This summer I was presented with the opportunity to change my life without even knowing it. My remote internship experience through Outreach360 was so powerful that I know I need to share my perspective with anyone who is exploring this service opportunity for themselves. My name is Emily Hadubiak and I live in London, Ontario, Canada. In December 2019, I graduated from Fanshawe College with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), and I am now looking to pursue a professional degree in Education. This would lead to my being certified with the Ontario College of Teachers and achieving my sustained goal of becoming an elementary school teacher.
If you have come this far to continue to hear about my involvement in Outreach360's remote internship, I highly suggest you register to participate in the next available opportunity. It is clear you have an interest in experiencing this for yourself, and if you allow your intuition on this, I can assure you that you will not be disappointed. You will find that this educational journey not only affects the students but also yourself, as both the volunteer and development portions of this program are so impactful.
This was my first direct experience with Outreach360, although my older sister volunteered in many capacities over the span of quite a few years. I heard about this remote internship program through an email from Outreach360 asking for those who were able to dedicate their time to this program to consider registering as a summer volunteer. I was so inspired to participate after reading the experiences of previous virtual volunteers. I knew this wouldn't be the typical in-country experience, but I felt motivated to be a part of a pilot program that could change the face of volunteering (maybe forever!).
Throughout the experience, it became so clear that Outreach360 volunteers had a significant impact on the students' education, even though the program was completely virtual. This was visible through the excitement students expressed when joining the "classroom" and the determination to learn and understand new concepts. One of the most amazing moments I experienced was having some of the students so eager to share their knowledge that they were beginning to explain concepts to their peers as well.
Through working with Outreach360 students virtually, I gained so much more confidence in my teaching abilities and harnessed my creativity by creating lessons for each day and each class. I feel that as an individual I am walking away from this summer with a newfound outlook on education and am so blessed that these students were able to renew that passion for me.
The learning component of this internship was extremely valuable as well. We were privileged to be able to learn Spanish, take part in cultural explorations of Nicaragua and Jinotega, and complete a Leadership and Social Change course. These experiences allowed me to grow in my personal values and morals, as well as broaden my horizons and truly understand what it means to be a citizen of the world. Through these classes, I was able to recognize that although as one person I may not be able to change the whole world, I could help to change the world for another person, and that is extremely special to me. The certificate from the Leadership and Social Change course is also a wonderful addition to a professional portfolio.
Overall, this four-week internship provided a space where I was able to grow as a person, and I was able to positively impact the lives of the students I worked with. This internship is an opportunity I would not pass up in the future and will always be a time I remember so fondly as it helped chart my path to the future. To someone considering a remote internship with Outreach360, I would say to make arrangements and enroll for the opportunity (Pro Tip: I would do it now!). What are you waiting for? Or if you want to know more than just my viewpoint, be sure to check out the thoughts of other remote interns; I can guarantee you will not be disappointed!
For more information on Outreach360's virtual internships, please visit www.outreach360.org/virtualimpact.