VOLUNTEERING IN NICARAGUA
Don’t let anyone tell you, find out for yourself, through the volunteer program in Nicaragua, a country that offers you so much. Unique for its biodiversity, for its volcanoes, jungles, lakes, beaches, natural reserves, colonial cities and the main thing its happy people, always ready to welcome you with open arms.
With our volunteer programs in Nicaragua we seek to work hand in hand with the children and young people who are the future. Collaborate with the most vulnerable communities, improve the quality of life of communities and neighborhoods that are in situations of poverty.
Nicaragua is considered the second poorest country in Latin America and the safest in Central America.
Although education is free and compulsory in Nicaragua, many children do not continue to study because of various situations such as: accessibility of schools, unemployed parents and children working to help support the home, many of them do not complete their primary and secondary education and in some cases never go to school. Volunteer program help many children become motivated, develop their skills and explore their knowledge.
PROGRAMS IN NICARAGUA
You can participate all year round in the following volunteer programs in Nicaragua:
- School Reinforcement
- Empowerment of women with young pregnant women
- Community Development
For a better logistics of collection and incorporation into the programs, volunteers should arrive on Fridays. Also in case you can not arrive that day, no problem, we organize the collection in time any other day of the week.
The type of accommodation we have in Nicaragua is in the homes of families selected by the organization.
The rooms in the families are with bathrooms and are provided 2 meals a day (Breakfast and dinner), lunch will be provided in the center.
For Adventure Volunteer the volunteers are an important pillar for the development of all its volunteer programs where we collaborate. Therefore, participating in some of the volunteer programs does not require that you have a specific specialty, only with the desire and these requirements that we mention you can participate:
- Be of legal age to participate in volunteer programs with Adventure Volunteer.
- Availability to do various jobs.
To be a communicative, participative and committed person.
- Have a good behavior and be respectful with the people who collaborate and the community.
- You must be aware of the culture and customs of the country you are collaborating with.
- Ability to work in a team.
The cost of volunteer programs in Nicaragua ranges from 400€ from 2 weeks.
WHAT IS INCLUDED ?
- Pick up at the airport
- Accommodation in the casadle family
- Meals during the performance of your volunteer work
- Orientation and induction to the programme and country
- 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
- Monitoring and evaluation of the programme
- Certificate of participation
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
- Flight to Nicaragua
- Compulsory medical insurance
- Internal transportation or excursions
- Return to the airport on the last day
- Trips inside or outside the country
ARRIVAL AT YOUR DESTINATION
We will pick you up from Augusto C. Sandino International Airport which is located 11 kilometers from downtown Managua. You will be received by the local coordinator of the organization, who will take you by public transportation to the family home where you will stay until the end of your project.
Depending on the time of your arrival, you will have your orientation the same day or the next day, where we will tell you in a general way the basic rules of the house and of the place where it is located, besides the explanation of the program to develop according to season of the year. You will have a room with bathroom.
You will have access to the common areas and disposition of the kitchen. The house has WIFI connection. Accommodation in selected host families includes two meals a day. Each volunteer will have keys for access to the house.
From May to October is the rainy season, you find temperatures of 27º and 32º degrees and between November and April is dry season and temperatures are 35º and 40º degrees.
The official currency is Cordoba, in your trip you can use both the local currency and dollars, the currency exchange is done in the country of destination, you can also go to your bank before traveling or withdraw money through credit cards in Nicaragua. It is not advisable to change at the airport if you lose money with the change.
Your flight must have as its final destination the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport, formerly called Managua International Airport, where you will be transferred to the family home according to organization and information given by the coordinator. Flights cost between 500 and 800 euros depending on the season. You can find flights on the following airlines: Iberia, Delta, American Airlines, United and Copa.
Nicaragua offers a variety of tourist activities such as: hiking in the mountains and volcanoes, exploring the city center, water sports and enjoy its gastronomy. Among its most important cities are León, Granada and its capital Managua. Its official language is Spanish, 70% of its population is mestizo and 5% is indigenous.
CITY OF GRANADA
It is south of Managua and close to the most beautiful beaches of the Pacific Ocean. Also known as the Great Sultan, for its landscapes, colonial houses and hospitality. In this small but exotic place you can find the Mombacho volcano, the cocibolca lake and its archipelago. It is visited by many tourists from all over the world due to its natural and historical attraction.
NATURE RESERVE – MOMBACHO VOLCANO
It’s south of the city of Granada, where you can hike through the cloud forest located in the Pacific of Nicaragua, where you can appreciate its flora and fauna. The volcano is extinct, is now home to species of birds, mammals and amphibians, also has a museum which you can visit and learn a little more about the essence of this place.
It is part of the National Park Archipelago of Zapatera, you can see the zapatera lagoon that is because of an ancient crater of the volcano currently sleeping. You can also enjoy nature with walks and excursions in the archeological and wooded areas or enjoy a day of fishing in the calm waters of the lake.
It is the product of a volcanic activity, located in one of the largest lakes in Central America and unique for having two volcanoes in the middle of its lake. If you like outdoor adventures and full of nature, climbing or walking this island is the right place for you.
CITY OF LEON
Destination to visit and spend a weekend surrounded by places that show you their culture and history. You can also do sandboarding, a sport that is done in the black ashes of Cerro Negro volcano.
From the moment you fill out the registration form for a program in Nicaragua your place is reserved for 7 days.
To confirm your place definitively, you must pay a deposit of 150€ within 7 days, once the deposit is paid, your place will be guaranteed and you will be formally part of the Adventure Volunteer family.
As soon as you pay the program deposit, we will send you an email to confirm that your place is safe. After that, you will receive another email with more additional information on the website, to explain absolutely everything you need to know to prepare your trip correctly. The rest of the payment is made one month before your incorporation to the project.