Caminos Long Term Volunteering
In Spanish, Camino means path or road, and in our Caminos 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.
Outreach360 is looking for Caminos Volunteers with a variety of backgrounds and interests, willing to serve two months:
Year-Round: Nicaragua and Dominican Republic:
- Education – Volunteers are needed to teach English in our classrooms. Trained teachers and education majors are needed. And people from other backgrounds can make a difference as well – international relations, communications, psychology, recreation, social work, science, math, health, and more and teach in our program. You’ll be supported with a well documented curriculum, and our long term staff. The main requirement is to love working with children and the commitment to make a difference.
- Marketing – We are committed to growing our program, to give more and more children the opportunity to live a life of choice. To do that, we need more people to get involved. As an international marketing intern, you’ll be helping to involve more people in this cause. And you’ll be immersed in the local culture and be able to work with our students.
- Communications – Volunteers with a background in videography, photography, journalism, web site design, public relations, and digital marketing are needed to help share Outreach360 with the world. This is a great opportunity to live internationally while leveraging your skills to make a real difference.
- Leadership – Outreach360 is an excellent opportunity to gain leadership skills while working with our students and our volunteers. The leadership challenges and opportunities are non-stop. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in leadership, business, and non-profit management.
Summer: Nicaragua – May 20 – July 15; June 17 – August 12
- Agriculture – Join Outreach360 in Nicaragua this summer as we begin our sustainable agriculture program at our new Learning Center site. You’ll be planting a living fence, as well as planting a variety of fruit trees. You’ll experience local field trips to learn about sustainable practices in Nicaragua. And you’ll have the opportunity to lead our efforts in teaching sustainability to our students!
- Construction – This summer we will be building our new Learning Center in the German Pomares neighborhood. If you have a background in construction, are studying it at school, or would just enjoy a summer of construction, please join us!
- Architecture – Professional and student architects are invited to join us to help design our next learning center on our 17 acre property – classrooms, volunteer housing, recreational facilities, and landscape.
Summer: Dominican Republic – June 17 – August 12
- STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math professionals and students are invited to join our Dare to Dream Summer Camp program to introduce our students to the world of STEM! Camp will consist of fun, interactive STEM activities.
- Performing and Fine Arts – Share your passion for the arts with our students!
- Journalism and Communications – Newsletter production, photography, videography, and TV broadcasting are all possible communications focus areas in the Dare to Dream Summer Camp!
- Environment/Sustainability – Help guide our students to learn about sustainable living in a way that lessens their impact on our environment and conserves resources, all while having fun!
Note: Caminos joining us in the Dominican Republic for the Summer Dare to Dream program (June 17-August 12) are invited/requested to join us beginning June 10th. The extra week will consist of training and camp preparation; there is no additional program donation required for this 9th week.
As a long term volunteer, all Caminos will be supporting our short term volunteers. You will also be involved in expanding the Outreach360 volunteer and donor programs. Expanding your leadership and communication capabilities is an important component of the program.
2017 Caminos Volunteering
- April 22 – June 17, 2017
- May 20 – July 15, 2017
- June 17 – August 12, 2017
- August 12 – September 30, 2017 (7 weeks)
- October 14 – December 2, 2017 (7 weeks)
Minimum Program Donation:
- $2800 for Eight Week Programs, $2600 for Seven Week Programs
- $800 Additional Materials Fee for Construction and Agriculture Programs ($100/week)
- Tax Deductible, includes housing, all meals, insurance, ground transportation
- Thoroughly Review Volunteer Guide
- Get Any Questions Answered by Outreach360 Staff
- Register on the Outreach360 Website
- Submit Your $100 Deposit
- Complete Interview with In-Country Staff
- Deposit Returned if Not Accepted to the Program
Longer Volunteer Periods:
- Eight weeks in one location is the maximum Caminos volunteer period. For a longer period of time, we encourage you to volunteer in both countries – an eight week program in the Dominican Republic and an eight week program in Nicaragua. Total program donation for 16 weeks – $5600.
- Gain international experience
- Learn about sustainable development
- 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
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.