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AMERICANS CAN CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY WITH PROJECTS ABROAD BY CARING FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD

Volunteers Can Choose from Care Projects in 27 Destinations

NEW YORK - May 4, 2011 - Projects Abroad, a leading international volunteer placement organization, is celebrating mothers around the world by offering a variety of volunteer Care projects that lend a helping hand to underprivileged children in developing countries. Whether they’re a student, embarking on a gap year, taking a career break or enjoying retirement, volunteers in all stages of life can honor Mother’s Day by caring for those who need it most in the world.

Care project volunteers help children in orphanages and care centers learn life-skills that parents would normally teach, and help ensure the children are fed, washed and dressed. Volunteers may be asked to help children with their homework upon their return from school, share an afternoon on the beach together or teach important social skills.  Volunteers often find that not only do they make an impact in the lives of others, but they also develop a greater understanding of themselves and the world around them.

““Volunteering on a Projects Abroad Care project is a great way to give back, not only on Mother’s Day, but throughout the year,” said Vice President of Projects Abroad, Thomas Pastorius, Jr. “There are thousands of underprivileged children around the world who need an adult figure to care for them. By showing compassion and patience for these children, our volunteers help fill a void and really make a difference in their lives.”

Projects Abroad offers Care projects in each of its 27 destinations. A sampling includes:

Care Project in Ethiopia
Care volunteers in Ethiopia work in orphanages, day care centers, kindergartens and care homes in and around the capital city Addis Ababa. The homes provide full-time care for orphaned or abandoned children and are places where children are given friendship and support while they wait to be adopted. Volunteers help arrange activities like games and sports for street children, organize occasional trips away from the orphanage, and assist with fundraising events. In the day care centers and kindergartens, volunteers often help in fundamental childcare and arrange playtime activities. Informally teaching English is also popular among volunteers, as the country is increasingly popular as a tourist destination for English-speakers.

Special Needs Care Project in Sri Lanka
Volunteers on the Special Needs Care project should be prepared to put forward a great deal of commitment, as working with orphans, and mentally or physically disabled children can be challenging. Volunteers are needed to feed, wash, dress, and do physical exercises with the children. Care volunteers in some locations can also choose to help in Tsunami Relief camps in the afternoons, where they help children with homework and organize games and sports activities.

Parenting Project in Jamaica
Projects Abroad has expanded its childcare projects in Jamaica into other critical areas by partnering with the Rural Family Support Organization (RuFamSo) to create a Parenting project. The project gives volunteers the opportunity to work with parents so they may learn to raise their children responsibly. Volunteers on this project help provide regular sessions on the development and stimulation of children, train parents in parenting education and skills acquisition, conduct education for teen mothers, and more.

Americans interested in volunteering on a Care project need no prior care experience. For more information, please visit www.projects-abroad.org or call 888-839-3535.

About Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geography professor, as a program for students to travel and work while on break from full-time study. The program had its genesis in post-USSR Romania, where students were given the chance to teach conversational English. After a few years just sending volunteers to Eastern Europe for teaching, the company expanded to sending volunteers of all ages around the world on a wide range of projects.

Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 27 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Holland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.

For details on volunteering overseas, visit Projects Abroad’s Web site at www.projects-abroad.org

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