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Volunteers Do Their Part with National Initiative in International Communities

NEW YORK – March 10, 2011 - American Projects Abroad volunteers are preparing for this year’s National Volunteer Week (April 10-16, 2011), a week established in 1974 that celebrates ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary things through service. Projects Abroad participants are going the extra mile by devoting an additional day of service to their host country in honor of National Volunteer Week.

Specifically, Projects Abroad participants from the U.S. will be implementing hands-on activities such as arts and care-giving work. For example, in Jamaica, projects that range from teaching music to journalism will be supplemented with the painting of local buildings. In Argentina, volunteers may take a break from work in equine therapy or dentistry to organize a clothing drive at a local Cordoba orphanage. In Thailand, volunteers who typically work on a diving conservation project may bring food and medical supplies to flood victims; while volunteers in Ethiopia who coach sports on a daily basis may do an educational seminar at a local school.

“It’s important that Projects Abroad continues to raise the profile of volunteerism,” said Thomas Pastorius Jr., Projects Abroad’s Vice President. “By organizing additional activities throughout National Volunteer Week, Projects Abroad helps volunteers build relationships with locals and extend an American tradition to international communities. When volunteers return home, we hope they will initiate lasting service projects in their own communities.”

Projects Abroad participants from many of the organization’s 27 destinations will be participating in the Week. Americans interested in participating in 2011 National Volunteer Week with Projects Abroad, or any project with the organization, can visit

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

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