Each Week of the Year is New and Exciting!
A typical volunteer week with Outreach360 is a powerful blend of active volunteer service work teaching in Outreach360 education programs, informative talks by in-country staff regarding local history and culture, free time to relax or explore, and organized cultural activities to build a greater understanding of the people you are serving. Read below or watch the slideshow for more information on what your role is during the week, what type of work you will be doing, where volunteers go, and more.
When volunteering you will primarily be teaching English or Spanish Literacy in Outreach360 education programs. Our volunteers take an active role in teaching in the community either at an Outreach360 Learning Center, in local public schools, or at informal Outreach360 Learning Camps. When teaching you will be working alongside other passionate volunteers following our professional English curriculum or Spanish Literacy curriculum. As you work to meet clear learning objectives, you’ll be creating captivating and meaningful lesson plans that engage our students in real learning. Regardless of your experience with teaching, you’ll find the tools you require to successfully meet the needs of the students during our comprehensive orientation with Outreach360 leaders, who map out your service experience and guide you through the lesson planning process.
For more detailed information, see What We Do.
Teaching English is one of the easiest ways for volunteers to get involved in service and make a lasting impact in the communities we serve. Although you may not know it, one of the greatest resources you bring with you as a volunteer is your ability to speak English at a native level. Children in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua are eager to learn and enthusiastic to interact with you. Whether you are volunteering as an individual, a family, a high school team, middle school team, college team or church group, teaching English provides an indispensable service to meet a genuine need in the community.
Teaching Spanish Literacy
Teaching Spanish literacy is one of the most meaningful ways for volunteers to get involved in service and make a lasting impact in the communities we serve. The reality of illiteracy and functional illiteracy is tragic, and the ability to give a child the gift of reading is truly immeasurable. Children in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua are eager to learn, love exploring books, and are enthusiastic to interact with you. Whether you are volunteering as an individual, a family, a high school team, middle school team, college team or church group, teaching Spanish literacy provides a critical service to meet an urgent need in the community.
At Outreach360 we believe in the power of cultural exchange. Cultural exchange plays an important role in global awareness and effective development. A typical week with Outreach360 includes a variety of informational talks and cultural activities organized by our on-site leadership team, that help our volunteers better understand the people they are serving. Volunteers participate in activities such as traditional dance lessons, talks about local issues, and trips to local places of interest.
Do I need to speak Spanish?
Outreach360 programs are great for people who are looking to practice and expand their Spanish. You’ll find endless opportunities to experience authentic language in the community and interacting with the local children. On the other hand, Outreach360 programs are just as powerful for volunteers with no Spanish knowledge. You’ll discover the magic of the human spirit when two people from different cultures work together to overcome language barriers. True service is defined by our actions. Language fluency is not a requirement to make a real difference in the lives of the children we serve!
Although for the most part, we follow a general schedule, weekly and daily schedules can vary greatly depending on the size of the volunteer team, local school schedules, local holidays, daily weather conditions, and more. That being said, volunteers might expect a normal volunteer week to consist of the following:
- Saturday: Travel to your location
- Sunday: Complete orientation and preparation
- Monday – Thursday: Volunteer work days teaching at the learning center, public schools, or at Outreach360 Learning Camps.
- Friday: Cultural activities and excursions to see local places of interest.
- Saturday: Travel home.
- 8:00-8:30: Breakfast
- 8:30-9:00: Announcements / Prep Time
- 9:00-12:00: Teaching
- 12:00-1:00: Lunch
- 1:00-2:00: Prep Time / Flex Time / Siesta
- 2:00-5:00: Teaching
- 5:00-6:00: Free Time / Culture Time
- 6:00-7:00: Dinner
- 7:00-9:00: Prep Time / Educational and cultural talks/ Games / Movie / Church
- 9:00-10:00: Free Time
- 10:00: Quiet Time