We accept volunteers year-round on a rolling basis so you can apply at any time.
Our focus is on education at a very basic level. The majority of our volunteers work in our learning centers with young children. Nicaraguan schools have two sessions each day, half of the primary school students attend school in the morning, and the other half attends in the afternoon. Our learning centers provide safe, clean learning environments for children outside of school hours. During the school year they are open all day and volunteers will work in teams, alongside local interns, covering either the morning or afternoon shift (both 4-5 hours). In general the older children who attend school in the afternoons will be at the learning centers in the mornings, and the younger children will be at the learning centers in the afternoons.
For all positions, we prefer that volunteers have at least an intermediate level of Spanish.
Internships: We are happy to host internships in all positions and will complete any paperwork required by your university.
LEARNING CENTER ASSISTANT/MENTOR
Our learning centers provide safe, clean places where children can come to continue their learning in an informal environment during their free hours. They are stocked with resources not often found in the schools such as books to read, maths worksheets and manipulatives, craft supplies, spaces for drawing, coloring and writing, computers with educational games and much more. Volunteers work with local interns to aid the children in learning how to use the resources available to them. The objective is to create a fun, interactive and positive learning environment through crafts, games etc. The minimum time commitment for this position is 2 weeks, and you should have an intermediate or better level of Spanish in order to be able to fully engage with the kids. Your role will be to guide and assist the children at your table as they learn, rather than to directly teach them. The children are willing and engaged, they chose to participate in their area of interest.
As an English Teacher you would be working with children in the learning center in the mornings, working with two to five students. The minimum time commitment for this position is 6 weeks, and you should have native or advanced English as well as a basic or better level of Spanish. We require a longer stay for English teaching as the continuity is important to the students.
HIGH SCHOOL ASSISTANT
As a high school assistant you will provide additional support to students who are being sponsored through high school. You will help students revise and improve their English, help them maintain contact with their sponsors around the world, and promote our sponsorship program to potential donors (for example, through maintaining a Facebook page). This position is available throughout the Nicaraguan school-year which starts in February and ends in November. The minimum time commitment is 6 weeks, you should have an advanced or better level of English as well as an intermediate or better level of Spanish.
WORKING IN OUR OFFICE:
As a Communication and Promotion Assistant you help our Operations Director Pauline, a long-term volunteer, maintain and improve our online presence (Facebook, blog, website, etc.), and aid in developing the organization through volunteer and donor recruitment. This position is available throughout the year. An intermediate or better level of Spanish is useful, but it is very important that you have a fluent level of English. We often need admin assistants too, this can be for various tasks including special projects such as updating volunteer manuals, helping with organizing resources, taking interested visitors to see our work etc. We prefer a minimum time commitment of 8 weeks in order to get to know our operations and the way we work.
HANDYMAN (HANDYPERSON) JOB:
There are constantly repairs needed in the volunteer houses as well as in the centers. We have tools etc. on hand, and it is a great help when we have a volunteer willing to take on general handyman work. An ideal position for someone who wants to help and hasn’t yet mastered Spanish, or would rather help in a general way without necessarily working directly with the children. The minimum time commitment for this position is 8 weeks.
PART-TIME VOLUNTEER (GRANADA RESIDENTS ONLY)
If you are living in Granada and have spare time each week, there are various ways in which you could work with us on a part-time basis. From working in the centers to taking children for dental visits, we would welcome your help.
You can volunteer long-distance with La Esperanza Granada by providing on-line help, such as translating documents, promoting the organization, updating volunteer listings, etc.
There is no limit to the numbers of volunteers we need to work in the learning centers.
If you didn’t see something that fits you in the outlines above, but think you have something to offer, just let us know, maybe we need you and just haven’t thought of it yet!
Besides your time commitment and a certain level of Spanish, the only major skill we require from our volunteers is a willingness to help others and to enjoy being part of the La Esperanza Granada team.