We are both a volunteer and fund-raising organization; our volunteers commit to help raise funds for the programs we sponsor.
, 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.
Volunteers are invited to join us any week of the year, for any number of weeks, starting on a Saturday and ending on a Saturday. We do not have any closed periods. Please note that your registration, minimum program donation, and flight ticketing must be completed at least 30 days prior to the start of your trip.
Donations to Outreach360 are non-refundable. If a volunteer is not able to participate on the trip for any reasons, funds credited to the trip may be used by that volunteer for a future trip taken within 12 months. If a future trip is not taken, the funds will be used for program needs.
The program donation covers your housing, all meals, ground transportation, and traveler's medical insurance while you are with us in-country. Airfare is additional. Your program donation also helps support the costs of our community initiatives. Your $100/person deposit is part of your program donation. Your deposit and total program donation are tax deductible donations for U.S. tax payers.
A $100/person deposit is due when registering. This deposit is credited toward your program donation.
Ground transportation is included in the program donation for those volunteers arriving and departing the Dominican Republic on the Saturdays of their trip between the hours of 8am and 10pm to the Santiago (STI) airport. For those who are unable to meet those requirements, we will still arrange reliable transportation for you, but there may be additional transportation fees. A taxi will be between $100-$150; and for teams, a bus that holds 15-20 volunteers will be $300/bus (one way), and $600/bus (one way) from Santo Domingo.
Outreach360 offers several scholarships or program donation credits for those who meet the following criteria. Please note that the child scholarship does not apply to our program in Nicaragua.
Early Sign-Up Scholarships
We encourage you to sign up for the trip as soon as you can. It enables us to do better plan for your experience, helps to ensure you are well prepared for the trip, and improves your fund-raising effectiveness. If you sign-up and have your $100 deposit donation into our office by the early sign-up deadline, you will be credited an additional $100 toward your program donation. The following is a chart of the early sign-up deadlines:
|Volunteer Period||Program Start Dates||Sign-Up/Deposit Deadline |
|Apr 1- May 31|
Jun 1 - Aug 31
Aug 31- Nov 30
Nov 30 - Feb 1
Feb 1 - March 31
Mar 31 - May 31
May 31 - Aug 30
|Feb 1, 2013|
April 1, 2013
July 1, 2013
Sept 1, 2013
Dec 1, 2013
Feb 1, 2014
April 1, 2014
We encourage groups to join us as the more volunteers we have, the more children we can work with. There are also economies of scale in serving a group, and we pass those savings on. A group of 10 or more will be credited $100/person. For example, a one week program donation for a group of 10 or more who sign up by the early sign-up deadline is $600/person ($800 Program Fee - $100 Group Scholarship - $100 Early Sign-up Scholarship = $600). Children receiving a child scholarship do not count toward the minimum group size of 10.
Ground transportation between the [Santiago or Managua] airport and the orphanage is included when the team arrives and departs on the same Saturday flights, between 8:00 A.M. and 10:00 P.M. If an individual or individuals on your team travels at a different time than the group, he/she may be responsible for the taxi to and/or from the orphanage - up to $150 each way.
Team Leader Scholarship
For every 10 non-child program donations paid, the 11th program donation is waived as a team leader scholarship. In return, the team leader is expected to manage his/her team's finances, input the team's flight information into 360 Connect, and keep the team roster up to date.
Note: we are currently not offering a child scholarship for our Nicaragua programs. Outreach360 is a great experience to share as a family. This scholarship is meant to reduce the fund-raising requirements for any individual family. Each child under the age of 18 traveling with his or her parent will be responsible for a minimum program donation of $300/week. Note: this scholarship cannot be combined with other scholarships.
The mission of Outreach360 is to involve people to provide opportunities to disadvantaged children. You are already volunteering your time, we encourage you to allow other people to make a difference through you by becoming a financial sponsor of your trip.
We encourage you to raise funds using your personal fund-raising page. Using 360 Connect, you can edit a pre-created e-mail template, and send it to your family and friends. They are then able to make a difference by making an on-line donation toward your trip. You can easily check the funds raised versus your goal on a personalized "thermometer chart" on your web page.
Airfare is the responsibility of each volunteer, and although it is usually tax deductible it will not be reimbursed by Outreach360 from funds raised.