International recruiters on campus for Reach Out movement

International recruiters from Reach Out Volunteers are on campus recruiting for their various programs.Photo courtesy of: Tom Jowett

Cydney Long

International recruiters from Reach Out Volunteers are on campus recruiting for their various programs in Africa, Asia and South America.

They are holding four information sessions today in Russell Union room 2041 at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

“In the information sessions we tell [students] about the application process, opportunities for fundraising and show pictures and videos about the programs,” Jess Dickson, Reach Out Volunteers international traveling recruiter, said.

Reach Out Volunteers, a non-profit organization, offers programs in Cambodia, Laos, Peru, South Africa and Mozambique.

“[Reach Out Volunteers] programs are based around community development, wildlife conservation and cultural immersion,” Dickson said.

The programs cost anywhere between $950 and $4,895, according to rovolunteers.com website.

Included in the costs are accommodation, meals, activities, materials and ground transportation, but not air travel.

“If you’re building a house for a family, the fees go to the building materials and hiring local laborers so that when we’re not there they can maintain what we’ve done,” Dickson said.

Volunteers also have fundraising opportunities through Reach Out Volunteers, David Shirley, Reach Out Volunteers international traveling recruiter, said.

“You could potentially go on these programs and not spend a dime,” Dickson said.

Although none of the programs offer course credit, volunteers can choose to go to Southeast Asia and work with the schools there.

There is an education-specific program in Cambodia where the volunteer would work in a school and receive a letter of recommendation at the end that they can bring back and present to their institution and ask for class credit, Dickson said.

“The programs are tailored to [the volunteers] so that they can have the experience they want,” Shirley said.

Interested volunteers can complete a free application online.

“All of the trips are during the summer and winter,” Shirley said. “Trips are offered from November through February and May through August.”

The programs are not just limited to students.

“There is no age limit,” Dickson said. “Parents and grandparents have all gone.”

Reach Out Volunteers motto is “We change the world, one village at a time,” according to the website.

Dickson said, “It’s hard work, but it’s good for the soul.”