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Nicaragua

Nicaragua is known for its dramatic, undeveloped terrain, friendly remote communities, strong folklore and traditions.

Nicaragua

Official Language(s)
Spanish
Population
6.2 million
% of Population Below Poverty
46% (2.9 million people)
GDP per CAPITA (PPP US$) (?)
2,086 (Canada = $43,100)
UN's Human Development Index (?)
Nicaragua
Canada

Why volunteer in Nicaragua?

Literacy rates in Nicaragua are among the lowest in Latin America. A number of factors make regular attendance less accessible to the poorer segments of society.

This volunteer project is based in and around Salmeron, a community in the municipality of San Nicolas. Salmeron is 22Km from Esteli and situated at 900m above sea level. This community lives in extreme poverty where people earn less than $1.00 per day. People also suffer from malnutrition due to lack of dietary diversity. Families eat rice, beans and sometimes corn. There is a primary school in Salmeron that serves 75 students. The students in this school have unpredictable attendance because of multiple factors. The school does not have a kitchen, which requires the students to go home for lunch and then return back to the school, there is no access to water which leaves the students to walk up to 5km to the nearest water source. The latrines are non-functional making it impossible for girls to use the latrine when needed, and often choose to stay home. This community is also victim to lack of economic opportunity forcing many people to move to Costa Rica to work. This impacts the ability of those that stay in Salmeron from being able to maintain the infrastructure of their homes, community water sources or of their school.

Volunteer projects

DWC supports various community driven projects alongside our in-country partner, Namlo International, an organization that helps communities take responsibility for their schools — from participating in their construction to coordinating resources for teaching and learning. Other needed infrastructure includes latrine updates, a greenhouse project with the aim of food security and diversity and a spinoff income generating enterprise. These are part of a long-term commitment to help improve community members’ lives and increase their self-sufficiency.

 

When can I go?

2018 TRIPS

PROJECT DATES COMMUNITY IN-COUNTRY PARTNER DETAILS
May 5 - May 19, 2018
May 5 - May 19, 2018
Esteli Namlo International Explore Trip #NIC0518 »
August 4 - August 18, 2018
Aug 4 - Aug 18, 2018
Esteli Namlo International Explore Trip #NIC0818 »
November 10 - November 24, 2018
Nov 10 - Nov 24, 2018
Esteli Namlo International Explore Trip #NIC1118 »

Note: Please note this trip schedule is updated regularly and will change depending on the availability of flights and other factors that can affect travel.

How much does it cost?

Adult Custom Trip
This one-week inaugural volunteer trip to Nicaragua costs approximately $1400, with final costs to be determined before departure. This includes the cost of in-country food, ground transportation and accommodation, program costs and a substantial direct donation to the project. Airfare is not included; however, the entire cost paid through DWC is 100% tax deductible, including flight costs.

You can fundraise for your trip and DWC will issue charitable receipts to your donors.

Trips may be cancelled if not enough people are registered so please sign up early to avoid disappointment. A deposit is required to hold your spot on the trip; the remaining balance is due before departure.

We invite people who cannot give the gift of time to donate to Nicaraguan projects and programs through Developing World Connections.

Cultural activities

After you’re done volunteering, Nicaragua welcomes you to its sensational beaches, overgrown pre-Columbian ruins, pristine untouched rainforests, iconic stratovolcano Momotombo, Lake Managua – the largest freshwater body in Central America and the Rio San Juan area – the largest rain forest north of the Amazon. You can adventure into the nation’s metropolitan areas for a different experience with Managua and Granada noted for their Spanish colonial architecture and revolutionary public art.

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