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International Summer Internships – Dominican Republic/Nicaragua

Caminos International Summer Internships

In Spanish, Camino means path or road, and in our Caminos International Summer Internships 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.

Outreach360 is looking for Caminos Volunteers studying a variety of majors and with varied interests to to join us this summer including:

  • Education
  • ESL
  • Art
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Dance
  • Science
  • Math
  • Engineering
  • Health
  • International Relations
  • Spanish
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Softball
  • Baseball
  • Soccer
  • Recreation
  • Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • More!

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Changing Lives through Education/Dare to Dream Summer Program

Caminos volunteers are changing the lives of children every summer. You’ll use your unique skills, talents, and interests to work with other volunteer to create a fun and exciting summer camp for our students, the Dare to Dream Summer Program. The Dare to Dream Summer Program is an English Immersion Camp for our local students, where they can use and expand the English they have been learning during the school year.  English is a highly sought after skill in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua – it can lead to increased educational and career opportunities. Our English immersion camps are comprised of fun, interactive learning stations focusing on everything from science and math to reading and board games to recreation and health.  And we also have specific soccer, softball, and baseball camps as well. By fulfilling a critical role as teachers at the Outreach360 Dare to Cream Camps, 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 Dare to Dream Camps, Caminos volunteers also  have the opportunity to take on leadership roles working with the on-site staff to support short-term volunteers.

As a Caminos volunteer you will…
  • Gain international teaching experience
  • Learn about sustainable development through education
  • Experience personal growth
  • Develop global awareness
  • 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

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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

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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.

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