By providing opportunities and resources for the long-term educational advancement and community development of Nicaraguan barrios, we hope to brighten the future of the children by empowering the people of the villages to improve their current living conditions and break the cycle of poverty. We believe in giving a hand up, not a handout.
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1. Learning Center Assistant
Our learning centers provide a safe, clean, and informal environment where children can come and continue their learning in areas such as maths, art, Spanish, computing, and reading. They are stocked with resources not often found in their schools such as books, worksheets, art supplies, educational games, and computers.
As a Learning Center Assistant, you will work with local volunteers to support and assist the children as they learn by instigating activities and games rather than running formal lessons. The objective is to create a fun, interactive, and positive learning environment outside of the classroom. The children will be energetic and engaged, choosing each day which areas of interest they wish to participate in.
This position is available throughout the year and requires a minimum time commitment of 2 weeks. Volunteers in this role should know at least intermediate level Spanish in order to be able to fully engage with children.
2. English Teacher
As an English Teacher, you will be working in the learning center in the mornings, teaching English to small groups of students aged 11 and up. In addition, we are beginning to introduce adult classes in the morning which will also be in small groups.
This position is available throughout the year and requires a minimum time commitment of 6 weeks. Volunteers in this role should know at least advanced level English and basic level Spanish.
3. High School Assistant
As a High School Assistant, you will provide additional support to students who are being sponsored through high school. This role involves helping the students revise and improve their English and maintain contact with their sponsors around the world. The role also involves promoting our sponsorship program to potential donors through social media and making direct contact with appropriate businesses.
This position is available throughout the Nicaraguan academic year (February – November) and requires a minimum time commitment of 6 weeks. Volunteers in this role should know at least advanced level English and intermediate level Spanish.
4. Communication and Promotion Assistant
As a Communication and Promotion Assistant, your role is to help our Operations Director by publicizing La Esperanza Granada through social media, managing public profiles, and aiding the development of the organization by promoting volunteer and donor opportunities.
In addition, we often need assistance for various tasks including one-off projects, such as updating volunteer manuals and helping with organizing resources.
This position is available throughout the year and requires a minimum time commitment of 8 weeks, although this is not necessary where the assistance is for a one-off project. Volunteers in this role should be fluent in English and know at least basic level Spanish.
5. Handyman (Handyperson)
There are always repairs needed in the learning centers and volunteer houses. La Esperanza Granada has tools on site and would greatly appreciate the support of a volunteer willing to take on general handyman work. This role is ideal for an individual who wishes to support our organization but does not necessarily want to work directly with the children.
This position is available throughout the year and requires a minimum time commitment of 4 weeks. Volunteers in this role should have at least intermediate level English. No Spanish is required.
Volunteers have the opportunity to stay at one of our three volunteer houses, located in the historic town center of Granada and within a ten-minute walk from our office. They are equipt with dorm beds, private rooms, and private rooms for couples. Alternatively, volunteers can find other housing opportunities and the organization can also assist with arranging local homestays.
We ask each volunteer to make an initial contribution of $50 towards administration costs so that all donations continue to go directly towards supporting the learning centers and other projects. In return, you will receive two La Esperanza Granada t-shirts free to wear when you are working with us. There are no additional fees involved with volunteering at La Esperanza Granada, although any fundraising initiatives are welcomed! Volunteers are responsible for their own living expenses for the duration of their stay.
The volunteer houses have kitchens, fans, washing machines, and TVs.
If you didn’t see something that fits you in the volunteer positions above but you think that you have something to offer, just let us know!
Granada is a beautiful colonial city, on the shore of Lake Cocibolca and surrounded by volcanoes. In close proximity to a variety of places of interest and with a buzzing evening atmosphere, volunteers are free to spend their weekends experiencing the beauty of Nicaragua.
Located in Granada, Nicaragua, La Esperanza Granada is a non-profit organization centered on creating opportunities for children through education. ‘Born’ in 2002, we started in one small village; now, we provide learning opportunities to over 2,000 underprivileged children living in the barrios of Granada. In the morning, we run English classes in our learning centers for older children before they attend school in the afternoon. In the afternoon, the learning centers are transformed into a hub concentrating on educational activities for younger children with volunteers assisting in areas such as math, art, Spanish, computer skills, and reading.
Volunteers join us from around the world, working alongside local volunteers, called ‘ayudantes’, who are local students receiving a university scholarship through La Esperanza Granada.