ProWorld Offers New Opportunities to Volunteer Abroad in the Philippines

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ProWorld offers individuals interested in social and public health fields the opportunity to volunteer abroad at local shelters, youth centers and health clinics in the Philippines.

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"Our new volunteer site in the Philippines is in direct response to our volunteers’ requests to serve more global communities within the social and public health fields,” said Richard A. Webb, founder of ProWorld.

ProWorld, a social enterprise that offers volunteer, internship, and study abroad opportunities for individuals and custom groups in developing countries, has expanded and now provides opportunities to volunteer abroad in the Philippines. The new ProWorld field site on the island of Leyte in the Philippines allows individuals interested in social and public health industries to volunteer at local shelters, youth centers and health clinics.

“The launch of our new volunteer site in the Philippines is in direct response to our volunteers’ requests to serve more global communities within the social and public health fields,” said Richard A. Webb, founder of ProWorld. “After my visit to the island of Leyte, I saw the opportunity for ProWorld to provide additional support through collaboration with some of the community projects already taking place. We look forward to supporting the volunteers who will join us in this unique volunteer abroad experience.”

Opportunities to volunteer abroad in the Philippines include:
Assisting trained healthcare professionals in providing education and health care guidance to individuals at a shelter for abused girls and women.
Volunteering at a local health clinic assisting trained healthcare professionals in caring for local community members in need of medical assistance.
Making a difference to orphaned children and youth in conflict by assisting trained social workers and house parents with various activities to create a sense of home and mentorship.

Prior to launching projects in a new country, ProWorld establishes strong relationships with the local community, working together to determine how volunteers can make the largest impact. ProWorld’s staff of development experts live on-site in local communities year-round so they can best tailor projects to the needs of the local people.

“Our programs are specifically designed to provide volunteers an opportunity to make an impact and help build a better future for less fortunate communities around the world,” said Hajime Matsukata, program director, ProWorld. “Not only do the men, women and children within these communities experience direct benefits from the projects, but the volunteers return with a greater appreciation of their home communities and a desire to remain connected to their new volunteer community.”

ProWorld’s founders, Richard A. Webb and Nick Bryngelson, started ProWorld twelve years ago with the vision of creating sustainable change by working closely and collaboratively with local communities to connect them with global volunteers. ProWorld volunteer abroad opportunities are also offered in Belize, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, and Thailand, and focus on important global issues: health, environment and social/economic development. To date, ProWorld volunteers have logged more than 800,000 hours of volunteer service and injected more than $7 million of needed capital into local economies.

ProWorld’s mission is to empower communities, promote social and economic development, conserve the environment, and cultivate educated compassionate global citizens.

About ProWorld
ProWorld (http://www.proworldvolunteers.org) facilitates volunteer, internship, and study abroad opportunities for individuals and faculty-led custom groups with community projects in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In 2009 National Geographic Adventure magazine listed ProWorld as one of its “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.” ProWorld is a division of Intrax, a family of organizations that provide a lifetime of high quality educational, work and volunteer programs that connect people and cultures. Intrax is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with offices in 18 countries.

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