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Volunteers Can Give the Gift of Clean Water in Bolivia or Tanzania this Year

A Water & Sanitation Project volunteer digs a trench to help with clean water efforts

A Water & Sanitation Project volunteer digs a trench to help with clean water efforts.

NEW YORK – November 12, 2010 – This New Year, Americans can resolve to help make a difference in the lives of Bolivians with Projects Abroad’s Bolivia Water & Sanitation ProjectFollowing a string of two successful projects in Jamaica and Tanzania, Projects Abroad and its partner Bridgit Water are once again teaming up for a water project, this time in Bolivia’s Cuidadela Sedeges Orphanage. This project is the perfect opportunity for any American looking to help make a tangible and long-lasting difference in the lives of others in developing countries.

Volunteers for this project are asked to help install water tanks, pumps and pipes at the Cuidadela Sedeges Orphanage in Bolivia for the children and local staff. The orphanage has had recent water supply problems and is currently having water delivered in small tanks to store for later use. There is a well on-site, but the water is not safe to drink and food is cooked in the water, often leading to diseases such as cold, flu and tuberculosis. The Bolivia Water & Sanitation Project will begin Jan. 4, 2010 and will run for four weeks.

“We’re very excited to bring our partnership with Bridgit Water to Bolivia this year,” said Thomas Pastorius, vice president of Projects Abroad. “The Cuidadela Sedeges Orphanage is in dire need of clean water and we’re encouraging Americans to volunteer their time this January to really make a difference in the lives of the children and employees.”

Additionally, Projects Abroad will continue its Tanzania Maasai Water & Sanitation Project for a second year in March 2011, which will run for six to eight weeks. This project takes volunteers north of Arusha to a remote location comprised mostly of Maasai tribal groups. The people in the area have access to less than 4 liters per person of water per day, which is half the amount for basic human requirements.

Volunteers in Tanzania will help ensure that the local community has a self-sufficient water source by drilling a borehole, installing new guttering on the buildings, and providing extra water storage in the form of polyethylene Afritanks.

Volunteers joining the Bolivia and Tanzania Water & Sanitation Projects should be physically fit and prepared to work hard in the heat digging trenches, mixing concrete, and moving materials. Any volunteers with building or plumbing skills are encouraged to apply; however, anyone who wants to help and is prepared to work hard would also be greatly appreciated. These projects pose a wonderful opportunity to Americans looking to make clean drinking water and sanitary living conditions a reality for citizens of developing countries.

Those interested in volunteering can visit to learn more about the water & sanitation projects, download an application form, or learn details about longer-term Projects Abroad programs offered throughout the year.

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 26 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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