Projects Abroad Celebrates Volunteers Everywhere This Week
International volunteer organization Projects Abroad thanks its volunteers abroad and volunteers around the world this National Volunteer Week
Projects Abroad Volunteers Renovate a School in
Cape Town for National Volunteer Week
NEW YORK – April 25, 2013 – International volunteer organization Projects Abroad is pleased to celebrate volunteerism worldwide this National Volunteer Week, a chance for people of all ages and professions to take the time to volunteer in the service of others and give back to the global community.
During this year’s National Volunteer Week, Projects Abroad has a total of 993 volunteers working internationally, teaching English and helping take care of children, or even assisting local doctors on medical projects in hospitals and clinics worldwide. Volunteers from 26 nationalities will collectively work 29,790 hours over the course of the week, working in 28 different countries in all four hemispheres.
“National Volunteer Week is a great chance for people to find out more about volunteering and how they can contribute, whether domestically or abroad” explains Thomas Pastorius Jr., Vice President of Projects Abroad. “Our volunteers are doing some amazing work right now. They are helping to fight malnutrition in Peru, creating business plans and giving financial assistance to widows in Tanzania, monitoring endangered giraffes in Kenya, and helping children with disabilities in Nepal regain some mobility, to name only a few. The difference they make to their host community is tangible, and this week is a perfect opportunity to celebrate that fact by acknowledging their hard work and dedication.”
In 2012, Projects Abroad celebrated its 20th anniversary. To date, the organization has sent over 50,000 volunteers abroad, with 10,000 new volunteers joining each year.
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 28 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 www.projects-abroad.org.