Posted by: Idioma Extra | March 14, 2011

Tuesday´s News

New Opportunities to Volunteer Abroad in Costa Rica


ProWorld, a social enterprise that offers volunteer, internship, and study abroad opportunities for individuals and faculty-led groups in developing countries is proud to announce new opportunities to volunteer abroad in Costa Rica, Ecuador and Nepal.

“We are proud to be leading a growing movement of global volunteers,” said Richard A. Webb, founder of ProWorld. “Our new volunteer sites in Costa Rica, Ecuador and Nepal are part of our effort to serve even more communities and welcome more volunteers to join us in creating positive change around the world.”

Opportunities to volunteer abroad in Costa Rica include:

– Promoting eco-tourism in rural areas

– Helping children at a local orphanage

Prior to entering a new market, 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, lives on-site in local communities year-round so they can best tailor projects to the needs of the local people.

“Our social enterprise model works to generate public good and alleviate poverty,” said Nick Bryngelson, co-founder and director of operations for ProWorld. “Now that our onsite teams are fully established in Costa Rica, Ecuador and Nepal, we can’t wait to welcome ProWorld volunteers who are ready to roll up their sleeves and make a difference on exciting development projects.”

ProWorld’s founders, Richard A. Webb and Nick Bryngelson, started ProWorld ten years ago with the vision of creating sustainable change by working closely and collaboratively with local communities to connect them with global volunteers. Volunteer abroad opportunities are also offered in Belize, Brazil, Ghana, India, Mexico, Peru, and Thailand, and focus on important global issues: health, environment and social/economic development. To date, ProWorld volunteers have logged almost 700,000 hours of volunteer service and injected more than $6 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 ( offers volunteer, internship, and study abroad opportunities for individuals and faculty-led 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 part of the Intrax family of programs devoted to fostering international understanding through cultural exchange and educational programs, with operations in more than 100 countries worldwide.

Word of the Day

al·le·vi·ate: \ə-ˈlē-vē-ˌāt\
Origin: Late Latin alleviatus, past participle of alleviare, from Latin ad- + levis light — more at light
First Known Use: 15th century
1: relieve, lessen: as; a : to make (as suffering) more bearable <her sympathy alleviated his distress>; b : to partially remove or correct <measures taken to alleviate a labor shortage>

More Vocabulary

Empower: v. to provide with the means or opportunity
Foster: v.
to promote the growth or development of
Log: v.
to succeed in getting or achieving
Orphanage: n.
an institution for the care of orphans
Rural: adj.
of or relating to the country, country people or life, or agriculture
Tailor: v.
to fashion or adapt to a particular taste, purpose, need, etc
Volunteer: n.
a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking


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