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"It will be the best experience of your life."
Amanda Natsuhara, University of California, San Diego, 2013
"There are so many highlights and positives during my time in the DR that all I picture in my mind is a constant movie reel of mental images, sounds, and smells. The most vibrant images that I associate with the DR and my time with O360 is definitely the interactions that I had with the Los Maestros children during their learning camps. Smiles, laughter, and high fives are universal regardless of location. As a group leader, I also enjoyed the organization of the O360 staff regarding our activities and schedule...it definitely took a lot of the stress and other worries that I had off of my back. Also, of course the food and the kitchen staff were absolutely wonderful in giving all of us the DR taste that we craved as visitors of the great country."
Jodi Huang, University of California, San Diego, 2013
"I loved the time spent with the kids. Teaching was absolutely amazing, I loved the openings and closings because they incorporated everyone singing and dancing. Be ready to be flexible! Go in with no expectations because honestly, this experience will challenge you and prepare you to take life on, twists, turns, and all!"
Diode de Dios, University of California, San Diego, 2013
"It is a great organization that truly cares about the children."
Dory Wu, University of California, San Diego, 2013
"It is an unforgettable experience and I highly encourage everyone to volunteer with Outreach360. Prior to this volunteer service, I was skeptical as to how much I would actually be helping out since my stay was only for a week. But the reassurance and perspective of Outreach360 made my week incredible. I fell in love with the culture and the people around me that have similar aspirations. I just enjoyed the overall atmosphere of the place."
Michael Ng, University of California, San Diego, 2013
"Jump at the opportunity to join O-360 for any period of time, whether a week or longer. I learned so much about myself and others during this trip, as it was definitely an invaluable experience that impacted my growth and development as both a professional and an individual. I firmly advocate others to continue their education, to get out of their comfort zone, and to pay it forward - all of which is accomplished by being a part of Outreach 360!"
Marissa Martinez, University of California, San Diego, 2013
"Just do it!"
Andrea Cook, 2013
"I loved working with the kids of course! I also really enjoyed the culture days. It was nice to get to see and understand the culture as well as being able to work with kids. I have had nothing but positive experiences with Outreach!"
Emily Beyer, Suttons Bay High School, 2013
"Everything was so fantastic. The exposure to the country really opened up my eyes."
Dani Merwin, Suttons Bay High School, 2013
"FANTASTIC! YOU WILL LOVE IT. It is a great way to experience other cultures and find yourself."
William (Bill) White, Suttons Bay High School, 2013
"One of my highlights for this trip was working with the children. They are so loving and have the eagerness to learn. I loved how something simple would bring a smile to their faces. I also enjoyed learning about the history of Nicaragua."
Irene Prado, Suttons Bay High School, 2013
"There are so many highlights its hard to list them all. The experience is so amazing it is hard to put into words."
Michelle White, Suttons Bay High School, 2013
"I loved working with the kids. It was just such an amazing experience and so special. I also LOVED the food and our culture talks."
Naomi Segal, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2013
"I really enjoyed getting to know the kids and the community. I also loved being able to see the impact of my efforts through planning lessons for the kids and seeing them learn."
Claire Barnes, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2013
"My favorite part of the trip was teaching the kids. They were so eager to learn and it felt so great when you could see that what you were doing was sticking."
Jessica MacAllister, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2013
"I liked working with the kids. I also loved how Outreach 360 made an effort to teach us about the culture and history of the area."
Amanda MacAllister, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2013
"The staff were phenomenal and the experience was memorable."
Jasmine Clay, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2013
"I loved being able to interact with the kids and making our own lesson plans. It allowed us to show leadership within our groups."
Erik Sanson, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2013
"The children in Monte Cristi are truly remarkable. They have such great potential, so it was amazing to see how positively Outreach360 impacts the community. I feel blessed to be a part of it! I learned more about myself in one week than I have in 18 years."
Brooke Foster, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2013
"Highlights were learning about the culture, history, and being able to walk around town to experience the openness and friendliness of the people of Monti Cristi. I also enjoy working with the kids and being flexible with their needs. Not all of them like to learn the way my group and I plan to teach, so being able to look at things at different angles was quite an experience. In the end, seeing all the children progress was fascinating, no matter which way they were taught!"
Chi Huynh, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2013
"Do it! The experience will change your life in ways you can not imagine. You will grow deeper in your own identity and grow extremely close to the people that you work and live with. It was my best experience serving and learning abroad. So jump right in, live in the moment, and take the jump with Outreach360!"
Cody Goetz, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2013
"It was amazing being able to connect with the kids at the camp we taught. You could tell how eager they were to learn and be there and how much they appreciated the one-on-one attention. Outreach360 really has a great program and I see now how important it is to help these kids lead a life of choice, and I want to be a part of that for them. Each kid is so unique and has potential to offer something great to this world. They deserve to get that chance. The culture of the DR was beautiful and I long to return - to the culture, and to the kids. They truly inspired me to keep giving my time to others."
Cayla Hantzsch, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2013
"Working with Outreach360 was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had and I wouldn't't trade that experience for anything. I learned a lot about myself and had an amazing time getting to teach and know the children!"
Alexander Camp, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2013
"I enjoyed watching the kids' light bulbs finally click and speak in full sentences. On day four, we talked about musical instruments and the kids were having SUCH a great time playing instruments and learning different musical terms. I never knew I could be this inspired after four days of working with these kids. This is the opportunity to have the experience of a life time. You are going to learn more than you ever thought you would. Its not about you, its about the kids and it is such a rewarding experience."
Bailey Marquardt, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2013
"Outreach360 is a really great organization that aims at educating and empowering children in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua so that they can live a life of choice and have more opportunities. They also have a focus on teaching English, which is one tangible method that helps the children reach more opportunities. Some really neat people also work there. God bless you all, Outreach360!"
Jonathan McHugh, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2013
"The entire experience was amazing. Working with the children, seeing the culture, there was not a moment I did not enjoy."
Sloane Oxley-Hase, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2013
"A highlight was being able to see the impact I made on the children in as little as four days. Also being able to explore the city and getting a feel for the culture. I really loved how much culture and history was incorporated throughout the whole week."
Melinda Van Dyke, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2013
"One of the largest highlights were the kids. Their manners, intelligence, and the light in their eyes to learn was something that I did not expect when coming to outreach 360. The integration of culture and history of the Dominican Republic really helped me understand how important Outreach 360 was. It was one of the best experiences I had."
Nichole Springer, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2013
"The whole trip was incredible! I cannot even pinpoint exact highlights because the entire experience was so wonderful."
Kimberly Ebner, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2013
"A highlight is seeing the impact that the O360 experience is having on the children and on our group. I think it is a great organization doing important work. I would mention that I financially support O360 because I believe in it. I also would stress that you are great to work with because of the thoughtful way that you have approached the details of the work."
Christopher Lee, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2013
"The highlights of my experience were definitely times spent in the learning center with the kids, singing songs and playing games. The staff and long term volunteers were also so welcoming. I would definitely say that this experience was one of the most worthwhile things I have ever done. The time that you spend with the kids is well spent--you can see their joy and willingness to learn, and you get such a feeling of satisfaction when you teach them something new. The Outreach360 community is so welcoming, and it is such a great place to learn about others and yourself."
Meredith Klinker, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2013
"The highlights for my Outreach360 experience would are the experiences that I had while teaching. I believe that Outreach360 gave our group an opportunity to be creative and make the experience wonderful within the classroom. The students were absolutely wonderful and I could tell that they absolutely loved the Outreach360 staff and atmosphere. Outreach360 is definitely making a sustainable impact in the Monte Cristi community."
Jordan Meiller, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2013
"Jump right in! It is an amazing experience that you will not regret!"
Kim Barkhahn, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2013
"Highlights were learning the culture of Monte Cristi and seeing how much Outreach 360 impacts the community and being able to see the kids grow and learn throughout the week. It is a great experience in which you can really make an impact. It makes you see the world differently and makes you want to make it better."
Ashley Arbour, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2013
"Go for it, it is a great experience."
Alison Benda, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2013
"I enjoyed the entire trip. This is truly an organization that is doing great things and holds true to their promises. The highlights of the trip for me was working with the kids and experiencing the Dominican culture, especially the dancing night, touring the city, climbing the mountain, and swimming in the ocean."
Jordan Champeau, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2013
"Absolutely go for it! It was one of the best experiences of my life and I enjoyed every minute of my week in the DR!"
Kealey Clemens, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2013
"The highlight was seeing the kids' faces light up when they saw us coming towards the school, knowing that I was making a difference in someone's life. It is an amazing experience that is well worth the long plane rides to get there. Serving with Outreach360 is definitely something I would recommend."
Emma May, Elgin Academy, 2013
"Outreach360 is a wonderful way to see how fortunate we are to live in the United States and how much we take for granted, especially our education. Participating in Outreach360 is a wonderful way to take action and give kids a life of choice by teaching them English and other valuable skills. It is an experience you will never forget and will not only change the kids you are working with, but it will also change yourself and your views on life."
Elizabeth Clements, Elgin Academy, 2013
"If you are looking to combine a love of service and appreciate cultural differences, this is an ideal program. After eight visits, I still find something new to look forward to on every trip."
Sharon Williams, Elgin Academy, 2013
"I really enjoyed the ability to have a hands-on experience with the children and get to know them in such a short time."
Kaleigh Richetti, Elgin Academy, 2013
"Outreach 360 is a great program that serves many people and makes a positive difference in the lives of many. More volunteers would be beneficial; right away they would start serving the community."
Hannah Gallee, Elgin Academy, 2013
"The group leader position was a great experience for me. I liked the camps a lot, and also being surrounded by such a great view. I enjoyed the fresh juice every day."
Jordan Nicole Kaufman, Elgin Academy, 2013
"It is a great experience that everyone should take part in at least once in their lifetime. The kids are great and end up teaching you just as much as you teach them."
Shayna Oriold, Elgin Academy, 2013
"Outreach360 is a very well-run organization. From the moment you sign up until the moment you board the bus to leave there are no concerns. The staff is welcoming and very professional."
Kathleen Rusniak, Elgin Academy, 2013
"The highlight for me was watching my two children interacting with the students in our camp and with their fellow volunteers. They both were so engaged in the entire experience."
Suzanne Wetterling, 2013
"Everything. I love that the program is very structured so we were always active with just enough breaks and downtime to let us catch our breath. The food was unbelievably delicious. The Outreach360 leaders were awesome. The town itself was incredible- the people are so friendly and the kids were amazing. I really can't express how this trip changed my life and how much I loved it. It was one of the best experiences I have ever had and I really really hope I can come back soon!"
Angela Cavanagh, Academy of Sacred Heart, 2013
"We LOVED Destinee. She was great with my kids and really modeled a great attitude and energy. We liked feeling like we were a part of the community we were working in. My kids did things that they had never dreamed. They were truly empowered. Great program for high school kids. Easy to plug in to. Real involvement with the community vs. superficial service. All my kids are planning return journeys."
Liz Wiltsie, Academy of Sacred Heart, 2013
"It was an amazing and life changing experience!!"
Kelsey Nagle, Academy of Sacred Heart, 2013
"Everyone living in the states should have some sort of culture shock experience in their life, better sooner than later. If someone is considering the idea of Outreach360, it should not take too much thought. Outreach360 definitely changed the way I view the world and taught me how to release the hero within, and I believe that everyone deserves the chance to learn how to release the hero within themselves."
Amy Aaron, Academy of Sacred Heart, 2013
"It is one of those amazing experiences you will never forget. As long as you come with an open mind, you will have a great time."
Ayomide Osobamiro, Academy of Sacred Heart, 2013
"Poco a poco, you will receive as much as you give if you are open, honest, and willing to release the hero within."
Korin Visocchi, Academy of Sacred Heart, 2013
"It changed my life and my outlook on the life that I live. I would highly recommend it to anyone."
Andrea Kchikian, Academy of Sacred Heart, 2013
"It is such a life-changing experience that is truly like no other."
Kaela Howell, Academy of Sacred Heart, 2013
"It is an amazing experience that allows you to serve a community in need while learning about yourself. It is hard to put into words just how much of an impact the experience had on me."
Molly Kadlec, Academy of Sacred Heart, 2013
"I thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to create my own lesson plans, and the tour of the city on Friday was also a favorite of mine. The kids were a joy to work with and I was glad that I had the opportunity to improve my Spanish skills. Outreach 360 is also a great place to leave one's comfort zone and expand one's horizons. I loved this trip so much, and it would be so amazing if other people had the opportunity to do the same."
Kalen Cobb, Academy of Sacred Heart, 2013
"Highlights included the enthusiasm of all the leaders, being able to get a glimpse of the Nicaraguan culture from the inside out, each day in the classroom working the children, hiking Pena de la Cruz, visiting the area where they make black pottery, and Selva de Negra. Outreach360 is a welcoming, passionate and organized organization with a mission that will last for years/generations to come!"
Selena Gonzalez, 2013
"Highlights were working with the kids and meeting all the wonderful volunteers. Our culture day was also great. The trip is life changing and that it is very eye-opening. I would do it again."
Emily Reed, 2013
"The highlight of the trip was definitely working with the kids and witnessing a passion for learning and an honest excitement of our presence."
Paulina Orozco, New York University, 2013
"Outreach360 is a great organization that really is motivated to serve the children of the DR. They are supportive of their volunteers and very well organized."
Cristina Tarantino, New York University, 2013
"Everyone was so welcoming and the programs were incredibly organized."
Kristina Herlihy, New York University, 2013
"A highlight was working one on one with the kids. Having to come up with my own lesson plan, and jumping right in to teach the kids in a fun and affective way."
Min Lin, New York University, 2013
"I really enjoyed working with our students. Their eagerness to learn was inspiring. Also I felt very re-centered after being forced to unplug from phone and internet for a week and was reminded of how the power of people can do so much good."
Alison Fedyna, New York University, 2013
"The trip is worth every bit of their time money and fundraising efforts."
Elise Harris, New York University, 2013
"The trip as a whole was amazing, from the excitement and passion for learning of the children to the teams we were partnered with. This experience is a truly rewarding one and you can see change within the kids in just a few days. We started at the beginning of the week with very few kids knowing the words we were teaching and by the last day, each of the kids new some of the words we were sharing. Also, to see kids waiting for us when we arrived each morning and afternoon warmed my heart. You stay very busy during the week and will be extremely tired by the end, but also extremely fulfilled."
Cristopher Barnes, New York University, 2013
"Best organization to work with."
Charles Braun, New York University, 2013
"Highlights were seeing the excitement on the kids faces to learn and to have us there, getting to know my teammates, our cultural day and the food."
Ziandrea Bauer, New York University, 2013
"Jump right in, because the experience is magnificent and you won't be disappointed! The community, the kids, the volunteers are so amazing."
Hannah Lewis, St. Croix Country Day School, 2013
"Great program to bring middle and high school aged students. Safe. Yet still into the community at hand. Not overly stressful. Food and sanitation a non-issue. The logistics of day-to-day necessities are well hammered out. Leaders were dedicated and inspirational. Very good program for an exposure to service outreach in a foreign country. "
Christina Tobias, St. Croix Country Day School, 2013
"It was a life changing experience, and was extremely enjoyable. Would love to go back soon."
Jenna Wallace, St. Croix Country Day School, 2013
"The highlight of the trip for me was finding and seeing how important I am in the grand scheme of the organization. I also loved seeing the individual students had accomplished so much throughout one short week. This is an amazing experience and it will change your life."
Alexis Avery, SUNY Oswego, 2013
"Absolutely amazing experience. By the end of the week, seeing the students hold actual English conversations is an image I will never forget. The culture elements outreach 360 added from our trip to the market and film implementation were extremely enjoyable and informative. An overall excellent experience. Absolutely 100% give it a try- best volunteer experience I have ever had."
Danielle Matthews, SUNY Oswego, 2013
"It is a very challenging but rewarding trip."
Timothy Yager, SUNY Oswego, 2013
"I was surprised at the level of ownership given to volunteers to create lesson plans. As a consequence I think everyone was more invested, and our impact was extraordinary. The cultural activities also provided a rich context for our experience and our visit to DaJabon was especially eye-opening. Outreach 360 is a great and culturally eye-opening experience. In just one week, I was able to teach English vocabulary to approximately 65 4-14 year olds. Their enthusiasm for learning and love was evident in the line of students waiting for us each morning. We also visited a market on the Haiti/DR border, an intimate and culturally tense experience. In addition to our direct impact, this experience creates a ripple effect as myself and others share our story continuing to influence in DR and beyond."
Patricia Waters, SUNY Oswego, 2013
"Highlights were working with the kids, the Dajabon market, meeting people from other groups, and the exceptional staff. The experience of being able to work in this kind of community is life-changing; you should do it through an organization like Outreach360."
Edwin Winkworth, SUNY Oswego, 2013
"I loved the group of people that I got to meet and spend the week with! I also loved getting to be a group leader that was definitely a highlight! It was a life changing experience and I loved every second I was there!"
Heather Rougeux, SUNY Oswego, 2013
"This whole trip was the experience of a lifetime. Working with the children in Los Maestros was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. Seeing 70 smiling and eager faces waiting for you as you walked up the path was absolutely breathtaking. Their drive and determination to learn was truly inspiring. They remembered our names and wanted hugs and just to spend time with us. They had a few hours a day with us and we were only going to be with us for four days yet they still made the effort to get to know us. Those kids truly make me grateful for what I have. I could never thank them for what they have given me. They truly exemplify the quote, "superheroes reside in the hearts of small children fighting big battles." Their battle is education and they are working so hard for something they deserve to have handed to them. The other highlight of the trip was going to the Dajabon Market. This was a heartbreaking experience. You can see the weight of the world weighing down on the people from Haiti as you watch them rushing across the border to get some of the necessities they need to survive. The Dominican Republic is a poor yet developing country and Haiti is the poorest Country on this side of the world. As difficult as it was to watch, it was. in a way, proof that countries can come together to help each other out... it was true humanity in the rawest form."
Nina Marollo, SUNY Oswego, 2013
"It will open your eyes to another world and that one person can make a difference...poco a poco"
Rick Zeller, Derryfield School, 2013
"I enjoyed being able to work with large amounts of children and still see the same ones every day. I really enjoyed the teaching and watching the kids learn. It is a great experience that you will remember for the rest of their life. It is a great, fun program that will leave you with a lasting impression."
Carolyn Adie, Derryfield School, 2013
"A highlight was watching our students as they taught the children. Seeing that there was progress made in the children's language skills, and seeing them gain self confidence as they used their new language skills. Cultural experiences, especially the trip to Dajabon. Do it! It was an incredible opportunity to teach others, to see the true value of education, and to simply help others."
Karen Robichaud, Derryfield School, 2013
"Outreach360 is a great program and is truly life changing. Seeing the kids progress and learn so quickly was spectacular and a real eye-opener."
Madeline Pierson, Derryfield School, 2013
"Not only did we get the chance to help teach kids English and see their smiling faces everyday, but we also had the opportunity to experience some of the Dominican Republic Culture thanks to Outreach 360. It was an amazing opportunity and you should definitely join!"
Jonathan Furlong, Derryfield School, 2013
" Outreach 360 helped me not to take my every day experiences for granted."
Nicholas Briccetti, Derryfield School, 2013
"Highlights were making the lesson plans/creating camp, the El Morro hike, and learning about the local history and culture."
Bailey Booras, University of New England, 2013
"There were so many highlights during this trip! The children really were motivated to learn English, wanting to have an education, and they had the energy every day to come back to camp. The improvements on the children learning English was great to observe! There would be no other experience that could be as great as this one. I am just so happy that my school was able to be a part of the children's' lives, making the connections, and they know that they want to impress us. We have made so many children happy, smiles on their faces, enjoying every opportunity they have with us, and really getting the education they want. It is hard where they live, but it is awesome to see them come back the next day, and be so enthusiastic about learning! During our trip to the Dajabon market, that was quite an eye-opener. I did not know that it was only open Mondays and Fridays. It was a real stressor for me, I could feel my heart racing, I could feel the tension around me, and it is just incredible how many people were buying things. I know we may take things for granted, and I realize that I do take some things for granted, and now seeing this, it takes me into the people's foot steps. The El Morro beach/hike was incredible! It was an awesome view and it was just an overall fantastic experience!"
Emily Okun, University of New England, 2013
"Definitely go. Life changing experience."
Melissa Pierce, University of New England, 2013
"A highlight was to really understand the culture that I was surrounded by. I learned so much in just a week. It has opened up my eyes to so many things. It was such a positive experience and Outreach 360 could not have done a better job executing the week. I believe Outreach360 stands for all the right things and they have made a powerful impact in the community of Monte Cristi."
Mallory Driscoll, University of New England, 2013
"Working with the students in Monte Christi was an inspiring experience. Visiting the Dajabon Market was also a moment I will never forget."
Jonathan Osborne, University of New England, 2013
"A highlight was definitely working as a group leader with the older boys and specifically reading to them. Setting how excited they were to really learn English and how excited they got to do something as simple as read a book was awesome to see. I also enjoyed hiking El Morro and the culture day. Also I liked the cornmeal!"
Paige Oliver, University of New England, 2013
"I was extremely proud to be apart of Outreach 360 and plan to donate to them in the future when I have a stable job."
Michaela Hoffman, University of New England, 2013
"It was great working with the younger kids and having a chance to work in the Salomon Jorge community. I loved interacting with the kids in and out of the classroom. I also really enjoyed the cultural experiences in the evenings - dance lesson, movies/culture talks. Outreach 360 offers a wonderful opportunity for people to have an in-depth experiential learning opportunity working in another culture. The program is structured to allow volunteers to work directly in a community setting and learn more about the culture and history of a particular community within the Dominican Republic. I also really respect the focus and value of reciprocity in which volunteers are learning and taking away from the experience as much or more than what they are giving by serving. It is a potentially life-changing experience that gives volunteers more perspective, appreciation and insight into both another culture and themselves and their own cultural values."
Donna Gaspar-Jarvis, University of New England, 2013
"I got the benefit of working with kids while also learning about the culture of the Dominican Republic. It was incredible to watch how much a child can grow in a week."
Carolyn Lambert, University of New England, 2013
"The sense of community within the Dominican Republic was a highlight of my experience with Outreach360. I thought that it was well organized and the schedules were nice to have."
Jessica Hines, University of New England, 2013
"I loved seeing the children learn. They were so enthusiastic and so appreciative of everything. They showed up to the camps before we did, so seeing them happy and learning was my highlight. DO IT! such an amazing experience and would do it all over again. Poco a poco is so true in every aspect and I truly feel like I made a change. I know everyone felt good about themselves after this trip and fell in love with the children. I would gladly recommend it to everyone I know!"
Spencer Allard, University of New England, 2013
"Go for it. It was a wonderful time."
Morgan Heath, 2013
"The main reason we were there is to work with the kids and I think that is the best part. However, I think the cultural day is also really interesting and fun."
Walker Edison, 2013
"It is a great program that really knows its stuff. And will give you the experience of a lifetime"
Clayton McElvain, 2013
"It is a fantastic way to learn about a new culture while doing great charity work within a community."
Griffin Shelor, 2013
Margot Twomey, 2013
"The service experience is on point and it was most definitely a worthwhile time. I enjoyed working with the children and I think that the program it self is really developing to allow for the continuation of the education of the children so that my work within a brief week would be of continued value."
Priscilla Kim, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013
"My group and I would lesson plan during the night, and think for hours on how to teach the kids the new words. My favorite part was when I would see the smiles on the kids' faces to show that the lesson planning was 100% worthwhile. It was incredible to see how much the kids want to study. One of the kids would copy down the pictures of the rooms of the house or even pull out a pen to write on their hands. I also loved the time for reflections when I was able to share my experiences of the day while hearing the great stories of others. Outreach360 is amazing. It is so much more than simply teaching kids a few English words. Poco a poco. Although four days of camp does not make a huge difference on its own, but it is amazing to know that one can be a part of something so much bigger that changes the kids' lives. Also, even though you go to teach the kids, the kids end up teaching you so much more. They give you a completely different outlook on your daily life which you can truly understand by being a part of Outreach360."
Michelle Moon, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013
"The highlights for me were seeing an environment and a culture that is so different than the one I have grown up in, being able to interact with some of the happiest and most driven children I have ever met, and feeling that I contributed to a large-scale goal in just one week. Working with Outreach360 was one of the most rewarding experiences I have been through, and I would recommend it to anybody. It is both a great cultural experience and a great service experience, so anybody who is interested in either one of those would find it rewarding."
Alison McNulty, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013
"The highlight was seeing the progress Outreach360 has made in the last two years to expand, become more sustainable, and respond to the needs of the Monte Cristi community. Even one short week with Outreach360 is enough to change your entire outlook on service and what you have to offer to those in need. The communities that Outreach360 works with are unbelievably supportive and welcoming towards the skills you can share, and you will learn an incredible amount about yourself in the process. It is a beautifully rewarding adventure that everyone should experience."
Kimberly Josephson, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013
"I loved being able to interact one on one with the kids, as well as seeing the strong connections that the staff had with the kids and the community. By the end of the week, I could see that the students had picked up most of what we taught them and that was such a powerful experience. I have traveled to so many places but my Outreach360 experience has been the most amazing experience ever. Not only did I have the chance to explore the Dominican Republic but I also got to help give children the life of choice. The entire week long journey was a whirl wind of emotions and that only being there will you understand what Outreach360 volunteers have seen and done. The children and people that I met in the DR will be lasting memories in my life and from this one week I have learned so much about the world and myself."
Taryn Bipat, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013
"My highlights were seeing the kids get excited about learning and seeing the kids help each other learn. This was an amazing thing to witness. These students really valued learning English and they would go great lengths to make that happen. This is a great program to go and make a difference. You have to be really passionate about it though, because it is a lot of hard work. I stayed up till 1 am numerous times doing lesson plans trying to give the students my all. I would also tell them that the program gets you involved with some great people all around the country. Another thing is the program allows for other great experiences, such as the Dajabon market and the beach."
Connor Livingston, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013
"The highlight of me trip was pulling up to our camp site in Laguna Verde and seeing that there were already kids waiting at the camp because they were so excited to be there. This helped to show me that we are actually making a difference in their lives in the short time that we were together. It truly amazed me that something that was so simple for me to do made such a large difference in so many kids lives."
Marissa Morales, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013
"This week with Outreach 360 has truly changed my life. I really appreciate how you introduce the culture of DR while we teach."
Yichu Jin, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013
"The interaction with the students we taught was the best. The program itself was extremely well run and the volunteers were so well cared for and hosted."
Jennifer McNabb, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013
"Seeing how much progress the kids have made over the past few months since my last trip was one of the biggest highlights for me. I missed these kids so much over the past few months and seeing how far they have come was just so beautiful and amazing. Outreach360 has been a life changing experience for me. It has taught me to be more patient, more flexible, and most importantly kinder. I have been down three separate times and each time I come home I realize I have learned something new. This most recent time I really realized the impact Outreach is having on the Monte Cristi community. Outreach is so respected and welcomed in the community and you can tell how much the community appreciates what Outreach is doing. I think if someone wants to feel like a part of something bigger and more important, Outreach is an incredibly wonderful experience. I know that if I could I would go back in a heartbeat."
Ashlinn Brennan, 2013
"Its a delightful and enriching experience that will be hard to forget and fun to recount in your memories."
Frances Perez, Medaille College, 2013
"I loved it that after a couple days the students were trying hard to read in English. Even if it was incorrect they still tried and that made my heart melt. The fact that they never gave up. The whole experience was a highlight."
Mame Yaa Ankoma-Mensa, Medaille College, 2013
"Highlights were seeing the students progress throughout the week and meeting other volunteers."
Melisa Williams, Medaille College, 2013
"Highlights included watching the kids respond to praise, realizing the universality of play, getting to know other volunteer groups, getting to know my own group of volunteers better. Gumby is the key- you can not expect things to go a certain way even if you have been on an Outreach360 trip before. The program is growing and evolving, so plan on being flexible! Otherwise, it is an opportunity unlike anything I have ever done before and is eye opening and life changing."
Laura Monti, Taft School, 2013
"Highlights including working with all of the children in both the learning center and the JFK school. I also enjoyed the culture and going to the border. I had a wonderful experience working with the program. The objectives that O360 has are wonderful and it allows you to have fun while helping others. Beyond just helping others we get to experience the culture in different parts of the Dominican Republic."
Megan Stone, Taft School, 2013
"Outreach360 is well designed volunteer trip for a high school or college group"
Jeremy Clifford, Taft School, 2013
"A highlight was getting to see the very real impact that the learning center is making on kids there. I was able to serve in Monti Cristi and had the privilege of teaching at both JFK the public school and the learning center. The public school was incredibly large and we had over 40 kids in each class so it was hard to tell of any were absorbing the material. But in the learning center we were able to work one on one with the kids and honestly it was clear that those kids in the learning center had a leg up on those in the public school. Seeing this difference first hand was the biggest highlight of the trip for me. The marketplace, supermarket and movies were also highlights. Outreach 360 is different from other organizations I have been to because they offer you so much more. They allow you to fully be emerged in the culture by showing movies, having culture talks, letting you roam the city, really communicate with the people, taking you to see DaJabon (the marketplace) and not to mention hands on teaching the kids. You are really involved in every step of the program. The leaders are incredible and everyone whom I have talked to that has gone on the trip before has had nothing but good things to say about their experience. And in addition the program is truly open to anyone, you do not have to speak Spanish. This is not an organization in which you go and end up sitting for the majority of the time while your leader does all the real work, you are the teachers. It also is not an organization for charity. They truly want to make a difference and this doesn't mean handouts, it means sustainability and resources. You can be sure that your time and effort are really making a difference."
Heather Gordon, Taft School, 2013
"I really enjoyed working with the kids in classes, and just talking to them at recess and at the park. I liked making the lesson plans and having the smaller classes at the learning center."
Margaret Swomley, Taft School, 2013
"It is a rewarding experience to be immersed in the culture, see the children learn before you, and that all of the lesson planning gives you a greater appreciation for teachers. Also, you form friendships with other people at the sites, such as long term volunteers and people from other schools, and strengthen your relationships with friends from your school on the trip."
Anna Farrell, Taft School, 2013
"The highlights of my trip were when some of the kids would pay attention to your teaching and work very hard. When my group would give them worksheets to fill out, the kids were always so proud of their work and eager to share. I also liked going to the market on Friday. I liked seeing a different side of the culture I had not yet seen in the city. It was an eye-opening experience seeing how some people live."
Stephanie Houghton, Taft School, 2013
"A highlight was being in class with Angeles and Elias and reading with both of them and when we finished reading we would each give each other high fives and start laughing and like joking with each other. I loved seeing them come into the class room and see me and their faces light up and they run up to me and give me the biggest hug or even before they left they never left without giving me the biggest hug and saying good bye. It is a life-changing experience and something you would want to continue through out your life and you will really come to love the children and get a chance to change someone's life."
Ismatou Bah, Taft School, 2013
"The highlight was working with the kids in such a fun setting. My group helped at a learning camp, and all of the activities were very fun. The kids were excited to learn which made the experience very enjoyable."
Alexandra Van Hall, University at Buffalo, 2013
"This is the best experience I have ever had. It changed my perspective on a lot of things and what I want to do with my life. Working with the kids is so great and you can only understand how good the feeling is by being there yourself."
Abigail Gaylord, University at Buffalo, 2013
"The highlight was making unforgettable bonds between both the children we were serving and the teammates I was serving with. I also thoroughly enjoy the market trip, and it was a feral, tangible cultural experience that simply must be lived in order to understand. Jump right in. This experience is beautiful, and definitely worth it, I would refer anyone to join the ranks of Outreach 360!"
H Andrew Wilsey, University at Buffalo, 2013
"Working with children that had such a passion to learn was very inspirational and motivational. Seeing kids run up to us in the streets, screaming "Teacher, teacher!" and holding your hand while you walk to the learning site was so heart warming. Being in such a loving and welcoming community made it feel like we were at home, and the language barrier was minimal if anything. Learning so much from one week seemed impossible, but I truly grew so much from this experience. This trip was one of the most inspirational, motivational, and emotional experiences I have ever had. Although it was my first service trip, I felt like I truly made a difference. Just seeing the students we helped grow so much within a week was really inspiring and refreshing to see. Words cannot describe everything I have learned from Outreach360, my peers, the Monte Cristi community and the precious children I worked with at Francisco Javier this past week. Going into this experience I knew I would see the world from a whole new perspective. But, it is true that, "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." It was honestly the best way to spend my spring break."
Natasha Singh, University at Buffalo, 2013
"It was an amazing cultural experience. "
Timothy Matthews, University at Buffalo, 2013
"Though there is no way for anyone to understand without actually going, the best way you can understand what happens is if you do the following: imagine a time when you had a fairly difficult time learning/doing something; now imagine the feeling when you overcame the challenge and succeeded; now imagine giving that feeling to 100 kids a day for a week. That feeling is only one part of the experience, but it is, in my opinion, the best."
Nicholas Smith, University at Buffalo, 2013
"An amazing opportunity to give to a community that really wants your help, in an amazing environment of love."
Phillip Tucciarone, University at Buffalo, 2013
"Everybody gets a different experience but the kids are all so loving and enthusiastic about learning that you are bound to have a memorable experience. The Outreach 360 leaders are also fantastic role models and it was a joy and a privilege to get to work with you all. This trip was more fulfilling that I or anyone could have ever imagined. If you have any interest at all in being part of Outreach 360, DO IT. It was a life changing trip that not only gave me the opportunity to serve a community but gave me the opportunity to learn from an amazing culture."
Mallorey Himmel, University at Buffalo, 2013
"This is the most rewarding experience a person can have. It truly opens your eyes and educates you and enables you to see things you would not see otherwise. If you are looking for a life changing volunteer experience this is the program to be a part of."
Corisa Haller, University at Buffalo, 2013
"A highlight was being able to walk on the streets and feel the friendly vibes from the community as a whole. The kids really blew me away with how fast they grasped they caught to our teaching. They were really interested in learning, something that I do not see much in the kids in the states. I was able to meet a lot of new people and learn a lot of history about the country."
Joyce Adiges, University at Buffalo, 2013
"I enjoyed working at the learning camps. It was great to not only see the children of the DR grow their language skills, but I also enjoyed observing the growth of the students that I was advising. Volunteering for Outreach360 is an incredible experience. Even after just one week, you will be a changed person."
James Bowman, University at Buffalo, 2013
"Best volunteer experience I have had to date! If you love cultural experiences and serving, this is the program for you!"
Brittany Sager, University at Buffalo, 2013
"My service experience with Outreach360 to the Dominican Republic was LIFE-CHANGING!!!!! Living in the community that we served enabled me to experience (quite possibly for the first time ever) what it is like to live fully in the moment and not worry about tomorrow. Now I am back at school, but my trip to the DR has inspired me to set aside time each day to reflect on and appreciate the beauty of life, even in the midst of tremendous academic stress. All of this was made possible through the tireless efforts of Outreach360's staff. Thank you so much for the wonderful memories!"
Brian Zylinski, University at Buffalo, 2013
"One of the biggest highlights for me was being able to work with the kids and apply all I have learned into a real classroom setting. I have done plenty of mock classrooms and talking through examples, but actually being able to work in a real classroom setting and find out what methods work and do not work was awesome. I also really liked that I was able to speak so much Spanish. I was not able to take a Spanish class this semester, so knowing that I still have a good grasp on the language was good. With the Outreach360 program, I really enjoyed how structured it was. There was never really a dull moment. All the cultural education and activities were really interesting to me and I really enjoyed them. I really, completely enjoyed my experience with Outreach360."
Jason Schubert, University of Kentucky, 2013
"The highlight was getting to collaborate with college students from other schools to teach the kids in the learning camps. Outreach360 is a great organization to work for that is making a real difference in the community in which they serve and they take great measures to ensure the safety and well-being of all their volunteers."
Courtney Ford, University of Kentucky, 2013
"Outreach360 was an amazing experience and I love that it is so unique to the individual villages in DR and Nicaragua. I did not believe that I was just donating my time to a global project and I did not know where the impact was felt. This was very personal and I would definitely do it again."
Eleanor Daugherty, University of Virginia, 2013
"Jump right in and do it because this is it!"
Emily Backe, University of Virginia, 2013
"It is a great experience, you should do it."
Ross Hoogstraten, University of Virginia, 2013
"I had a really great time on my trip interacting with the kids and teaching them. I really enjoyed all the other activities and felt that I was interacting a lot with the culture. I really enjoyed how the program is set-up and how the trip went."
Sawyer DeVries, University of Virginia, 2013
"Highlights were the beach day and hiking up the mountain to see the view. I also loved teaching the kids and seeing their learning progress each day."
Kelly Mallory, Boston College, 2013
"I really enjoyed that we got to lesson plan for our own groups how we were going to teach the kids the information. I also really enjoyed the border experience as well as all the videos we watched, which really helped me learn more about the situation in the country as a whole in education and politically. It was one of the best experiences of my life so far and I enjoyed every second of it."
Ashlan Bishop, College of Charleston, 2013
"Connecting with the students and community. I really liked that we were making an impact in a community where Outreach 360 has spent little time in. It is definitely a community that Outreach should continue to pursue."
Katie Smith, College of Charleston, 2013
"I really enjoyed going to the Haiti DR border. It was a very eye opening experience and I believe it is something everyone should experience. I also enjoyed teaching the kids because they had such a thirst for knowledge. Outreach is a great organization. They have a plan as to how to bring about the goals they have set for themselves and they are organized and professional."
Annemarie Galasso, College of Charleston, 2013
"Be prepared to be out of your comfort zone, but also be prepared to feel like you are actually serving a community. The relationships you build with the children and seeing them reaching for their full potential will have you wanting to come back again."
Dayzia Terry, Episcopal High School, 2013
"Do it! It's so much fun"
Leigh Channell, Episcopal High School, 2013
"I had a chance to become a teacher and make positive changes. I had a chance to put effort in fulfilling people's will of learning. I realized that if we do try, we can really make a difference."
Zehong Lin, Episcopal High School, 2013
"I thought I was going to be the teacher on this trip. I thought I was the expert in the classroom, but in the end the classroom ended up not being an actual classroom in a school, but something much bigger and greater than that, and myself. In the end I was the one learning much more than teaching."
Meredith Sackett, Episcopal High School, 2013
"Totally go for it. The experience is worth it"
Joalissa Diaz, Episcopal High School, 2013
"It will change your life."
Ivy Houde, Episcopal High School, 2013
"Highlights: 1. Working with such a great group of program leaders. Brian, Cathy, and Jackie were so wonderful. They were organized, fun, and friendly, and they worked very well with the students. They are also clearly doing great work with the Dominican students. They all were an inspiration to me. 2. Getting to stay in the middle of the city. Our students got to host a camp in the park and see their students out and about! Outreach360 is a great way to get out of your comfort zone and experience what it feels like to really serve. I learned the value of community and trust, both with my fellow volunteers and the people of Monte Cristi."
Mimi Hobart, Episcopal High School, 2013
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