Outreach Trips were born after four years of growing our presence on campuses across North America. In our first few years, our approach was to donate funds to other organizations such as Tsunami Relief and Free the Children. However, in 2008, we were able to complete our model to Raise Marks, Raise Money, and Raise Roofs, by completing our first Outreach Trip.
In collaboration with the non-governmental organization ProBelize, a group of 18 students from Wilfrid Laurier University traveled to the community of Calla Creek where they assisted with substantial renovations to the community’s primary school, built a new bathroom, and renovated their teacher house.
Since that first Outreach Trip, SOS’s rapid growth has allowed us to continue to develop partnerships and Outreach Trips with local organizations in Central and South America.
Our partners on the ground are non-governmental organizations run by passionate individuals who have spent years working, researching and understanding the communities and cultures that we support. They are able to provide vital feedback about what works, what doesn’t, what’s needed and what’s not. We work with and depend on them to develop educational projects that are meaningful and sustainable to the places where we work.
Our partners are also essential in making our Outreach Trips a reality. They understand local structures and systems and know how to best support our Canadian volunteers. All of our partnering organizations have experience hosting and working with international volunteers. They share our core belief that Outreach Trips are built upon meaningful cross cultural encounters.
Below is a list of the organizations we have partnered with since our inception. Please visit their websites, like them on Facebook, and join our community!