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Volunteering Abroad Increasing in Popularity Among High School Students

Projects Abroad Expecting Record Breaking Summer for High School Programs

NEW YORK – April 3, 2012 - Projects Abroad, which recruits thousands of volunteers worldwide to volunteer in developing countries, reports that increasing numbers of high school students are choosing to volunteer abroad this summer. The leading international volunteer organization is expecting almost 1,000 students to take part this summer in their High School Specials, which are structured programs for high school students.

“Service work is becoming a standard part of high school curriculum, and many students are interested in performing this service work overseas,” says Thomas Pastorius, Jr., Vice President of Projects Abroad. “Last summer we had over 650 high school students participate in our High School Special programs and this year we are expecting almost 1,000. These projects are designed for groups of students to make a lasting impact on the local community in a short time. Students are drawn to the opportunity to care for local children, repair houses, paint schools, promote human rights, protect fragile ecosystems, and have fun while doing it.”

The High School Special programs allow students to gain a prospective on the outside world while earning community service hours and boosting their college résumés. Students can go abroad with friends or join a group of other students from around the world. A team of professional, full-time staff directly supports the students throughout their time overseas.

Over 40 programs are scheduled for summer 2012, including Care & Community in Ghana, Community Building in Jamaica, Conservation in Costa Rica, Human Rights in South Africa, Law in China, Medicine & Spanish in Argentina, and more.

For more information on Projects Abroad’s High School Specials, 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 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, China, Norway, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.

For details on volunteering overseas, visit Projects Abroad’s website at

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