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 volunteer between 2-6 months in Nicaragua and the 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.

Training & Development

As a long-term volunteer, all Caminos will be taking on a leadership role, supporting our short-term volunteer program as well as our community programs. You will also be involved in expanding the Outreach360 volunteer and donor programs. Leadership training and development is an important part of the Caminos program - expect to expand your leadership and communication abilities.

2017/2018 Caminos Volunteering

Caminos Volunteers are invited to join us starting on any Saturday of the year for a minimum of 8 weeks, and a maximum of 6 months. We ask that your chosen dates do not overlap with our closed periods of time, which are below in the “program availability section.” Please also note the specific start and end dates for our 2018 Summer Dare to Dream camp program below.

Summer Dare to Dream Camps 2018

The summer is a high-energy time of year to volunteer. Our program shifts from the classroom to powerful and engaging learning camps with our learning center students! During these camps, our volunteers and Camino’s interns focus on delivering a wide variety of learning activities including, but not limited to:
  • 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!
  • Business – Work with students on basic business principles including marketing, strategic planning, finance and more!

And More! Bring your unique skills and talents to the children this summer as a long-term Caminos Intern! 

Summer Caminos Dates:

Dominican Republic: June 2  – July 28 (8 weeks)
Nicaragua: June 2 – July 28 (8 weeks)
Nicaragua: June 2 – August 25 (12 weeks)
Nicaragua: June 30 – August 25 (8 weeks)

Minimum Program Donation:

  • $2,800 – 8 Week Program – each additional week is $125.
    • $3,300 – 12 weeks
    • $3,800 – 16 weeks
    • $4,300 – 20 weeks
    • $4,800 – 24 weeks
  • $100/week extra for Construction and Agriculture Programs – Additional Materials Fee
  • Tax Deductible, includes housing, all meals, insurance, ground transportation

Process:

  • Thoroughly review the Volunteer Guide
  • Get any questions answered by Outreach360 Staff
  • Register on the Outreach360 Website
  • Submit your $100 Deposit
  • Complete an interview with in-country staff
  • Deposit will be returned if you are not accepted to the program

 As a Camino you will:

  • 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!

Program Availability

Volunteers join the Outreach360 volunteer program throughout the year, with the exception of a few weeks in December around the holidays.

The Outreach360 volunteer program will be closed:
  • December 9 - December 30, 2017 (3 weeks)
  • December 8 - December 29, 2018 (3 weeks)
Teams of 10 or more are invited to join us any Saturday to Saturday that does not overlap with our closed dates in December listed above. The Outreach360 volunteer program is open to all teams, individuals, and families for volunteer trips from 1-8 weeks during the following dates:
  • December 30, 2017 - January 13, 2018 (2 weeks)
  • February 17, 2018 - March 31, 2018 (6 weeks)
  • June 9, 2018 - August 4, 2018 (8 weeks)
  • Nicaragua Only: July 28, 2018 - August 25, 2018 (4 weeks)
*Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult or a temporary legal guardian age 21 or older.

Caminos Interest Form

Please allow us to send you additional information via e-mail



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.