officer, you don’t necessarily work alongside a human rights program officer. With my experience, I can attest that a “human rights program officer” is just that: a title. A better, less misleading title would be program coordinator/supervisor. Your supervisor doesn’t necessarily have any expertise when it comes to human rights studies. They function more as cultural brokers in that they can teach you about the local culture and what to expect. They will help you coordinate, plan and deliver your human rights presentations but you are expected to craft and write the presentation on your own. Which can be very difficult with very little direction given. I would advise any volunteer to bring their own laptop, if you have one. As it will make the research for the presentations easier. Not all of the desktop computers in the Projects Abroad office in Jamaica work properly (either they run slow, are not connected to the wifi or are not equipped with the resources that you need). I will say that I loved going to elementary schools (Grades 1 through 6) in Jamaica and delivering child rights presentations to children. We taught them about the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child with an emphasis on bringing awareness to child sexual abuse. We really did teach the kids things that they didn’t know before which was so rewarding!

What I wish was different

Projects Abroad Jamaica can best improve by improving its program function and staff support. Just because at times, your day to day tasks were unclear. Although, this does allow you, as the volunteer, to speak up and to have more of a say in what you are interested in doing in your day to day. However, this disorganization does become frustrating for volunteers dedicating weeks and weeks and months in Jamaica.

Advice

After speaking with the other volunteers, some of them have done other projects through Projects Abroad in other countries. So the program service and staff support may vary from country to country and from program to program. With that being said a Human Rights Internship with Projects Abroad in another country may be better coordinated as well as better suited for you.
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