My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Outreach360, Peoria, AZ, USA
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.