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Winter Break Trips to warm volunteers’ hearts

Projects Abroad encourages everyone to stay active and give back throughout the holiday season by volunteering abroad

Volunteers unpack a van full of Christmas presents during their Care placement in Jamaica

Projects Abroad Care & Community volunteers distribute Christmas gifts for disadvantaged children in Jamaica

TORONTO – October 12 2016 – The days are getting colder and longer, and summer is giving way to the fiery red foliage of fall. Winter break is fast approaching and instead of snuggling up indoors over the holidays, start looking for opportunities to use your time to help and support others.

To keep the productivity flowing and encourage altruism during this time of year, Projects Abroad offers a range of Winter Break Trips. These short-term group volunteer trips run from 1-4 weeks and are designed to give volunteers the means to make as great an impact as possible in a short period of time. They are ideal for those who want to keep the momentum going over the holidays and give back through child care or building work or gain practical experience on a medicine program.

Each Winter Break Trip gets you out of the house and takes you to a community where you can contribute to ongoing development efforts, meet new people, and explore a different country and culture. Projects Abroad welcomes volunteers of all ages and skill levels on these trips, including vacationers interested in a different experience, students looking to add to their skill sets, and professionals wanting to get away from the office. Volunteers can sign-up on their own or join with friends, family, or a partner.

The programs offered by Projects Abroad each have their own schedules for volunteering and sightseeing, and volunteers choose where they want to go. No prior experience is needed to join, says Nathalie Claessens, a Program Advisor for Projects Abroad Canada. “On your first day, you will be taught everything you need to know about your placement and the culture of the country you are working in. This is valuable for each volunteer, from those who are new to volunteering to those who have previous experience.”

Rebecca K, who joined the Medicine Project in Sri Lanka last winter, enjoyed the experience of volunteering over winter break immensely: “I learned a lot while abroad, I got to help people in need, and I had a lot of fun. I would recommend to those travelling to arrive with an open mind and an open heart, and to not let your fear of the unknown limit the learning experience waiting for you.”

Joining a Winter Break Trip is a wonderful way to give back over the holiday season by adding value to both the community and yourself. This year, the following programs are available between December 2016 and January 2017:

  • Care & Community in Ghana (2 weeks)
  • Care & Community in Jamaica (1 week)
  • Care & Community in South Africa (2 weeks or 4 weeks)
  • Care & Conservation in Madagascar (2 weeks)
  • Medicine in Ghana (2 weeks)
  • Medicine in Sri Lanka (2 weeks)
  • Disaster Relief in Nepal (2 weeks)

To find out more about how participate in a Winter Break Trip with Projects Abroad, please 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 30 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.

For details on volunteering abroad, visit Projects Abroad’s web site at

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