Why PML Is Effective

Many aspects of PML's approach to its work make it effective.

  • Since its founding, PML has had an in-country director.
  • The partnership includes experienced Nicaraguan staff.
  • PML does not impose "we know better" projects on the Nicaraguan community.
  • PML provides pre-trip and first-day orientations for travel groups.
  • PML staff work with group leaders to develop reflection questions for more in-depth learning.
  • PML assists individual volunteers and visitors in creating a structured activity plan and requires sufficient language ability to function independently. 

To learn more about PML's effectiveness, read "The 'Third World' Is Not Your Classroom," the reflections of a volunteer in a developing country about how an approach like PML's makes a difference in communities.