Once a Volunteer, Always a Volunteer

HOW YOU CAN STILL BE A PART OF THE OSSO LEGACY...

Your time in Ecuador or Thailand has come to an end. But a piece of your heart will always remain with the children you served. The orphans have become in a very real sense "your kids." So, how do you keep taking care of, loving, and making a difference for them?

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There are many ways you can continue to serve and help the kids you fell in love with!

1. Become an orphan advocate.

Apply to become an orphan advocate to continually serve the children even while home.

2. Donate.

Donate money or items to the orphanages. You can set up a monthly or yearly monetary donations that automatically come out of your account for your convenience. Whether you pay $2 or $5 a month or $200 or $500 a year, each dollar goes a long way, helping your kids directly.

3. Fundraise.

Find ways in your local community to help OSSO by asking for donations or by fundraising. When you fundraise for OSSO, not only does it provide funds for the orphans, but it also brings about awareness of our program too. A win-win.

4. Volunteer again.

Start planning your next trip! Long-term alumni automatically get a $500 discount! 

Take a friend who you think would love to serve those children as you did and receive our friend discount. And/or help OSSO get two new sponsors, and return for one week free!

5. Share your story.

Share, share, share! Tell everyone you can about your experience! The more people who know about OSSO, the more volunteers there will be who can help take care of your kids, and the more likely it will be that OSSO will have the funds to continue helping in the Ecuador and Thailand areas.

Share photos and stories online. Create slideshow presentations to share with your classes, church groups, family, and friends. Tell your story in the best way that works for you.


Need to take your exit surveys? Get started using the buttons below.


Share your experience

 

After loving the orphans of Ecuador or Thailand as if they were their own, many volunteers ask us about adoption. While we are not an adoption agency, we're happy to point volunteers in the right direction if they're serious about growing their families. Click the button above for more details.

Spread the Word

One of the most important ways you can help your kids is to share your experience with others. Tell your story. Share *photos, inspiring quotes, fundraiser info, links to our website, personal stories, and more.

Share your experience, on social media

Social Media

We love it when our volunteers spread the word about OSSO via social media! It's one of the easiest and most effective ways to tell your story and encourage others to apply or donate.

Use #ossovolunteer on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Blogging

Whether you start a travel blog before, during, or after your time with OSSO, blogging is a great way to share your experience. Get others interested and excited about volunteering for and donating to OSSO using your personal blog. 

And blog for OSSO! Email us at info@orphanagesupport.org stories and photos of your experiences and we'll post them on our blog and social media.

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Word of mouth

Use every opportunity you can to tell others about your time as an OSSO volunteer. Word of mouth is the number one way potential volunteers hear about OSSO. Don't let any chance to share your love for your kids pass you by.

*While we encourage the sharing of photos from your trip, remember all volunteers agreed to never take photos of the children and to never bring picture-taking devices (cameras, phones, etc.) to the orphanages. Sharing photos of the orphans online is strictly prohibited due to child safety laws.

Become an orphan advocate

Are you an alumni looking for ways to continue serving the children you fell in love with? Or are you a supporter of OSSO who wants to get more involved?

Become an orphan advocate and do just that. Our new Orphan Advocates Program is replacing our Volunteer Representative Program. Think of it as Volunteer Representatives 2.0. We are taking things up a notch and rebranding the program to better advocate for the orphans you care about.

As an orphan advocate you will receive exclusive updates about what OSSO is doing and ways you can help the orphans. You will participate in fundraisers, create awareness, and collect donations. And, when those in your area have questions or need help in regards to OSSO, we will refer them to you. 

Fill out our short Orphan Advocate application and then purchase your Orphan Advocates T-shirt! Proceeds support the orphans we care for in Thailand and Ecuador.



Our current group of orphan advocates

Contact any of our orphan advocates to get tips about volunteering with Orphanage Support Services Organization or to collaborate fundraising.

Jeremie Johnson: Provo, UT

— Cuenca, Ecuador —
Fall 2012
Spring - Fall 2016

Kori Thompson: Laie, HI

— Cuenca, Ecuador —
Fall - Winter 2014-15

McKenzie Walker: Moscow, ID
Call me.
Email me.

— Quito, Ecuador —
Winter - Spring 2012
— Chiang Mai, Thailand —
Summer 2015


Haylee Coombs: St. George, UT
Call me.
Email me.
— Quito, Ecuador —
Summer 2015

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Anna Head: Salt Lake City, UT
Call me.
Email me.
— Cuenca, Ecuador —
Fall - Winter 2014

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Mikala Schvaneveldt: Ephraim, UT
Call me.
Email me.
— Cuenca, Ecuador —
Summer 2014


Annie Madsen: Salt Lake City, UT
Email me.
— Quito, Ecuador —
Winter 2012-13
Summer 2014 (OYSTER Leader)

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Lora Hill: Idaho Falls, ID
Call me.
Email me.
— Cuenca, Ecuador —
Summer 2006
Summer 2007
Summer 2009
Winter - Spring 2012-13

Morgan ClaybrookSouthwest MO
Email us.
— Quito, Ecuador —
December 2010
May - July 2012
November 2012
Stephen ClaybrookSouthwest MO
— Cuenca, Ecuador —
Summer 2012 (bed builder)

 


Tessia White: Meridian, ID
Email me.
— Quito, Ecuador —
Summer 2012

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Chalae Smith: Rexburg, ID
Call me.
Email me.
— Cuenca, Ecuador —
Fall 2008
Fall 2009
Winter - Spring 2010

Laura Johnston

Laura Johnston: Rexburg, ID
Email me.
— Quito, Ecuador —
July 2013 and August 2015


Ashley Walker

Ashley Walker: Cedar City, St. George, and Davis County, UT
Call me.
Email me.
— Cuenca, Ecuador —
Summer 2016

Mary Woodruff

Mary Woodruff: Provo, UT
Email me.
— Cuenca, Ecuador —
Summer 2015

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Payton Gray: Ogden and Salt Lake City, UT
Call me.
Email me.
— Cuenca, Ecuador —
Fall 2016


Allie Crafton: Boston, MA
Contact me.

— Cuenca, Ecuador —
Spring - Summer 2008

— Chiang Mai, Thailand —
January 2016

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Anna Dineheart: St. George/SLC
Call me.
Email me.
— Cuenca, Ecuador —
September 2010 - March 2011

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Ali Pfister: Southern California
Email me.
— Cuenca, Ecuador —
March - May 2008

— Quito, Ecuador —
April 2011
 


Orphan Advocate

Amber Rudolph: Ann Arbor, MI

Call me.

Email me.

—Quito, Ecuador—

June 2012 - August 2012

December 2013

—Chiang Mai, Thailand—

June 2016

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Eliza Lin- Logan, UT/USU

Email me.

—Cuenca, Ecuador—

July 2015

 

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Jaymee Rhodes- Weber State University

Email me.

—Cuenca, Ecuador—

'03, '05, '09, '16


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Kiley Kidd- Utah County

Call me.

Email me.

—Cuenca, Ecuador—

August - October 2009

2012

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Carlee Danielson- Logan, UT/USU

Email me.

— Cuenca, Ecuador—

September - December 2016

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Megan Jackson- Memphis, TN

Contact me.

— Cuenca, Ecuador—

September - December 2014

 


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Beth Molifua- Rexburg, ID

Email me.

— Cuenca, Ecuador—

June - July 2014

 

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Katie Eberhard- Rochester, MN

Email me.

— Cuenca, Ecuador—

May - June 2011

April - May 2017

 

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Haley Ellis- Central Oregon

Email me.

Contact me.

— Cuenca, Ecuador—

Spring 2007

 


Eliza King Freedman: NYC, Sharon, CT

Contact me.

Email me.

— Cuenca, Ecuador—

June 2017

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Baylie Gooch: Gilbert, AZ

— Quito, Ecuador—

June 2014

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Angel Grace: American Fork and Lehi, UT

Call me.

Email me.

Contact me.

— Cuenca, Ecuador—

June - August 2010

 


Asher Hamilton: Newport News, VA and BYU

Call me.

Email me.

— Cuenca, Ecuador—

2015

Ronda Braithwaite: Fresno State University

Call me.

Email me.

Contact me.

— Cuenca, Ecuador—

August 2010

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Reagan Goodwin: Rexburg, ID and Parker, CO
Email me.
—Cuenca, Ecuador—
Summer 2017


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Brooke Johnson: Logan and Smithfield, UT
Call me.
Email me.
— Cuenca, Ecuador —
December 2006 - March 2007

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Janette Bishop: Edmonton, Canada

Call me. 
Email me.
— Quito, Ecuador —
July - October 2005

 

 

Advice from Past Volunteers

Get ready for your upcoming adventure with these gems of advice from past volunteers.

Visit our blog for more stories and experiences.

‘’Enjoy every moment and give it your all.’’
 
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“Be kind. No matter what. It’s your job here to love. Love the kids, love the tías, love your assistant, love the other volunteers, even when (especially when) it’s hard.”
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“Don’t worry about being homesick. At the beginning, you count down the days, but by the end you can’t imagine being anywhere else.”
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“Learn Spanish. Be kind to one another. Volunteer disputes really distract from the reason that you are there. Give the children your love and attention and never make them feel less than. Don’t feel like you need to fix everything, and really be respectful of the full-time workers.”
“It’s hard at first, but don’t give up. This will become the greatest experience of your life.”
“Be ready to work hard. Be willing to smile always
even on the hard, homesick days.”
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‘’Hard at times. Days when I was exhausted or homesick or just crying my eyes out ... but also days of pure joy and love... I am so thankful!!!!”
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“..Lose [yourself] in the work. Absolutely let the kids, service, country, and culture just envelop you, and your experience will be so much greater than you could imagine. Come with your heart open and ready to love EVERYONE. Not just the cutest of most charming kids, but ALL OF THEM.”
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“Try to use electronic devices as little as possible (when off-shift, of course) because they can be a distraction.’’
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“[I want others to know] that it is the hardest work of your life but so rewarding and worth it. Not to expect a vacation and to expect long work days.”