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High School Graduates See the World through the Lens of Volunteer Service

NEW YORK – June 21, 2012 - Six gap year students return home this month from a 27-week volunteer service program that took them through five countries, three continents, and twelve service projects. These recent high school graduates deferred university study for one year to travel the world and support a number of worthwhile aims such as human rights in South Africa, English education in Peru and marine conservation in Thailand.

During their months of service work, the group gained maturity, intercultural skills and practical experience. “This is one of those experiences where you get what you put into it and I feel like I put a lot in, but I know that I got even more back,” said Tyler Karahalios of California.

Coming together from disparate parts of the US, Canada and Europe, the group coalesced into a team that each member could count on for support.

As the fall approaches, a new group of students prepares to embark. The Global Gap 2013 group is already the largest yet, with applications still coming in through August 31.

About Global Gap

The Global Gap itinerary includes:

  • Sept. 30 – Oct. 7, 2012: Orientation in Accra, Ghana
  • Oct. 8 – Dec. 7, 2012: Building & Human Rights in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Dec. 8, 2012 – Jan. 5, 2013: Winter Break
  • Jan. 6 – Mar. 9, 2013: Teaching in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru
  • Mar. 10 – April 20, 2013: Choice of Service Projects in Madurai, India
  • April 21 – May 20, 2013: Diving and Marine Conservation in Krabi, Thailand

The Global Gap program fee is $29,995 which includes all food and housing, medical and travel insurance, airport pick-up and drop off in each destination, as well as 24-hour support from trained Projects Abroad staff. The fee also includes all required plane tickets, as well as various sightseeing tours and activities in each destination. Find more information here

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, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, 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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