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Communicate Love. Communicate Change.

Love is a universal language that is expressed through actions and service. Travelling to another country where you are unfamiliar with the language can create some anxiety; however, Outreach360 has built a foundation on which volunteers can build long-lasting relationships by Communicating Love to our students.

Why does this matter? Because a transformed world matters. 

Service is about overcoming barriers to create positive change in local and international communities. Volunteering with Outreach360 in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua is a unique service-learning experience in which one must communicate beyond language limitations.

Outreach360 students speak Spanish as a first language, and they are enrolled in the Outreach360 Learning Center programs to improve their English language skills each day. Furthermore, our volunteers serve to Communicate Love to our students while speaking English. This exchange opens doors to communication through action.

“Communicate Love means using love as a form of communication. When you have a language barrier between you and the person, you can use love, expression, interest, and care instead of words for them to be able to understand you. Bringing positive energy into the classroom with a smile can go a long way,” Jackson Ranheim, an Outreach360 OLÉ volunteer, says.

You do not need to know the native language to make an impact abroad. This misconception oftentimes prevents individuals from taking the leap to serve abroad in Latin America. Remembering to Communicate Love relieves this anxiety. We know that a simple high-five or thumbs-up can communicate more to Outreach360 students than words can. Expression through actions will create understanding transcendent of language barriers.

Outreach360 has witnessed this exchange in the classroom. The positive energy that volunteers bring to their lessons empowers students’ grasp of the English language. A smile at the end of the day goes a long way for our students. Your actions will inspire a transformed world in which all students may live a life of choice.

Caleb Acosta, an Outreach360 Adelante Volunteer and an Outreach360 English education program graduate, explains, “For me, Communicate Love is a stronger language that connects all the people around the world. I do this by smiling every day and doing what I need to do with my heart. I remember when I was a student with Outreach360 that I didn’t know how to say something in English and I didn’t understand what the teacher was saying. The teacher showed me a beautiful smile and she taught me one more time, and I just learned because of this smile. I learned from the love of her actions.”

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

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How Volunteering Abroad Changed Me

Outreach360 Volunteer Guest Writer: Alyssa Gehman

When I was a freshman in college, I was lost. I didn’t know where I fit in on a campus four hours away from home. So I started applying to anything and everything. I still don’t remember what made me decide to go on a trip to a place where I didn’t speak the language when I’d never been out of the country before, and with 20 strangers for that matter, but it was the best decision I could have ever made volunteering abroad with Outreach360

In the seven days, I was in Nicaragua, those 20 strangers turned into 20 new best friends. Some of them, people who will probably be in my wedding one day, are people who I would have never met otherwise.

After my first trip, I couldn’t stay away. At this point, I’ve volunteered with Outreach360 five times and have had several unique experiences. I’ve volunteered as a team member, a team leader, and an individual long-term volunteer and hold every experience so close to my heart.

Over the past four years, I’ve gotten to work with several different groups of students and have gotten to see the kids in the learning center grow. It’s so incredible to see how the organization has evolved over time and how smart the students are.

Not only does Outreach360 give its students amazing opportunities, but they also think of everything for volunteers. As a volunteer, your primary responsibility is to be the best teacher for the kids and the only other thing you have to worry about is living in the moment. I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with such an amazing organization.


The time I’ve spent with Outreach360 continues to change my life. I’ve completely fallen in love with traveling, Latin American culture, and servin
g others through my experiences in Nicaragua. I continuously learn new things about people, the world and most importantly, myself. Each time I return to Nicaragua, my life is put into perspective. My goals are clearer; life seems simpler.

I’ve grown so passionate about non-profit work and education through volunteering abroad with Outreach360 and hope to eventually have a career within the non-profit sector. My dream job would be to organize service trips for a college campus similar to the work that I did as a team leader. I’d love to give students the opportunities that I’ve had in the past. Looking back, I don’t know if I would have gone in this direction had I not made a choice to do something different.

I think volunteering abroad is so important not only for the world but for the soul and I encourage everyone to participate in some way. For me, getting to see how other people live completely changed my life and made me see life from a different perspective. I’ve learned that changing your life starts with just taking that first step out of your comfort zone, and I’m so thankful that I decided to get involved with Outreach360!

Register to volunteer with Outreach360 in Nicaragua here: https://outreach360.org/nicaragua/

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Celebrate the New Year with Year-End Giving

Celebrate the New Year by supporting students’ education in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. The 2017 Outreach360 Holi-Yay Fund Days campaign is a year-end fundraiser. Your donation will ensure the continuation of our English educations programs abroad. 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.

Jovani, a Nicaragua Outreach360 Learning Center student, says, “Donate because it will do good for our future. It will help a lot of people in need.  Outreach360 is important to me because it will help me a lot with my future. I will be able to help my family with my future job. I think that is important to my family because they will be proud of me. Please donate to Outreach360.”

Students, like Jovani, rely on our education programs. Donating will provide opportunities for Outreach360 students to achieve their dreams.  Jovani hopes to become a translator in the future. His progress in the Learning Center Program in Nicaragua would not be possible without generous donations from our volunteers and donors. One day, it is our hope that Jovani can accomplish everything he aspires to do in life, and the Holi-Yay Fund Days campaign aims to empower our students, including Jovani, on their journey through English language education.

English education provides opportunities for Outreach360 students to live a life of choice. It is our belief that education is the most sustainable form of service in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. English education, specifically, will open doors to new careers for underserved children. Donating to the Holi-Yay Fund Days campaign is a click-easy way to motivate students from your own home to continue their academic growth.

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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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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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 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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How Being An Outreach360 Caminos Intern 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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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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