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"It was great working with the Outreach 360 crew. I loved that the culture and environment were so engrained into our minds. We felt like we belonged there and we're easily accepted. Outreach 360 did an excellent job showing that we are not their superior there to fix them but their equal, there to be what they need. I loved working in the Dominican an I would strongly recommend it. I myself want to go back and work go back and work there for an extended time. The experience is something not found in America. The people have such joy and are so happy where they are. The language barrier is something I was really nervous about, but communicating was much easier then I expected, even with my limited Spanish background. It was more difficult to talk to people my own age or older but even then, they understood and tried to work with me. The place and people are unforgettable and life changing. It is definitely worth the time an money needed."
Kelsey Hilt, Cascade Christian High School, 2012
"Do it, it will change your life. I definitely want to go again when I can afford it, and am seriously considering becoming a long-term volunteer because I loved it so much. Even if you can not speak Spanish, it does not matter and is not necessary like you would think it would be. This is a great program that is really doing good."
Joy Skipper, 2012
"Highlights included watching the high school students interact with the children. Meeting the other groups who came to volunteer. Watching the children enjoy themselves so much. Learning from the Dominican culture. It is an incredible experience. It is well worth the time and money investment. I do not speak Spanish, and I still had a great experience."
Matthew Jones, 2012
"Go for it! It is fun, safe, and eye opening, but most importantly, I really felt like I was making a difference in someone's life!"
Maeve Jones, 2012
"Definitely do it! It is a great experience that everyone should have."
Monica Wisecarver, 2012
"Go! It is one of the greatest experience you will have in your life. There is so much in this world to keep you continuously learning."
Elisabeth Benfield, 2012
"Highlights included working with the kids, getting to see the community, feeling a part of the community. It is a great experience and it is one of the best ways to help in a developing country while feeling 100% safe and in livable conditions."
Myranda Blake, 2012
"Definitely worth it!"
Gina de la Garza, Johnson Bible College, 2012
"The organization is great and is doing a wonderful job reaching out to the community, but to definitely be prepared to do things that are outside of your comfort zone. "
Cana Thompson, Johnson Bible College, 2012
"I liked working with the children at the English Institute. I also liked the freedom we had with the lesson planning and with working with the kids. I also liked playing in the park and just being part of the community there. I really admired how well our leader, Rebecca, had formed relationships with those in the community."
Whitney Baker, Johnson Bible College, 2012
"It is an outstanding program that has great roots in community involvement, and I would wholeheartedly suggest it to anyone. I am highly considering coming back to serve."
Morgan Hess, 2012
"Definitely do it."
Morgan Grenier, 2012
"Outreach360 provides a safe and rewarding experience for school students to make a positive impact on others and opens up the eyes and minds of young people to a world of serving others first."
Jeff Landis, 2012
"Go into the experience with no expectations. Your time in the Dominican will be more than you could have ever imagined if you have an open kind and heart. Be sure to open our eyes to the potential of the people in the community and you will not be let down."
Taylor Grenier, 2012
"Outreach360 is an amazing organization that puts forth a large effort to make your experience worth while. Outreach360 is all about making a difference and they definitely do that."
Sydney Issa, Maryvale Preparatory School, 2012
"It is a great program to get involved with, and it will definitely be a life changing experience. I highly recommend joining Outreach360 if you are up for the challenge."
Meghan Hildreth, Maryvale Preparatory School, 2012
"Meeting and spending time with the wonderful kids. Also, seeing and meeting the great community and town of Monte Christi. The people are so accepting and definitely loving. Made me feel right at home. DEFINITELY DO IT. It is an experience you will not forget and is life changing."
Katie Anger, Maryvale Preparatory School, 2012
"Highlights included the unconditional love of the community and how it is present everywhere. The children really changed my outlook on life back at home in the United States, which I feel has more fully shaped me as a compassionate human being. I highly highly recommend you go. It has been a life changing experience that was absolutely incredible and more fulfilling than I could have ever predicted. Everyone there is so full of love and you really feel emerged in the culture and community. It was the most amazing experience of my whole life and I definitely recommend you venture out to the Dominican, the most beautiful place on earth, to see for yourself."
Mel Karolenko, Maryvale Preparatory School, 2012
"My favorite things were playing with the kids during camp and going to the park. I also liked being able to walk around town and how everyone was so friendly. It was one of the best experienced of my life."
allie cook, Maryvale Preparatory School, 2012
"This experience gave me the opportunity to use my head, hands and heart to communicate with the people of the Dominican Republic. Anyone who would like the opportunity to help foster growth in children, the future of our world, would benefit from volunteering and serving others to build a stronger future in Monte Cristi. I am excited to see how Outreach 360 continues to expand and I hope to have more opportunities to collaborate in the future! Thank you for a wonderful week!"
Lauren Barrett, Maryvale Preparatory School, 2012
"I would say go for it! It is a lot of fun and you really communicate love throughout the week! Everyone in the town is so friendly and welcoming that you never feel like an outsider."
Paige Homberg, Maryvale Preparatory School, 2012
"My time with Outreach360 was truly incredible. I absolutely loved working with the kids, and receiving love from them as well as giving. I really appreciated Outreach360's emphasis on allowing their volunteers to become a part of the community. I have been on other mission trips where I felt eerily secluded from the community. With Outreach360 we were able to travel throughout the city and really get to know the people of Monte Cristi. I really could tell the passion the staff had. I loved speaking Spanish with the children, and because of this trip I have decided to pursue a minor in Spanish in college. I would definitely recommend Outreach360 to someone who has never been on a missions trip before. I think it is a great first trip, giving you the opportunity to serve, experience a new culture, and receive love from those you are working with. It is not too overwhelming and a great trip for someone who has never been out of the country."
Kelsey McDonald, Maryvale Preparatory School, 2012
"Highlights included watching our students work with the children during the camps. In addition the times we were able to walk through the town and experience spontaneous interaction with Dominican folks. Experiencing the culture and embracing the moments to learn from my students and the people we spent our time with there. Outreach 360 offers a comprehensive approach to a service learning experience which not only includes opportunities for direct outreach, cultural education and time for recreation. Our girls fully embraced the experience and enjoyed every minute of it."
Michael Vogrin, Maryvale Preparatory School, 2012
"You should absolutely join Outreach360 because the three weeks I have spent with Outreach360 have been extremely influential in other areas of my life, and I do not regret a second of it. No week is ever perfect, but every week presents new challenges and I have grown from all of them. "
Danielle Melgar, 2012
"I would highly recommend this program for groups of all kinds. I think it is especially great for families, because it is so well organized and coordinated. There is a great balance of activities, work, cultural education, and rest time. The interactions between our children and the young adult volunteers in Nicaragua were fabulous, and added a tremendous amount to the experience."
Fran Melgar, 2012
"Mario and Brian were so great as leaders. They really inspired me and made me want to come back. They gave us such a sense of community."
Jennifer Falk, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2012
"My week was filled with experiences that I will never forget. I never knew how much could be done in just one week. This past week was one of the greatest in my life thus far. I am looking forward to a time when I can go back!"
Katherine Isleb, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2012
"Outreach360 provided a wonderful environment and staff that encouraged all of us to see past our egocentric ways and focus on the children. For me, the children were the best part. Seeing them all come to the camps actually wanting to learn and having fun while doing it was so incredibly rewarding. Before I had questioned myself as to what impact I could actually make in a week. As it turns out, I am a link in the chain that will provide a better future of these kids and I did make a difference!"
Nicole Fuls, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2012
"I loved it. You learn so much about the world and yourself."
Robert Olson, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2012
"I liked the way we were able to go out into the communities to help the kids and get a feel for what the country is really like by walking through the neighborhoods afterwards and having so much contact with the people there. It is definitely worth your time. Not only is it a personally rewarding activity, but you can really feel the impact you are making in the community. It was a once in a lifetime experience that I left, with new perspectives on many things in life."
Katie Sequin, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2012
"I loved watching the children take the book I was reading and finish reading it to his or her friends. At first some where shy to read, but then as they got more comfortable everyone took turns and the more proficient readers helped the others instead of letting me help them. It was amazing to see them take charge of their learning."
Bat-Zion Hose, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2012
"Go for it! I definitely recommend joining Outreach360. My experience was amazing! Everyone on the staff was so nice, helpful, and knowledgeable. They provided information for us about the country and people, clean t-shirts every day, and great food! And best of all its obvious they care about their work, I loved seeing Brian and Mario hanging out with the kids and forming relationships with them. They provided awesome activities for us on our culture day: at the beach, gift shop, tour around Monte Cristi, a grocery store, and getting ice cream! It was so much fun, a really great learning experience, and I will always value the time I spent there and memories I made!"
Megan Bartkowski, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2012
"Being able to get to know the people and communities in the Dominican Republic better than had I visited on my own, including speaking Spanish with native speakers, was an incredible experience."
Meghan Chua, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2012
"Definitely go for it. This is the experience of a lifetime and you will not regret it. It has changed my outlook on so many things and has been a huge eye opener for myself. I think you will really get something out of it if you try and that you will be so happy for doing it."
Meghan ODell, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2012
"Do it. Learning is about seeing the world from new perspectives, and absolutely everything about serving with Outreach 360 pushes you out of your familiar zone into a world where every moment is precious, where every obstacle becomes an opportunity, every day a gift."
Brian Drout, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2012
"If I knew someone who was considering joining Outreach360, I would tell them that it is a decision they would never regret. Being surrounded by all the passionate workers at Outreach360 and the wonderful community members creates an atmosphere perfect for helping the children of the Dominican Republic find a way to live a life of choice."
Emma Becher, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2012
"I would encourage anyone to join Outreach360. I absolutely loved my trip and can not wait to go back."
Colleen Althoff, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2012
"The biggest highlight for me was how thought-provoking the trip was. I felt that I learned a lot about myself and the world, and I came back having a lot more questions than answers. I really liked our trip leaders, Mario and Brian, and I thought the staff on site in Jaibon was wonderful."
Ashley Trewartha, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2012
"Highlights included connecting with the people on my trip and immersing myself into a completely different culture."
Samuel Boderman, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2012
"Outreach360 gives you an amazing opportunity to jump right into a culture that might not be familiar to you. Their comprehensive experience really makes you feel like your destination is a second home!"
Corin Menuge, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2012
"The highlights were the Culture Day (the hike, the beach, and the ice cream), the culture talk about the Dominican Republic, and the working closely with the children. It is a safe organization to work through that has very nice, structured days. It is well-planned out and you do not have to worry about eating unsafe food. You get mosquito nets to sleep in at night and good yummy meals."
Catherine Kuecker, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2012
"I had a great time."
Zach Waltz, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2012
"I will never forget the amazing leaders, friends, kids, culture, and country that changed my life and perspective! It was organized and made you question and think about things that you normally do not. The leaders were always helpful, knowledgeable, and hilarious! Outreach 360 really made you feel like part of the family."
Rachel Mersberger, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2012
"My highlights of the experience were being able to go out into different communities and interact with the kids and listening to the various talks that we got throughout the week about Dominican culture."
Samantha Johnson, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2012
"I would say Go for it! It is a great relatively easy way to make an impact on the world."
Tatiana Das, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2012
"The highlights of my trip was connecting with the kids and seeing how eager they were to learn and how content they were with their lives even though it might be considered to be less than perfect. Also I made a lot of good friends that I will be able to stay connected with in the States with which I can discuss my experience and my new outlooks on global cultures."
Greta Huff, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2012
"Not only did I learn about the people of the Dominican Republic, but I also learned key aspects about myself. My trip brought questions about what I am doing with my life to the forefront, and helped me realize what truly makes me happy."
Nathaniel Miller, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2012
"Working with Outreach360 is eye opening. I wish this invigorating experience on everyone so that they can widen their global and self awareness as they serve and connect with a culture that is different from their own."
Amanda Held, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2012
"The quality of the entire experience was really high. The professionalism of the entire staff made it extremely easy for us to focus on the experience and be present in the moment. Outreach360 is a great organization. They have a lot of experience at what they are doing and have seriously thought through the process from a lot of directions. They attend to the perspective of both the volunteers and the community in which they are working."
Christopher Lee, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2012
"It was the single best week of my entire life."
Andrew Mlsna, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2012
"It was an amazing experience and not only do I feel that I taught, I feel that I also learned much from the experience including great improvement on my Spanish speaking abilities."
Benjamin Oriold, Elgin Academy, 2012
"The experience is very powerful both in allowing a convenient way to serve others needs as well as a personal educational experience as it relates to the history of the Dominican people and their culture"
Dr . Cindy Rauschenberger, Elgin Academy, 2012
"Outreach 360 is a very safe, organized program. It is a good way to get a small taste of the Dominican Republic, and a chance to see your charitable donations in action."
Sara szymczak, Elgin Academy, 2012
"It is an incredible look into the reality of life outside of the comparatively cushy life of an American."
Kelsi Cook, Elgin Academy, 2012
"It is a great experience and you really find yourself while volunteering. I am so glad I made the decision to go. I look forward to when I can go again."
Mirra Duffy, Elgin Academy, 2012
"Outreach360 is a safe and well run organization to experience the opportunity to serve in a very meaningful way."
Kathleen Rusniak, Elgin Academy, 2012
"It is something definitely worth doing."
Maham Abbasi, Elgin Academy, 2012
John Cooper, Elgin Academy, 2012
"The experience that Outreach provides is something you cannot learn from a classroom or be told. You have to experience what it is like to be in a community completely different from your own and to see how people who have so much less than you can be so generous."
Bernadette Taylor, Elgin Academy, 2012
"Watching those kids grow so much in only four days, their will to learn is what got me out of bed everyday. It is an incredible organization filled with incredible people, I hope to come back soon."
Peter Fellows, 2012
" The trip was monumental for me and I learned so much about life and what it means to be happy even when you can not have everything you want. I set up a meeting with the school board of my school so that I could give a presentation on my trip in hopes that I could lead a trip of 15 or so kids back to Monte Cristi next year. It was an amazing experience and I learned a lot in just one week."
Austin Fellows, 2012
"Highlights included working with the children, making a difference in their life, working with a great Outreach 360 staff. DaJabon was a wonderful cultural experience. The staff are very dedicated and passionate about what they do. They run a tight ship."
Monica Freeman, 2012
"I enjoyed the whole experience. Working with the children and talking with the local people was certainly the highlight. I appreciated how organized everything was. You were aware at all times the expectations and what was to come. I especially appreciated the opportunity to learn about the culture and history of the DR and Haiti. The leaders were awesome.. friendly and helpful at all times. I felt proud to represent such an organized organization. It was an incredible experience."
Heather Wells, 2012
"Working with the kids was #1 on my list! I loved reading with them 1:1, as well as watching them participate in the recess songs! Beyond that I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the culture of Jinotega, as well as the history of Nicaragua! Going to the coffee shops, and Selva Negra (and seeing ALL those howler monkeys, as well as a toucan), were also top on my list! "
Tobey Black, 2012
"I felt very safe through out my entire trip with Outreach360. I got what I expected and more out of the trip."
Ashley Luechauer, 2012
" It was very rewarding being with and teaching the students. I certainly enjoyed the outings we had too. The black pottery shop visit and Selva Negra were very enjoyable especially getting to see the howler monkeys. It is a well organized program and purpose driven and you should give it a try."
Kirby Luechauer, 2012
"It was a wonderful, rewarding experience for our entire family."
Marianne oliva, 2012
"Fantastic program and experience and I highly recommend it."
Samuel Oliva, 2012
"The warmness and genuineness of the staff is evident in everything they do. They really helped me gain a better understanding of what we would be doing and who we would be working with. The kids we worked with were also a gem. Do it....the people, the places, the experience are some that you will cherish for a long time."
Kevin Jacques, N/A, 2012
"Highlights included working with the children at J.F.K. school. The Market at the Haitian/Dominican Republic Border. Watching the Butterfly movie and the documentary on Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The movies really helped supplement what we were seeing and experiencing. This is one of the most rewarding and educational experiences of my life. I learned the real meaning of happiness and community from the Dominican people."
Tammy Jacques, N/A, 2012
"Highlights included getting to experience the culture and interact with the kids. I loved everything about the trip but mostly the sense of family I felt there from the other volunteers, leaders and the community"
David Johnson, N/A, 2012
"DO IT! It will change your life forever!"
Kaylie Watts, N/A, 2012
"For me, The highlights of this trip were the daily classes we had to teach and the cultural experience (all the documentaries and movies about the history of the Dominican Republic, the culture day and the tour we were given around Monte Cristi). If you have the opportunity to go, you should definitely go. This is a life time experience and you will never regret it. You will learn a lot in a week."
Ayoko Ayika, N/A, 2012
"I really enjoyed the community. They communicated love very well. I also love the 10 rules on the trip we had to follow....since I have been home I am trying to apply them to my everyday life. It was an amazing experience and you should try everything in your power go to one of the Outreach 360 trips. Don't forget their ear plugs."
Allyson NeeSmith, N/A, 2012
"I can not wait to come back next year!"
Bethany Pierce, N/A, 2012
Jaci Curran, Christ's Church of the Valley, 2012
"It is a life changing experience, Go with an open mind and live in the moment!"
Kristina Harbour, Christ's Church of the Valley, 2012
"Having the opportunity to see the Haitian border and the sights around the island was amazing! I feel so lucky to be able to experience this unique culture. I enjoyed the program in the Dominican Republic because it was very structured and I enjoyed the many daily activities we took part in."
Sarah Duke, Christ's Church of the Valley, 2012
"It was a wonderful experience and I hope to do it again- if not Jaibon then somewhere else."
Shelly Larson, Christ's Church of the Valley, 2012
"If you have the slightest desire to go then GO! It is so amazing and such an awesome, unique experience that you will carry with you for the rest of your life."
Kylie Scott, Christ's Church of the Valley, 2012
"It is amazing. It was extremely organized and I always felt safe and cared for. They always had something for us to do and it really felt like we were actually doing something that mattered."
Kaylee Eubank, Christ's Church of the Valley, 2012
"I thoroughly enjoyed the experience at the neighborhood center and in the house itself. The people were great and everyone was working towards a common goal of serving the kids. I also enjoyed the exploration experience that we had on Thursday and Friday. It is a great program and I highly recommend joining. They do a great job of using the 10 principles to help serve the community, but they allow give opportunities for the volunteers to learn about the culture and history through different activities. It is a fantastic program and I would definitely look to Outreach 360 in the future if I am considering an abroad service experience."
Brandon White, 2012
"The kids were a joy to work with, their spirits were inspirational. I hope they benefited from our time together, because they definitely taught me a lot about myself. It was a humbling experience, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. The hike was also a lot of fun, and making new friends with the KSU group was a great time."
Cheng Sun, 2012
"You should definitely join Outreach360. They are a great organization that has a strong commitment in changing the world for the better."
Shawn Jang, 2012
"My highlights of the trip were teaching the children and climbing the mountain in Nicaragua. You should really do it. It gives you the opportunity to be immersed in a culture and really make a difference in a person's life. It is an amazing experience that I would not pass up."
Jourdan Walls, 2012
"The culture opportunities and working with the children was the most amazing experiences. I thought the team leaders did an excellent job of creating a well-balanced week of sight-seeing, cultural immersion, and classroom leadership experience. I thought the overall trip was wonderful. GO!! Outreach 360, Nicaragua is a wonderful experience that provides fantastic leadership building and cultural immersion opportunities. Everything from the authentic Nicaraguan food to the breathtaking scenery was all worth it. Outreach 360 provided me with a new perspective and challenge me mentally and physically. You really learn what it means to serve and learn from the Nicaragua community."
Laura Matsumoto, 2012
"Outreach 360 is a great institution that is making a direct impact in the lives of the people they are trying to touch. I was able to work with children that have so much less, but see their smiles as I helped them and they helped me."
Ben Sandberg, 2012
"The highlights of my trip were interacting with the kids and seeing the smiles on their faces everyday! I also enjoyed the cultural experiences and even hiking up the mountain (once I finally made it to the top)! I really got to know my group better and even bonded with the other volunteer group too."
Jamie Gordon, 2012
"I enjoyed the freedom we were given in regards to planning and carrying out classroom lessons and activities. The responsibility made me take the role as teacher very seriously. The best part of my experience was my interaction with the kids during the school hours. Teaching them was fulfilling because I felt as if I was really making an impact. I also liked the free time we were given towards the latter end of the trip to roam the city on our own. It let me get a great feel of Jinotega without feeling like a tourist walking around in a group of 25 people taking pictures. I would say that participating in an Outreach360 program is a great way to serve others while learning about another country's culture. They are a well known program with solidified goals which show their commitment to serving others. They will show you a good time and make your trip worthwhile."
Cameron Bennett, 2012
"As a past participant, the one of the highlights was being able to see the direction in which the organization is going. I enjoyed teaching in the neighborhood center, and I was glad to be a part of the English immersion approach, rather than using a lot of Spanish to teach English. I truly believe that the kids are learning more with this setup. Outreach360 is a great organization! When you serve with them, you become part of the O360 family. You are Outreach 360!"
Angela Major, 2012
"It is a great experience, worthwhile, fun, and it is impossible not to get something out of it."
Michael Lichtenberg, 2012
"Working with the children and seeing how much English they had already absorbed from previous volunteers was definitely a highlight of my trip. I also really enjoyed seeing them so enthusiastic about reading and participating in class activities. If someone was interested in joining Outreach 360 I would definitely encourage them to do so. Being a part of the Outreach 360 organization for just a week was one of my most enjoyable experiences I have had so far. Seeing the growth and desire for knowledge the children in the community had for learning and getting to observe the culture of the people of Jinotega is something to take part in."
Stephanie Peaks, 2012
"Do it, you will definitely come home knowing that you have made a difference."
Brian Fitzgibbons, 2012
"It was a great experience, I highly recommend it. I want to go back."
Whitney Wagner, Oregon Episcopal School, 2012
"Everything about this trip was incredible. Something I really cherished was having the independence to explore the town of Monte Cristi as I pleased and to discover things for myself. If I wanted to walk to the beach, go to the local market, or go meet up with some kids at the park, it was all right there. I also really liked getting to be with the Dominican kids outside of the classrooms, when we would have super casual dance parties and games of catch in the late hours at the park. The whole time, I felt very accepted, safe, and relaxed. Nothing about this trip was stressful at all."
Adam DiPaola, Oregon Episcopal School, 2012
"It is a great experience, jump right in."
Jonathan Halsey, Oregon Episcopal School, 2012
"I loved seeing the looks on the kids' faces when we encouraged them and high-fived them, or when they suddenly understood a new concept. We also had a great time hanging out in the park and getting to know the locals."
Hayley Jones, Oregon Episcopal School, 2012
"As a teacher, I would say that this is the most valuable trip I have taken with high school students. They had to engage immediately, get outside of themselves, and work really hard. The results of their hard work teaching kids were quickly evident and it propelled them to work even harder for the next class. Our students are forever changed by this experience. Outreach 360 is a model for sustainable development at its best."
Maria McIvor, Oregon Episcopal School, 2012
"I had a way better time than I thought I would, and it is a great organization. Bring ear plugs!"
Kristen Grewe, Oregon Episcopal School, 2012
"Working with the kids was a huge highlight, as well as the nights in the park, or any time that we interacted directly with the community in a more casual context. It was a fantastically eye opening experience, and I would highly recommend you do it. And be prepared to create your own lesson plans for students who don't speak a lot of English. Have fun!"
Dylan DiBenedetto, Oregon Episcopal School, 2012
"The experience was unforgettable. The organization is extremely well-run and organized. I would highly recommend Outreach360."
Gemma Wilson, Oregon Episcopal School, 2012
"Fantastic organization, really well thought-out and completely devoted to service. It is a safe, supportive and highly structured organization that allows you to be very effective in a short period of time. Thanks."
Kara Tambellini, Oregon Episcopal School, 2012
"It is an amazing experience! The Outreach360 program is absolutely incredible and I highly suggest that you join."
Benjamin Trainor, Sandia Preparatory School, 2012
"The market at the Haitian border was definitely one of the highlights. Also, being able to bond with the kids at the park in Monte Cristi. And of course, being THE teacher, not the teachers assistant, and being able to lesson plan. I am definitely coming back."
Marianne rogers, Sandia Preparatory School, 2012
"Go for it. You will be challenged and grow in your knowledge about the community."
Paul Huitt, Sandia Preparatory School, 2012
"It was an amazing experience and I would like to be a long term volunteer with all of my free time! It was one of the best weeks of my life and I would never regret it! I loved the culture and the since of community their and everyone just feels loved. Thank you for everything you guys do to make this possible. I can not explain how thankful I am I was able to do this!!!"
Kiersten Huitt, Sandia Preparatory School, 2012
"Absolutely everything was a highlight. I loved having the opportunity to teach the children as well as interact with the rest of the community. I think what made my experience truly fantastic was that I felt safe but not constricted by the organization. There was structure to my experience but I was still able to really connect with the locals and spend a lot of time with them. Outreach360 was a life changing experience and I would not trade it for anything in the world."
Alice Halter, Sandia Preparatory School, 2012
"I enjoyed being submerged within the culture as well as working with the students and teachers at JFK. The group leaders are wonderful and the experience was definitely worth while and truly unique."
Susi Hochrein, Sandia Preparatory School, 2012
"It is an amazing experience and the program combines a relationship with the community and it's culture. It allows freedom and a true experience in the community and around the area and gives the volunteer the ability to see some of the most unique things in the DR."
Lauren Nickerson, University of New England, 2012
"ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY GO!!!!!! It was the most amazing experience I could have ever asked for it went above and beyond what I had expected it to be. I didn't't know the impact it would have on me and that I would be so upset to leave. It is so great that it is hard to describe in words how influential, perfect, meaningful, just absolutely amazing this experience was. YOU SHOULD DO GO!!!!!!!"
Kristen Morris, University of New England, 2012
"I loved absolutely everything about the trip. I loved being able to work with the students as well as being able to play with them in the park. I made some connections that are definitely going to last a long time, and I have Outreach360 to thank for that. As soon as I got into Monte Cristi, I felt like I was home and that I belonged there. Outreach has established such a positive reputation, that I felt extremely safe. It was an experience of a lifetime and I am already looking into when I can come back!"
Nicholas Durand, University of New England, 2012
"I thought the organization was incredibly organized, ethical in its community outreach and goals for self-sustainability, and well-run. The staff leaders were terrific and I thought the program structure was done really well to provide volunteers with the best experience possible and to interact with the community and learn more about the history and culture. We loved playing with the kids, working in the institute and our Culture Day. I have already recommended it to several people. I hope to return and bring my own kids and have also mentioned it to family friends/neighbors. I think it is a terrific eye-opening experience and a wonderful and safe introduction to experiencing life in a developing country."
Donna Gaspar-Jarvis, University of New England, 2012
"All of the staff were incredible, the children were wonderful, and the food was delicious. I could not have asked for a better experience. The structure is impeccable and the culture talks were so interesting. Definitely a necessity! I felt so incredibly safe in Monte Cristi and that was one of my biggest fears. The children are wonderful and they end up teaching you as much as you teach them. A worth-while and life changing experience! I would recommend it to anyone."
Jane Starke, University of New England, 2012
"The highlights of my trip were definitely the community and the children in the classroom. I loved how open and friendly the community was and how welcoming there were to all of us. I also loved working with the students in the classroom and seeing their drive and want to learn. The look on their face when they understood was priceless and so rewarding. Don't think twice about volunteering. It is such a rewarding experience for both you and the children and is so worth it."
Samantha Cash, University of New England, 2012
"Highlights with Outreach360 include the moment when you connect with the children. When you realize that even though the Dominican Republic is a developing country, both hope and happiness exists. That the future does not have to seem grim, with the little time that I put into this country a lot has been accomplished . I await the day when the children I worked with grow older and our paths cross so that we will practice medicine along side one another."
Amanda Braithwaite, University of New England, 2012
"I would say that it is an experience unlike any other. When my group and I first got off our plane in Santiago, a man walked up to us and asked us about the shirts we were wearing (the Outreach logo). When we told him why we were there, he could not stop thanking us for coming to his country and really wanted us to know that the Dominican Republic is unlike any other country in the Caribbean. He was so proud of his heritage and his people, and it became apparent very quickly to our group that he was right; the Dominican people, culture, and opportunities are so unique. This is such a generous culture and it shows within every aspect of the Outreach360 program."
Rachel Harris, University of New England, 2012
"Working with the children was a blast and I loved meeting with the other volunteer groups! Everyone in the program , as well as in the community was welcoming and appreciative. Go for it! You will not be disappointed. I always felt safe and supported and always had a great time!"
Danielle Jones, Kansas State University, 2012
"Travelling to Jinotega, Nicaragua to join forces with Outreach360 was an unforgettable experience. This trip had such a wonderful balance of learning about the culture and immersing oneself in its people, tastes and service to the community. It was a blessing to teach the adorable chavalos (kids) English. The joy on their faces when they understood a concept was heartwarming. This trip will forever hold a place in my heart!!"
Carrie Remillard, Kansas State University, 2012
"Highlights included getting to see the town Jinotega and experience the culture and coffee farm. Outreach 360 is organized and makes you feel at home while you are maybe a thousand miles away. They make you feel like your family and help you through the process of being in another country. Their number one goal is service and they carry that goal through and through."
Seth Ellis II, Kansas State University, 2012
"It is hard, but so fulfilling! I think no matter what mind set you go into it though, Outreach360 does a great job of teaching you how important it is to follow those principles that are introduced at orientation. Go for it!"
Nikita Jathan, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2012
"Outreach 360 provided me with an incredible and unforgettable experience. From learning the culture of the Dominican Republic to serving the community, I enjoyed every aspect. I would highly recommend! Not only was it a hands on experience where you are truly serving the community, Outreach 360 helps one understand their mission and goal as an organization and shows great appreciation for their volunteers from even the little things such as making sure their are clean bed sheets washed, etc."
Stephanie Simpson, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2012
"Absolutely! It is an eye-opening and life changing experience that I would recommend to anyone. I have never had a week of my life impact me as much as this one did. Kudos to Outreach 360 for such a great program and goal!"
Anish Desai, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2012
"I just recommended Outreach to like 10 people and I only got back to the States yesterday afternoon. I said something along these lines: DO IT! It was an amazing life-changing experience. Teaching English to one 6th grade class and three 7th grade classes, learning about the strong Afro-Latino culture, getting a chance to try authentic Dominican food, exploring breathe-taking markets (Dajabon), and having an adventurous hike up El Morro and Playa de El Morro were just some of the highlights. Learning the most important thing is to not help, but SERVE these people in this 3rd world nation."
Jagmeet Warraich, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2012
"During my week experiencing life in the Dominican Republic for the first time with Outreach 360, I have had numerous highlights - some of which I can't even describe to friends because they simply don't understand how great of an Alternative Spring Break trip I had. One was definitely lesson planning for a crazy week of teaching English verbs at Escuela Rosa Smester. The first day was tough, although each day seemed to become more and more second nature as the students were beginning to calm down and befriend us. Teaching in general was an eye-opening experience, especially because of the cultural barrier. Outreach 360's principles are ones I am starting to use in my daily life, after hearing what exactly they mean and how they can be applied in any aspect. Other than serving, the culture day was my favorite in my three years of going on an Alternative Spring Break trip. Having the opportunity to watch two movies about the relationship with the Dominican Republic and Haiti and then seeing it first-hand at the Dajabon Market was truly a remarkable experience. The whole trip overall, I would say, has been the highlight of my life so far, and I can't wait to come back as a Long-Term Volunteer later this year. I miss everything about Outreach 360 already and I've only been home for 4 days! I loved everything about the whole experience and am thrilled that I was able to lead such an impactful and memorable trip for my participants at VCU."
Christina Edwards, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2012
"If you like to teach kids and want an experience out of your comfort zone then it is a trip worth doing."
Lisa Pickard, Barstow School, 2012
"It was a life changing experience that was fun and informational."
Jane Velghe, Barstow School, 2012
"The organizations mission is a good one and that the experience is fulfilling. "
Susan Nagy, Barstow School, 2012
" It is amazing to see how much of a difference seven days can make in your life. I have done a few other trips similar to this but the cultural experience I got in the Dominican Republic moved me. I had a great time and I would highly recommend it to anyone who was interested."
Namira Ali, Barstow School, 2012
"It is an unforgettable experience and is extremely fulfilling."
Sarah Noulles, Barstow School, 2012
Jay Chopra, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012
"I would tell them that it was an amazing, fulfilling experience and to definitely go."
Yasmin Venema, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012
"The perfect program schedule. There was enough time to do everything I wanted to do there: teach the kids, go to the beach, explore the town, breaks in between teaching. Best trip I have ever been to. A complete service experience that tops all other holiday trips I've gone to. Highly highly highly recommended to go."
Siyun Luo, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012
"[Outreach360] is an experience that changes your views and perspectives on a lot of issues, socially, culturally and psychologically. I began the experience with the mindset that I was going to be giving the kids but in the end, they taught me more than I could ever teach them."
ADETUNJI OLOJEDE, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012
"Highlights included learning about the Dominican culture, visit to Dajabon, interacting with the children (and learning from them), walking around town and saying Buen Dia to everyone, Rompasa flavored helados, home cooked Dominican meals, playing tag in recess, and siestas. I had a truly great time. It was one of the best weeks of my life- an overall amazing experience. It was not only rewarding, but also a great learning experience and gave me a lot to think about. I am thinking of returning next year."
Haylie Kim, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012
"This is an enriching experience that can only be truly understood by those who participate. It will change your life."
Edrei Rodriguez, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012
"My trip to the Dominican Republic with Outreach360 was one of the most eye-opening experiences. My perspective on life and education has changed in such a way that I have come to appreciate where I am in life in terms of being a college student."
Anna Park, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012
"Just do it! It is truly an experience of a lifetime and it will reshape how you frame the world and your role within it. Outreach 360 is a phenomenal non-profit that seeks to educate you about the community you serve, so that you walk away not only remembering the service you provided but are also able to articulate your own sense of understanding about the culture you grew to know and the privileges you own as a individual."
Angela Lusk, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012
"Do it! You will connect with kids and teach them something incredibly useful, plus immerse yourself in another culture and learn what it means to be a teacher or a student in a developing country."
Mary Carmen Easterwood, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012
"It is a great experience. The food is great, you will feel very safe, and you can learn a lot. There is always something to do."
Bailey Knecht, 2012
"Teaching kids in the Pueblo Nuevo school -- especially because it was in Spanish -- was incredibly rewarding. Learning about the culture and history of the Dominican Republic, as well as working with the wonderful long-term volunteers was incredible. Great organization -- definitely volunteer!"
Hannah Carrese, 2012
"The highlights of my trip were teaching and interacting with children. I also enjoyed seeing the Dajabon market. It is a wonderful experience and I highly recommend the program!"
Melissa Alley, 2012
"My highlights were every class that I taught; the kids were just amazing and the experience was mind blowing."
Alanna Erickson, 2012
"I loved being able to immerse myself in Dominican culture, speaking Spanish with the children at the orphanage and Pueblo Nuevo, and seeing the ocean for the first time with my OO group. I would say that joining Outreach360 for me was a fulfilling and rewarding choice. My opinion is that everyone should spend some time with an organization like Outreach360 in order to understand a little bit more about how the world works and how to be a positive part of it."
Margaret Imig, 2012
"It is a great organization and you will have a wonderful and unique experience."
Jessica Estanislau, 2012
"It is a life changing experience that will make you never see the world you're used to the same way again."
Michael Tate, 2012
"It is an excellent program and I got a lot out of it."
Kaitlyn McGowan, 2012
"It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life... I miss the kids who I bonded with immensely and would do anything to go back and just hug them. I taught them a lot... but it also taught me more about myself."
Lauren Cahaly, 2012
"It is the most amazing experience. Indescribable unless you have experienced it yourself."
Kaitlin Scharff, 2012
"It was great to see the kids grow throughout the week. They have so much love and it really made me appreciate what I have."
Danielle Holic, 2012
" I enjoyed playing with the children and experiencing the culture. It gave me a new outlook on my life. I enjoyed being able to have free time to relax and do what it was I wanted to do. I recommend everyone to experience this." 1 2 3 4 5
Catherine D'Angelo, 2012
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