A Peace Corps. Alternative: Projects Abroad
If you are looking for an alternative option to the Peace Corps, Projects Abroad could be perfect for you. To start, flexibility is one major difference between Projects Abroad and the Peace Corps. With us, you choose the duration of your project; our minimum project length is one month, or two weeks on selected projects. Additionally, you have the opportunity to choose from our 100 projects types in our 23 destination sites in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Our age requirements are 16 to 75, but the majority of our volunteers fall between 18 and 25 years. We require no specific level of education. When you apply, the only request we do make is for the name and address of a referee. This will be someone who knows you well - such as a teacher or an employer. We then get in touch with them and ask for a reference. This is usually enough to assure us that you are suitable for a placement. We occasionally invite prospective volunteers for an informal interview to iron out any concerns.
An Alternative Option to the Peace Corps
If safety is your concern, put your fears aside because at Projects Abroad, your well being is paramount. We have full-time, paid and trained staff in every destination. It is their job to ensure that you are looked after and that your placement is running as it should. They are available for general advice and help, and can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our programs are structured, with a project supervisor at your service for any needs or concerns you may have.
The Peace Corps or Projects Abroad?
Your experience with Projects Abroad continues from your chosen project to your living accommodations. You will experience full emersion, as everyone on a volunteer placement with Projects Abroad has the opportunity to live with a host family. You will find them incredibly welcoming and they will doubtlessly be eager to find out all about you and your life back home. Take plenty of photos with you and be prepared for lots of questions!