Adam Saks of ProWorld Service Corps discusses the need for sustainability and community service in study abroad programs.
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ProWorld strives for sustainable study abroad. We believe for it to be sustainable, study abroad must address economic development, social development and environmental protection.
Commercial globalization outpaces our understanding of social, economic and cultural realities outside our own. Students must continue to be exposed to other cultures and other social, economic, and environmental imperatives before us. Study abroad offers an extraordinary opportunity to expose students to these global realities that are tied more and more to their own futures as the world’s changing social, economic and environmental well-being offers us one shared destiny.
Impact on Study Abroad
ProWorld positions its Study Abroad programs to engage in sustainability. We work to combine our year-round sustainable development work with high level academics and authentic cross-cultural exchange to offer deep cultural and socio-economic insights to our participants. The benefits and impact this has on the educational experience are profound. These growth opportunities allow participants to do more than bear witness to the struggles of daily life abroad. The nature of project engagement allows students to strive for and share in the periodic successes that are a part of our ongoing community outreach and development projects.
A Model of Sustainability
The ProWorld Service Corps is a social enterprise committed to social and economic development, empowering communities and cultivating educated compassionate global citizens. PWSC employs a self sustaining business model and not-for-profit organizations to fund 99% of its development efforts. As a social enterprise committed to sustainable development of its communities, it is also fundamentally self-sustaining and self-sufficient in its means of funding its own work within the communities.