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Global Volunteerism Increases among High School Students

Projects Abroad, a program for students to work and travel on break from full-time classes, recently reported that the number of high students volunteering abroad is increasing. The organization plans to enroll almost 1,000 students in summer international volunteerism trips.

The first program by Projects Abroad was in post-USSR Romania, where students had the opportunity to teach conversational English. Since then, the programs have expanded to address issues in various communities around the globe. The organization believes that it is important for students to participate in service learning to further develop their career aspirations.

“Service work is becoming a standard part of high school curriculum, and many students are interested in performing this service work overseas,” said Thomas Pastorius, Jr., Vice President of Projects Abroad, in a prepared statement. “Last summer, we had over 650 high school students participate in our Two-Week Special programs and this year we are expecting almost 1,000. These projects are designed for groups of students to make a lasting impact on the local community in a short time. Students are drawn to the opportunity to care for local children, repair houses, paint schools, promote human rights, protect fragile ecosystems, and have fun while doing it.”

Projects Abroad brings students many benefits, including gaining an outside world perspective, participating in community service experiences, and making new friends. The programs for the upcoming summer include projects in Ghana, Jamaica, Costa Rica, South Africa, China, among other destinations. Find out more about Projects Abroad online.

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