Nicaragua

Poco a Poco You Will Make a Difference

Good things take time. You will not change the world in one week while volunteering abroad; however, you will make a world of difference in one or more students’ lives. Empowering Outreach360 students to live a life of choice through English education will lead to a transformed world. The combined efforts of Outreach360 volunteers and donors in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic ensure this reality. Poco a Poco or little by little, you bring the opportunities that will fuel Outreach360 students’ future.

Why does this matter? Because sustainability matters.

Outreach360 takes measured steps towards educating groups of students who might one day take over our program, allowing us to pass on our teacher torches. Poco a Poco. Volunteers are the building blocks of our students’ growth in education. The knowledge they share during their time in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua will be further developed by the many volunteers that come after them.

This can be best shown by the Outreach360 Adelante Volunteers. These volunteers are returning students that have graduated from the Outreach360 English language learning program. Their success in the Outreach360 program is due to the many hours of volunteer efforts which paved the educational foundation for Adelante Volunteers’ advancement. This Poco a Poco process has transformed the lives of our Adelante Volunteers by empowering them to give back to their own community.

Charlotte Zhen, an Outreach360 volunteer from the University of Western Ontario, explains, “At first, I was a little skeptical about whether I could actually make a difference by volunteering for only one week. Outreach360 taught me that we should approach service with a Poco a Poco or a little by little mentality. Outreach360 does that by having volunteers serving year-round. Our combined efforts will lead to a sustainable education program, and eventually, the children will be leading their own schools and programs.”

Poco a Poco, education transforms the lives of all Outreach360 students. More importantly, this process inspires students to become educators. Adelante Volunteers come back to Outreach360 to teach new students. These individuals serve Outreach360 by creating a sustainable program where students become the teachers. In the near future, we will be giving Adelante Volunteers and native teachers the reigns of our program, which will, in turn, allow Outreach360 to branch out to other countries in Latin America.

“Spending one day with a child may not change their life; not right away. But being one day among the days of many volunteers adds up Poco a Poco. And that is when lives are changed,” Carly Greer, an Outreach360 volunteer from the University of Missouri, said.

Your direct involvement in the Outreach360 volunteer programs will motivate underserved students to dream big. Although you will only spend a short period of time volunteering, your influence will be continued to be felt by the service of volunteers that follow you. This process may be slow, but the rewards are big.

Jordan Weinstein, an Outreach360 volunteer from Edinboro University, said, “Working with these kids and being able to see them grow from just one week is so rewarding. Imagine what they can do with their lives if more people were able to donate and come serve year round. Nobody wants to feel stuck on a path that seems that they have no say in the matter of their own lives. That is why Outreach360 is so important.”

Looking to get involved? Poco a Poco, you will make a difference here: https://donate.outreach360.org/campaign/dare-to-dream-hike-2018/c162117

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What You Will Gain as a Caminos Intern

Outreach360 Caminos Volunteer Intern Guest Writer: Sarah Allen

When I first traveled to the Dominican Republic as an English teacher for underserved students with Outreach360 in 2012, I learned a principle by which the organization lives: Serve; Don’t Help. Volunteers often go to developing countries with the mindset of helping the helpless. But since that first trip, I have returned four more times to the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, and I now realize that development work is not one-sided. Empowering societies through cooperation, support, and mutual exchange is crucial to lasting development. Service is a two-way relationship that involves mutual communication, respect, and learning.

As a Caminos Intern with Outreach360, for everything that you give to the students and the community, you will gain even more. Personally, I owe the entire path of my life to that first week I volunteered at Outreach360: my interest in Latin American culture, my commitment to teaching and learning languages, my devotion to education, my passion for service, and my decision to pursue a career in international humanitarian work. If you are even half as lucky as me, you will gain so much from your time as a Caminos Intern with Outreach360: you will learn from like-minded peers, gain critical leadership skills, form meaningful relationships with students, soak up a new culture, open doors for your future, and even pick up some Spanish along the way.

Every returned Outreach360 volunteer will probably tell you that working with the students was the highlight of their experience. For me, it was no different. But working with the students was also by far the most challenging aspect of volunteering for me. During my first trip to the Dominican Republic, I spent every single day of the week teaching color words to a group of about eight kindergarten-aged students who had had very minimal exposure to English. Each day, it seemed like the students had completely lost all of the progress they had made the day before. Because of the total immersion approach that Outreach360 takes to teaching English, I felt like it was difficult to communicate and connect with such basic level students.

As the end of the week approached, I worried that our team had not accomplished the main goal that we had set for ourselves: facilitating mastery of eight basic color words. Feeling hopeless on the last day, our team gave the students coloring pages and crayons in a half-hearted attempt to do an activity that was relevant to the theme but still simple enough that we couldn’t fail.

To our surprise, as the students colored, we began to hear them ask each other for the crayons that they wanted. “Blue, please,” I heard from one student as he looked towards another student’s pile of crayons. “Red,” another student called as she gestured towards a crayon just out of reach in the center of the table. For the rest of the day, we encouraged students to ask their peers and teachers for the crayons they wanted for their coloring pages to practice their color words. Unlike we had thought all along, the students were making incremental progress all week, poco a poco. Despite my initial frustration of slow progress, I know that each successive week that Outreach360’s dedicated teachers have worked with those students, they have built upon what I taught that week.

At the end of the last day, every single one of my students ran up and gave me a huge hug, and that is what has kept me and hundreds of other volunteers returning year after year to continue to see them grow. Despite the language barrier I perceived, I was able to form a real connection with my students that I strengthen with each visit.

I have loved learning from Outreach360’s joyful and loving students, but the opportunity to forge lifelong friendships with fellow volunteers and staff has also been a hallmark of my experience as a volunteer. Outreach360 attracts all of the coolest world travelers, adventurers, and do-gooders. Through interactions with like-minded people from near and far, you will not only bond over your similarities, but you will gain new perspectives and a multicultural outlook from your differences.

Throughout your time in Nicaragua or the Dominican Republic, you will certainly encounter cultural differences you are unaccustomed to. But Outreach360 will be there to support you every step of the way and help you conquer any challenges you may face. By the time you return home, you will miss the gallo pinto you ate every day, the daily rounds of La Prensas loudspeaker, and even the bunk beds and mosquito nets.

All that you gain from your time as a Caminos Intern with Outreach360 will be invaluable within the context of any career or life path you may choose to pursue. I know I will carry the knowledge and experiences I have acquired in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic with me through the rest of my life.

Not only that, but you will also open doors for your students that will allow them to contribute to the healing of their communities. Like I said, the “Serve; Don’t Help” principle has stuck with me and served me as a guiding principle since my first trip to Latin America. I hope that you choose to spend a few months of your time as a Caminos Intern because I guarantee that your time with Outreach360 will stick with you too.

For more information about the Outreach360 Caminos Volunteer Internships, visit this website: https://outreach360.org/volunteer/individuals-long-term-internships/

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Lessons Learned As An Outreach360 Caminos Volunteer

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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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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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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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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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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