A Young Volunteer's Experience with Outreach360

We have always been fortunate at Outreach360 to have involvement and support from the communities in which we serve. Involving local resources more and more, in fact, is one of our core values, but we have been truly humbled by the turnout of local volunteers during these past 16 months of unrest in Nicaragua. With the disruption to our international volunteer program, students, young adults, and parents have stepped forward to fill that void, Clarita being one of them.

Clarita is 18 years old and is a volunteer at our Learning Center in Jinotega, Nicaragua. She was born and raised in the Germán Pomares neighborhood, where our Learning Center is located, and recently graduated from a local high school. She has been studying English at a private academy in town for the past two years and is already in its eighth level. Inspired by the impact she's seen Outreach360 have on the other children in her neighborhood, Clarita began volunteering in February of this year. "I truly believe in Outreach360. I am happy for all the children from my neighborhood that are a part of it. Outreach360 is such a great opportunity. "

Clarita joins us at the Learning Center most afternoons to support the youngest students in the program with their English, Spanish Literacy, and math lessons. She hopes to work in the tourism industry some day, either as an interpreter or an airline attendant, and has also appreciated the opportunity to improve her English while at the Learning Center.

"I feel so happy when I can answer the questions the students have. It makes me feel great that they are learning. In fact, we are both learning. The best way to learn something is to teach it and practice every day."

Thanks to the local and global community surrounding our Learning Center in Jinotega, Outreach360 students in Nicaragua continue to benefit from the programs we're able to offer. The old adage, "It takes a village to raise a child," has taken on new meaning at Outreach360.

Clarita would like to share her own gratitude to our supporters: "Thank you to all the donors. Thank you to each of you who make it possible for the Learning Center to operate. I truly believe, just as Carolyn Nelson did, that education is very important."

To sponsor a student in our Learning Center, visit:

To learn more about the Carolyn Nelson Scholarship Fund, visit:

Read about another local volunteer in a recent blog post:

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