Volunteering in Nicaragua

VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS IN NICARAGUA

Although education is free and compulsory in Nicaragua, many children don’t continue studying because of various situations such as: accessibility of schools, unemployed parents, needing to work to help support the household, etc.. Because of this, many children don’t finish their primary and secondary studies and in some cases never go to school at all.

Volunteer programs in Nicaragua help many children to become motivated, develop their skills and explore their knowledge.

The volunteering in Nicaragua seek to help children and youth, collaborate with the most vulnerable communities and improve the quality of life in poor neighborhoods.


CLASSES FOR WOMEN

Accompaniment, motivation and the desire to help, are part of this experience with women from vulnerable communities.


TEACHING AND SCHOOL REINFORCEMENT

Education is one of the most important pillars for the development of every person. Currently, many children do not have the opportunity to study or have access to education.

Design, create and put your creativity into practice in the volunteer program of school reinforcement with children and youth in Nicaragua.


REQUIREMENTS FOR VOLUNTEERING 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 DURING MY VOLUNTEERING IN NICARAGUA?

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

Empowerment of young pregnant women and teaching, is developed in Camoapa. It is approximately 2 hours by taxi from the Managua airport.

School revision and women’s empowerment is located in Granada and Managua.


WHEN CAN YOU COLLABORATE ON VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN NICARAGUA?

You can participate all year round in the following volunteer programs in Nicaragua:

  • School reinforcement
  • Classes for women and children

In each program you can check the days of arrival in the country and start of projects.

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.

VACCINE

Only the yellow fever vaccine is required (in theory only for people who have been to countries at risk).

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

COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS

  • Present a negative PCR test within 72 hours before your flight
  • Yellow fever vaccination card

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.

HOST FAMILY ACCOMMODATION OR GRANADA CENTER HOSTEL

All volunteers who collaborate in volunteer projects in Nicaragua are housed in the homes of families selected by the organization.

WHAT DOES THE ACCOMMODATION INCLUDE IN A VOLUNTEERING IN NICARAGUA?

  • Bed in shared room with other volunteers and bathroom within the room or shared.
  • Meals during your volunteering.
  • Use of common areas.
  • WIFI connection (internet).
  • Low cost laundry or hand-washing area.

The contribution in the Volunteering in Nicaragua for a period of 14 days is 525€ and with the tax deduction you will only pay 273.75€

WEEKSALL PROJECTS
2525€
3675€
Additional150€

You will be able to deduct approximately 45% of the total economic contribution to the program in the Volunteering in Nicaragua by means of the tax certificate that we will give you.

WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR A VOLUNTEERING IN NICARAGUA?

  • Welcome at the airport and transfer to the volunteer’s home.
  • Accommodation during your volunteering
  • 3 meals during the course of your volunteer program
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the programme
  • Orientation and induction to the program
  • Certificate of weeks completed in your volunteering
  • Accident insurance during your volunteering
  • Civil liability for your activity
  • Receipt from NGO about your program fee
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of programme

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN A VOLUNTEERING IN NICARAGUA?

  • Flight to the country
  • Visa, if necessary
  • Vaccines, if necessary
  • Travel Insurance
  • Internal transportation or excursions
  • Return to the airport on the last day
  • Beverages, diets or special meals
  • Trips inside or outside the country

We remind you that the value of the donation can be deducted from your full income tax liability, up to a limit of 10% of the taxable base.

  • Donations up to 150 :(donation equal to or less than 150), the deduction will be 80%
  • Donations over 150 euros: (donation over 150 ?), will be 35% and 40% if made for more than 3 years in a row of the same value or more to the same association.

NOTE: There is a deduction from the IRPF for donations made to non-profit organisations under Law 49/2002, of 23 December. established in Articles 68.3, 69.1 IRPF Law and 69.2 Regulations. Royal Decree-Law 17/2020 of 5 May. (refunds are made in the year following payment). As a donation, the 150 euros initially contributed are not refundable.

HOW TO BOOK MY VOLUNTEERING IN NICARAGUA?

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.

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 €500 and €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 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 ENTER 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 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. 

WHERE WILL I SLEEP AND WHAT WILL THE VOLUNTEER’S HOUSE BE LIKE?

The houses in Granada are an inheritance of the houses in the south of Spain, large houses with a small garden in the middle and an opening. The families are usually very nice and welcoming.

WHAT EXCURSIONS CAN I DO 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 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 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?

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.

VOLUNTEER WITH CHILDREN

When I was looking for a suitable project for my volunteer experience in Nicaragua, I found this association’s website. I liked what I read about the work, the project and the organization and so I decided to do it.

What I experienced here is completely different from what I know from my country; my experience as a volunteer has been very positive.

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