“Volunteering abroad in South Africa will provide volunteers with an opportunity to work side-by-side with locals in Dunoon, helping increase awareness of HIV/AIDS and mentoring young people in math and science,” said Richard Webb, founder of ProWorld.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) March 08, 2012
ProWorld, a social enterprise that offers volunteer, internship, and study abroad opportunities for individuals and custom groups in developing countries, is proud to announce further expansion into Africa with new opportunities to volunteer abroad in South Africa. The ProWorld field office, located in Cape Town, South Africa, will allow individuals interested in the environment, health and community development to volunteer in organizing a recycling program, teaching and mentoring South African youth, and raising awareness of HIV/AIDS throughout the community of Dunoon, a poverty stricken township northwest of Cape Town.
“In South Africa, 14% of students drop out of school and 18% of the population is living with HIV,” said Richard A. Webb, founder of ProWorld. “Volunteering abroad in South Africa will provide ProWorld volunteers with a meaningful opportunity to work side-by-side with locals in Dunoon, helping increase awareness of HIV/AIDS though workshops and mentoring young people in math and science.”
Opportunities to volunteer abroad in South Africa include:
- Assist in creating an ecological recycling project to help locals in Dunoon create a clean and sustainable community by trading recycling for household necessities.
- Mentor South African youth on the importance of math and science, including leading games and assisting students in designing and building robots.
- Support HIV/AIDS education and awareness by organizing public health awareness workshops and campaigns at local community centers in Dunoon.
“There are many developing communities in Cape Town, such as Dunoon, where access to educational and health resources for community members does not exist,” said Hajime Matsukata, program director, ProWorld. “Our ProWorld volunteer abroad programs in South Africa help increase the availability of these resources to people who would otherwise not have them.”
Prior to launching projects in a new country, ProWorld establishes strong relationships with local community organizations, 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.
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, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, 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.
ProWorld (http://www.proworldvolunteers.org) facilitates volunteer, internship, and study abroad opportunities for individuals and 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 Intrax and ProWorld offices in 20 countries.
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