ProWorld  

Faculty Led and Private Group Programs
Create your own group and get customized hands-on development work, full cultural immersion, and adventures in Peru, Belize, or Mexico.
  • Groups of 10 or more
  • 1 to 4 week program exclusive for your group and you choose the dates
  • Pre-trip organizational support and materials
  • Help marketing the program with your organization
  • Travel arrangements
  • Intensive onsite orientation
  • Coordination and funding of group or individual development projects
  • Group or homestay living with full room and board
  • Daily staff support and contact
  • Local adjunct professors on request
  • Curriculum development, and available classrooms and offices
  • Weekly adventure and cultural experiences
  • Post-program follow up from the community 
  • Extensive safety and liability coverage
Note: Additional items available upon request

Program Overview
ProWorld offers schools, businesses, and private groups customized project based programs to meet the needs of the organization and participants.

Sustainable and valuable development projects in our host communities serve as the foundation of every ProWorld program. By joining ProWorld your college, university or private group becomes an agent of positive change in the lives of volunteers and others.

In addition to your direct work on development projects your participation also serves as an economic stimulus to our host communities in the forms of: project contributions, local salaries, host family payments and local purchases.

ProWorld has contributed in excess of $120,000 directly to community projects, based on this business and development model. Additionally the ProWorld involvement in developing countries has infused over $1,400,000 into our host communities
Balanced Experience
Consisting of experiential learning, hands-on development work and cultural immersion, every private group program challenges its participants to grow as individuals and as members of our global community. Members of your team work toward completing a group project side-by-side with our host community. Participants need no prior experience or specific skills, only a desire to help the best they can. By the end of each program, volunteers have gained skills in development work, leadership and cross-cultural communication.
Development Project Options
ProWorld matches the skills and interests of each group with the appropriate community proposed project. Current project examples:
  • Health Care - Vaccinate children and provide health education
  • Education and Literacy - Teach in local groups and tutor small groups
  • Environmental Protection - Reforest depleted ecosystems and reintroduce lost species
  • Micro Business - Teach basic business skills to a women's cooperative or artisan group 
  • Construction - Build an elementary school or rural clinic
  • Internships - Individual skill based projects
For more examples, please visit the Projects pages
Group or Homestay Living
Private group programs are team programs. The bonds created with your fellow volunteers often prove to be one of the most memorable aspects of the ProWorld programs. Lodging can be in guest house accommodations or with homestay families. Participants and leaders also develop meaningful relationships with families and local community members by living, working and learning together. These bonds produce tremendous opportunities for cross-cultural learning and self-reflection
Value to your Organization
By combining faculty led and private group programs with immersive community development projects your organization differentiates itself from others. This unique model of learning enables you to recruit exceptional people with a vision for global issues and improving the world in which they live. Your organization can proudly display the sustainable development projects completed in collaboration with ProWorld.
Excursions
Weekend trips to cultural sites and adventure locations complement each volunteer's discovery of the immersive experience. Excursions may include:
Exploring world famous archeological ruins
Hiking through mountains and jungles
Participating in community festivals

Safety and Security
Outsourcing your faculty led and private group programs to ProWorld enables your faculty members and leaders to focus on learning and teaching, while ProWorld focuses on the logistical and programmatic details necessary for a safe and productive program. In addition to thorough safety and security measures throughout the program, your group is covered by our extensive liability and health care policies. For more information, please visit the Safety and Health page.
Create Your Program
ProWorld works closely with faculty, administrators, group leaders, and participants throughout the program process. Create a customized faculty led or private group program for your organization through the following process:
Select Site, Program Details and Dates
Through conversations with a ProWorld Program Advisor, your organization determines the appropriate location, curriculum, development projects, housing, adventures, travel arrangements and dates.
(3-18 months before the program)
Pricing and Final Program Details
Based on the program details, ProWorld provides an adjustable price quote with multiple program options. Through final selections by your organization, ProWorld provides a detailed program profile for administrative approval.
(1 week after initial discussion)

Administrative Approval
The program profile is presented for approval by your organization.
(1-4 week duration, depending on organization)

Marketing, Recruitment and Site Visit
ProWorld provides extensive marketing support to leaders and administrators: a custom web page, printed materials, posters, telephone support and email communication.
The leader and organization are responsible for utilizing the ProWorld support and creating on-site publicity to recruit students. Following formal commitment from your institution ProWorld will coordinate and share the costs of a visit to the program site by leaders or administrators.
(2-4 month duration, or until the program is filled)
Pre-Program Preparation
Participants prepare for the program through discussions or classes, printed pre-program materials from ProWorld, personalized myproworld website, and conference call meetings with all participants and the ProWorld Program Advisor. On-site staff members work closely with the community to plan and prepare the project and program experience
(1-2 months before the program)
Arrival On Site!
ProWorld staff members greet volunteers and leaders at the airport for an introduction to their program site and a 1-3 day program orientation.
The Program
Volunteers, leaders, community members and support staff work, learn and explore together while providing significant value to our host community and program participants.
Post Program
Community members and ProWorld staff follow up with volunteers and leaders to reinforce relationships, build sustainability and begin planning for the next partnership program with your organization.
ProWorld Staff Support
A ProWorld Executive Advisor works directly with leaders and administrators throughout the entire process of program development.
ProWorld Administrators provide additional logistical and programmatic support.
On-site Program Directors begin discussions and program specific support with leaders 2-12 months before your program begins.
A team of 2-3 ProWorld staffers greet your group at the airport and work with the group throughout the program.

Prerequisites
Group leader and at least 8 group members
Suitable for adults, families, and students
Where
Peru
- Urubamba, Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Cusco, Capital of the Incan Empire
Belize
- San Ignacio, Tropical Forest
Mexico
- Oaxaca, Central Highlands
When
Dates are available January through November
You choose the length of your program

Cost

Fees are determined based on the programs designed for each individual school. Typical pricing is:
Weeks 1 2 3 4 Extra
$ $1,095 $1,390 $1,685 $1,980 $295
£ £600 £795 £990 £1,185 £195

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