All Volunteers

If you've already been accepted to OSSO's volunteer program, this is the page for you.

Here you will find information and resources that will help you prepare for your upcoming experience or make your current adventure even more epic. Keep scrolling to find info specific to the country you'll be volunteering in.

 
 
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Volunteer Preparations

Once accepted, you'll want to start preparing for your experience in Ecuador or Thailand. Be sure to follow the instructions in your acceptance email. For convenience, on this page are all the checklists, packing lists, and quizzes you’ll need in order to prepare for your trip.

Start your preparations with the following three steps.

  1. Download, print, and complete the volunteer checklist.
  2. Pay your program fees. 
  3. Learn what donations you can bring.

Immunizations

Before traveling with OSSO, we require you to stay up-to-date with CDC regulations, speak with your personal physician, and be current on all regular immunizations including the following.

  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Typhoid Fever
  • Flu Shot

NOTE: Where you will be living in Ecuador is between 8,200 to 9,200 ft (2,500 to 2,800 meters) above sea level. No Malaria medication is necessary in Ecuador or Thailand. See the CDC website for more information. 

 
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Quizes

Click below to access the required Volunteer Quiz and Travel Instructions Quiz.

Additional Ideas

Keep exploring! Take a look at our Pinterest boards for kids' activities, bucket-list adventures, travel tips, inspirational quotes, and more. 

OSSO's Pinterest is a useful resource for volunteers before, while, and after volunteering.

 

Ecuador Volunteers

If you've been accepted to the Ecuador program or if you're already volunteering in Ecuador, check out these resources.

 
 

PACKING LIST

Download your Ecuador packing list.


Activities for kids

Activities are an important part of your volunteering experience in the orphanages. You will be doing an activity with a child every day, so come prepared!

You will typically be assigned to work with groups of about 10 children. However two to three times a week, volunteers will be asked to prepare an activity for the entire orphanage. You will need to plan for about 45 children for the group crafts.

Click the button below and visit our Pinterest for Ecuador activity ideas for orphans.


News and Current Events

Here is what you need to know about the Zika Virus from OSSO's founder and medical doctor, Rex Head.

Ecuador earthquakes

 

Thailand Volunteers

If you've been accepted to the Thailand program or if you're already volunteering in Thailand, check out these resources.

 
 

packing list

Download your Thailand packing list.


Activities for kids

Activities are an important part of your volunteering experience in the orphanages. You will be doing an activity with a child every day, so come prepared!

You will typically be assigned to work with groups of about 10 children. However, two to three times a week, volunteers will be asked to prepare an activity for the entire boys orphanage: 20-25 children.

Click the button below and visit our Pinterest for Thailand activity ideas for orphans.