Imagine a Transformed World…
Have you ever imagined being part of something bigger in the world? Ever wonder of what you could do to make the world a better place? Ever thought of working to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children in developing countries?
At Outreach 360 our vision is a transformed world in which every child is able to pursue a college degree or be gainfully employed upon reaching adulthood, and ultimately have the opportunity to live a life of choice. We envision every child we work with becoming an active citizen in their communities and being committed to serving those less fortunate.
Sadly, the areas we serve in Latin America suffer from some of the most extreme poverty and some of the greatest social inequality in the world. Children are born in disadvantaged neighborhoods where day-to-day life can often be a simple matter of survival. When families lack the resources for the most basic necessities, they are left with few options except to send their children to beg for money in the streets where they aversely turn to crime or prostitution to survive. With limited educational opportunities, as children reach adulthood they lack the necessary education to be accepted into a university program or the critical vocational training to obtain a skilled job. Once again, without knowing what else to do, they are left with few options as adults and the endless cycle of poverty continues.
At Outreach 360 we believe education is the best sustainable solution to combat poverty and provide the children we serve with long-term opportunities to transform their own lives. Through our innovative education programs at our Learning Centers, we focus on the steps we can take now to develop the enormous talent of these children. With English Language Learning and Spanish Literacy at the heart of our education programs we are able to provide disadvantaged children with opportunities for progress. In the Dominican Republic where more than a third of the population lives on a few dollars a day, learning English provides young people looking at college, professional careers or work in the ever-growing tourist industry, with a tool necessary to compete in the job market. In Nicaragua, where an estimated 33% of the population is illiterate, learning to read and write correctly is vital to providing opportunities for a life of choice.
OUR EDUCATION PHILOSOPHY
When famous female pilot and adventurer Amelia Earhart was once asked why she chose flying as a career, she simply answered, “For the fun of it!” We agree with Ms. Earhart and take the same approach with education, knowing that the innate motivation for learning in children comes from engaging in activities that they enjoy. That’s why our education philosophy at our Learning Centers focuses on creating the perspective that learning is fun, and an education program with interesting, relative, diverse, and interactive learning activities. When we take a closer look at this pedagogy, we see how powerful education can be when we appeal to student interests and foster a dynamic learning environment where intrinsic and extrinsic motivation come together to create the perspective that learning is fun. Suddenly we see students become engaged in learning because they naturally pursue what is interesting to them. We see students take ownership of learning that is relevant to them because it is meaningful and involves them personally in the process. We see students learn at higher levels when there is a variety of teaching techniques and strategies in the classroom that keep them focused. We see positive social collaboration and shared success with an interactive learning approach that fosters creativity. Ultimately, a fun learning environment is an effective learning environment, and our volunteers continually strive to embody our philosophy through their imaginative teaching.