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Projects Abroad Expands Volunteer Projects to Uganda

International Volunteer Organization Opens up Service Projects for Care and Teaching Placements in Jinja

A Care Placement in Jinja

NEW YORK – April 24, 2014 – As voluntourism and volunteering abroad continue to become increasingly popular among students and professionals looking for meaningful travel opportunities and international work experience, international volunteer organization Projects Abroad is once again expanding its borders by offering new service projects in Uganda.

The organization has opened a year-round office in Jinja, with full-time support staff to coordinate projects and offer 24-hour backup to volunteers. Volunteers can help care for children in day care centers, kindergartens, and orphanages or teach English in public schools. Volunteers working in Care placements have the critical role of providing children with the extra attention that busy local staff are often unable to give. Volunteers at public schools help improve students’ conversational skills and can also teach a variety of subjects including Art, Drama, and Music. In either role, by assisting with the education of local children and providing general support, volunteers can make a valuable contribution to their host community.

The minimum commitment to volunteer in Uganda is two weeks and volunteers can start anytime and choose their own duration.

“Each year we see an increasing number of students, professionals, and even retired professionals wanting to volunteer abroad. It is an experience that appeals to a wide range of people and it does not have to involve lengthy time commitments and restrictive application processes,” says Thomas Pastorius, Jr., Vice President of Projects Abroad. “At Projects Abroad, our volunteer projects are practical and accessible for all ages and skill levels.”

Projects Abroad has over 600 expert staff worldwide to ensure that volunteers are safe and that projects are productive and sustainable, enabling volunteers to focus on the important work they came to do.

For more information on volunteering in Uganda with Projects Abroad, visit www.projects-abroad.org/volunteer-destinations/volunteer-uganda.

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.

Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 29 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, and the United States.

For details on volunteering overseas, visit Projects Abroad’s web site at www.projects-abroad.org

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