Volunteer in Nicaragua
About Us: The Peace Project is a community organization working to expand educational opportunities, foster environmental stewardship, and facilitate community development in Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua. The Peace Project combines the tenets of Peace Education – the interactive process of learning to love and respect oneself, others and the environment – with English language instruction, art classes, and computer sciences. In addition to our educational initiatives, we also partner with local businesses and residents to facilitate various community development projects.
The Peace Project also runs a hostel that helps cover costs and provides funding for community projects. Our hostel offers comfortable, inexpensive lodging, authentic Nicaraguan cuisine, a very friendly atmosphere, and is located right on the edge of a breath-taking crater lake.
Projects: The Peace Project supports four schools in the community through teaching English classes, IT skills, and art. Additionally, through our scholarship program, we are providing 15 deserving students with access to better education. The children in our scholarship program visit hostel grounds twice a week to receive help with their studies and participate in extracurricular activities-–both educationally stimulating and fun. We offer a wide range of classes open to all community members, including swim lessons, scuba diving, English classes, yoga, theatre, etc. Our classes evolve based on our volunteers and their skills and interests.
Our Art Director also leads several exciting projects, including recycled paper-making, school murals, printmaking, and video art. Finally, we are developing an organic garden at the hostel and supporting a medicinal plant garden at one of the schools we work with.
How you can help:
- Teaching English
- Organic Gardening
- Supporting the Art Director (art classes, photography, videography, paper-making)
- Hostel Management
- Website and Social Media Development
Benefits of Volunteering: We are located in a breathtaking natural reserve in a volcanic crater lake. During time-off, volunteers enjoy kayaking, hiking, swimming, scuba diving, or simply relaxing in a hammock. Additionally, the hostel is a quick (and cheap!) bus ride to Granada and Masaya, where you can walk around the markets and explore the beautiful colonial streets. Volunteering with our project will offer you the chance to be immersed into Nicaraguan culture while making a positive impact in the community.