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Press Release   •   Feb 17, 2011 16:33 GMT

With record numbers of students applying for universities in a bid to start before the fees go up[1], and competition for a place becoming even greater, students are now facing more pressure than ever. Many students will be unhappy with the lack of options available to them, especially if it means missing out on a coveted gap year that their predecessors would have enjoyed.

As a result, Projects Abroad the global leader in short-term, overseas, volunteer work placements has introduced “two-week specials” for students wanting a meaningful gap year experience but lacking months at a time to spare. Projects Abroad’s “two-week specials” are available over the summer holiday period specifically targeting the 16 to 19 age group.

Peter Slowe, founder of Projects Abroad, comments, “The projects aim to provide valuable work experience and can help to develop a variety of skill sets in just two weeks. They are well structured, well organised and fully supervised to enable students to make the most of a valuable short time overseas. Volunteers can choose from over forty different projects at various dates throughout the summer holidays. These two-week specials can give students their first taste of gap year travel or inspire them to seek a particular career path from journalism to law and from teaching to medicine.”

Students can expect a mixture of taught sessions, hands-on and observational work, as well as evening activities and weekend excursions in an overseas destination with a group of other like-minded national and international students aged 16 – 19.

“In the current climate, with students not wanting to miss out on a university place, we are ensuring that they will not have to miss out on a meaningful volunteer project as a result. The two-week specials are also beneficial for those students unsure of which university course or career path to take and needing inspiration and hands-on work experience. Taking part in a volunteer project also looks great on the CV to employers whether students are applying for university first or going straight into work,” concludes Slowe.

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[1] More than 580,000 people have submitted applications for a place this autumn - 28,000 more than at this time last year, according to admissions service UCAS (records announced January 2011)


About Projects Abroad (

Projects Abroad is the global leader in short-term, overseas, volunteer work placements. Head-quartered in the UK and with recruitment offices across the globe, its projects span 26 countries and cover a wide range of disciplines including teaching, care, conservation & environment, medicine & healthcare, sports, community projects, business, law & human rights and journalism.  Projects are designed specifically for the needs of the communities they serve, giving volunteers of 16 years and over, the very best experience of volunteering abroad.

Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geography professor, as a programme to help students to travel and work outside term-time. The programme had its genesis in post-communist Romania, where British students were given the chance to teach conversational English. After a few years of only sending volunteers to Eastern Europe for teaching, the company expanded to enable volunteers of all ages from around the world, to participate in a wide range of projects.

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