News from 2009

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December 23rd, 2009
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport meets Projects Abroad staff

Projects Abroad Director, Dr Peter Slowe, hosted a dinner at the Reform Club on 18th December for the Rt Hon Ben Bradshaw MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

December 11th, 2009
Volunteers needed in Romania for special Archaeology project

Due to drastic governmental budget cuts, the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes in Romania is in danger of no longer being able to do its work of finding the victims of a murderous regime, and is in need of our volunteers' help.

December 10th, 2009
Projects Abroad hold football tournament in Ghana

The annual George and Rita Briton Cup tournament, organised each year by Projects Abroad, took place on December 4 and 5, 2009 at the Prisons Park in Accra. Tom Davies, Country Director of Projects Abroad Ghana explained that the event forms part of his outfit's social responsibility to develop local talent.

December 4th, 2009
2010 World Cup Draw - African Style

Today the mother city of South Africa, Cape Town will host the draw for the 2010 World Cup. This promises to be a vibrant traditional African affair welcoming the competition to the continent for the first time in history.

December 3rd, 2009
Projects Abroad donates paints to Shelter for Abused Children in Ghana

Volunteers from the Human Rights project have been working with the Shelter for Abused Children in Ghana and the Department of Social Welfare for some time now. The shelter is located at Osu Ako-Adjei in Accra, just five minutes walk from the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office.

November 24th, 2009
Projects Abroad Pro – new website online now

Seventeen years after we founded Projects Abroad, we have started Projects Abroad Pro. We are bringing all our experience and expertise, and all our contacts and influence, to ensure that volunteers with recognised skills and qualifications can contribute meaningfully in a wide variety of placements all over the developing world.

November 6th, 2009
Check out the latest videos from Jamaica on Facebook

The Projects Abroad Jamaica group on Facebook, is attracting more and more past, present and future volunteers. Search Projects Abroad Jamaica to join the Jamaica Facebook group.

October 20th, 2009
Conservation in Mexico - return to the turtle camp

My return visit to the turtle camp after almost five years was everything I expected. Although the camp was not at the location that I volunteered at as a gap year student five years ago, the camp at Tecoman has been up and running for almost four years now.

October 13th, 2009
Care volunteers needed in Bolivia from January to March 2010!

Ciudadela SEDEGES is a state run orphanage that we have been working with since 2002 (previously known as Alejandro Magno). The state only provides funding for the salaries of most care workers for 10 months; March through to December.

September 25th, 2009
Volunteers help Cantonments clean up their act

Volunteers, staff and players gathered bright and early one morning last week by the side of the pitch at Cantonments Football Club in Accra, Ghana. The task for the day was not about winning matches, but rather coming together to help the local community.

September 24th, 2009
Exciting opportunities at Ho Leprosy village, Ghana

By Ian Birbeck – Recruitment Director
Before visiting our volunteers in Ho I had been in touch with Ailsa Murray who was a medical volunteer working in Ho. Ailsa has been a regular volunteer with Projects Abroad, previously working in Sri Lanka and Moldova.

September 17th, 2009
Intending to study geography?

Projects Abroad has always welcomed lots of geographers onto programmes whether it is over the summer or on their gap year. Our Director Dr Peter Slowe worked in the Geography department of Chichester University before he started Projects Abroad.

September 11th, 2009
Cambodia Conservation Project Finds New Species of Nudibranch.

Excitement is rife in Sihanoukville as a new species of Nudibranch was discovered in the waters off Southern Cambodia. Now we have hit the headlines of the Wall Street Journal and Sport Diver magazine with the unidentified Nudibranch.

September 4th, 2009
Sussex Students Promote Sports at Indian Orphanage

Earlier this summer a group of students from Ardingly College set off to India for something a little different from your average summer holiday. The group was made up of ten year 12 students, all of whom had an interest in travel and a real enthusiasm for volunteer work.

August 12th, 2009
Information Evenings in the Autumn

On Monday 3rd August, Projects Abroad held an information evening for people considering the possibility of volunteering with Projects Abroad overseas. The evening was held at BHASVIC College and attended by around 40 people.

August 7th, 2009
Options for Students during Clearing

August is always a time of uncertainty as students start to receive their results. Some find they have got better than expected others have not done as well. Decisions have to be made – whether to re-apply or accept an offer through clearing.

August 6th, 2009
Ghana's Assistant Manager meets the US President

The greatly anticipated visit of U.S. president, Barack Obama and his family to Ghana on 10th and 11th July was met by much excitement as this was to be the current president's first visit to Africa while in office.

July 9th, 2009
Costa Rica Conservation June update

Although June hasn't been the busiest time for us in terms of volunteers, we have still been incredibly busy continuing the work that has already been started, finishing certain projects around the park and setting up our butterfly project.

July 8th, 2009
Busy times at the Taricaya Lodge

Things have been very busy at the Taricaya Lodge these past few months and the team out there doesn't stand still for long!

June 10th, 2009
Jamaican Government Recognises the Work of Projects Abroad

The work of Projects Abroad in Jamaica has been explained in an article published on the Jamaican Information Services Governmental website.

June 2nd, 2009
Projects Abroad Volunteers Make Big Difference in Indian Clinic

Projects Abroad volunteers are now making a big difference at a village health clinic in Tamil Nadu, Southern India.

May 14th, 2009
Volunteer Promotes Health and Safety in Ghanaian Schools

UK staff members Harry Kent and Andrew Fryer attended the British Safety Council health and safety course in London in February. On the day they met with Madeleine Wright who was due to jet off to Ghana on a Care placement with Projects Abroad at the end of the month.

May 13th, 2009
Costa Rica Conservation Update

Conservation Coordinator, Richard Munday updates us on all the news from March and April at Barra Honda National Park.

April 17th, 2009
OBITUARY - C. N. Rajendran, Director for India

Born 9th June 1950 – died 12th April 2009. To carry wisdom and success lightly is a gift. Rajendran was a wise man and also the most fun of any companion.

April 15th, 2009
Start Preparing for Summer!

How about doing something worthwhile over the holidays? Our wide range of 2-Week Specials programmes are the perfect opportunity to experience a gap year taster either during a school holiday or in the summer before starting university.

April 7th, 2009
Projects Abroad Community Centre Opens in Sri Lanka

Our Sri Lanka team are proud to announce the opening of Modaravila Community Centre located in Panadura.

April 2nd, 2009
New Community Building Project in South Africa

Reasonably fit? Physically active? Love the outdoors? If the answer's yes this could be the perfect project for you. Projects Abroad are offering a new community building project working in the township of Mfuleni in South Africa.

April 1st, 2009
Projects Abroad Jamaica is one year old!

Projects Abroad Jamaica officially celebrates its one year anniversary on April 1. Country Director, Bridgette Barrett tells us how it all got started.

March 27th, 2009
Latest news from the Costa Rica Conservation Project

As this is my first article since arriving in Costa Rica in November 2008 I thought a brief explanation would be necessary, not just about myself but about the park that Projects Abroad is working in.

March 13th, 2009
Information Evenings in Brighton & Galway

Projects Abroad are holding two Information Evenings this month, one is being held in Brighton and the other will be our very first Irish event in Galway.

March 5th, 2009
New Projects Abroad Village Clinic opens in India

On March 1st Chinnasamy Rajendran, Director for India, along with a number of high level community officials and the head of the clinic Dr Mohideen witnessed the grand opening of the first ever Projects Abroad Village Clinic.

January 30th, 2009
Top Ten in 2008

After another successful volunteering year it is time to look back to see which of our destinations were most popular in 2008.

January 12th, 2009
Projects Abroad looks likely to produce the next Leona Lewis

We are starting to work with Leona Lewis's voice coach Janet Edwards. Since Leona came to prominence, a key to her success has been the work that Janet has done to develop her vocal skills.

January 6th, 2009
Get Connected - Join a Geo-Blogging Course

The Royal Geographical Society with IBG will be running two half day courses on Geo-Blogging at the end of January with the aim of equipping students/people planning expeditions/Gap Years with the means of communicating them effectively to the masses.

January 5th, 2009
Volunteer in Ghana Stars in Nollywood Movie

Louis Berger-Mole a sports volunteer in Ghana recently found himself a lead part in a Nigerian movie. Louis was on his normal walk to work in Teshie Nungua when he was spotted by the film's director. He was then asked if he could attend an audition where he was instantly given the job despite having no acting experience.

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