Keeping Mandela's Legacy Alive

  • Projects Abroad celebrates International Mandela Day 2014
  • Projects Abroad celebrates International Mandela Day 2014

    Projects Abroad celebrates International Mandela Day 2014

    SUSSEX – July 21, 2014 - Mandela was a man who inspired millions, not only in South Africa, but across the globe, to change the way they think about the world, to change their perspective on race, freedom and living life helping others.

    This International Mandela Day will be the first that the world will celebrate without this champion of human rights since his passing in December 2013. It is a day in which thousands of people across the globe will unite in spending 67 minutes of their time doing something for the good of others.

    Appropriately, the Nelson Mandela Foundation has used the slogan “Make every day a Mandela Day”. While Mandela Day is an important event to commemorate the sacrifice made by Madiba, in order to make a real difference, we need more people to live out the spirit of Mandela Day year-round.

    What would the world look like if the spirit volunteering in service of others, which Mandela Day supports, became infused into every aspect of our lives, becoming a facet of our everyday existence? What if those 67 minutes expanded like rising dough throughout society? What if we could begin to view other human beings as equal to us in every way, no matter what their creed or culture, instead of just treating them as a means to an end?

    It sounds like a good dream, but a logistical impossibility, doesn’t it? Yet every day at Projects Abroad, we see this vision realised year-round, as thousands of volunteers trek across the globe to make a real impact to cultures and peoples completely different from their own. Since starting in 1992, we’ve helped over 60 000 youth to open their minds through the experience of living with people from other cultures and helping these people in their communities through care work, medical assistance, building projects and business solutions.

    These young people embody Madiba’s vision of what a free world can be. By living and working in other cultures, they are breaking down the barriers that Mandela fought against for 67 years. They are helping to build a world where we serve one another and put each other first, despite our very obvious differences.

    This year, we’ve asked our volunteers to inspire the rest of the world too by sharing their Mandela Day moments across social media platforms in 29 different destinations using the hashtag #spreadmadibamagic. We believe that together, through cross-cultural experiences, we can all change the world, even if it starts with just one man and 67 minutes.

    About Projects Abroad

    Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geography lecturer, as a programme for students to travel and work while taking a break from full-time study. The programme started in 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 programmes with projects in 29 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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