Hold a Hand, Change a Life.

 

Founded by Rex Head, MD in 1998, Orphanage Support Services Organization (OSSO) provides one-on-one care to orphans, monetary and material donations to orphanages, and unique travel adventures for volunteers (individuals, groups, and families).

Our mission is to hold a hand and change a life. With this as our focus, we strived to do everything possible to provide the best opportunities for children living in orphanages and similar institutions reach their potential. Currently, our program provides safe, supervised volunteer experiences in orphanages in Ecuador and Thailand.

OSSO is founded on love and service. With us, not only will you get to experience another culture, but you will also get to give and receive love from the world's most precious blessing: children. 

When you volunteer with OSSO, you change a life—often a child's but always your own.

 

Rex Head, Founder

After adopting two healthy little girls and a young boy with cerebral palsy, my wife and I wanted to do more to help children without parents. We visited and gave assistance in orphanages in several countries, but when visiting girls in an orphanage in Cuenca, Ecuador, I had the feeling that somehow these girls were different. It was like they were my own children. We returned a couple of times as a family and then with a group of volunteers from Ricks College.

In 1998, my wife and I formed a nonprofit organization that began sending groups of volunteers to serve continually, an organization now known as Orphanage Support Services Organization (OSSO).

Since starting OSSO, we've expanded to serve more than a dozen orphanages in Ecuador thanks to the financial support, volunteer support, and consulting support given graciously.

Red Head and family

I am now a grandpa of four grandkids; and in addition to the three children my wife and I adopted, we've been blessed with three biological children."

Rodrigo & Lorena Rosero, Orphanage Directors of Los Pequeñitos de OSSO

We started working with OSSO in March 2001. We worked as Project Directors for several years until we became the Directors of Los Pequeñitos de OSSO. As Directors of Los Pequeñitos de OSSO, we serve the children of OSSO by overseeing the employees, finances, and all the needs of the orphanage. We  count on the invaluable help of the Orphanage Coordinator to achieve the organizational goals and objectives. 

We’ve been working at OSSO, we have met over a 1,000 volunteers. We’ve lost count of how many, but we remember them all. The best experiences we’ve had as a family have been during the time we’ve had with OSSO. Half of our marriage has been here, and we’ve learned a lot of things from all the people who have entered our lives. Each person has left a permanent mark in our hearts that has molded our lives. The hard thing about this job though, is having to say goodbye to wonderful people, but at the same time the best part is being able to meet new people full of the spirit of service. As Directors of Los Pequeñitos de OSSO we have learned that it is a blessing to be able to see the world through the eyes of an inocent child. These children are angels and it is a priviledge to have them in our lifes. 

We have two children and a poodle, Cosita. Our oldest daughter, Sammy (23) lives in the USA with her husband, Noah. Our youngest son, Ismael (16) enjoys video games and playing the guitar. We are a close family and love spending time together.

Directors of OSSO
Orphanage Directors' family

Jake and Brittany Goodsell, Volunteer Directors: Cuenca, Ecuador

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Jake first came to OSSO as a volunteer with his family in 2012. He completed his Eagle Scout Award by donating over 400 pairs of gently used children's shoes to orphanages in Quito and Cuenca. Though his first visit was short, his experience left a lasting impression on him and a strong desire to return to see the children he had grown to love.

Jake served an LDS mission in western Idaho and graduated with a degree from Brigham Young University in Communications. He is passionate about learning Spanish, playing the drums, and all things Star Wars.

Brittany developed a deep love for the people of Ecuador and a proficiency in Spanish while serving as a missionary for the LDS church there. Before coming to OSSO as a Volunteer Director, Brittany studied Graphic Design at Utah Valley University. She is passionate about photography, painting and all things Harry Potter.

Brittany and Jake met in Provo, Utah while attending college and quickly bonded over their unique experiences serving in Ecuador. They have been married since August 2018. As Volunteer Directors, they love developing relationships with their amazing volunteers and frequently taking them into town for ice cream.

Service has a profound effect on both parties involved. If you serve with OSSO you will not only be blessing the lives of orphans here in Ecuador, but you will come home different, changed for the better.

Kirstin Winters, Volunteer Director: Chiang Mai, Thailand

I grew up in Mesquite, Nevada where the sun always shines. I earned my Bachelors of Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Utah in 2014. I have traveled to Guatemala, Cambodia, and Thailand with various volunteer groups. I love adventure and prefer to travel with a purpose, although I will travel to a beach anytime! 

Having volunteered with multiple organizations, I knew OSSO was special. I was instantly drawn to the special needs orphanage in Cuenca and knew that is where my heart belongs. OSSO has given me the opportunity to do what I am passionate about; care for and love disadvantaged youth. Not only the experience to open my heart to these children, but OSSO has given me the opportunity to experience Ecuador. I have enjoyed the many cities, landmarks, and unheard of characteristics of Ecuador that I am in love with. I encourage all to share this experience with me, to fall in love with Ecuador and the beautiful children OSSO cares for!

Kirstin was in Cuenca for 18 months as the volunteer director there and is now directing the summer program of 2017 in Thailand.

 

Associates & Staff

Mike Lehman
Managing Director and CEO

Mike Lehman at the orphanage

Kailan Moore

Volunteer and Travel Coordinator

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Mar Flake

Volunteer and Travel Coordinator

Alexandra Crafton in orphanage

Open Positions

Intern

OSSO is always accepting internship applications. Our internship program welcomes students from a variety of background studies. Please be aware all internship positions are unpaid. Volunteer fees apply if your internship is completed internationally. For more information, please call our office at 208-359-1767. Apply using the button below.

Volunteer Director(s) in Ecuador 

Applicants must show a commitment to stay a minimum of 9 months. Individuals or couples will be selected for this position. Spanish  is not required to apply but strong preference will be given to those who do speak it. Note, for the position in Ecuador, at least one of the two individuals must speak fluent Spanish.If applying as an individual or as a couple, compensation will most likely be sufficient to cover costs pertaining to travel, room and board, and a small living stipend. For more information, please call our office at 208-359-1767. Apply using the button below. Apply using the button below.