The fundamentals of SOS’s outreach trips were born in 2006 after two years of building up the Exam-AID initiative. In our first few years, our approach was to donate the funds to other organizations (Tsunami Relief, Free the Children). However, in 2007, we were able to finish the model, raising marks, money, and roofs in the same year.
In collaboration with the NGO, ProBelize, a group of 18 Laurier students 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.
This trip completed the vision for 360 degrees of volunteering: students volunteer on campus, help their peers, then travel to support communities with education-related projects they funded.
Since the first outreach trip in 2007, SOS’s rapid growth has continued to develop opportunities for sustainable development work with various partnering NGO & communities across Latin America. Our partners on the ground are non-governmental organizations and 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 craft projects that are meaningful and sustainable to the places where we work. Below is a list of our current partners for the 2014-2015 year. If you’re from an NGO interested in applying to be a partner of Students Offering Support, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org