Volunteer in Nicaragua

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  • About

    Nicaragua is a country that is sure to amaze any visitor, even the most adventurous of volunteers. Sometimes called the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes, this tropical country is becoming increasingly popular as both an international travel and volunteer destination.

    Ethnically diverse, with cultural influences from the Spanish rule hundreds of years ago as well as indigenous populations, Nicaragua offers a lively culture for volunteers to experience as they work on projects in healthcare, education, community development, and environmental conservation.

  • Program Types
    Healthcare

    The maternal and birth mortality rate is especially high in Nicaragua. Another large problem for Nicaraguans when it comes to health is lack of access. Whether it's because of remote locations or high prices, many local Nicaraguans never receive the health care they need and only 6% of the population is insured (according to WHO). Volunteers with a background in medicine and health care are encouraged to use their skills and expertise to help the situation in Nicaragua.

    Teaching

    Education is free in Nicaragua but that doesn't mean that it's readily available or accessible to everyone. The Nicaraguan government has also created campaigns to promote literacy. Volunteers can make a difference just by spending time with vulnerable young students. Whether you want to teach English, coach sports, or assist with extracurricular activities, there are plenty of opportunities to teach students in Nicaragua.

    Community Development

    From building projects to supporting small businesses, there is plenty of work to be done to support Nicaraguan communities, especially with such a high rate of poverty.

  • Planning Your Trip

    It's a good idea to know enough Spanish to get around before spending time in Nicaragua. Unless you're in an overly touristy or expensive area, no English will be spoken. In many areas of Nicaragua, Creole, Spanish, and indigenous languages can be heard.

    Costs

    Cost of living is pretty affordable in Nicaragua, especially for someone coming from a more developed nation. Although rent is relatively low in Nicaragua, many volunteers go through an organization that finds them accommodations like home-stays.

    If you're paying for accommodation through a volunteer provider, there are other ways to save money -- one of the best and easiest being to skip the restaurants. Food will most likely be your biggest expense to stick to small, locally-owned and operated joints as well as the popular markets. Not only will this save you money, but give you a more authentic Nicaraguan diet.

    Best Places to Volunteer

    Leon is a great destination for volunteers interested in Nicaragua's cultural history. Full of the nation's most magnificent churches and museums, Leon is also a great place to explore local nightlife. Much of Nicaragua also offers beaches, reefs, jungles, and volcanoes for the adventurous and outdoors-y volunteer.

    Quaint, Spanish influenced Granada and the neighboring island of Ometepe are also great places to consider.

  • Health & Safety

    Crime is low in Nicaragua, but of course foreigners should use caution, especially in crowded areas. Always be aware of your surroundings. Tap water is safe in certain areas of the country but your best bet is always filtered, bottled water.

    Nicaragua is, however, affected by hurricanes. Stay up to date on hurricane warnings while there.

    Contributed by Katie Boyer | Photo by FMSC / Keely Joy Photography.

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  • Foundation for Sustainable Development
    As a country emerging from years fo civil war and economic turmoil, it is most of the poorest nations in the Western...
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  • Surf For Life
    As a Surf For Life volunteer, you will work alongside local community members to build high impact projects, such as schools...
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    Amigos de las Americas
    Matagalpa is in the cool, mountainous, coffee growing region of Nicaragua. Participants are assigned to support the work of...
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    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Central America Lago Atitlan
    Carpe Diem Education
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    This semester intertwines personal growth with adventure, service, and a greater awareness of the global community as you...
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  • A Broader View
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    Granada sits on Lake Nicaragua, one of the largest and most scenic lakes in the world. Granada is still off the beaten path...
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    Volunteers for Peace
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    Volunteers for Peace offers volunteer experiences from one week to one year in Susuma and Ometepe Island, Nicaragua. In...
    3 reviews
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  • Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children
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    FIMRC's Project Limon, located on the Pacific coast approximately 120km from the capital of Managua, brings medical care to...
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    VIDA
    Join Vida in Nicaragua with their veterinary volunteer programs. Vida currently offers 1-2 week long programs in Nicaragua...
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  • Proyecto Mosaico
    You can become a part of our work! Share your time, experiences and ideas with our partner projects and their participants....
    12 reviews
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  • Frontier: Ethical Adventure Trail through Central America
    Frontier
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    Combine exciting adventure travel with a project placement and experience the best of Central America on an unforgettable...
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    NPH USA
    The Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos home in Nicaragua was founded in 1994 as the fourth NPH home in Latin America. In 2005, the...
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    SchoolBOX
    SchoolBOX volunteers join a friendly and dedicated staff of Canadians and Nicaraguans to build schools in some of the most...
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    GRID Alternatives International
    Take a trip that will light up a community and change your life! Sign up for a 9-day journey with GRID Alternatives to...
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    Roberto Clemente Health Clinic
    Whether you're looking for a change of pace (or scenery!) from your current medical/healthcare career or are looking for an...
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    La Esperanza Granada
    Volunteer in Nicaragua with La Esperanza Granada and help us achieve our goal to improve the quality of life in the local...
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