Outreach360 OLÉ Team Leader - Dominican Republic
Outreach360 OLÉ Team Leader Position - Dominican Republic
Outreach360 is a non-profit organization working in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Our mission is to enable children to live a life of choice— to help them to stay in school, and to be well qualified when completing high school to attend college or take vocational education.
We involve American and Canadian high schools, colleges, churches, individuals, and families to teach in local schools and at our Learning Centers. Over 20,000 short term volunteers have joined Outreach360 since 1994.
We have openings for individuals and/or couples to join us in the Dominican Republic as OLÉ Volunteer Team Leaders. OLÉ is an acronym for Outreach, Leadership, and Education. The 2019 OLÉ Volunteer position is a seven month commitment - from December 26, 2019 (travel day) to August 3, 20120. You will be leading short-term volunteers as they work to make a difference providing opportunity to underserved children. You will quickly have the opportunity and expectation to take on increasing leadership roles and additional accountability.
Both members of couples team will need to qualify as OLÉs. Candidates are not able to bring partners or spouses who are not OLÉ leaders. OLÉ Leaders may not have children accompany them for this position due to the minimal educational opportunities available, the heavy workload, the extreme flexibility required, and the limited living accommodations available.
The selected candidates will be enthusiastic, flexible, love people, have a college degree or equivalent, and be conversational in both English and Spanish. Applicants must be citizens of the United States or Canada. OLÉ Leaders must be willing to serve in either the Dominican Republic or Nicaragua.
- The northwest section of the Dominican Republic in the beautiful and historic coastal town of Monte Cristi. Some of the cultural experiences our volunteers enjoy include:
- Visiting a sustainable organic Dominican farm. A large part of the Dominican Republic economy is based on agriculture; this tour is very interesting.
- Hiking and swimming at El Morro National Park - just 3 miles from our volunteer center. Swimming is also available at the Monte Cristi pier, just a short walk from our volunteer center.
- Visiting the Maximo Gomez museum, where the Cuban declaration of independence (the Manifesto de Monte Cristi) was signed by Maximo Gomez and Jose Marti in 1895.
- Touring the "salt flats", the salinas in Monte Cristi where tons and tons of salt are extracted from the ocean every year through the power of the sun and wind.
- Visiting El Reloj, the clock tower designed by Eiffel and purchased from France by Monte Cristi in 1895.
- Visiting the birthplace of Manolo Tavarez, the husband of Minerva Maribel featured in the Salma Hajak movie "In the Time of the Butterflies" - famous for helping to depose Dominican dictator Trujillo.
- Visiting the birthplace of Osvaldo Virgil, the first Dominican major league baseball player.
- Merengue and Bachata lessons.
- Dominican history and cultural lessons.
To make a difference in the local community. To make a difference with our international volunteers. You will:
- Gain international experience.
- Learn about education and sustainable development.
- Strengthen your leadership skills.
- Immerse yourself in challenging and diverse environments.
- Develop global awareness and intercultural communication skills.
- Experience a new culture by living in a developing country.
- Enhance your Spanish.
- Take an active role in impacting the lives of underserved children.
OLÉ Leaders will start with us in the Dominican Republic on December 26th, 2019 (travel day). The volunteer position is temporary, and will end on August 3, 2020.
Team Leader Responsibilities:
The Outreach360 Team Leader has overall responsibility for the experience Outreach360 volunteers have. The Team Leader’s responsibilities include:
- Ensuring the volunteer’s safety and health (#1 Priority)
- Creating an experience such that our volunteers are “surprised and delighted” with their time with Outreach360
The Team Leader’s tasks include:
- Leading orientation to make sure volunteers are well prepared for their week
- Leading meal announcements to ensure volunteers are informed, and their energy level is kept positive and high
- Leading closing to end the week
- Managing the logistics of transportation, food, and facilities
- Managing relationships with volunteer group team leaders
- Managing relationships with the local entities we work with
- Helping with pre-trip communication and volunteer marketing
**The Team Leader’s position could be compared to that of a camp director, school principal, or residence hall director.
You will be asked to fill in at times as a teacher or program leader.
- Room and Board.
- Round-trip Airfare.
- Traveler's Medical Insurance.
- Monthly Stipend for Incidental Expenses.
- A $2000 Transition Allowance at the Completion of the OLÉ Experience on August 3, 2020.
Additional Outreach360 info:
To learn more about Outreach360, visit: http://www.outreach360.org
General Selection Process:
- Review this job description.
- Email HR at [email protected] with position specific questions to ensure you are interested and qualified for the position.
- If qualified and interested, fill out the online application by clicking "apply for this job" below.
- You will be notified within 7 days if you have been selected for a video interview with one of our leaders. Couples applying for the position will be interviewed separately, but hired jointly.
The days are long and the weeks are full as we have volunteer teams arriving week after week. We (somewhat jokingly) say the work is 25 hours a day, 8 days a week.) It is certainly not an 8-5 type of position. You can expect to have an average of two days of rest each week. These position should be filled by individuals who are high energy, and who enjoy lots of work and who enjoy working with people and making a difference.
Housing is very simple. You will be sharing a room with other OLÉ Leaders of the same sex. All meals are eaten in a common area, so there is no need for personal kitchen facilities. Most of your time is spent away from your room, so housing is not critical. We have internet and phone access at all locations. Our OLÉ Volunteers should understand they will be working outside of their room, and be satisfied with very simple yet adequate accommodations.
Please contact [email protected] with any position specific questions before applying.
- College graduate or equivalent experience.
- Conversational Spanish and English language skills.
- American or Canadian passport.
This is a position where you can make a significant difference. Both with the children you are impacting, and also with the many American and Canadian volunteers who join us. It is a life-changing experience for almost all volunteers; you create that opportunity for them. This is also an opportunity to be immersed in a new and different culture.
Transportation from and to your home location in the U.S. or Canada is included, along with room and board, traveler's medical insurance, a monthly stipend for incidentals, and a transition allowance at the completion of your 7 month commitment.