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News from 2011, 34 entries


  • Taricaya Research Centre: December 2011
    December 29th, 2011
    Taricaya Research Centre: December 2011

    As another year comes to a close it is immensely satisfying to look back over our accomplishments from the last 12 months. With the help and dedication of 242 volunteers, 2011 has flown by and we have made huge progress in so many of our projects and new discoveries in our biodiversity research.

  • December 27th, 2011

  • More Success for the Human Rights Team in Ghana
    November 10th, 2011
    More Success for the Human Rights Team in Ghana

    Our Human Rights volunteers in Ghana have recently been involved with the moving case of Kweku Nartey. This case is the second major success that the Projects Abroad Human Rights office has witnessed.

  • More Volunteers Needed at the Argentina Primate Rehabilitation Project
    October 28th, 2011
    More Volunteers Needed at the Argentina Primate Rehabilitation Project

    Projects Abroad's primate rehabilitation project, based in the province of Cordoba, is the only rescue centre in Argentina solely committed to the rehabilitation of primates. Volunteers have a unique opportunity here to work in the only reserve in the world dedicated to Carayá monkeys.

  • Peru Animal Rescue Centre Receives Government Praise
    October 13th, 2011
    Peru Animal Rescue Centre Receives Government Praise

    The Peru Conservation project continues to go from strength to strength. Our animal rescue centre, which forms a large part of the conservation work at the Taricaya Lodge, (our base in the Amazon jungle), has recently been recognised as the best and most effective animal rescue centre in the country by the Peruvian government.

  • First Volunteer Arrives in Ecuador!
    October 5th, 2011
    First Volunteer Arrives in Ecuador!

    The Projects Abroad Ecuador team are delighted to welcome their first ever volunteer! Sophie Kaiko, from Australia, has arrived in the Galapagos to take part in a Teaching project for two months. She will be joined in the coming days and weeks by fellow new recruits.

  • India Volunteer Wins YMCA Peace Medal
    September 30th, 2011
    India Volunteer Wins YMCA Peace Medal

    Former Projects Abroad volunteer Munira Nagji was recently awarded the YMCA Peace Medal for humanitarian work. Munira volunteered with Projects Abroad on a Care project in India back in 2010.

  • Projects Abroad Ghana Launches Read and Feed Programme
    September 28th, 2011
    Projects Abroad Ghana Launches Read and Feed Programme

    Projects Abroad has launched a new programme in Ghana to encourage reading as a way of improving literacy. The 'Read and Feed' programme inspires children to see reading as something that is enjoyable. Now all new volunteers to Ghana are being asked to bring a book with them.

  • New Projects Abroad Sports Website Launched
    September 20th, 2011
    New Projects Abroad Sports Website Launched

    Projects Abroad are excited to announce the launch of a brand new website dedicated to our sports projects. www.volunteersports.co.uk provides you with detailed information about all of our different sports projects in the developing world.

  • Thailand Conservation Volunteers Dive Against Debris!
    September 7th, 2011
    Thailand Conservation Volunteers Dive Against Debris!

    Our conservation team and volunteers are going all out this year to help clean the reefs, beaches, mangroves and ultimately, the ocean. Working side by side with two international environmental organisations, namely The Ocean Conservancy and Project AWARE - Dive Against Debris, our staff and volunteers now have an even deeper purpose behind the weekly coastal and marine clean ups.

  • School's Not Out for Kids in Fiji!
    September 6th, 2011
    School's Not Out for Kids in Fiji!

    It may be school holidays in Fiji but at one school on the island of Suva, kids just couldn't keep away. Volunteers on the Teaching programme have just finished organising a week long summer school.

  • Refurbishment Complete at 5 Schools in Ghana
    August 22nd, 2011
    Refurbishment Complete at 5 Schools in Ghana

    Projects Abroad has just completed renovation work on five schools in the Central region of Ghana. Not only have volunteers there painted five nurseries and orphanages but they have also donated 400 exercise books and 31 school uniforms.

  • Thailand Conservation 2 Week Special Report
    August 18th, 2011
    Thailand Conservation 2 Week Special Report

    Conservation Director, Ingrid Sprake, sent us the following report following this summer's popular 2 Week Special programme.

  • Clearing – What if Exam Results Change your Plans?
    August 17th, 2011
    Clearing – What if Exam Results Change your Plans?

    August is always a time of uncertainty as students start to receive their results. Some find they have done better than expected; others have not done as well. Decisions have to be made – whether to re-apply or accept an offer through clearing.

  • Projects Abroad Makes Donation to Ghanaian Hospital
    August 16th, 2011
    Projects Abroad Makes Donation to Ghanaian Hospital

    Last week the Projects Abroad team in Ghana donated an assortment of hospital equipment worth 1000 Cedis to the Nkawie-Toase Government Hospital in the Atwima Nwabiagya District in the Ashanti region.

  • Veterinary Outreach to Vilachery
    August 2nd, 2011
    Veterinary Outreach to Vilachery

    Last Friday 29th July a team from Projects Abroad visited the small town of Vilachery to conduct our regular veterinary outreach trips to local villages around Madurai. This village is just a few miles from the famous local rock temple close to the Projects Abroad office. There were eight volunteers along with five staff members as well as a team of local vets.

  • Projects Abroad's Jenny Shulman Addresses Karpagam University Students in India
    August 1st, 2011
    Projects Abroad's Jenny Shulman Addresses Karpagam University Students in India

    On Friday 29th July, Jenny Shulman, who works with our team in India gave a speech at Karpagam University. This university is in the Southern Indian town of Coimbatore. Her talk was on the value of volunteering. It was part of a cross cultural information sharing day.

  • Return to India
    July 12th, 2011
    Return to India

    Recruitment Director, Ian Birbeck is spending 2 months working in the India office this summer. Here's his report: 'I have just spent my first week back in India working with Projects Abroad. It is always a culture shock.

  • MEP Endorses Projects Abroad in EU Year of Volunteering
    July 6th, 2011
    MEP Endorses Projects Abroad in EU Year of Volunteering

    Despite the austere times facing Europe there has rarely been a better or more important time to volunteer. 2011 is the European Union's Year of Volunteering which is celebrating the countless hours of voluntary work that people of all ages do both in their local communities and beyond.

  • Possible New Species Found at Taricaya
    June 30th, 2011
    Possible New Species Found at Taricaya

    Since Projects Abroad began working on its highly impressive and important conservation project in Peru, we have recorded 52 species of bat in the Reserva Ecologica Taricaya (Taricaya Lodge).

  • Legal Triumph for Projects Abroad Volunteers
    June 14th, 2011
    Legal Triumph for Projects Abroad Volunteers

    Projects Abroad Law & Human Rights volunteers in Ghana have helped secure the release of a Liberian man, falsely accused of defilement. Mr Koplay Pah had been assaulted, held in police custody for several months and provided with no legal representation.

  • Make a Difference Abroad this Summer
    June 7th, 2011
    Make a Difference Abroad this Summer

    As the sun begins to shine and exams start to become a distant memory lots of people are thinking about getting away. We have projects you can join for just a couple of weeks like our High School Specials aimed at 16-19 year olds.

  • Calling all Projects Abroad Alumni
    May 11th, 2011
    Calling all Projects Abroad Alumni

    The UK Government is looking at creating an International Citizen Service (ICS) and they want to pick the brains of former Projects Abroad volunteers. The ICS aims to help young people get involved in overseas volunteering.

  • Volunteer Hiking for Mongolia
    May 4th, 2011
    Volunteer Hiking for Mongolia

    We hope that everyone enjoys their time overseas with Projects Abroad. However, some of our volunteers are so inspired by their experience that they are driven to go the extra mile. 18 year old Anna Henley is literally doing just that as she prepares to take part in a 10 mile hike to raise money for Mongolia.

  • Volunteer has Life Changing Experience in Ghana
    April 13th, 2011
    Volunteer has Life Changing Experience in Ghana

    When people go abroad to volunteer it often makes a huge impact on their lives. This is certainly the case for Petra Oblak, who volunteered on a Care Project in Ghana in September 2009. Petra worked at an orphanage in Accra, and while she was there she saw how some of the children moved out of the orphanage when they were adopted.

  • Listen to the Projects Abroad Song!
    April 12th, 2011
    Listen to the Projects Abroad Song!

    At Projects Abroad we now have our very own song, composed by South African staff member Aaron Baxter.

  • New Dates for British Safety Council Course
    April 1st, 2011
    New Dates for British Safety Council Course

    A free course with the British Safety Council is once again available to Project Abroad volunteers. The next courses will take place on the 15th April and 10th June at the British Safety Council in London.

  • Volunteers Help Ivorian Refugees in Ghana
    March 24th, 2011
    Volunteers Help Ivorian Refugees in Ghana

    Projects Abroad volunteers are helping refugees from the Ivory Coast who have fled to neighbouring Ghana. Over 2000 refugees have been registered in the Western Region of Ghana in the past month. However, up to 20,000 more are expected to arrive as the political crisis worsens in the Ivory Coast.

  • Gap Month – No Need to Take a Gap Year!
    March 23rd, 2011
    Gap Month – No Need to Take a Gap Year!

    The decision of whether to take a gap year or not is giving a headache to students across the UK. Projects Abroad would like to offer an alternative solution – the Gap Month.

  • New Exciting Destinations: Ecuador and Indonesia
    February 21st, 2011
    New Exciting Destinations: Ecuador and Indonesia

    Ecuador and Indonesia have now joined the list of fascinating destination countries that Projects Abroad volunteers can work in. Volunteers in Ecuador will find themselves in a rainforest, helping on a range of conservation projects to guarantee the protection of these precious forests.

  • Gap Years as Important as University Degrees
    February 3rd, 2011
    Gap Years as Important as University Degrees

    More than half of managers across the country believe that gap years are just as important or more important as a university degree when selecting candidates for an interview. A recent survey conducted by Projects Abroad showed that out of 253 managers in several industry sectors across the UK, only 44 percent believed that a traditional university degree is more important than gap year travel.

  • Free British Safety Council Course
    January 25th, 2011
    Free British Safety Council Course

    Projects Abroad have partnered with the British Safety Council for the last couple of years. Volunteers in the UK are able to join the free course where they will gain a Level 1 Certificate in Health and Safety at Work. They will then be given a briefing on how to deliver the programme when they are overseas.

  • Honeymoon Volunteering
    January 14th, 2011
    Honeymoon Volunteering

    Love is a universal value. Romance is admired around the globe. Marriage is magical. But has the honeymoon lost some of its meaning? Nowadays, many newlyweds feel that they would like to give something back and make their honeymoon more meaningful.

  • Projects Abroad PRO Update
    January 6th, 2011
    Projects Abroad PRO Update

    Director of Projects Abroad PRO, Scott McQuarrie tells us about the latest developments. "Over the course of 2010 we have been developing our new skilled and qualified arm called Projects Abroad PRO. The main focus of Projects Abroad PRO is to connect professional volunteers with project partners in the developing world who will find a practical use for their skill.