Location
  • Nicaragua
    • Granada

Program Details

Timeframe
Short Term
Housing
Guesthouse
Groups
Small Group (1-15)
Travel Type
Family Older Travelers Solo Women

Pricing

Starting Price
1500
Price Details
Price includes:

Breakfast, lunch, snacks and soft drinks, all accommodation, all wages of locals (builders, interpreters, driver), transport including 24 seater bus with air conditioning and school buses when we travel on the day trips. Plus, boat travel to El Castillo and return and entrance to the Malecon, aquaparks, and the trip to Bombacho volcano. The price may include several dinners.

Price does not include:
Flight, Insurance (medical and cancellation) any cost incurred in Canada, such as travelling to the airport, parking etc. optional excursions (jungle tour, caimen night tour), souvenir money, tips, everything else.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Some Meals Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Some Activities Airfare Some Meals SIM cards Travel Insurance
Jun 10, 2022
Nov 30, 2022
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About Program

Join our short term, small group humanitarian trip to Nicaragua.

We work in a Managua slum with 2 schools. Taking the kids shopping for their uniforms, (and to the water park!) painting, educating and more...plus getting a real feel of the country by travelling to an ancient lagoon, ziplining down a dormant volcano (optional), visiting a live one! and staying in a beautiful ancient colonial home in Grenada. We will be travelling down Rio San Juan to the jungle this year!

Full itinerary and details available by request.

Consider your impact: Volunteering abroad can be a rewarding experience for both volunteers and local communities, and at Go Overseas, we believe all volunteers should have the resources to make informed decisions about the type of volunteer project they want to partake in. However, despite best intentions, some organizations offering placements in orphanages may unknowingly place children in danger. You can read about the potential dangers of orphanage volunteering here. Learn more about how Starfish Nicaragua is promoting ethical volunteering.

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Program Highlights

  • Getting close to the 'real, authentic Nicaragua
  • Small group of maximum 15 people
  • Fully immersed cultural experience
  • Spend 2 weeks with slum kids and grow to love them as I do
  • Local guide and translator is a historian and bird watcher

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  • Impact 5
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
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  • Safety 5
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Allison
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Starfish Nicaragua

This volunteer experience was very rewarding. We were involved in painting a local school and giving donations to those students. We visited a preschool and provided a warm lunch for the kids. As well, we set up a soup kitchen for locals in a poorer neighborhood. On top of the humanitarian work, we enjoyed learning about and visiting sites in Nicaragua. We went to a live volcano, the historic town of Granada, boat ride on a river with monkeys! We participated in a cooking class with local foods.

Pros
  • Actually working with the people that were there to help. Very hands on with locals.
  • As well as volunteering, we were experiencing sites of Nicaruagua.
  • Very good good and accommodation organized by Susie, who is an excellent leader.
33 people found this review helpful.
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Jamie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Opportunity to create what really matters to you!

If you only volunteer once in a while please think of starfish Nicaragua next time! I travelled in a small team of mixed ages from early 20s to an 80 year old. The group was led by the amazing Suzy Campbell and her experienced local guides who are with you every step of the way. They ensure you feel welcomed, supported and useful no matter your physical ability or level of travel experience.

We went shopping with the sponsor students for their school supplies at a local open air market which means we had lots of friends quickly on the schoolyard! Our building goal was to make a concrete kitchen so the school could start a meal program. With Starfish organizing all the materials in advance we got straight to work and had so many local parents join us that we finished ahead of schedule. So we added a school garden and playground update to our list of projects! On our final afternoon at the school we had a huge piñata party before spending the last days of our trip at the beach.

At the end of every day you have the chance to unwind and get to know your fellow travelers, guides, and the culture of Nicaragua. We visited local restaurants, watched pottery demonstrations, held nature walks which included info on the plant and animal life and a visited volcano. Go on this trip because you get to create a more beautiful connected world.

Pros
  • Direct positive impact to kids, families, school
  • Community and cultural immersion
  • Balance of giving / fun times on the trip
Cons
  • Seeing poverty up close can be heartbreaking
  • Bumpy roads
47 people found this review helpful.

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