TAKE THE PATH LESS TRAVELED
In Spanish, camino means path or road, and in our Caminos Volunteer Program, volunteers play a crucial role in providing a path out of poverty for disadvantaged children in Latin America. As a Caminos volunteer, you’ll be working in the community to provide powerful and meaningful education programs that pave the way to a new 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’ve transformed yours.
Children throughout the world are growing up without access to adequate educational opportunities. We’ve seen what a lack of opportunities means to children and their futures and that is why we are passionate about causing a transformed world where all children can grow up living Life of Choice. Our focus is on providing a learning experience like no other for our students so that they can dare to dream of a future entirely their own. As a long-term volunteer, you will play a major role in helping us bring education to underserved children!
Long-Term Caminos volunteers join us for what many describe as a life-changing experience! We facilitate the experience for you by offering a safe and affordable way for you to travel, experience a new culture and to make a tremendous impact working with underserved children. Volunteers work in our Learning Centers, local schools, or in community learning camps. Our program is high-energy, and there are opportunities to join us year-round. Register today in Nicaragua or the Dominican Republic to start sharing your hero and transform the world!
We are currently working in two of the safest Latin American countries: the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. For over 20 years we have been serving alongside the friendly people of the Dominican Republic. You will enjoy a week of experiencing the Dominican’s vibrant culture. Since 2010, we have been serving in Nicaragua, which is said to be the safest and poorest country in Central America. Working high in the coffee growing region of Nicaragua, you will fall in love with Jinotega’s mountain scenery.
Outreach360 is a non-profit organization working to provide educational opportunities to underserved areas of Latin America since 1994. We are a recognized leader in international volunteering and volunteer internship opportunities with alumni of over 22,000 volunteers. Our top priority is health and safety, we are competitively affordable and are driven by making a sustainable impact in the communities where we are working. Learn more.
Since 1994, Outreach360 has been running powerful international volunteer opportunities. Since that time, we have worked with a number of long-term interns providing educational and cultural opportunities, along with meaningful service work that helps to grow your leadership, communication, and confidence. Managing your health and safety is our number one priority, you will have peace of mind knowing that you are well taken care of, so you can focus on implementing our sustainable development practices. The difference you make in the community in which you are serving will have a lasting impact, but you will also experience a new country through authentic cultural experiences and other educational activities. In short, you will transform the world while learning more about yourself than you though possible!
SUMMER DARE TO DREAM INTERNSHIPS
English is a highly sought-after skill in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, as it can open the door to better educational and career opportunities. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds can make a difference; no teaching experience or education required!
Volunteers with an interest in Science and Health are needed to staff our Summer Science Academy! We’ll be focused on the basics of biology, chemistry, and physics, supplementing the education our students receive in school.
Do you love to read and write? Share your love of literacy at the Outreach360 Summer Literacy Camp. Volunteers can be English and/or Spanish speaking.
Volunteers with an interest in math are needed to staff our Summer Math Academy! We’ll be focused on all levels of math – from basic arithmetic to GED tutoring of algebra and trigonometry. Our students love math!
Work with Outreach360 leaders to organize and deliver the Outreach360 Summer Dare to Dream Camp to both our students and short-term volunteers. A unique and fun leadership opportunity where you make a real difference!
A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE
This was my first experience outside of the U.S. Making the connection with the children and seeing their progress even in a week was remarkable! I truly appreciated the staff in overseeing my safety and also immersing me in the culture. I will definitely be back as the kids will forever be in my heart! I can't wait for the new learning center to be built as it will afford more students an opportunity.Kari Silva
I have travelled a lot to several different countries, but I never took so much happiness and fulfillment in my heart as I did in this trip. Very well organized, incredibly smart and dedicated staff. I intend to do it every year.Silvia Bridwell, Arizona
I would highly recommend volunteering with Outreach360. As a Caminos Intern, this summer was the best experience of my life. If you stay for one week or 1000 weeks, your heart will grow bigger.Kennedy Gould, California
I have continuously had an amazing experience with Outreach360. After my first trip I was so inspired I decided to start taking classes at home to obtain my teaching certificate. Every time I come, the kids at the learning centre bring me so much joy that I never want to go home!Caitlyn Smith, Pennsylvania
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Dominican Republic Program: Life as a Caminos volunteer in Monte Cristi
The Dominican Republic’s vibrant culture and island vibe add to it’s allure as a tourist destination and often mask its severe poverty to a holiday vacationer. However, the social injustices bred by European conquistadors are still very much present in contemporary Dominican society and a contributing cause of the poverty its residents face every day. The town of Monte Cristi is no exception, and although it enjoyed a period of prosperity at the turn of the 19th century, its current residents strive to ﬁght the limitations of living on one dollar a day, either making a living ﬁshing the local waters or working plantations in the nearby banana industry. It’s here in Monte where Outreach360 continues to focus on education as a sustainable solution to poverty. As a Caminos volunteer in the Northwest region of the Dominican Republic, you’ll work in this slow-paced beach town to support the Outreach360 Learning Center as a teacher, providing relevant and engaging learning activities. At the Learning Center in Monte Cristi, Caminos volunteers are the difference between a life of poverty and a life of choice for local children.
In addition to teaching at the learning center, Caminos volunteers broaden their cultural understanding through Outreach360 organized cultural activities and excursions. At Outreach360 we believe that part of what makes a semester or summer service-learning experience powerful, is the opportunity to compliment your volunteer work by learning about the Dominican culture and the people that you are serving. From enjoying a refreshing swim in turquoise Caribbean waters, to learning traditional Dominican Merengue rhythms, cultural activities are an invaluable part of the Caminos experience in Monte Cristi.
Nicaragua Program: Life as a Caminos volunteer in Jinotega
Nicaragua is considered one of the safest countries in Central America but also the poorest. This couldn’t be more true in the misty town of Jinotega, where the country’s rich coffee growing industry is contrasted by the extreme poverty of its outlying communities. Its here in Jinotega where Outreach360 focuses on providing educational opportunities for the children in these impoverished neighborhoods. As a Caminos volunteer in Nicaragua, you’ll work in this socially conservative mountain town to support the Outreach360 Learning Academy as a teacher, providing meaningful and empowering learning activities. When you work with the local children at the Learning Academy in Jinotega, you’ll be an integral part in providing them with a future of opportunity and choice.
When not teaching or supporting outreach programs, Caminos volunteers have the opportunity to learn about Nicaragua’s charming culture through Outreach360 organized cultural activities and excursions. A critical component of global awareness and effective development is understanding both the beauty and complexity of the country where you are serving. That’s why we plan activities for Caminos volunteers to experience the culture authentically. So, whether you are learning about traditional indigenous pottery at a local women’s co-op, or indulging in some of Nicaragua’s delectable nacatamales, the Outreach360 organized cultural activities will offer you a deeper understanding of the community you are serving.