Case Studies in Sustainable Development Abroad with ProWorld Service Corps.

Degree Name

MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

First Advisor

Charlie Curry-Smithson

Second Advisor

Nikoi Kote-Nikoi


This is a paper about an organization formerly known as ProWorld Service Corps. (PW) and my experiences as a Volunteer Affairs Coordinator in Peru. My sites were located in the South of Peru with offices in Urubamba and Cusco. Today, PW is owned by the cultural exchange company Intrax. As a United States-based social enterprise, PW worked within a network of not-for-profit development sites in rural communities across the globe. This paper examines my observations of PW’s organization and projects, in this case with a particular focus on sustainability, while also exploring the influence of gender, privilege and conflict in multicultural teamwork, crisis management and the Global Citizen’s Initiative (GCI). Primary inquiry methods and data collection included interviews, observation, focus groups, informal dialogues, and reflections on personal experiences. Secondary inquiry methods included reviewing previous planning exercises and workbooks, websites, and literature available on PW's website. The paper includes academic and field-based concerns in community development.


Gender and Sexuality | Growth and Development | Inequality and Stratification | Politics and Social Change | Race and Ethnicity | Sustainability

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