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Group Trips for


College students

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What are Alternative Spring 2016 Dates


Break Trips? Alternative Spring Break Trips are one Building Conservation Care Medicine / Culture &
Public Health Community
week long and scheduled to coincide with the major university
breaks. Volunteers work together in a group on a service project
arranged by our expert local staff. Spring break volunteers receive
the same benefits as our longer-term volunteers, including food and February 14th - 20th Costa Rica p.7
accommodation. Volunteers can choose between Building, Care,
Conservation, Culture & Community, Medicine and Public Health
trips, depending on their interests and majors. Throughout the week, February 28th - March 5th Mexico p. 9
participants will have the opportunity to meet other volunteers,
participate in cultural and social activities at night, and will have
Friday afternoons off to explore the area a bit more. Argentina p.6
Argentina p.10
Belize p.7
March 6th - 12th Jamaica p. 6 Mexico p. 9
Costa Rica p.7
Ghana p.10
Mexico p.11
Jamaica p.8

Argentina p.6
Belize p.7 Argentina p.10
March 13th- 19th Jamaica p. 6 Mexico p. 9 Costa Rica p.7 Ghana p.10 Morocco p.9
Jamaica p.8 Mexico p.11
Fiji p.8

March 20th - 26th Fiji p.8 Ghana p.10

2017 Dates

Building Conservation Care Medicine / Culture &


Public Health Community

Why do an Alternative Spring Break? February 14th - 20th Costa Rica p.7

Meaningful & Easy Travel:


All of the locations of our spring break trips are as close as possible to minimize
February 28th - March 5th Mexico p. 9
time lost to travel and jet lag. Most destinations offer direct flight options from
the US.
Argentina p.6
Argentina p.10
Belize p.7
Positive impact on the local community: March 6th - 12th Jamaica p. 6 Mexico p. 9
Costa Rica p.7
Ghana p.10
Mexico p.11
Instead of doing a typical collegiate spring break, you can teach English, build Jamaica p.8
schools or conduct medical outreaches--improving the lives of those around you all Argentina p.6
within the span of one week. Belize p.7 Argentina p.10
March 12th-18th Jamaica p. 6 Mexico p. 9 Costa Rica p.7 Ghana p.10 Morocco p.9
Jamaica p.8 Mexico p.11
Affordability: Fiji p.8
Our spring break trips are at a discounted price compared to our Standard
individual one week trips! March 20th - 26th Fiji p.8 Ghana p.10
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Whats included in the program fee? Choosing a trip based on your major:

Program fee for environmental


Accommodation science/studies
all trips: $1,495 Three meals per day
social work psychology marine biology
Cultural events and
tourist activities
Travel insurance
Care Conservation
Health insurance
Transport to and
human sociology
from airport ecology
development
Necessary work-
related transportation education
evolutionary
Pre-departure biology
guidance
24-hour support
from our staff
sustainable
international development
anthropology
relations

Benefits of traveling with Culture & Building


construction/

Projects Abroad Community engineering

community
development linguistics
We take your security abroad very seriously. Before we send
volunteers anywhere, the countries must be politically stable and urban planning
Safety &
safe. We are in contact with the US State Department regarding
Security
safety and stability and, of course, we have the added security of our
own overseas staff who know the local area in detail.

We want to match your skills and enthusiasm to the right project.


By creating a wide variety of projects for volunteers, we allow you to Medicine/ health
Variety select the project best suited to you. There is a range of projects and pre-medicine Public Health education
destinations to choose from, allowing volunteers with all interests to find
a placement that is just right.

Voluntary work with Projects Abroad is excellent for your resume


nursing/
and future job or post-graduate applications. It gives you greater life global health
Rsum and Self- pre-nursing
experience, develops skills in the field of your choice, and shows your
Development initiative to try something new, traits which appeal to both employers
and post-graduate programs.
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Jamaica ARGENTINA BELIZE COSTA RICA


Building Care Care Care

price $1,495
price $1,495 price $1,495

price $1,495
2016 2017
2016 2017 2016 2017 February 14th- February 20th February 12th-February 18th
March 6th-March 12th March 5th-March 11th March 6th-March 12th March 5th-March 11th March 6th-March 12th March 5th-March 11th
March 13th-March 19th March 12th-March 18th 2016 2017 March 13th-March 19th March 12th-March 18th March 13th-March 19th March 12th-March 18th
March 6th-March 12th March 5th-March 11th
March 13th-March 19th March 12th-March 18th
Project Work: Volunteers Project Work: On the Project Work: While ATLANTIC
ATLANTIC ATLANTIC
on this trip will have the OCEAN Care trip in Belize, you will OCEAN other spring breakers may OCEAN
opportunity to assist in the Project Work: As a go to Costa Rica to spend
ATLANTIC work with underprivileged
construction of improved MANDEVILLE volunteer at one of our care OCEAN their time at a resort, on CARIBBEAN SEA
SOUTH children at a care center SAN PEDRO
sanitation facilities for local PACIFIC projects based in Cordoba, AMERICA this Care project you can SOUTH
SOUTH
Argentina you can help out PACIFIC or kindergarten. Here, you PACIFIC SOUTH HEREDIA AMERICA
schools, as well as working OCEAN AMERICA OCEAN OCEAN AMERICA instead spend your time
on installing running water at a kindergarten where you have the opportunity to get improving the lives of local
CORDOBA involved with various daily
systems. There are 40 schools in the region that will help with the childrens Costa Rican children. Care volunteers will work
Projects Abroad works in that need this type of everyday care and organize activities, including running activities and games, together at local child care centers, helping the
upgrade, so this project will benefit hundreds creative and educational activities for them. You helping with homework, preparing for meals, and staff of the facility care for the children. The group
of children. Typical activities include digging can also participate in renovation activities at the playing with the children. Additionally, you can give will have plenty of opportunities to plan activities
foundations, mixing mortar, laying blocks, and kindergarten. Giving the rooms a fresh coat of paint back to your placement by painting a colorful mural for the kids, as well as opportunities to help with
carrying materials. No construction experience or adding a colorful mural to a play area will help or refurbishing a play area. their English skills.
is required, just a desire to work hard and lend a brighten the childrens lives long after you have Tourism & Accommodation: Volunteers will stay
Tourism & Accommodation: During your time
hand. returned home. in the vibrant suburban town of Heredia just outside
in Belize, you will live with a host family in San
Tourism & Accommodation: Volunteers Tourism & Accommodation: You will be of San Jose. This project is a great choice if you are
living with a local host family, giving volunteers Pedro, a town on the southern part of the island
on this project live with local host families in studying or want to learn Spanish since you will be
Mandeville, a lively town in the rolling hills of the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in of Ambergris Caye. At the end of the week, you living with a local host family, where you can really
south-west Jamaica. At the end of the week you Argentinean culture. At the end of the week, you can relax with the other volunteers with a trip to the put your language abilities to the test. At the end of
will be rewarded for your hard work with a trip to can explore the cultural and historical sites of beach, where you can enjoy snorkeling and scuba the week you can wind down by seeing some of the
the beach or a refreshing waterfall Cordoba, Argentinas second largest city. diving or you can explore the sights of San Pedro. sites of the San Jose area.
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FIJI JAMAICA MEXICO MOROCCO


Care Care Conservation Culture &
Community

price $1,495
price $1,495

price $1,495
2016 2017
2016 2017 Feb 28th-March 5th Feb 26th-March 4th price $1,495
March 13th-March 19th March 12th-March 18th March 6th-March 12th March 5th-March 11th
March 20th-26th 2016 March 19th-March 25th March 13th-March 19th March 12th-March 18th
2016 2017 2016 2017
Project Work: As a PACIFIC March 6th-March 12th March 5th-March 11th Project Work: As a March 13th-March 19th March 12th-March 18th
volunteer in Fiji, you will be OCEAN March 13th-March 19th March 12th-March 18th volunteer you will get involved NORTH
AMERICA
able to provide a helping in a variety of sea turtle ATLANTIC Project Work: The Culture
NADI ASIA
hand by caring for children and general conservation OCEAN
& Community trip in Morocco
OCEANIA Project Work: Volunteers ATLANTIC RABAT
in Kindergartens. It is also activities in Mexico. These TECOMAN
on the Care trip in Jamaica OCEAN SOUTH
focuses on volunteering in AFRICA
the perfect opportunity to work at orphanages or activities include patrolling AMERICA the community and learning
put any skills and interests care centers supporting MANDEVILLE the beaches at night to about the unique country ATLANTICOCEAN
you have to use, whether it is through arts & the children and local staff. PACIFIC collect turtle eggs, re-burying the eggs in an of Morocco. The group will
SOUTH
crafts, helping with basic literacy and numeracy, or Volunteers are involved OCEAN AMERICA enclosed area where they can safely incubate, spend the week taking Arabic
teaching games, songs, or sports. with various daily activities, and guiding newborn hatchlings to the sea. Other lessons, as well as doing community work like
including helping with lessons and homework, painting a school and volunteering with children.
Tourism & Accommodation: Although Fiji has activities include biodiversity studies at a nearby
preparing for meals, and playing and socializing with Tourism & Accommodation: Volunteers live
an abundance of natural resources and a rapidly mangrove lagoon, beach clean-ups, and promoting
the children. The group can also make a difference with host families in the medina, the old walled
growing tourism industry, little of this income environmental awareness in the local community. part of the city. As family is central to Moroccan
by helping with cleaning and beautification projects.
reaches local communities. You will be able to see Tourism & Accommodation: Volunteers will life, communal meals will be common, and the
Tourism & Accommodation: Volunteers in
this firsthand in Nadi, as well as getting an idea Jamaica live with host families in Mandeville or in stay in dormitories situated on the beach by the volunteer will have an opportunity to practice their
of the local quality of life through your stay with a the busy coastal town of Montego Bay. At the end Pacific Ocean. At the end of the week, volunteers Arabic skills. On your time off, you can visit the
host family. At the end of the week, volunteers can of the week you will be rewarded for your hard work can visit a nearby beach, or explore the sea turtle historical and cultural sites of Rabat, Moroccos
explore the beaches of Viti Levu. with a trip to the beach or a trip to a local waterfall. habitat within Camp Tecoman. capital city.
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ARGENTINA GhANA MEXICO


Medicine Public Health Public Health

price $1,495
price $1,495 price $1,495

2016 2017
2016 2017 2016 2017 March 6th-March 12th March 5th-March 11th
March 6th-March 12th March 5th-March 11th March 6th-March 12th March 5th-March 11th March 13th-March 19th March 12th-March 18th
March 13th-March 19th March 12th-March 18th March 13th-March 19th March 12th-March 18th
March 20th-March 26th March 19th-March 25th
Project Work: You can
Project Work: The ATLANTIC get involved in a variety NORTH
Medicine in Argentina trip OCEAN Project work: Volunteers
SOUTH ASIA of activities as a Public AMERICA
ATLANTIC
gives you the opportunity AMERICA on the Public Health trip
AFRICA Health volunteer in Mexico, OCEAN
to observe the medical PACIFIC OCEAN
in Ghana will help with GUADALAJARA
profession first hand in community-based medical including basic health
DODOWA SOUTH
CORDOBA checks and performing AMERICA
an international setting. outreach work and public
ATLANTIC
Volunteers will be based at a health campaigns. The OCEAN
checks of vitals on babies
hospital, and will spend the week shadowing local group will get involved with and the elderly. You will also participate in
doctors and attending medical workshops. You will activities such as medical check-ups for children at conducting health education campaigns, where
have the chance to do practical work on an outreach orphanages, dressing wounds in a leprosy camp, you can lead discussions about health and hygiene
teaching locals about dental hygiene. The program performing checks of vitals on babies, immunization at local schools, orphanages, and community
also features a visit to an anatomy museum, a drives, as well as discussions on health and hygiene groups.
dissection class, and a medical Spanish lesson. with local schools and community groups.
Tourism & Accommodation: During your time
Tourism & Accommodation: During your time Tourism & Accommodation: During your time
in Mexico you will live with a local host family in the
in Argentina, you will live with a local host family. in Ghana you will live with a local host family in
Projects Abroad staff will organize fun activities in the town of Dodowa, in the greater Accra region. city of Guadalajara, immersing yourself in Mexican
the evenings where you can socialize with the rest Renowned for its festivals and its forest, Dodowa culture. On Friday the group will visit the small
of the group, and you will also have free time on will be a great base for your week in Ghana, and traditional village of Tequila, where you see how its
Friday to explore the beautiful city of Cordoba. during your time off you can explore all the town most famous export is made as well as attending a
has to offer. traditional rodeo and barbecue.
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Example Itinerary Testimonials


Care in Jamaica
The following itinerary is an example of the type of volunteer activities you will do on one of our programs. Please note our programs
change from year to year.
I signed up for this project because of the variety of activities
DAY TIME ACTIVITY DAY TIME ACTIVITY that I would be doing while in Ghana: education in schools,
addressing wounds in orphanages and schools, and planning
8:00am 8:30am Travel to childrens home and conducting community outreach sessions where we
Sunday ALL DAY ARRIVAL provided basic primary care to the locals. I learned a lot
8:30am 10:00am Morning classes with the children
while in Ghana; and the best part of the trip was the ability
8:00am 11:00am Country Induction 10:00am 11:30am Snack time and cleaning to use what I learned in my classes and apply it in real life
situations. I was really touched by the people we met--they
11:00am 12:00pm LUNCH 11:30am 12:30pm LUNCH were always so thankful for our work and continually showed Chandler Hinson,
Wednesday their appreciation. I remember one lady came up to me and Public Health in Ghana
12:00pm 12:30pm Travel to placement: childrens home 1:00pm 2:30pm Childrens nap time thanked me for my work and informed me (at the age of 54)
12:30pm 1:30pm Meet staff and children Games, educational activities, and she had never had her blood pressure taken before. These are
2:30pm 4:00pm singing nursery rhymes and songs
Monday the moments I will remember forever.
1:30pm 2:30pm Walk through the community 4:00pm 4:30pm Return to accommodation
2:30pm 4:00pm Games, educational activities, and
singing nursery rhymes and songs 5:30pm 6:30pm Dinner with host family

4:00pm 4:30pm Return to accomodation 8:00am 8:30am Travel to childrens home

5:30pm 6:30pm Dinner with host family 8:30am 10:00am Morning classes with the children

8:00am 8:30am Travel to childrens home 10:00am 11:30am Snack time and cleaning Our program coordinator was fantastic! She was so helpful
8:30am 10:00am Morning classes with the children Thursday 11:30am 12:30pm LUNCH
in guiding us through Mandeville and telling us where to
go on our downtime. She would come to the school to check
10:00am 11:30am Snack time and cleaning 1:00pm 2:30pm Childrens nap time up on us and get us back to town safely and with enough
Games, educational activities, and time to do other things. She was also at the house when
Tuesday 11:30am 12:30pm LUNCH 2:30pm 4:00pm we remodeled it, and got right in and helped the rest of the
singing nursery rhymes and songs
1:00pm 2:30pm Childrens nap time volunteers! The rest of the staff members were also friendly
4:00pm 4:30pm Return to accommodation
and super helpful-- they gave us great advice for sight-seeing
2:30pm 4:00pm
Games, educational activities, and
5:30pm 6:30pm Dinner with host family
Vanessa places and the best Jamaican cuisine!
singing nursery rhymes and songs
McFarlane,
Social event: Patois lessons and
4:15pm 5:15pm reaggae dance class Friday 8:30am 4:30pm Day Trip: YS Falls and Appleton Estate Building in Jamaica
5:30pm 6:30pm Dinner with host family Saturday ALL DAY DEPARTURE

For our Care placement, we spent time at a daycare in Sal. It


was truly enlightening to work with these kids. I played a lot
of sports with them, mainly soccer and some basketball. Other
volunteers taught English, bracelet making, yoga and drawing.
The children were always very happy to see us and made an
effort to shake our hands each time we arrived and each time
we left. Overall, traveling to Morocco with Projects Abroad was
one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I met amazing Lauren Sapienza,
people on the trip and I hope to return to Morocco one day!
Culture & Community
in Morocco
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Application Timeline Getting there & back


1. Submit your application online or by telephone, Our projects abroad Travel office will contact you with a
preferably at least 2 - 3 months before your proposed itinerary and can organize your flights, or you can
organize your own.
desired departure date.
Volunteeers will fly to the destination on Sunday, and return
2. Within 10 business days, you will receive the following Saturday. Pickup and drop off at the airport is
your acceptance as well as your username included, and there will be someone there to meet the group.
and password for your personalized
MyProjectsAbroad webpage. The projects are located at some of our closest destinations so
there wont be too much jetlag.
3. You can book your flights, read through your
MyProjectsAbroad webpage, and contact your
Volunteer Advisor with any pre-departure
questions.

4. Pay your full program fee. Price as quoted at


invoicing, so once an application has been
accepted this price will be confirmed as
definite.

5. Get any necessary vaccinations or medication.


We advise you to consult your doctor or health
center for up-to date information. For lists of
recommened vaccinations, you can also visit
www.cdc.gov/travel. Since we are not medical
experts, our advice on vaccination and other
medical matters can only be informal.

VISAS AND INSURANCE

Amendments & Cancellations


For most of the destinations, you will not need
a visa. For any that you do need a visa, we will
give you the relevant documents and advice. As
we go to press, prices for visas range from $50
to $350 depending on the destination. Projects The charge for amendments ranges from $75 to $130 plus the amount charged to Projects Abroad by third
Abroad prices include insurance coverage for
parties. Cancellation charges depend on how far in advance of your departure date we have been informed
your outward and return journeys (except for
in writing:
overnight stays in your home country) and
throughout your placement. Coverage includes Notice of 3 months or more- $100
medical expenses, luggage and personal Notice of 2-3 months- One third of total cost
effects, money, cancellation and curtailment, Notice of 1-2 months- Two thirds of total cost
legal expenses, and emergency assistance. Notice of less than 1 month- No refund
Coverage becomes effective once full payment
has been received. Extra leisure travel insurance Please note that the above cancellation charges apply whether an application is made more than three
can also be arranged for an additional premium. months before the proposed departure date or less than three months before the departure date. Deposits
paid in relation to departures not more than three months ahead are non-refundable. If you have made your
final payment, cancellation insurance may be available under certain circumstances.
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MOROCCO
BELIZE
MEXICO
JAMAICA
COSTA RICA
GHANA
FIJI

ARGENTINA

I was nervous to take on this experience in a new place and with new
people, but I could not have been happier with the people and environment
that was provided. I took away amazing memories and an overwhelming
amount of knowledge that has made me a better person/student and I
have Projects Abroad to thank for that!

Kendall Mulvaney / Public Health in Mexico

80 Broad St, Floor 32,


New York NY 10004

Toll free: 1 888 839 3535


info@projects-abroad.org

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