OLÉ Alternative Peace Corps Experience

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Description

OLÉ Alternative Peace Corps Experience in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua

Who:

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, to be qualified when completing high school to be able to choose between a college education or gainful employment.

We involve American and Canadian high schools, colleges, churches, individuals, and families to teach in our “Learning Centers”, focusing on teaching English to motivated students. We also involve children in fun and exciting English Immersion Camps, where they have the opportunity to engage in unique activities such as art, music and drama while having authentic opportunities to practice and improve their English speaking skills.

We have openings for individuals to join us in both the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua as an OLÉ Volunteer. The ideal candidates will be enthusiastic, flexible, love people, have a college degree, and preferably some Spanish speaking ability. Applicants must be citizens of the United States or Canada. This is an excellent alternative to joining the Peace Corps; below is a comparison chart showing the Peace Corps benefits aside OLÉ volunteer benefits:

Peace Corps Comparison

Source: http://www.peacecorps.gov/resources/faf/benefits/

What:

The OLÉ Volunteer position is a two-year commitment with option of extending and/or the possibility for full-time employment. 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 more accountability. Your annual transportation from and to your home location in the U.S. or Canada is included, along with your room and board, and excellent international medical insurance. At the successful completion of your two year service agreement, you will be provided with an $8,000 transition stipend.

Unique Skills/Specialties

We are looking for OLÉ Volunteers who have experience in a leadership role with the ability to cause results. Special preference will be given to those candidates who have experience in an area related directly to the programs we deliver. This includes, but is not limited to: leadership/camp counselor/directors, education (language educators - TESOL/TEFL certified, art/music/drama experience), Soccer players/coaches, Baseball/Softball players/coaches, sports management, marketing - videography/photography). If you have any questions about your qualifications for these positions, please contact hr@outreach360.org.

Where:

  • The northwest section of the Dominican Republic in the town of Monte Cristi.
  • In the northern mountains of Nicaragua in the town of Jinotega.

Why:

To “Release the Hero Within” all people you come in contact with. To make a difference in the local community. To make a difference with our international volunteers.

When:

As we grow, there is an on-going need for OLÉ Volunteers to join us. Applications and resumes will be reviewed on an on-going basis.

Additional Outreach360 info:

To learn more about Outreach360, visit: http://www.outreach360.org

General Selection Process:

  1. Review this job description.
  2. Email HR at hr@outreach360.org with position specific questions to ensure you are interested and qualified for the position.
  3. If qualified and interested, fill out the online application by clicking "apply for this job" below.
  4. 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.

Team Leader/Program Leader Responsibilities

In this position, you will be trained to support in the two main functions for Outreach360: Team Leading short-term volunteer teams, and Program Leading our academic programs for local children. Below is a short description of what each accountability entails:

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

**The Team Leader’s position could be compared to that of a camp director, school principal, or residence hall director.

The Outreach360 Program Leader has overall responsibility for the “difference making” Outreach360 volunteers have. The Program Leader’s responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring the volunteer’s safety and health (#1 Priority)
  • Creating an experience such that our volunteers know they made a difference during their time with Outreach360

The Program Leader’s tasks include:

  • Designing each week to best match volunteer abilities with local needs
  • Coordinating with local leaders
  • Leading program orientation to make sure volunteers are well prepared for their week
  • Volunteer oversight and guidance, especially as it relates to program delivery Program Types:

**The Program Leader’s position could be compared to that of a camp activities director, curriculum planner, or school department head.

Time Requirement:

Like the Peace Corps, this is more than a full time position. The days are long and the weeks are full as we have volunteer teams arriving week after week. We do our best to manage the well-being of our leaders by offering generous time-off; You can expect to have a day of rest each week, along with an additional day off each month that you can use, or bank to use collectively throughout the year. These positions 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.

Locations:

The town of Monte Cristi is a beautiful small town on the northwest coast of the Dominican Republic. The town of Jinotega is located in the mountains of Nicaragua, two hours north of Managua. It is the coffee capital of Nicaragua. This small town is often called the “City of Mists” or the mist that hangs on the surrounding mountain tops. Our OLÉ Volunteers may be living in either of these locations, and may need to occasionally move from one to the other.

Housing:

At all locations you should plan on having living and sleeping facilities the size of a hotel room dorm room. 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 hr@outreach360.org with any position specific questions before applying.

Requirements

  • College graduate.
  • International experience and/or volunteer experience.
  • First aid and CPR certified.
  • Flexible.
  • People person

Benefits

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.

Your annual transportation from and to your home location in the U.S. or Canada is included, along with your room and board, and excellent international medical insurance. At the successful completion of your two year service agreement, you will be provided with an $8,000 transition

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