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/