Volunteer in Nicaragua

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Masaya, Nicaragua via
Contact
Person: 
Bernardo Galli
Email: 
thepeaceprojectnicaragua [at] gmail [dot] com

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
  • Fundrais­ing

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.

 

Details
People: 
Any amount is welcome! If you come in a group, it'll be more fun!
Commitment: 
Minimum of 3 weeks.
Skills: 
Fluent English is a must. In addition, we appreciate any skills that will enrich the children's education, such as sports, music, arts, photography, etc. We believe that everyone has something unique to offer to our program.
Type: 
Depending on interests and skills: Teaching, organizing workshops, gardening, fundraising, marketing, art, hospitality (hostel).
Money: 
Volunteering with us is free, but if you choose to stay with us at The Peace Project Hostel, we offer room and board for $100/week (includes all meals, access to kitchen, use of kayaks, laundry machines, and transportation to and from schools ). Additionally, we offer a 25% discount if you are able to commit to 2 months or longer.

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Laguna de Apoyo, Masaya, Nicaragua