University Groups

Programs Abroad offer university students to volunteer abroad as a group. The can be made up of friends or classmates. University groups will have special benefits being part of our programs. Groups will be able to choose the time they would like to volunteer. We offer spring programs, summer, and winter break as well to be able to volunteer with us. Our staff has experience working with university groups and can arrange for different types of volunteering. Groups can visit local universities but must contact one of our staff members to coordinate these types of visits. Groups will also gain experience by learning about the local facilities on different types of skills.

Requirements:

  • Be 18 or older
  • University students must be enrolled in a program at the time of volunteering.
  • Groups can be made up of 5 to 15 students at a time.
  • Students should know the basic of the local language in order to communicate

Sororities and Fraternities

Programs Abroad offer sororities and fraternities the chance to earn points for their philanthropy service. Our staff can help arrange these groups in-country travel and accommodation along with setting up an itinerary for their volunteering. Groups can volunteer from two weeks to months at a time.  For any questions, please feel free to contact us at [email protected]

Start Dates

Our programs are available year-round in different locations worldwide. Changes to programs will depend on local holidays, doctor’s availability, and climate (such as rainy season in a specific region). For more information on starting dates for a specific location, please contact us at the following: [email protected]. If you are enrolled or have an application in progress, you can also contact your volunteer advisor as well.

Safety

Our volunteers´ safety is our top priority when overseas, that will why we focus on the following as part of our safety protocol:

Security: We take security overseas seriously, and that is why we only send volunteers to places that are safe and stable. We are constantly checking in different embassies to check travel alerts and any other issues regarding safety. Our staff members are locals that know that areas in which volunteers will be staying in.

Travel: Once a volunteer has been accepted into a program. One of our volunteer advisors will be in contact throughout the whole process from start to finish. This will ensure the safety and also check the volunteers up to date on everything related to their travel overseas. Volunteers will also be able to access personal information to online and our organization guidelines.

Our Staff:  All of our destinations has local staff and safe facilities to provide our volunteers the best service and experience they can have while overseas. Each destination has a designated director in charge of everything that has to do with local programs and projects. Staff is trained and kept up to date on everything from emergency protocols, to safety measures, and communicating in different languages to better cater to volunteers. Our staff follows strict criteria in placement and accommodating volunteers before coming overseas.  All of our staff members are available 24/7 by phone or if necessary in person (depending on concern).

Accommodation:  We placed volunteers with host families and all of our host families have to pass a certain clearance to be able to participate in our programs. Staff members will check in on volunteers to make sure everything is running smoothly or if volunteers have concerns regarding accommodation. All of the accommodation are clean and hygienic. We advise volunteers to know the basics of speaking the local language of destination to better communicate with the host family.

Health and Insurance: Volunteers are advised to have travel insurance before traveling overseas.  This will help with the full or partial coverage of health-related emergencies or issue while abroad.  In case of any health emergency, there will always be a staff member available to assist with the hospital or clinic arrangements as well as be able to translate.

More Info

 Programs Abroad and staff members are constantly looking for ways to improve the impact our medical and healthcare projects have on developing countries.

We are always assessing all of our programs and projects to find ways to better and grow in all aspects.  We use some of the following ways to improve:

  • Establish our purpose and goals to our locations.
  • Keep track of our mission and values so they are understandable to all of our workers as well as our volunteers.
  • Create and document daily tasks our volunteers do to see the bigger picture this is creating on our organization´s purpose.
  • Give more definition to each volunteer’s work.
  • Make sure that there is consistency and sustainability in the work of our thousands of volunteers.
  • Help analyze and survey our impact on each project.

Programs Abroad strive to provide the better possible services to give back towards the locals and communities among other projects surrounding the main cities as well.

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