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Outreach360 Caminos Volunteers Provide Sustainable Service

Outreach360 Caminos Volunteer Intern Guest Writer: Katie Sullivan

My name is Katie Sullivan and I served as a long-term volunteer for Outreach360 in Nicaragua in 2014. I hope that by sharing about my time there it will encourage some of you to go and experience the magic for yourselves!

I have spent a total of seven weeks in Nicaragua with Outreach360.  I took three week-long trips in 2013, 2014, and 2015 while a student at the College of William & Mary, as well as spent a month there as an individual volunteer in 2014.  There was something really special about the experience that kept me coming back for more.

By now you may have realized all of the wonderful things that you personally could get out of a volunteer tripthere are a lot!  They include a chance to experience a new country and culture, testing yourself outside of your comfort zone, and practicing your Spanish!  This is only the start of it.  You will also find yourself meeting inspiring people, eating delicious foodsI’m looking at you, plantainsand learning new things about yourself.  I could go on.

So yes, volunteering with Outreach360 will change your life and be one of the most meaningful and memorable experiences you ever have.  But if you’re like me and many of the other young people I traveled with as a college student, you may have another question: will the work I do really make a difference?

The international volunteer is a smart and thoughtful person.  You want to make sure that your time and money is going to an organization that is having a real and positive impact in the communities in which it works.  I’m here to tell you that yes, Outreach360 is doing great things.  How do I know?

1. Education is the key to empowerment.

When communities are educated, they are uplifted in a sustainable way.  Educated children go on to get higher-paying jobs and then give their money and skills back to their community as adults.  By using education as their means of serving, Outreach360 is creating a generation that will change their situation for themselves.

2. Every volunteer makes a difference.

I think a lot of people are discouraged from a service trip because they think they cannot have any impact in a short amount of time.  One of Outreach360’s ten principles is about just this: “Poco a poco [little by little]”.  You may not change the world or even one child’s life while you’re there, but your work combined with that of the volunteers who came before you and will come after you are the total package.  Don’t get discouraged; it takes real people committing and going to make this difference!  If you serve as a long-term or Caminos volunteer, you’re more likely than ever to see real change over time.

One week I worked closely with a student named Marlon, who needed extra attention in English at the time (there we are above).  Marlon was struggling to learn new vocabulary words and there was a test coming up, so I worked with him constantly.  Like I said, he didn’t become fluent in a week but seeing the progress that one student could make with a little one-on-one time lifted my spirits and gave me a lot of confidence.  The more volunteers, the more one-on-one time the kids get.  This is why we need YOU!

3. You don’t have to be a professional English teacher to volunteer.

It may seem counter-intuitive, but it really is enough that you speak English and just want to work hard.  Especially when working with children, immersion is the most effective way of teaching a foreign language.  Studies show that children have brains like a sponge when it comes to acquiring language, so the quickest path to fluency for them is to hear a language all the time.  As a result, just by speaking English with your students you are teaching them.  Staff members will make sure that you are following their curriculum and that your lesson plans are up to snuff.  That said, professional teachers are more than welcome and always contribute immensely as volunteers!

4. Learning English will change lives in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.

It opens doors to lucrative industries like tourism.  The future employment possibilities for Outreach360 students are greatly expanded by their English skills.  So they’ll get those higher-paying jobs one day and have new opportunities as a result.  Your students could even become foreign diplomats one day!  Dream big!

5. Outreach360 has a great relationship with local communities.

It was important to me when I first arrived in Nicaragua to see that Outreach360 employs a number of locals.  This inclusion of voices from the community ensures that the organization is working toward goals that are really wanted in the area.   I have seen that as Outreach360 expands in Nicaragua, so too does the number of locals they involve in their projects.  Additionally, staff members have regular contact with the parents of their students, giving them a voice in their children’s education.

So, if you’ve been on the fence about volunteering internationally, I’m telling you that Outreach360 is the place for you.  Take this opportunity to be a long-term or Caminos volunteer and help be the change!

Register to become an Outreach360 Caminos Volunteer Intern here: https://outreach360.org/volunteer/individuals-long-term-internships/

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Outreach360 Offers Internship Opportunities Abroad

In Spanish, Camino means path or road, and in the Outreach360 Caminos Internship Program, volunteers play a crucial role in providing a path out of poverty for underserved children in Latin America. Caminos volunteers will be working in the Dominican Republic or Nicaragua for eight weeks or more to provide powerful and meaningful education programs that pave the way to a new way of 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 have transformed yours.

Outreach360 Caminos Volunteer Interns are service-minded individuals with a variety of backgrounds and interests. As a Caminos Volunteer, you will serve with an emphasis of your choosing in education, communication, marketing, and leadership that will enhance your training and development. Interns will lead the 2018 Summer Dare to Dream camps and will teach classes on STEM, performing and fine arts, journalism and communications, environment and sustainability, and business.

Education in these subjects provides Outreach360 students with ample amounts of opportunities in their future careers. Your participation in the 2018 Summer Dare to Dream camps will empower students to continue their education, thus further leading them on a path to live a life of choice.

But wait. That’s not all.

Here are 6 things you will gain by becoming an Outreach360 Caminos Volunteer Intern:

Knowledge About Sustainable Development

Outreach360 believes education is the best sustainable solution to combat poverty in Latin America and provide the children we serve with long-term opportunities to transform their own lives; however, we recognize that is more easily said than done. In order to ensure that our organization is sustainable in the communities we serve in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, we take measured steps towards educating groups of students who might one day take on our program, allowing us to pass on our teacher torches. Poco a poco. Caminos Volunteer Interns will take part in this journey towards sustainable development.

 Experience Personal Growth

The Outreach360 Caminos Volunteer Internship will empower your personal growth. Bella Winston, a former Outreach360 Caminos Volunteer Intern, said, “My Caminos Volunteer experience was the most amazing two months of my life. I absolutely loved living in Jinotega, working with the kids, and spending time with other members of the Outreach360 community. This program has inspired me to work hard for the benefit of others and not only myself, appreciate and love the life I have been given, and appreciate the little moments rather than only focusing on big goals.” Your experience volunteering abroad with Outreach360 will transform you in a positive way. You’ll take away powerful, life lessons that you will carry with you for a lifetime.

 Develop Global Awareness

Exposing yourself to service abroad as a Caminos Intern will initiate you into the emerging world of global citizenship. With these experiences, you will become more conscientious of the needs of the international community. Service will take on a new meaning and open doors for new beginnings. The Outreach360 Caminos Volunteer Program will inspire you to continue learning about issues around the world, and become a powerful advocate for action and change

 Strengthen Your Leadership Skills

Volunteering abroad for a long period of time is a true test of character, but Outreach360 Caminos Interns rise to the challenge. “The Caminos Program was amazing; it is the best way to spend the summer. Even more so, it was helpful because I developed new leadership qualities in myself. Leading adults who are older than you; kids who are tinier than you; it all really builds your character,” Ollie Smith, a former Outreach360 Caminos Volunteer Intern, explained. Your volunteering experience in the Dominican Republic or Nicaragua will develop your leadership skills. 

 Experience Culture Through Cultural Interactions

Outreach360 works to create an immersive experience that Caminos Volunteers will remember for a lifetime.  The Caminos Volunteer Program will expand your cultural and global knowledge. Although you will become an Outreach360 teacher for eight weeks or more, you will also be learning about the unique cultures of the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua in an immersive setting. Outreach360 Caminos Volunteers gain cultural insights through our volunteer programming, which includes informational documentaries, interactive discussions about Latin American culture from Outreach360 mentors, and cultural excursions.

 Make a Difference in the Lives of Underserved Students

The countries in which Outreach360 serves are beautiful; however, it is of the utmost importance to Outreach360 that volunteers understand that their time abroad is used to serve. In order to create a sustainable program in which students can grow up to live a life of choice, Caminos Volunteer Interns participate in direct service, not voluntourism. The impact that Outreach360 volunteers leave on students will pave the way for more knowledge and growth in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Your decision to volunteer abroad will pave the way for underserved children to accomplish their dreams.

Discover more about the Outreach360 Caminos Volunteer Internship here: https://outreach360.org/volunteer/individuals-long-term-internships/

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Outreach360 Invites Journalism and Communication Majors Abroad

Outreach360 students are interested in exploring career opportunities in communication and journalism fields. Volunteering abroad in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic will not only open doors for children interested in these subjects, but it will also open doors for Communications and Journalism majors by expanding their knowledge of their focus subject on a global scale. Outreach360 invites Communication and Journalism majors to serve abroad and teach communication and journalism classes to underserved children in Latin America at the 2018 Dare to Dream Summer Camp.

The 2018 Dare to Dream Summer Camp program will be led by Outreach360 short-term volunteers and Caminos Volunteer interns. Caminos Volunteers teach abroad for 8 or 12 weeks in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua Learning Center programs, whereas short-term volunteers serve for lengths of 1 to 7 weeks. This is the second summer that Outreach360’s Dare to Dream Summer Camp program will hold classes focused on communications and journalism.

Graham Hunt, an Outreach360 Communications OLÉ with an emphasis in photography and videography, says, “I think that multilingual education has a lot to do with global citizenship, and I think that global citizenship and journalism go hand-in-hand.  As the world grows more connected, we are more and more responsible for one another; our actions have ripple effects far beyond our local communities.  As such, as members of this increasingly interdependent global community, we have a deep responsibility to inform ourselves about what’s going on in the world.”

This opportunity is perfect for college students interested in making a global difference while sharing their passion for communication and journalism. College students will have the unique opportunity to teach abroad as a Caminos Volunteer or a short-term volunteer. Caminos Volunteers and short-term volunteers will be working in the community to provide powerful and meaningful communication and journalism educational programs that pave the way to a new life for the children we serve.

Graham goes on to say, “I think it’s important that young people everywhere learn about news and newsmaking.  I think it’s crucial that the new generation gain an understanding of the importance of journalism in the public debate, and more important still that they grow up with the critical thinking skills to evaluate and interpret the information with which they are presented.  And I think that as teachers educating a new generation of global citizens, Outreach360 volunteers with a background in journalism represent a great asset, a resource our students can tap as they grow into informed and critical global citizens.”

Teaching abroad can open doors for college students. Being exposed to service abroad will initiate you into the emerging world of global citizenship. With these experiences, you will become more conscientious of the needs of the international community. Furthermore,  volunteering as a Caminos Volunteer or a short-term volunteer will encourage you to continue learning about issues around the world, and become powerful advocates for action and change.

Volunteers will be teaching students about communication and journalism practices and how they can be applied within the international community. This exchange of knowledge will empower your personal growth of knowledge in communication and journalism fields by requiring you to think outside the box in order to teach in a sustainable way. What may be practiced in the United States or Canada, may not be practiced in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Discovering these differences will further your growth as a communications and journalism professional. Most importantly, it will motivate students to pursue careers in communications and journalism.
For more information about how you can get involved with Outreach360, visit this website: www.outreach360.org
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Jump Right In: Giving Tuesday Is Here

Whether you are an Outreach360 volunteer or an Outreach360 donor, we all share one common goal: to provide a life of choice for underserved children in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Now is the time to give back. Giving Tuesday is finally here and Outreach360 wants to celebrate with you.

What is Giving Tuesday? An opportunity to make a difference on a global scale!

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that is celebrated annually on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. This year, Outreach360 is participating in Giving Tuesday and is taking part in an exclusive, first-time offer. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is offering to match donations made to Outreach360, up to $50,000, on Giving Tuesday.

Outreach360 students want to encourage you to participate: Adys, an Outreach360 Nicaragua Learning Center student, says,
“Outreach360 is important to me because I have a lot of experiences here. I have studied here for a long time and it is important because volunteers give me a chance. I do a lot here and that is why it is so special to me. This organization has taught me that dreams can be real; your goals and all the things you want in life can be real. Anything we want to do, Outreach360 helps us so we can make it come true. That’s why Outreach360 is so important to me. All the time I am so grateful. Donate to Outreach360.”

In order to have our donation matched, all donations must be made on Facebook. This is where you come in: 

Become a fundraiser on Facebook by creating your own Outreach360 fundraising Facebook page. Several other non-profits will be taking advantage of this opportunity on Giving Tuesday. We will be competing to receive matched funds. Your contribution to this fundraiser will put Outreach360 in the running to have matched donations from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. We cannot do this without you! Click here for step-by-step directions on how to get involved: https://outreach360.org/donate/outreach360-giving-tuesday/

Outreach360 would like to acknowledge you for your support. 

The Outreach360 Learning Center programs and volunteer programs would not be able to exist without your support. Because of you, we have been able to serve over 10,000 students since 1994. Most recently, Outreach360 was able to open our doors to 50 new Learning Center students in Nicaragua. This progress would not be made possible without your devotion to our students’ education.

In order to say ‘thank you’, our new Learning Center students in Nicaragua have prepared a video for you. Click the picture below to watch:

Having difficulties donating on Facebook? Make a simple donation to Outreach360 on our Holi-Yay Giving Tuesday page here:
https://donate.outreach360.org/holiyayfunddays
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Outreach360 Is Thankful For Your Support

Outreach360 is humbled by our dedicated volunteers and donors that have supported us in educating underserved children in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Our organization would not continue to grow without your service. More importantly, our students would not have the opportunity to learn English in our Learning Centers without you. Because of your devotion to our volunteer programs, Outreach360 has been able to serve over 10,000 students since 1994. Thank you!

Outreach360 wants to celebrate you this holiday season! In order to do so, Outreach360 Nicaragua Learning Center students have prepared a quick message for you. Click the photo below to watch:

 

 

How can you stay involved?

Outreach360 would like to encourage you to stay involved this holiday season by participating in the Holi-Yay Fund Days campaign this Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that takes place on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. It is an opportunity to give back on a global scale. In addition, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is offering to match donations made to Outreach360, up to $50,000, on Giving Tuesday. This is a unique, first time event – an incredible opportunity for Outreach360!

You can participate in the Holi-Yay Fund Days fundraiser by creating a Facebook fundraising page. Encourage your family and friends to donate on Facebook on Giving Tuesday.  Participation in this event will support the education of Outreach360 students in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.

Unable to create a Facebook fundraising page? Let Outreach360 donate for you!

Give us your credit card information before Giving Tuesday, so we can make the donation on your behalf. You can call us at 602-882-8628 to give Outreach360 your credit card information. Your credit card will be stored securely until Tuesday morning, and then will be destroyed after your donation is made.

Click here for more detailed directions on how to get involved in the Holi-Yay Fund Days fundraiser.

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This Is It. This Is Outreach360.

Carpe diem. We’ve all heard the saying; however, our multi-tasking nature oftentimes prevents us from seizing life’s moments.  Outreach360 works to create experiences that empower volunteers to embrace service, without distraction. Volunteering abroad is a unique opportunity to truly live in the present. This Is It.

“Joining Outreach360 is such a refreshing experience and allows you to step out of your everyday schedule and see life in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua first hand, the impact you have on the students, community, and also the people you work with. This opportunity to serve others definitely allows you to live in the moment just as we learned Dominicans and Nicaraguans do every day,” Alexia Lucas, a former Outreach360 volunteer from the University of North Carolina, explained.

The Outreach360 principle, This Is It, is about transforming your experience by enjoying the present moment. Service is about embracing opportunity, not only for yourself but for those around you as well. Immersing yourself in the experience will fuel your involvement creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Sammy Schultz, a former volunteer from the University of Missouri, says, “Outreach360 gave me the chance to communicate love to children while transforming the world. This organization has given me a whole new meaning to the concept of living in the moment and giving all I’ve got when it comes to impacting children.”

This Is It transcends to the experience of the students you are educating in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. When you allow yourself to embrace each moment while volunteering, Outreach360 students benefit more from your engagement. Your impact abroad will fuel the futures of Outreach360 students, empowering them to live a life of their choice.

We think Bridgett Kieffer, a former volunteer from the University of Missouri, said it best: “Life is too short to just live it for yourself. Get out, give back. This is it: your time to impact others for the rest of your life.”

For more information about Outreach360, visit this website: www.outreach360.org.

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Meet Our New Learning Center Students: Part Five

Outreach360 welcomed 50 new Nicaragua Learning Center students in late September 2017. These students have been studying English for nearly two months and have since learned a significant amount of the English language. The new Outreach360 students have worked with several different volunteers, completed numerous art projects, and worked on mastering English pronunciation.

But wait, there’s more.

We have been introducing our new students in a series of blog posts. This final blog post will complete our introductory series. The Nicaragua students have filled out questionnaires that ask important questions, such as, “What do you like most about Outreach360?” We hope that their answers inspire you to get involved with Outreach360, whether that be through donating, volunteering, or sharing news and updates about Outreach360 with your family and friends. If you missed our previous blog posts, you can find them hereherehere, and here.

Sheryl

What do you like the most about Outreach360?

I like the teachers the most. 

What is your goal with Outreach360?

I want to become a translator.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a teacher.

If you were a Superhero, what superpower would you have and why?

I would like to have the power of ice, laser beams, and super strength because the ice will help people when they are hot, the laser beams will help me to fight against villains, and being super strong will help me to lift heavy things.

 

Joneybi

What do you like the most about Outreach360?

I like learning English and the activities that we do. 

What is your goal with Outreach360?

My goal is to learn more English.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be an engineer when I grow up!

If you were a Superhero, what superpower would you have and why?

I would want to be super strong, so I can lift heavy things.

 

Jhonathan

What do you like the most about Outreach360?

I like that they teach me English here and that I learn how to speak it.

What is your goal with Outreach360?

My goal is to be bilingual like our teachers.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a great English speaker and learn a lot, like our teachers.

If you were a Superhero, what superpower would you have and why?

I wish I could have the power to freeze time. That way I would be able to be able to advance in English class. 

Fun Fact:

I like to run a lot and to smile every day. 

 

Efrain

What do you like the most about Outreach360?

I like that we learn English.

What is your goal with Outreach360?

My goal is to learn English.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a teacher. 

If you were a Superhero, what superpower would you have and why?

I would want to have super strength.

Fun Fact:

I like to sing in the shower.

 

Dayanara

What do you like the most about Outreach360?

I like that the learning is better here.

What is your goal with Outreach360?

I want to pay attention to my teachers.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I would like to become a Pediatrician when I grow up. 

If you were a Superhero, what superpower would you have and why?

I want to have the power of healing people and be able to revive them. I don’t like it when people die.

Fun Fact:

Once, I feel off of an avocado tree because I was playing with my friends.

 

Andy

What do you like the most about Outreach360?

Outreach360 gives us the opportunity to learn English. I like that the most. 

What is your goal with Outreach360?

I want to learn English, so I can be a good student in high school.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be an English teacher when I grow up. 

If you were a Superhero, what superpower would you have and why?

I would like to be Super Kid to help other kids.

Fun Fact:

I once greeted another person thinking that she was my mom.

 

Clara

What do you like the most about Outreach360?

I like when the teachers come here and teach us. I also like when they give us notebooks and other things.

What is your goal with Outreach360?

I want to be the best student.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a dentist.

If you were a Superhero, what superpower would you have and why?

I would want to be able to run fast, and I would like to fly, so I can become a heroine. 

Fun Fact:

I like to sing in the shower.

 

Rosalinda

What do you like the most about Outreach360?

I like that they are teaching us English. We have the opportunity to meet new people. We also play games with the teachers, who are nice and kind to us.

What is your goal with Outreach360?

My goal is to learn English.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be an English teacher.

If you were a Superhero, what superpower would you have and why?

I would like to have the ability to speak all the languages in the world. That way I would be able to understand and help everybody.

Fun Fact:

I like to play with my brother. I like to use my mini tablet and with my dolls

 

Johan

What do you like the most about Outreach360?

I like that the teachers are well prepared.

What is your goal with Outreach360?

I want to be the best student I can be. 

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I would like to be the best police officer in Jinotega when I grow up. 

If you were a Superhero, what superpower would you have and why?

I want to become the Hulk because he is strong.

Fun Fact:

Once, I fell when the floor was wet.

 

Osmani

What do you like the most about Outreach360?

I like Outreach360 so much because I can learn English here.

What is your goal with Outreach360?

I want to learn English to become fluent. 

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I would like to become an architect. 

If you were a Superhero, what superpower would you have and why?

I want to be Spiderman because I like his power very much.

Fun Fact:

Once I was playing on the street and I fell down. It was a funny moment.

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Outreach360 Offers Volunteer Opportunities for STEM Majors

Service STEMs from dedicated volunteers with a variety of backgrounds and interests. Outreach360 students are curious to explore subjects in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM fields offer a variety of career options for people living in Latin America. In order to meet the needs and interests of our students, Outreach360 wants to invite STEM majors to serve in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua to lead classes during the 2018 Dare to Dream Summer Camp program.

The 2018 Dare to Dream Summer Camp program will be led by Outreach360 short-term volunteers and Caminos Volunteer interns. Caminos Volunteers teach abroad for 8 or 12 weeks in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua Learning Center programs, whereas short-term volunteers serve for lengths of 1 to 7 weeks. This is the second summer that Outreach360’s Dare to Dream Summer Camp program will hold classes focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

What will you gain from this experience? The chance to share your passion abroad!

This opportunity is perfect for college students interested in making a global difference while sharing their passion for STEM subjects. College students will have the unique opportunity to teach abroad as a Caminos Volunteer or a short-term volunteer. Caminos Volunteers and short-term volunteers will be working in the community to provide powerful and meaningful STEM educational programs that pave the way to a new life for the children we serve.

“As a STEM major, volunteering with Outreach360 was incredibly rewarding. I got to challenge myself by figuring out how to turn my scientific knowledge into fun camp lessons. Every time a student was inspired to ask questions and figure out how the world works, I was reminded why I wanted to become a scientist in the first place, ” Kennedy Gould, a student at UC Davis, explained.

Teaching abroad can open doors for volunteers. Being exposed to service abroad will initiate you into the emerging world of global citizenship. With these experiences, you will become more conscientious of the needs of the international community. Furthermore,  volunteering as Caminos Volunteer or a short-term volunteer will encourage you to continue learning about issues around the world, and become powerful advocates for action and change.
Volunteers will be teaching students about STEM subjects and
how they can be applied within the international community.

This exchange of knowledge will empower your personal growth of knowledge in the STEM field by requiring you to think outside the box in order to teach about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in a sustainable way. What may be practiced in the United States or Canada, may not be practiced in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Discovering these differences will further your growth as a STEM professional. Most importantly, it will motivate students to pursue careers in STEM fields.

Carmiña Londoño, a former Outreach360 volunteer, says, “The Outreach360 students are curious about the natural world and eager to learn about science and how ‘things work’. The students really appreciate the hands-on experiences that Outreach360 can bring them through the science camps.  Leading or participating in a science camp is a rewarding experience that will open the minds of these young, potential scientists while leaving an indelible mark on one’s heart.” 
Learn more about Outreach360 here: www.outreach360.org
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Meet Our New Learning Center Students: Part Four

Outreach360 embraced 50 new Nicaragua Learning Center students. These students were welcomed into our English language learning program in late September of this year. Now that these students have settled into our program, Outreach360 wants you to have the opportunity to get to know them from home.

Why is this important? Because Outreach360 students are important.

We will be introducing our new students in a series of blog posts. The Nicaragua students have filled out questionnaires that ask important questions, such as, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We hope that their answers inspire you to get involved with Outreach360, whether that be through donating, volunteering, or sharing news and updates about Outreach360 with your family and friends. If you missed our previous blog posts, you can find them herehere and here.

Meet 10 new Nicaragua Learning Center students that want you to get to know them:

Elsania

What do you like the most about Outreach360?

I like that I am learning English and the activities that our teachers do with us. They are so kind.

What is your goal with Outreach360?

My goal is to learn English, to share the knowledge with my classmates, and to listen to my teachers.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a veterinarian when I grow up!

If you were a Superhero, what superpower would you have and why?

I would like to be able to help people.

Fun Fact:

Once I went to the market with my mom and instead of hugging her, I hugged another person.

Kevin 

What do you like the most about Outreach360?

I like it because the teachers teach us something that is very useful for our life.

What is your goal with Outreach360?

My goal is to improve my English and my handwriting.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a banker when I get older.

If you were a Superhero, what superpower would you have and why?

I would want to have a superpower that would help people.

Fun Fact:

I like to make and say things that make no sense.

 

Allison

What do you like the most about Outreach360?

I am happy that Outreach360 has given me the opportunity to learn English.

What is your goal with Outreach360?

My goal is to be able to translate in English and to be like the teachers. I want to be able to speak like them.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I would want to primarily be a bank teller and also a translator.

If you were a Superhero, what superpower would you have and why?

I would want to have the power of wisdom because I would be able to teach others.

Fun Fact:

Once, I was petting a kitten, he scratched me, and I bled.

Mileydi 

What do you like the most about Outreach360?

I like that we learn English here.

What is your goal with Outreach360?

I want to improve my English.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I would like to be a translator when I grow up. 

If you were a Superhero, what superpower would you have and why?

I want to be a Powerpuff Girl and have eyes laser.

Fun Fact:

One time I found 100 cordobas [about 3 U.S. dollars] on the street.

 

 

Dulce 

What do you like the most about Outreach360?

I like that we learn English and have fun with the teachers.

What is your goal with Outreach360?

I want to be able to pay attention and behave in class

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I would like to be a  lawyer one day. 

If you were a Superhero, what superpower would you have and why?

I would like to be invisible, so I can miss class at school and be able to scare people.

Fun Fact:

Once I grabbed another person`s hand because I thought that she was my mom.

Bismarck

What do you like the most about Outreach360?

I am happy that Outreach360 has given me the opportunity to learn English for free.

What is your goal with Outreach360?

I want to learn more English.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I would like to be a civil engineer one day. 

If you were a Superhero, what superpower would you have and why?

I would like to be able to fly. That way I can travel to other countries.

Fun Fact:

I swallowed a nail once. 

 

Maria Alejandra

What do you like the most about Outreach360?

I like that the Outreach360 program has given me the opportunity to learn English.

What is your goal with Outreach360?

I want to be a good student and make a commitment to learning English. 

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to learn English to be able to teach kids who really need it. I would also like to be a veterinarian.

If you were a Superhero, what superpower would you have and why?

I would like to be able to help other kids.

Fun Fact:

During a fair, I grabbed another woman’s hand because I thought that was my mom`s hand.

Joey 

What do you like the most about Outreach360?

I like that the teachers teach us English with games and fun activities.

What is your goal with Outreach360?

I want to learn English and be able to translate.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a translator in the future. 

If you were a Superhero, what superpower would you have and why?

I would want to have super strength to be able to help my community with heavy work.

Fun Fact:

One day I put my tongue in the freezer and then I couldn’t remove it.

 

Hanzell

What do you like the most about Outreach360?

I like that we learn English and the activities we do in class. 

What is your goal with Outreach360?

My goal is to learn English.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a psychologist when I grow up. 

If you were a Superhero, what superpower would you have and why?

I want to be like Spiderman, so I can save the world.

Fun Fact:

I’m funny.

Jesser

What do you like the most about Outreach360?

I like the unity and the support in the classroom. The teachers are patient and dedicated to teaching the topics.

What is your goal with Outreach360?

I want to learn a lot of English and build new friendly relationships with my teachers and classmates.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a volunteer teacher with Outreach360 and to be able to share the support that they give to me.

If you were a Superhero, what superpower would you have and why?

I want to have the power of strength and be able to fly and save people. I don’t like violence and war. I like the idea of a life where everyone gets along together.

Fun Fact:

When I was a child, I was visiting my aunt and then my mom left me there for a while. I thought that my mom would leave me there forever, but she came back.

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It’s Not About You. It’s About Outreach360 Students.

Serving abroad is a selfless act. It’s an opportunity to focus on the needs of others and to make a difference in international communities. When you are volunteering abroad with Outreach360 in the Dominican Republic or Nicaragua it is important to remove the focus from yourself in order to make a lasting impact on the students. It’s Not About You.

Picture this:

An Outreach360 student asks you to read a book with them. You recognize the title of the book-one of your childhood favorites-and you agree to read with the student. You joke about how you used to read books like this when you were the student’s age. The student hands you the book and looks at you expectantly. You think about all the time, money, and effort you spent to volunteer abroad just to sit down and read a children’s book. To you, this task may seem insignificant. To the student, the words in that book will fuel their future.

Simple acts, such as reading a children’s novel, will transform the lives of our students in powerful ways. Reminding yourself that your volunteering experience is not about you will empower your actions to better serve Outreach360 students. Although this process may seem difficult, it will make your volunteering experience more meaningful to you and the students.

Sydney O’Hara, an Outreach360 Communications OLÉ Volunteer, says, “I did not embrace the It’s Not About You Outreach360 principle until late into my first volunteering experience. One week before my trip, my dad was diagnosed with a terminal form of skin cancer. Although I was physically present in the Dominican Republic, mentally I was at home with my dad. I allowed this news to hinder my ability to be the best teacher I could be for the students. It was not until my last day abroad that I understood the implications of the It’s Not About You principle, and I was able to carry this lesson over into my relationship with my dad. Service is selfless, whether that be in service of children’s education or in service of your loved ones during trying times.”

What do you have to gain from this principle? The knowledge that you are able to serve students wholeheartedly

Outreach360 envisions a world where every person lives a life of choice. Before this can be obtainable, Outreach360 volunteers must choose to directly serve students. Embracing the Outreach360 It’s Not About You principle will transform your volunteering experience. It will open your eyes to the power of your service and the impact you can create in the lives of underserved children. In this way, you will ensure that all Outreach360 students can live a life a life of choice.

“When we say It’s Not About You, we mean that it’s about the children that we are serving; it’s about the children you are working with; it’s about the community that you are coming into as a stranger. There are other people that depend on this experience. This experience is about the people you are working with and how this experience benefits them, not you. However, it is a two-way street in a lot of ways. You’ll discover that you will benefit a lot from giving back to others,” Carla Mora, an Outreach360 Volunteer Leader, explained.

Visit the Outreach360 website for more information: www.outreach360.org

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