Volunteering in Nicaragua

VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS IN NICARAGUA

Volunteer programs in Nicaragua help many children get motivated, develop their skills and explore their knowledge. In addition, you will get to know a beautiful country full of life and incredible landscapes.

Volunteer programs in Nicaragua seek to help children and young people, collaborate with the most vulnerable communities and improve the quality of life in poor neighborhoods.


TEACHING AND SCHOOL REINFORCEMENT IN NICARAGUA

Education is one of the most important pillars for the development of every person. Design, create and put your creativity into practice in the school reinforcement volunteer program with young people in Nicaragua.

Didactic, educational and English teaching activities are carried out for young children. In addition, classes are programmed for:

  • Canto
  • Sports
  • Teaching about the habitat and environment
  • Educational games
  • Imparting values
  • Storytelling

Open throughout the year, except from December 15 to January 2 for school vacations. Hours are Monday through Friday in two shifts: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. .

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum age: None
  • Copy of resume required: No
  • Required Qualifications: Sex Offense Certificate
  • Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

In this program you can go from 2 weeks and it has a cost with the donation included:

WeeksCost
2525€
3675€
Additional week150€

WHAT DOES VOLUNTEERING IN NICARAGUA OFFER?

  • Orientation and induction to the project or program
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Follow-up and evaluation of the program
  • Certificate of weeks spent volunteering
  • Tax certificate to be deducted in your income tax return
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the program
  • Volunteer and liability insurance
  • Accommodation during your volunteer stay
  • 3 meals in homestays or breakfast in a hostel
  • 24/7 support from the local organization
  • Orientation and induction to the project

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN NICARAGUA?

  • Flight to Nicaragua
  • Airport pick up
  • Visa, if required
  • Vaccinations, if required
  • Internal transportation or excursions
  • Trips or excursions inside or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance with Covid coverage
  • Beverages, special diets or meals


TEACHING AND EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOPS WITH WOMEN IN NICARAGUA

It consists of carrying out activities with the women of the community to promote their labor insertion, instill values, education and knowledge.

The volunteer must be involved in the creation and reinforcement of workshops such as: training in English, mathematics, job search resources, computer skills, skills, etc.

Open all year round. Monday through Friday with two shifts: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 13:00 p.m. to 17:00 p.m. .

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum age: None
  • Copy of resume required: No
  • Qualifications required: Proactivity to create workshops
  • Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

this program you can go from 2 weeks and it has a cost with the donation included:

WeeksCost
2525€
3675€
Additional week150€

WHAT DOES VOLUNTEERING IN NICARAGUA OFFER?

  • Orientation and induction to the project or program
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Follow-up and evaluation of the program
  • Certificate of weeks spent volunteering
  • Tax certificate to be deducted in your income tax return
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the program
  • Volunteer and liability insurance
  • Accommodation during your volunteer stay
  • 3 meals in homestays or breakfast in a hostel
  • 24/7 support from the local organization
  • Orientation and induction to the project

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN NICARAGUA?

  • Flight to Nicaragua
  • Airport pick up
  • Visa, if required
  • Vaccinations, if required
  • Internal transportation or excursions
  • Trips or excursions inside or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance with Covid coverage
  • Beverages, special diets or meals


What are the requirements to volunteer in Nicaragua?

Volunteers in Nicaragua are an important pillar for the development of all volunteer programs where we collaborate. Therefore, participating in some of the volunteer programs does not require that you have a specific specialty. You can participate if you have the desire to and you meet the following requirements:

  • Be of legal age
  • Availability to perform various jobs
  • Be a communicative, participative and committed person
  • Have a good behavior and be respectful with the people who collaborate and the community
  • Be aware of the culture and customs of the country you are collaborating with
  • Ability to work in a team

Where will I be while volunteering in Nicaragua?

The projects are developed in the country of Nicaragua, specifically in Granada.


ARRIVAL AT YOUR DESTINATION

You will arrive at the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport, which is located 11 kilometers from downtown Managua. If you have arranged the pick-up with the local coordinator, they will be waiting for you at the airport, otherwise they will show you how to get to your accommodation.

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 the place where it is located, as well as the explanation of the program to be developed according to the time of the year.

VACCINE

The only mandatory vaccine is the yellow fever vaccine (in theory it is only for people who have spent some time with countries at risk) also check with the embassy of each country.

We suggest that you consult with your medical center about the recommended vaccinations for this region, also in most Latin American countries vaccinations are not mandatory.

VISA TO ENTER NICARAGUA

For people coming from Spain, no visa is required, (other countries consult).

Necessary documentation:

  • Depending on the country of origin, no visa is required for stays of between 30 and 90 days.
  • Passport in order and valid for at least six months.
  • Exit ticket of the country.

SECURITY IN NICARAGUA

In Central America, Nicaragua, despite the recent revolts, is considered a safe country. But nothing is perfect, and as in many countries of the world you have to take certain precautions and know how to handle certain zones and areas of the city.

Tourist areas are generally safe, but we also recommend that you keep these details in mind:

  • Notify your coordinator if you are going on an excursion.
  • Have your coordinator’s phone number and address handy.
  • Avoid giving out information about the accommodation, the project and your fellow volunteers for safety.
  • Do not take anyone other than the organization to the volunteer’s home.
  • Avoid risk areas in every place you visit.
  • Travel in austerity in your daily transfers and on your excursions.
  • Avoid attracting attention with jewelry and accessories.
  • If you can avoid taking your mobile phone out in public places.
  • Try to use the country’s safe transportation services or services such as Uber or taxis.
  • Avoid walking alone on unknown streets at night.
  • Never put someone you don’t know into an unknown vehicle, or someone you don’t know into yours.
  • Do not drink any drink of which you do not know the origin.

HOMESTAY OR HOSTEL IN CENTRAL GRANADA

All volunteers who collaborate in the volunteer projects in Nicaragua are accommodated in safe hostels that offer breakfast, or in family homes. In both accommodations the conditions are similar.

WHAT DOES THE ACCOMMODATION INCLUDE IN A VOLUNTEERING IN NICARAGUA?

  • Bed in shared room with other volunteers and bathroom within the room or shared.
  • 3 meals in homestays or breakfast in a hostel.
  • Use of common areas.
  • Low cost laundry or hand-washing area.

The financial contribution is divided into two parts:

  1. The registration that you will give as a donation to the association Adventure Volunteer.This contribution has a tax benefit of 80% that you can deduct in your income tax return.
  2. The remaining part of the cost of the program will go to the partner organization that we will send in your name as a substitute or you can deliver it directly to the project.
WEEKSALL PROJECTS
2525€
3675€
Additional week150€

The fees are intended to help the local organization, therefore the volunteer does not pay to work, the contribution is as a donation in exchange for all the services that are included below this paragraph. You can learn more about where the money goes in the transparency section.

WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR A VOLUNTEERING IN NICARAGUA?

  • Orientation and induction to the project or program
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Follow-up and evaluation of the program
  • Certificate of weeks completed in your volunteer program
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the program
  • Volunteer and liability insurance
  • Accommodation during your volunteer stay
  • 3 meals in homestays or breakfast in a hostel
  • 24/7 support from the local organization
  • Orientation and induction to the project

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN A VOLUNTEERING IN NICARAGUA?

  • Flight to Nicaragua
  • Airport pick up (70 euros approx)
  • Visa if required
  • Vaccinations, if required
  • Internal transportation or excursions
  • Trips or excursions inside or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance with Covid coverage
  • Beverages, special diets or meals

HOW TO BOOK MY VOLUNTEERING IN NICARAGUA?

STEP 1

Once you fill out the program form, we will verify everything and confirm your place within 24 hours.

STEP 2

The registration fee must be paid within 7 days, then your place will be guaranteed 1 month before the payment of the programme.

STEP 3

We send you the mandatory insurance and the international volunteer agreement.

NICARAGUA

Nicaragua, a country that offers you a lot. Unique for its biodiversity, for its volcanoes, jungles, lakes, beaches, natural reserves, colonial cities and most of all its happy people, always ready to welcome you with open arms.

Is a safe country full of natural wealth and very nice people.

WEATHER

  • Rainy season, from May to October, you find temperatures of 27º C and 32º C (80ºF and 89ºF).
  • November and April are dry season and temperatures are 35ºC and 40ºC (95ºF and 104ºF).

CURRENCY

The official currency is Cordoba.

In your trip you can use both local currency and dollars, the currency exchange is done in the country of destination. You can also go to your bank or withdraw money through credit cards in Nicaragua.

FLIGHT

Your flight must have as its final destination the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport, formerly called Managua International Airport.

Flights cost between €800 depending on the season ($544 and $870 USD).

  • You can find flights on the following airlines: Iberia, Delta, American Airlines, United and Copa.

TOURIST SITES

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.

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.

ZAPATERA ISLAND

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.

OMETEPE

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.

WHAT IS THE CURRENCY OF THE VOLUNTEERING IN NICARAGUA?

The Nicaraguan currency is the Cordoba, one EURO are around 37 Cordoba.  The money in Nicaragua is abundant enough, it is one of the cheapest destinations for volunteering.

DO I NEED A VISA TO DO A VOLUNTEERING NICARAGUA?

If you are from Spain you do not need any type of visa to enter Nicaragua, but currently the entry records are changing continuously so we suggest you check the visitors page in Nicaragua before going to buy the flight.

DO I NEED ANY VACCINES TO GO TO A VOLUNTEERING IN NICARAGUA?

Spaniards do not need any kind of vaccination to enter Nicaragua except if when traveling to Nicaragua you make a stopover in a country where the yellow fever disease can request that you have the vaccine that.

WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE TOWN WHERE I AM GOING TO COLLABORATE?

The town where you will stay is called Granada, it is one of the most beautiful cities in Nicaragua and the second largest after Managua. 

WHAT EXCURSIONS CAN I DO IN THE VOLUNTEERING IN NICARAGUA?

Nicaragua has beautiful excursions, you can visit craters of volcanoes where you will bathe in hot water, the islands of Ometepe and beaches.

WHAT KIND OF FOOD CAN I FIND IN THE VOLUNTEERING IN NICARAGUA?

The types of food are very similar throughout Latin America, is based on rice, legumes and chicken, although they usually put other foods such as pasta or meat.

IS THERE A DIRECT FLIGHT FROM SPAIN TO VOLUNTEERING IN NICARAGUA?

From Spain you will be able to fly directly to Nicaragua with the company Iberia other European ones also arrive there. 

HOW FAR IS IT FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE VOLUNTEER’S HOUSE IN NICARAGUA ?

The airport is about 45 or 50 minutes to the volunteer’s house, it depends a little on the time of arrival, although on the way and in Granada there is not much traffic usually concentrated on the exit from Managua.

OTHER THAN VOLUNTEERING, WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO IN GRANADA?

In addition to excursions, within Granada you have a lot of activity such as being in the square where there is always activity, doing the route of the cathedrals, or directly afternoon on the road, some restaurants where thousands of volunteers gather to share their experiences.

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