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Wishing You Happy Holidays From Outreach360

This holiday season, Outreach360 would like to celebrate with our service family. Your support has upheld our organization in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic throughout the years. Without you, Outreach360 could not hope to have served and educated over 10,000 students since 1994. This means that the students who have worked their way through our English language learning programs may have a life of choice; a life of their own making outside of the limits of poverty; a life where their dreams will become reality.

The Outreach360 Nicaragua staff has seen your service in action. Because of you, we are on own way to having a new Learning Center built in Jinotega, Nicaragua. In addition, Outreach360 was able to accept 50 new students into the Nicaragua Learning Center program in late September 2017. This would not be possible without your dedication to seeing our program grow.

Outreach360 would like to celebrate the holidays with you, as well as our triumphs in 2017. The Outreach360 Nicaragua staff has put together a video for you to wish you happy holidays. Click the photo below to watch:

 

 

How can you stay involved?

Support our year-end fundraiser! The 2017 Outreach360 Holi-Yay Fund Days campaign is a year-end fundraiser. Your donation will be used where it is needed the most. The Holi-Yay Fund Days fundraiser supports the Outreach360 mission of providing opportunities for underserved children in Latin America to live a life of choice.

Our year-end fundraiser ends on New Year’s Eve. Invite your family and friends to celebrate the 2017 Outreach360 Holi-Yay Fund Days campaign, and donate yourself. Do not miss out on this opportunity to give back to underserved children in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Together, we can continue to make a difference on a global scale.

Click here to donate to the 2017 Outreach360 Holi-Yay Fund Days campaign: https://donate.outreach360.org/give/153037/#!/donation/checkout

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How Interning Abroad Helped Me Discover My Purpose

 Outreach360 Caminos Volunteer Intern Guest Writer:  Annika Hudson
From 2013-2014 I volunteered with Outreach360 for about eight months as a Caminos Volunteer. The experiences and individuals I came across while in the Dominican Republic have left lasting impressions on me. While it has been awhile since I volunteered, I continue to keep in touch with my friends and fellow Caminos volunteers. We became family during our time overseas.
A specific memory I have from the Dominican Republic was the blue class. I taught the blue class in the afternoon at the Learning Center. These students ranged from ages eight to ten years old. This class brought me so much joy. If I was having a rough day, I always knew that the blue class would provide me with lots of laughs and love. They supported one another and valued their education.

While each of these students continuously came to class with smiles on their faces, each of them came from dysfunctional home lives. However, when at the Learning Center, they could relax and forget about their worries. We used to always say “BOOMSHAKALAKA!” when it was time to focus and get started with the lesson. We constantly smiled, accepted, and embraced one another. They were probably my hardest goodbye when it was time to go home. I never thought that I could have such an impact on the students I worked with; and more surprisingly, I did not think they would leave such an impression on me. I still think about that class and hope all is well with them.

I volunteered with Outreach360 because my freshman year of college left me feeling very uncertain about my abilities and what I wanted to do with my life. Deciding to take a gap-year took a lot of thought but in the end, I needed time to discover myself and my passions. Thankfully, my time in the Dominican Republic gave me just this and the confidence to apply to a university that I never thought I could get into. The year following this experience, I transferred to the University of Pittsburgh. It was the perfect fit and I had many successes at this school.

Furthermore, I am now in graduate school, at Gwynedd Mercy University, to become a School Counselor K-12. My time in the Dominican Republic allowed me to begin to realize what profession I wanted to get involved in. Overall, after completing my time with Outreach360 I felt like I could conquer the world and nothing could get in my way. I continue to feel this way today. If you are someone who feels lost, or wants to take a gap year, or just wants to have a life-changing experience, it would be in your best interest to take a chance and be an Outreach360 Caminos Volunteer. I promise you won’t regret it!

For more information about the Outreach360 Caminos Volunteer Internship, click this link: https://outreach360.org/volunteer/individuals-long-term-internships/

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Lessons Learned As An Outreach360 Intern

Outreach360 Caminos Volunteer Guest Writer: Lucy McGraw

I spent the summer of 2015 in Nicaragua as a Caminos volunteer with Outreach360. It was an incredibly rewarding and transformative experience for me, as it opened my eyes to so much about the world, myself and the amazing, intelligent students I served. As a Caminos, I had the privilege of spending quality time with the students and collaborating with volunteers from around the globe. We had a dance party with the students for International Children’s Day, spent a day exploring the historic city of Granada, and ended the summer by taking the students on a field trip to Managua to see the airport. I formed meaningful relationships with the students as I taught them about the Highland Games in Scotland, or what it means for an airplane to hit turbulence. I cultivated lifelong friendships with some of the other long-term volunteers, who I now don’t go more than a few days without talking to.

The greatest lessons I learned came from the ten principles that Outreach360 teaches volunteers at the beginning of the week to ensure that they have a meaningful and fulfilling experience. There are three that I make a point to carry with me each day.

Serve, Don’t Help.

This reminds volunteers that the students are not helpless children who need us to impose our values and customs on them to improve their lives — rather they are smart, talented, curious little people who are eager to learn from the volunteers they interact with. It hopes to show volunteers that our purpose is to serve them, to be a stepping stone for them on their life path. It also serves as a reminder to be respectful of the community that the volunteers spend their time in and to try their best to become as familiar with it as possible. 

This principle means a lot to me, because I now work as an AmeriCorps member for a nonprofit called Literacy First, teaching literacy to young, low-income students from difficult backgrounds. The elementary school I work in is Title I, meaning it does not always have the funds or the resources to support the students as is necessary. Whenever I find myself wanting to overstep my boundaries or get involved in a situation that can be solved without me, this principle pops into my head, and I am reminded that I can only serve as much as I am needed. Once I take a step back, I am reminded that the work I am doing is purposeful and that the students’ drive, curiosity and eagerness to learn will support them in the ways that the school cannot.

Communicate Love.

This principle, I think, speaks for itself. It was demonstrated to me throughout my internship by the students we served and through the friendships I formed with other volunteers. The students showed me love by the way they fully embraced me and the new volunteers that came in each week, and how excited they were to participate in whatever lesson we had planned for them, no matter what it was.

The other volunteers communicated love to me by accepting me for who I am, acknowledging how our differences made us a stronger team, and by embracing the students right back. Outreach360 encourages praise in the form of notes written by volunteers who deserve it. I still have each note that I received from other volunteers that summer. One of my favorites is from a fellow long-term volunteer, Virginia Gordon, who is now one of my best friends. It reads, “I’m pretty sure I’m in love with you; you made this trip so much better. I really kind of hate writing notes, but I write this to say that I love you and can’t wait to travel the world”. This principle means a lot to me because it serves as a great reminder that the best way to communicate love is to love yourself and let that love overflow onto the people around you.

This Is It.

This is the principle that resonated with me the most. It serves as a reminder that we need to be present and live in the moment because this is it; life is happening now. The people in Jinotega embody this principle in such a great way. No one is in a hurry, no one is rushing to the next place or the next thing, everyone is content just to be. People drop in on their friends unexpectedly to have a cup of coffee or to chat. They stop on the street to say hello to their neighbor that they haven’t seen in a couple of days. In Western culture, it’s easy to sometimes get caught up in the rush and to feel like you have to have a plan for the day, the week, the next 5 years. Being immersed in the laid back Nicaraguan culture was the perfect reset button for me, and showed me that everything doesn’t have to be figured out and that I can take things day by day. I now try to live by this principle and try to remind myself that life is short and that I need to take advantage of the present.

My experience as a Caminos changed my life. I cherish the memories, relationships and life lessons that I gained while there. To quote my good friend Jessica Henderson, also a former Caminos intern, “I urge anyone that stumbles upon this blog to not hesitate on an experience like this. It doesn’t matter your credentials or your abilities, all you need is a heart and room to let it grow. Jinotega is a home to me now. Come see why.”

 

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My Internship Empowered Me To Travel

Outreach360 Caminos Volunteer Intern Guest Writer: Dallon Asnes

My name is Dallon Asnes. I’m a senior physics major at Pomona College in Claremont, CA. In the summer of 2015, following my first year of college, I spent eight weeks in Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic as a Caminos Intern with Outreach360.

Living for a summer in Monte Cristi was an incredible experience. It was my first time out of the U.S., my first time without the luxurious amenities to which I had previously grown accustomed, and my first time being immersed in a Spanish-speaking environment.

I had studied Spanish throughout high school but, once I got to Monte Cristi, my Spanish improved by leaps and bounds. I helped plan and direct the baseball-softball camp that summer, which meant most of my days were spent on a baseball field – which I loved – and I often had long, spontaneous conversations in Spanish with campers who all shared a similar passion for sports. Campers shared some of their favorite music with me and I’ll never forget our group sing-a-longs to Daddy Yankee or Prince Royce after a long day on the field. I was continually impressed with how well the campers could dance. Although I loved the bachata and merengue classes we had at the program center every week, I don’t think I ever learned to dance as well as them!

I often think back to hiking El Morro with our group and photographing the gorgeous beach right below us, or laughing along with the workers at the Salt Flat as I translated for our group tours. Living in Monte Cristi wasn’t all easy, however. Between mosquito bites, heat and the initial adjustment of being out of one’s comfort zone, there were times that challenged me. However, the Outreach360 staff remained open, accessible, and incredibly supportive whenever a situation arose. Many of my fond memories come from the strong sense of community those of us working with Outreach360 felt.

When I returned to college the next fall, I was craving another opportunity to live abroad. I decided to apply for the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) and the Boren Scholarship, programs that would fund either a summer or full year abroad with an intensive language study component. When I met with fellowship advisors at my school to begin discussing my application, it dawned on me how significantly my experience with Outreach360 would strengthen my applications. I had lived for an extended period in modest conditions, I had demonstrated that I could adjust to new cultures and communities and I did so while leading our summer program and other volunteers.

These experiences from Monte Cristi helped me stand out in application essays and prove myself in subsequent interviews. One of the more challenging interview questions I faced was, “What will you do while living abroad to decompress or relax?” In Monte Cristi, I frequently journaled and regularly made time to read in a quiet space. Referencing this in my response helped show what I’ve learned from this past experience and how I’m ready to apply it to future ones. Furthermore, I should mention that the staff from Outreach360 wrote me great letters of recommendation to bolster my applications.

Thanks to some of these scholarships, I’ve since had the opportunity to study in India for ten months and volunteer in Madagascar for three. While my experiences with Outreach360 helped me to earn these scholarships in the first place, lessons I learned in Monte Cristi taught me how to manage what can be difficult cultural adjustments and gave me the confidence to push through new challenges.

While I was in Monte Cristi, every day was filled with exciting, new experiences. When I think back to the summer, in addition to these fond memories, I can’t help but appreciate the influence of Outreach360 and the opportunity that a Caminos Internship proved in propelling me toward more diverse, international experiences. I encourage you to be involved in whatever capacity you can!

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

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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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Journalism/Communication Majors Welcome!

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 the 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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