In Spanish, Camino means path or road, and in our Caminos Long-Term Volunteer Program, volunteers play a crucial role in providing a path out of poverty for disadvantaged children in Latin America. As a Caminos volunteer, you’ll be working in the community to provide powerful and meaningful education programs that pave the way to a new life for the children we serve. A life with options. A life of choice. And, as you journey with Outreach360 in empowering children to transform their lives, you’ll discover that they’ve transformed yours.
Changing Lives through Education
Caminos volunteers are changing the lives of children every day. By fulfilling a critical role as teachers at the Outreach360 Learning Centers, Caminos volunteers give children the educational opportunities they need to escape the limitations of poverty and to live a life they choose. In addition to teaching at the Learning Centers, Caminos volunteers also support the Outreach360 Community Outreach Programs, and have the opportunity to take on leadership roles working with the on-site staff to support short-term volunteer teams.
As a Caminos volunteer you will…
- Gain international teaching experience
- Learn about sustainable development through education
- Experience personal growth
- Develop global awareness
- Enhance your Spanish competency
- Strengthen your leadership skills
- Experience cultures through vibrant cultural interaction
- Make a difference in the lives of impoverished children
- Have fun!
Nicaragua Program: Life as a Caminos volunteer in Jinotega
Nicaragua is considered one of the safest countries in Central America but also the poorest. This couldn’t be more true in the misty town of Jinotega, where the country’s rich coffee growing industry is contrasted by the extreme poverty of its outlying communities. Its here in Jinotega where Outreach360 focuses on providing educational opportunities for the children in these impoverished neighborhoods. As a Caminos volunteer in Nicaragua, you’ll work in this socially conservative mountain town to support the Outreach360 Learning Academy as a teacher, providing meaningful and empowering learning activities. When you work with the local children at the Learning Academy in Jinotega, you’ll be an integral part in providing them with a future of opportunity and choice.
When not teaching or supporting outreach programs, Caminos volunteers have the opportunity to learn about Nicaragua’s charming culture through Outreach360 organized cultural activities and excursions. A critical component of global awareness and effective development is understanding both the beauty and complexity of the country where you are serving. That’s why we plan activities for Caminos volunteers to experience the culture authentically. So, whether you are learning about traditional indigenous pottery at a local women’s co-op, or indulging in some of Nicaragua’s delectable nacatamales, the Outreach360 organized cultural activities will offer you a deeper understanding of the community you are serving.
Dominican Republic Program: Life as a Caminos volunteer in Monte Cristi
The Dominican Republic’s vibrant culture and island vibe add to it’s allure as a tourist destination, and often mask its severe poverty to a holiday vacationer. However, the social injustices bred by European conquistadors are still very much present in contemporary Dominican society and a contributing cause of the poverty its residents face every day. The town of Monte Cristi is no exception, and although it enjoyed a period of prosperity at the turn of the 19th century, its current residents strive to ﬁght the limitations of living on one dollar a day, either making a living ﬁshing the local waters or working plantations in the nearby banana industry. It’s here in Monte where Outreach360 continues to focus on education as a sustainable solution to poverty. As a Caminos volunteer in the Northwest region of the Dominican Republic, you’ll work in this slow-paced beach town to support the Outreach360 Learning Center as a teacher, providing relevant and engaging learning activities. At the Learning Center in Monte Cristi, Caminos volunteers are the difference between a life of poverty and a life of choice for local children.
In addition to teaching at the learning center, Caminos volunteers broaden their cultural understanding through Outreach360 organized cultural activities and excursions. At Outreach360 we believe that part of what makes a semester or summer service-learning experience powerful, is the opportunity to compliment your volunteer work by learning about the Dominican culture and the people that you are serving. From enjoying a refreshing swim in turquoise Caribbean waters, to learning traditional Dominican Merengue rhythms, cultural activities are an invaluable part of the Caminos experience in Monte Cristi.
Program Details: Dates, Fees, and Logistics
There are speciﬁc start and stop times for the Caminos program. This is to ensure that Caminos volunteers have consistent training and development opportunities, enjoy the camaraderie that comes from doing a consistent program with other Caminos volunteers, and most effectively meet Outreach360 volunteer needs.
Summer 2014 (8 Weeks)
May 31 – July 26
June 28 – August 23
Program Donation: $2,800
Summer 2014 (12 Weeks)
May 31 – August 23
Program Donation: $3,300
Fall 2014 (16 Weeks)
August 23 – December 13
Program Donation: $3,800
Spring 2015 (12 Weeks)
January 3 – March 28
Program Donation: $3,300
Spring 2015 (8 Weeks)
March 28 – May 23
Program Donation: $2,800
NOTE: Fall 2014 Caminos opportunities are available only in the Dominican Republic. Fall 2014 Caminos opportunities are not available in Nicaragua.
We are both a volunteer and fund-raising organization; our volunteers commit to help raise funds for the programs we sponsor based on the length of their stay. We encourage volunteers not to pay any of their program donations, but instead raise funds through the sponsorship of family and friends. When you sign up, you will receive an on-line fund-raising page that will allow you to easily send out informative emails to family and friends, inviting them to sponsor you through donations on-line, or checks sent through the mail.
Caminos volunteers must be age 18 or older, with a willingness to begin to learn or to improve their Spanish during their time with Outreach360. Caminos volunteers will need to complete the on-line registration form for review and approval by Outreach360 staff, as well as complete a phone interview with an Outreach360 staff member after registering.
We encourage Caminos candidates to complete their registration well in advance of the Caminos program start date, to allow for sufficient time for review and approval. Once registration is approved, the submission for flight information and funds must be complete no later than 30 days prior to the program start date.