The Childcare Program
Set in the beautiful city of Granada on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, this important childcare program supports Nicaragua’s impoverished children by giving them a great start to life! Volunteers on this placement will be working at a daycare center with many children, interacting with them and playing an important role in their early development. Volunteering with children in Nicaragua is a fun and rewarding experience that has a positive impact on both the children and the volunteer. As a developing nation with high rates of poverty, any support families receive is appreciated. Granada is a beautiful city, famed for its colonial architecture and its friendly people. Volunteers will spend time in this amazing location, soaking up the culture and sights, all while supporting children in need. For volunteers who love children, teaching and have loads of patience, this program will deliver a wonderful experience.
Goals of this Project:
- Provide essential support to marginalized young children
- Teach impoverished children important skills such as hygiene practices
- Improve the future prospects of Nicaraguan children and help them to break the poverty cycle by supplying quality early childhood teaching
- Expose volunteers, children and their families to different people and cultures
How You Can Help
Pre-school education provides a foundation for children’s social and educational needs and is an essential building block on which to start their educational journey. For children living in poverty, providing a stable place to thrive is essential for their development, and why this childcare program is so essential. Volunteers will assist in a variety of ways on this program while also getting to experience this wonderful city. Participants will help care for young children from 1 – 5 years of age. They will spend most of their time just getting to know the children and giving them lots of love and attention, while also teaching them education basics. Participants will engage with the children in a variety of activities aimed at building self-esteem, learning, and just having fun. Volunteers supply essential care and attention to the children, allowing the center to provide care for families in need of support.
Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:
- Planning educational games for the children
- Helping daycare staff prepare meals for the children
- Playing and interacting with the children
- Teaching basic classes to the children, for example, teaching them colors, shapes, numbers
Love Volunteers welcomes all those 18 years and over who wish to assist in the development of Nicaragua's next generation. While this highly rewarding project does not require participants to have a background in the field of childcare, as there are many ways you can assist, volunteers with suitable education, qualifications or experience are highly sought after. Regardless, a volunteer’s individual role can often be tailored to suit their particular skills and interests. Ideally, volunteers on this project will have at least a basic knowledge of the local language in order to communicate effectively with staff and students, though this is not a pre-requisite. All applicants must of course display a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!
Additionally, volunteers applying to join this program will be required to supply to following documentation:
- Emergency contact
- Police check
Located on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, Granada is home to multiple Spanish colonial landmarks that have survived repeated pirate invasions. The city’s main plaza, Central Park, is dominated by the colorful, neoclassical facade of the Cathedral of Granada, originally dating to 1583. The Centro Cultural Convento San Francisco nearby is famed for its displays of pre-Columbian statues.
Granada's restaurants have received international recognition by newspapers like the New York Times. In the city of Granada, there are many restaurants to visit and in recent years, the cities evolving culinary scene mixes local and international flavors, as well as supporting farm-to-table sustainability of local growers and producers. Granada's economy continues to grow in big part because it is fast becoming a tourist attraction for its colonial architecture, as well as its ecological beauty and now as a food destination. This is a fantastic place to be a Love Volunteer!
Start Dates & Duration
This project is available year-round and programs typically start every 1st and 3rd SUNDAY of each month. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 2 weeks to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions.
Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.
For current available start dates please check the calendar on the right.
Arrival & Orientation
Upon your arrival in Managua, you will collected at the airport by a member of the local project team and taken to your accommodation in Granada. Here you will be welcomed by your host family and settled into your new surroundings.
On Monday morning you will be collected and taken to the local team offices where you will receive a full project and safety orientation. A representative from the local team will fill you in on local and regional customs, traveling, rules and recommendations, and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience. This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts, meet your fellow volunteers, and ask any last questions you may have. You will then be taken to your projects site where you will be introduced to the onsite project team, ready to start work. Easy!
- Project Arrival Day: SUNDAY (7am to 10pm)
- Project Departure Day: SATURDAY
- Arrival Airport: Augusto C. Sandino International Airport, Managua, Nicaragua (Code: MGA)
- NOTE: If you are arriving on a flight after 10pm there is an extra charge of
US$100 for the airport pickup)
Accommodation & Meals
Volunteers in Nicaragua will stay with a local family which is a great way to be immersed in the culture. All families have been fully vetted by our local team and have experience hosting international volunteers. The home-stays are in safe neighborhoods, and are within a 15 to 25-minute walk or 5 to 10-minute bus ride from the project sites. All families have been fully vetted by our local team and have extensive experience hosting international volunteers. Depending on the time of year it may be necessary to share a room with other volunteers, but private rooms are often available upon request (additional fees may apply). Volunteers will be provided access to a shared bathroom. Host families are often happy to wash clothes for volunteers for a small fee to cover the additional electricity, though mostly volunteers will use a local laundromat. Wifi is available at most host family houses, however we ask volunteers to remember access to this service is a privilege and may be limited at times. A multitude of internet cafes are available throughout Granada.
Breakfast and dinner will be provided throughout the placement, including weekends. Nicaraguan food typically centers on the key ingredients of corn, chillies and beans. A traditional dish is tamale which consists of a starchy corn-based dough wrapped in a leaf and steamed. Volunteers in Nicaragua have the opportunity to savor these and other delights in the homes of ordinary local people famed for their friendly dispositions.
*In addition to the program fees listed above a Registration Fee is payable to secure your place. The registration fee is USD 299 for those volunteering with Love Volunteers for the first time or USD 149 for any subsequent volunteer placements. The registration fee includes: lifetime LV Alumni Membership, fundraising support & advice, dedicated pre-departure support, certificate of completion (on request), and exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner.
Some things are not included in the program fees listed above, such as flights, visas, vaccinations, travel insurance, additional foods and snacks, spending money, local transport, in-country trips and excursions, return airport transfer (unless mentioned above).
Please note that prices are subject to change without notice. Please ensure you have read the Love Volunteers Terms and Conditions & Refund Policy.