ProWorld is a leader in developing sustainable global volunteer projects and has unparalleled credibility with local communities, institutions, and governments around the world – we could not be more excited to have ProWorld join the Intrax family
San Francisco, CA (Vocus) June 8, 2010
Intrax Cultural Exchange is proud to announce that ProWorld Service Corps, a social enterprise that facilitates volunteer programs in developing countries, has joined the Intrax family of organizations devoted to creating life-changing cross-cultural experiences.
Intrax’s acquisition of ProWorld joins two companies with a common vision of creating positive change on a global scale through grassroots cross-cultural experiences. ProWorld’s expertise in connecting volunteers with communities to execute needed development projects aligns with Intrax’s 30-year commitment to connecting people and cultures around the world.
“ProWorld is a leader in developing sustainable global volunteer projects and has unparalleled credibility with local communities, institutions, and governments around the world – we could not be more excited to have ProWorld join the Intrax family,” said Geoff Watson, president of Intrax Cultural Exchange. “Working together, our goal will be simple: send more volunteers from more countries to more areas of the world that need support.”
ProWorld currently offers volunteer programs in Peru, Mexico, Belize, India, Thailand, Ghana, and Brazil focusing on three main global issues: health, environment and social/economic development. ProWorld also works with the world’s leading universities to create customized programs for their students, including research partnerships exploring these issues. To date, ProWorld volunteers have logged almost 700,000 hours of volunteer service and injected more than $6 million of capital into local economies.
Through its relationship with Intrax, ProWorld will be able to expand upon its existing volunteer abroad programs, increasing its positive impact on participants and communities alike. Leveraging Intrax’s extensive global network, ProWorld will increase its number of volunteers through outreach to new markets including Europe and Asia. In addition, Intrax’s resources will allow ProWorld to expand its participant base from the current university market to include volunteer opportunities for high school students, adults and organizations.
ProWorld’s founders, Richard Webb and Nick Bryngelson, started ProWorld ten years ago with the vision of creating sustainable change by working closely and collaboratively with local communities and connecting those communities with global volunteers.
“We see our relationship with Intrax as a wonderfully productive new chapter in ProWorld’s path to become the best volunteer-driven development organization in the world,” said Richard Webb, co-founder and president of ProWorld. “Intrax’s global network will allow us to attract new segments of volunteers, allowing ProWorld to fulfill its mission more broadly by vastly increasing the positive impact our programs have in communities around the world.”
Since 2000, ProWorld’s volunteer programs have accomplished amazing things, including:
- Installing more than 5,400 clean burning stoves in rural Peruvian villages
- Treating more than 17,000 patients during a three-year clinical outreach program
- Constructing 22 much needed elementary schools in ProWorld host communities
- Planting more than 24,000 native plants and trees threatened by extinction
Webb and Bryngelson will continue in their current roles, and all current ProWorld staff will become part of the Intrax extended family.
ProWorld’s unique project development model starts with a community’s assessments of its specific needs. ProWorld teams then help establish and execute the projects year round to ensure sustainable and valuable development for the host communities and volunteers. Individual volunteers not only contribute to community projects through direct, hands-on involvement but also through a portion of each volunteer’s program fees which go directly to the community.
Intrax Cultural Exchange (http://www.intraxinc.com) is a 30-year-old company devoted to fostering international understanding through cultural exchange and educational programs, with operations in more than 80 countries worldwide. Intrax creates life-changing cross-cultural experiences including: high school exchange programs, au pairs for American families, language classes, volunteer opportunities, leadership programs, and internships. Since 1980, Intrax has placed more than 250,000 participants in its programs. Intrax is based in San Francisco with offices in 13 countries.
Since 2000, ProWorld Service Corps (http://www.myproworld.org) has offered its participants meaningful volunteer programs in developing countries around the world. ProWorld’s mission is to promote social and economic development, conserve the environment, empower communities, and cultivate educated, compassionate global citizens. In 2009 National Geographic Adventure listed ProWorld as one of its “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.” ProWorld is part of the Intrax Cultural Exchange family of organizations devoted to fostering international understanding through cultural exchange and educational programs, with operations in more than 80 countries worldwide.