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Volunteers can spend a "gap year" abroad or explore new projects in Mozambique or Vietnam

NEW YORK – June 10, 2010 – Recently graduated and not sure what to do next? Embark on a life-changing adventure with Projects Abroad’s Global Gap program! The yearlong program was created for high school graduates to spend a “gap year” before college volunteering and traveling around the world. Additionally, volunteers of any age who crave the excitement and fulfillment of volunteering abroad, but for a shorter period of time, have even more options as Projects Abroad expands its global reach with the addition of two new destinations: Mozambique and Vietnam.

"Global Gap gives recent graduates a unique opportunity for personal reflection and insight into the world beyond their own backyards," said Projects Abroad’s Executive Vice President Thomas Pastorius, Jr. "Projects Abroad continues to add new projects and special programs tailored to meet the ever changing needs of developing countries and the growing interests of our volunteers."

Global Gap Program

The 27-week Global Gap program, which kicks off in October 2010, spans three continents, five countries and 12 service projects. Whether it’s improving human rights in South Africa, teaching English in Peru or assisting with marine conservation in Thailand, Global Gap is the perfect way to explore the world while gaining practical experience that just might spark an interest in a future career.

The Global Gap itinerary includes:

  • Oct. 3 – Oct. 10, 2010: Orientation in Accra, Ghana
  • Oct.11 – Dec. 3, 2010: Building & Human Rights in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Dec. 11, 2010 – Jan. 9, 2011: Winter Break
  • Jan. 10 – Mar. 9, 2011: Teaching in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru
  • Mar. 10 – April 23, 2011: Choice of Service Projects in Madurai, India
  • April 24 – May 21, 2011: Diving and Marine Conservation in Krabi, Thailand

Interested high school graduates are encouraged to act quickly, as the application deadline is August 2010, and the program is limited to just 15 volunteers.

Mozambique and Vietnam

As Mozambique’s developing coastal town of Vilanculos benefits from a growing dependence on tourism, Projects Abroad recognizes the increasing need for the local people to learn English in order to secure work. Similarly, as development of the coastline takes place there is greater need for conservation efforts – especially protection of the local dugong, a relative of the manatee and one of the rarest mammals on the planet. In addition to time spent making a difference through these projects, volunteers will find plenty of opportunities to soak in the local culture, snorkel in the stunning coastal waters or explore the area’s colorful markets.

Hanoi, Vietnam’s vibrant capital city, will become home to Projects Abroad’s newest volunteers and staff in fall 2010. Volunteers will engage in a variety of care projects with underprivileged children in orphanages or care centers, or have the opportunity to teach English in primary and secondary schools, giving students the language skills needed to succeed in the country’s growing business and tourism sectors. Volunteers can also enjoy Hanoi’s rich city life, visit more than 600 pagodas and temples or explore the nearby Ba Vi National Park.

Perfect for anyone who wants to spend a few weeks or several months exploring a new part of the world, Projects Abroad volunteer programs can be started at anytime and provide a unique opportunity to meet new people and make a difference. Recruitment offices are located in New York City and other major cities around the world, with new offices scheduled to open in Seoul and Shanghai.

For more information, including how to apply for Projects Abroad’s volunteer programs, 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.

A UK-headquartered company, Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 26 countries and recruitment offices in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Holland, South Africa, Sweden and the United States.

For details on volunteering overseas, visit Projects Abroad’s Web site at

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