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We are so excited to announce that we have an anonymous donor who will be giving $10,000 to Outreach360 at the end of December when we meet our year-end fundraising goal of $30,000! So, to kick off an exciting month of fundraising, we are launching, for the first time ever, Outreach360’s 14 Days of Giving! It’s a daily contest in which donors like you enter daily to win amazing prizes, like Outreach360 water bottles and t-shirts and even some vintage Orphanage Outreach gear. It’s easy to enter, all you need to do is donate to the 14 Days of Giving fundraising page.

For every $10 you donate, we’ll enter your name into a daily drawing and an additional name in our Grand Prize bucket. At the end of each day we’ll pull out a name, announce the winner and then start over the next day, but throughout the two weeks, names will accumulate to win the Grand Prize. The Grand Prize is a $1,800 credit towards an Outreach360 trip! To put that into perspective for you, $1,800 would cover the cost of two individuals volunteering for a week, the cost of one person volunteering for three weeks or would cover more than 50% of the cost for an eight-week Caminos Internship (see a breakdown of our volunteer costs). There are only 14 days to win the daily prizes so spread your donations out across multiple days or go all in on one of the days for a higher chance of winning, but no matter what, we’ll continue adding your name to the Grand Prize drawing!

As 2018 comes to a close, and we reflect on the past year, we can’t help but feel overwhelming gratitude for all that our supporters have made possible. In Nicaragua, despite current unrest, we’ve managed to not only keep the Learning Center open to our students but have also expanded programming to include university prep for our high school students! And in Monte Cristi, we had a record-making summer with a vocational-themed six-week Dare to Dream Camp for our Learning Center students, in which they learned about professions in STEM, the performing arts, and tourism and were even able to take field trips around the country relating to the professions that they learned about. For many of our students, this was their first opportunity to travel outside of Monte Cristi.

We already have a lot to look forward to in 2019. We are hopeful our volunteer program in Jinotega will reopen in the summer and volunteer-run English lessons and neighborhood camps will start back up. In the Dominican Republic, we are preparing to enroll a whole new class of fifth-grade students into the Learning Center. In the first few months, they will be learning how the program works and preparing for their English education with an intensive Spanish literacy program. 

With so much to look forward to, there’s also a lot of preparation that needs to be done. That’s why our December goal is so important and why an anonymous donor has stepped up to help make our 2019 goals possible! It’s not lost on us that we couldn’t do any of it with you, that’s why with the 14 Days of Giving we’ll be able to give back some to you for all that you give. Never forget, YOU are Outreach360! We’re so proud to have you in our family. 

Click for the most recent update on our volunteer program in Nicaragua.
To follow the progress of the 14 Days of Giving and our December fundraising goal, visit our Facebook page.
Click to donate to the 14 Days of Giving Fundraiser.

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Hike For Hope. Hike For Humanity. Hike For Them.

Outreach360 believes in a world where every child grows up living a Life of Choice. We believe that can be achieved through access to an education that opens doors to new opportunities and therefore a path out of poverty. Outreach360 invites you to hike for change on May 5th, 2018 for the 3rd Annual Dare to Dream Hike.

Why should you get involved? Because your involvement will inspire students to overcome mountains. Literally.

Education continues to be an inaccessible right for millions of children around the world but your support can empower students in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic to continue their education. The 2018  Dare to Dream Hike is an annual fundraising event put on by you and the people in your community. Together, you will create a fundraising team and commit to raising as much money as you can to support these students. On May 5th, 2018, your fundraising team, along with hundreds of volunteers, students, and donors around the world, will celebrate the success of the Dare to Dream Hike by hiking somewhere in your community.

Audrey Sharp, the Outreach360 Development Director, says, “I hike for the kids who walk miles to get to our seasonal learning camps. We’re so proud of the students in our Learning Centers and how far they’ve come, not only in their English skills but also as students and dreamers. Our volunteers have worked so hard to fulfill the Outreach360 mission and, naturally, we continuously strive to expand the reach of our impact. The Dare to Dream Hike can make that happen. I hike so that the hundreds of children in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic waiting to get into our Learning Centers will be able to join our education programs.”

Although your team will set individual fundraising goals, your efforts will be joined by the Dare to Dream Hike community of fundraisers. Your involvement will contribute to a community of service-minded individuals who are passionate about education around the globe. Together, the Dare to Dream Hike fundraising teams will ensure that Outreach360 students live a Life of Choice.

Last year, the Dare to Dream Hike fundraiser was able to raise over $50,000 thanks to the efforts of Outreach360 hikers like Patrick Newell, an Outreach360 volunteer and 2017 Dare to Dream Hike participant. Patrick was inspired to give back after leading a service trip with Outreach360 to the Dominican Republic: “I participated in the 2017 Dare to Dream Hike for the kids. After volunteering for a week in the Dominican Republic, our team [Algonquin College] was so inspired by the children and their willingness to learn that we had to do more. We spent the week teaching in Outreach360’s new learning center in Monte Cristi; and knowing that the organization could serve so many more children in Jinotega if they had a larger facility, we knew we had to help make that happen.”

Our 2018 goal is to raise $100,000 to invest in the future of the students enrolled in Outreach360’s Learning Centers. This would not be possible without the support of Outreach360 volunteers and donors. Your involvement will make a real difference in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Join Outreach360 for the 2018 Dare to Dream Hike. United, we will hike wherever we are in the world to celebrate the children who have inspired us to hike for hope in this fight for education.

What will you hike for? Summit up for us here: http://donate.outreach360.org/daretodreamhike

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Say It Loud, Say It Proud: You Are Outreach360

Outreach360 volunteers are the heart of the organization. Without their dedication to serving year after year, Outreach360 would cease to exist. We continuously tell our volunteers, “You Are Outreach360“. This principle sheds light on the motivated individuals who aspire to make a difference in the world: Outreach360 volunteers. The majority of labor and funds integrated into the program come from volunteers, and Outreach360 is forever grateful for their support.

Pictured here is Audrey Sharp, the Outreach360 Associate Marketing Manager, surrounded by Nicaraguan Learning Center students.

Audrey Sharp, Outreach360 Associate Marketing Manager, explains,” Outreach360 doesn’t exist without you. It just doesn’t. The hardest part of an Outreach360 volunteer trip is having to leave at the end of it. I remember coming back from my first trip with Outreach360 and feeling a little lost. I decided to start donating monthly to the program thinking that if I couldn’t be with the students then at least I could be contributing in my own way to their education. It wasn’t until I came on staff that I truly understood what Outreach360 had been trying to tell me when they said to volunteers YOU are Outreach360. The truth is that our donors are as integral to the organization as our volunteers and our students.”

Putting on the Outreach360 volunteer t-shirt further inducts you into the “You Are Outreach360” circle. Outreach360 volunteers are recognized by local community members in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. When volunteers wear the Outreach360 t-shirts, they are representing Outreach360 in the communities they serve. It is common for volunteers to be welcomed by a chorus of students and locals saying “hello, teacher” while walking through town. The Outreach360 name is as recognized as our volunteers.

“It is important to remember volunteers are not here to ‘help’ Outreach360, they ‘are’ Outreach360. Outreach360 relies heavily on its volunteers, and every single individual matters. Being a part of Outreach360 can and will contour your perspectives and inspire your knowledge of the culture and life in Nicaragua [and the Dominican Republic],” Adrian Nguyen, a former volunteer from Virginia Commonwealth University, said.

Outreach360 strives to make your volunteer experiences memorable. Outreach360 staff is mindful of your expectations. We are conscious of our volunteers’ desire to learn throughout their time in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.  Volunteering with Outreach360 will facilitate your development in the knowledge of a new culture, as well as help to improve your leadership skills. This growth all ties back into the “You Are Outreach360” experience. While “You Are Outreach360”, we know you are also an individual who is eager to expand their global awareness. Outreach360 will serve you to achieve your goals.

Outreach360 Leader Andrea Deleo Urcuyo teaches a Nicaragua Learning Center student during class.

Outreach360 Leader Andrea Deleo Urcuyo says, “The volunteers are Outreach360, and I can see that especially at the Nicaragua Learning Center. The volunteers share their love and their knowledge with the students. We remind the volunteers about the principles, like “You Are Outreach360″, during meals. We get to help them realize that they are Outreach360 during debriefs at the end of the day. The debriefs are a really a special moment where volunteers get to talk about the teaching lessons and the impact they are having on the students. Debriefs really help volunteers understand that without them, the Outreach360 program would look entirely different. We are so happy to have volunteers here because they are experts in the English language. It’s a great opportunity for our students and for children around the world to learn English.”

To learn more about Outreach360, visit this website: www.outreach360.org.

 

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