Our Episcopal school had just lost a treasured connection with an Episcopal School in Santiago, República Dominicana, in 2011, but we were fortunate to receive promotional materials from Outreach 360 at just that moment. We planned our first volunteer experience in Monte Cristi in 2012, and we were overwhelmed by the simple, happy work of teaching English and the welcoming home into that small town. Over eight years running, we have seen the power of "poco a poco" sustainable development in the community, in the buildings and above all in the Dominican elementary students we first taught who are now volunteer leaders within the Outreach 360 program as they work towards college degrees. When my students witness how much they can empower young Dominicans like Griselis and Pedro by opening up the world of English, it encourages them to take action back at home as teaching assistants, as mentors and as active learners. As a teacher, I know that one week a year helps each of us make a bigger impact than we can any other week, because we are part of a chain of many volunteer weeks working with our local Dominican partners in simple, meaningful ways.
I started my journey with Outreach360 in 1996. I have made many, many trips as a volunteer and know the experience can be life-changing. I don't go as often as I once did but as a donor and board member I am so proud of this organization. I know that my money is well-managed and makes it possible for many children to have a better education and more opportunities than they might otherwise have. The inspiration our volunteers and students both get and give never fails to make me so thankful that I am part of Outreach360.
Outreach360 is helping underserved communities better their lives and help themselves through education.
The inspiring, dedicated staff do so much for these kids to give them opportunities they deserve. It was a privilege to work alongside the staff as a volunteer.
My family and I have volunteered with Outreach360 six times over the last eight years and have loved every minute of it. They do exceptional work with highly deserving kids and really make a meaningful impact in the communities they serve. Highly recommended!
Outreach360 has had a huge impact in my life and my family's too. Since Outreach360 started in Nicaragua back in 2010, my little sister has been part of the Learning Center program, improving her English skills and now teaching what she has learned to younger students. That was the fuel that motivated me to volunteer for the first time in 2016 when I was in college. Education is just the greatest weapon to change the world. That idea made me volunteer and serve again every year since then. Currently, I am an OLÉ Volunteer Leader in the Dominican Republic, where I have the opportunity to support amazing students and short-term volunteers.
I had the opportunity to volunteer at this amazing nonprofit after graduating from college. While in college, I went on a couple of one-week volunteer trips. When I went to Outreach360 I had an idea of what I was going to do during my time there. Those trips were eyeopening and life-changing, but Outreach360 had the biggest impact on my life. Knowing how much of an impact it had on my life I can't imagine the impact I made with the students I served.
Our family volunteered with Outreach360 in both Dominican Republic & Nicaragua and it changed our lives! Our kids were 6, 9, and 12 the first time we participated; it was amazing to see our kids teaching other children English and feeling the joy that comes from doing service. The staff at Outreach360 were wonderful in leading us through lesson plans, teaching us about the culture of each location, and helping us integrate into the volunteer experience in a meaningful way. Another wonderful part of our time with Outreach360 was meeting some amazing volunteers from all walks of life! We highly recommend Outeach360 for anyone looking for a “turnkey” (your housing and meals are taken care of) service experience that will both change your life and the lives of the children you are serving. You can go alone (there will be staff there to work with you), take a friend or school group, siblings or parents, or better yet your entire family!
Though I’ve never been to Nicaragua or the DR to volunteer with Outreach360 the people working within the organization and the kids are inspiring. Hearing stories of the kids in Nicaragua, made me laugh out loud and inspired me to donate. It’s an honor to play even a small part in what are bright and hopeful futures. Outreach360 is an amazing example of volunteerism with love as the forefront in everything they do.
Outreach360 is an amazing organization! I am so humbled to have had the chance to work alongside them and I am forever grateful for the life changing experience I had while teaching their students.
Outreach 360 is doing wonderful work in a critical location, I had an amazing time volunteering with them! From lesson planning to student interaction, every step of the volunteer process felt important and enjoyable.
Couldn’t imagine my life without this organization. Grateful every day for their approach to sustainable community development.
Outreach360 changed my daughters life and it’s trajectory and consequently changed mine. As often happens with young adult children (I like to think with our encouragement) reach for their dreams, work hard for them and find them in the most surprisingly wonderful way. They pull us along and we find our selves sharing. Outreach360 is a wonderful, full hearted, successful non- profit. Going myself to Nicaragua volunteering was a life lesson for me. I learned a new level of compassion and that I do have an ability to connect with children and hopefully make a difference in their lives and futures. I felt like my parenthood expanded in such a beautiful, universal way. Even if someone is not able to go and experience teaching them yourselves… one should seriously consider donating to this most worthy cause.
Outreach360 holds such a special place in my heart. The love the students and community has for O360 is unmatched. O360 has greatly impacted my life for the better! I am grateful for the times I have had to pleasure to serve alongside them.
I am absolutely in love with this organization! I´ve volunteered twice in Nicaragua, first for two weeks and then three weeks. The organization is extremely ethical and thinks deeply about the well-being of the students, volunteers, community, and employees. There was consistent guidance from long-term volunteers and knowledgeable employees in regards to the tasks that were required of us as short-term volunteers. In addition, they brought us to local sites of interest to learn about Nicaraguan culture.
I can´t remember the exact time schedule, but a typical week, the last time I volunteered in summer 2015, was the following: breakfast around 8am, work at 8:30 until lunchtime (approximately 11:30/12pm), an hour/hour and a half lunch, then back to work with the second group of students in the afternoon (approximately 1pm-4pm). There were different groups in the morning and afternoon. While the volunteers taught English to half the group, approximately 7-10 students, the other half learned Spanish literacy (taught by a local Nicaraguan teacher). A long-term volunteer (a two-year position, similar to the Peace Corps) assists with lessons and lesson planning. As short-term volunteers, we were required to lesson plan at night (with guidance from staff/written outlines) and teach during the day. Local visits (all optional) included a coffee shop, a hike up the local mountain, visits to the market, and a church service. A longer trip is frequently available to a local eco coffee plant, which I also greatly enjoyed.
I 100% recommend this organization for anyone volunteering, for the first or hundredth time. I hold this organization as a standard for other organizations that I choose to work with.
Outreach360 has motivated me to change my life path. This program inspires positive change, not only in the volunteer's lives, but also in the student's lives that Outreach360 educates. I think it is rare to find that in a non-profit organization, but Outreach360 has far exceeded my expectations time and time again. I would recommend this experience to anyone and everyone!