News from 2008
The idea would be for volunteers to teach and look after children in Arab East Jerusalem. They would teach English in schools and take care of children in day centres in the Palestinian part of the city.
The Great Ethiopian Run took place on Sun 23rd November. Our Director, Sami and Desk Officer Bikesegn were keen to take part, and ran the 10km along side our enthusiastic volunteers!
Projects Abroad is one of the sponsors of the new call for an International Court for the Environment. A campaign is being launched in London at 4 pm on Friday 28th November at a meeting to be held at the British Library. The initiative is being led and the meeting chaired by Stephen Hockman QC, former Chairman of the Bar Council.
Gerrit, the Director of our Conservation Project updates us on all the news from South Africa and Botswana
Romania Care Volunteers Organise Concert Fun Care Supervisor, Daniela Christea tells us about a program of shows and concerts arranged by the Care and Drama volunteers in Romania. 'Last year the volunteers from the foster homes in Tarlungeni started a new type of program to help the children socialize: they organized shows, carnivals and puppet shows.
The Canadian Projects Abroad team will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday September 23rd from 4-8pm at our Toronto Office just south of Yonge & Bloor.
Our two week special volunteers who were in Argentina on a medical program are now all back home recounting tales of their time in Cordoba. One of the highlights was the middle weekend when the intrepid group were taken up into the hills outside of Cordoba.
Emmanuel Eboué of English Premiership team, Arsenal has recently thrown his support behind the latest Projects Abroad sport project. Projects Abroad have set up a soccer academy to help develop the talents of a local community team based in Ghana. The academy, which has 3 youth teams and 1 senior team, provides top quality coaching for over 80 players in the Cantonments area of Accra, the capital of Ghana.
The town of St Louis, Projects Abroad's base in Senegal is well known because of its international Jazz festival. People travel from all over the world to play, watch and appreciate the music in St Louis.
No one can deny that protecting the environment can be as dry as the dust of the ever-expanding Sahara Desert. Now all that's changing with Projects Abroad. We've been working with Club4Climate and soon we'll be launching our eco-clubs - dance-clubs with a big eco-twist - around the world.
May has been a month of great excitement with the implementation of our first initiative at the Ese'eja community of Palma Real, a visit from an old friend of Taricaya, Mauricio Ugarte, the commencement of our first in depth botanical investigation and some breathtaking wildlife sightings around the reserve.
Richard Clowes, Deputy Director of Projects Abroad is cycling 1,000 miles from one corner of Great Britain to the other, to raise money for Addis Ababa Safe House in Ethiopia.
Seventeen year old Manon Oliver from Esher is the 20,000th volunteer to join Projects Abroad. Manon and her brother, both from ACS Cobham International School have joined a two week medical project in India this summer
Inca Trail - As always the volunteers on the Inca project have kept up their hard work on keeping the Inca Trail in Sicre (not far from Huyro) clear of vegetation. The volunteers have been working with machetes and pruning sheers to carry out this work. The work aims to protect artifacts which may be present on and around the Inca Trail.
Although our places are filling up for the summer we do still have some places available. Please give us a call or send us an email to check the availability of our summer placements.
After its emergence as a Projects Abroad destination last year, Morocco has been rapidly expanding in terms of volunteer numbers and placements! As of this month, we're beginning sports projects in and around Rabat, which is our base in the country.
Thailand is the only one of our destinations to take their main school vacation during April and the start of May. This year we've been running two exciting teaching programs during this time, one in Ao Nang and one in Chumphon.
The 2-Week High School Specials programs were introduced by Projects Abroad four years ago in response to lots of interest from students who wanted a gap year taster experience either in a school holiday or in the summer before starting university.
The Canadian Projects Abroad team will be hosting an Open House on April 10th from 4-8 pm at our Toronto Office just south of Yonge & Bloor.
Country Director, Tim DeWinter tells us about a recent drawing competition organised by Projects Abroad:
On 2nd December 2007 two Cornish gig rowers began the ultimate rowing challenge: to row across the Atlantic Ocean.
The International Year of the Reef 2008 is a worldwide campaign to raise awareness about the value and importance of coral reefs and threats to their sustainability.
The African Cup of Nations began this month, with 16 teams battling it out in a 3 week soccer extravaganza. The eyes of the continent turned to Ghana - the host nation, and they did not disappoint.
From 8th - 24th August 2008 the biggest ever Olympics is being held in Beijing, China and you could be there!
Projects Abroad is launching three new destinations in 2008, Brazil, Jamaica and Togo.
2007 was a fantastic year for Projects Abroad in terms of the sporting achievements of our staff.
Conservation director, Stuart Timson gives us the latest news from the Taricaya Reserve.