Volunteer Teaching Program
For volunteers who love working with children and wish to make a positive impact on those less fortunate, this program will provide a truly memorable experience. A solid education is the key to a brighter future for those marginalized and living in a developing nation without additional support. This program aims to build a strong platform for children to thrive and prosper, providing an education-based after school program to support at risk children and encourage their love for learning. Based in the beautiful Nicaraguan city of Granada, volunteers will provide essential support to children in a variety of subjects, including English. By providing support and encouragement, students have a much improved chance of learning and staying in the education system for longer. Sometimes all it takes is one mentor to show an avid interest in a student for them to thrive – be that mentor and help to improves lives!
Goals of this Project:
- Provide teaching support to children in Granada
- Improve the future prospects of some of Nicaragua’s most impoverished children, and help them to break the poverty cycle
- Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both students and international volunteers alike.
- Keep children in education for longer by supporting their needs
How You Can Help
Volunteers on this important program will find they are truly helping impoverished children by providing a volunteer labor force that enables this essential support program to exist. Participants play an integral role in achieving the goals of this project as without a free volunteer labor force, this program would be simply unsustainable. Volunteers will assist teachers with running the program, help with lesson plans and offer one on one teaching sessions. Those with prior teaching experience can help strengthen core subject lessons and provide additional support. English is a key area where volunteers may be able to teach students, along with supporting in other areas and subjects. For volunteers who love to teach, are versatile and show initiative, this program promises to be a valuable experience for all involved. While participants with knowledge of elementary class subjects will find this an advantage and will be extremely beneficial to the program, all volunteers with a love of teaching and spending quality time with children will make a huge difference to these children’s lives.
Volunteers contribute in a number of ways on the program and can expect to undertake the following tasks:
- Teaching English or other subjects if appropriate
- Teach topics to empower students such as income generating skills
- Assist teachers plan lessons
- Help children do their homework
- Teach children other hobbies or skills and take an interest in their lives
Love Volunteers welcomes all those 18 years and over who wish to help create a brighter future for children through the power of education. This project best suits those with experience and/or qualifications in the field of childhood development and education, though volunteers who simply wish to explore an interest in this field are also welcomed as there are many ways you can assist in the classroom. 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. Importantly, all applicants must first and foremost have 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 4 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.