(PRWEB) January 09, 2013
It’s no secret the admissions procedures for medical schools across North America are becoming ever more testing and students are now facing tougher competition for places on their desired courses. An extremely impressive resume is a must, and applicants are increasingly aware that non-academic experiences can be the key to unlocking opportunities in the world of work.
With the final semester looming, many students are starting to consider ways in which they can invest in their education through experiential learning. Volunteering is a fantastic way to help a community that could benefit from your support, and volunteers build professional skills, learn about new cultures on a deeper level and boost career prospects.
Fourth-year pharmacy student Edward Chien took this approach and volunteered at a hospital in Mongolia to secure some vital work experience to further his ambition to become a surgeon while fulfilling his wish to travel at the same time: “Not only did I want something that would give me more experience in the medical setting, I also wanted to do some traveling since this would be my last summer before I graduate and become a pharmacist.”
Projects Abroad, an organization that arranges voluntourism experiences around the world for people such as Edward Chien, offers a variety of other opportunities too. There are projects in business, veterinary medicine, languages, healthcare, sports, archaeology, building, teaching and journalism, among others across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the South Pacific – something to suit every kind of student.
Projects Abroad also offers ‘High School Specials’: a selection of programs designed specifically with students in mind. The programs aim to give students valuable work experience, a taste of volunteering and a fantastic cultural experience. They are available during the summer and winter vacation period and are open to those aged 16 to 19.
By volunteering abroad, students can show universities they can perform in environments outside of their comfort zones and put their skill to good use; something universities find highly attractive.
Charlotte Bonner, who undertook a 2-week special project in Medicine in India, says: “The only real way to know what a country is like is to immerse yourself in its culture, soak up the atmosphere and get amongst the people. This is exactly what Projects Abroad allows you to do as you are not seen or treated as a tourist, but as a member of the community.”
About Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad (http://www.projects-abroad.ca) is a leading volunteer abroad organization offering a diverse range of international service projects, from corporate group trips to opportunities for individual volunteers who might be career breakers, students on a gap year or retired seniors. The organization’s continuous presence overseas and unparalleled in-country support from international staff ensure that volunteers’ experiences will be far more worthwhile and genuine than those of regular tourists, whatever their age and skillset.