Our focus is on education at a very basic level. By focusing on supporting young children in the poorest barrios of Granada to receive an education, we hope to help them and their families break the cycle of poverty. We believe in giving a hand up, not a hand out.
Located in Granada, Nicaragua, La Esperanza Granada is a non-profit organization with a primary focus on creating opportunities for children through education. ‘Born’ in 2002, we started in one small village and now provide learning opportunities to more than 2,000 underprivileged children living in the barrios of Granada. In the morning, English classes are run in our learning centers for older children who go on to attend school in the afternoons. In the afternoon, our learning centers are transformed into a hub of educational activities for younger children, with volunteers assisting the children in areas such as Maths, Art, Spanish, Computing and Reading.
Volunteers join us from around the world and work alongside local volunteers, called ‘ayudantes’, who are all local students receiving a university scholarship through La Esperanza Granada.
Our mission: By providing opportunities and resources for the long term educational advancement and community development of the Granadino barrios, we hope to brighten the future of the children and empower each community so that they can break the cycle of poverty. At La Esperanza Granada, we believe in giving a hand up, not a handout.
Please visit our website, www.la-esperanza-granada.org, for more information.
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Learning Center Assistant
Our learning centers provide a safe, clean, 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 the 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, 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 are willing 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 have at least intermediate level Spanish in order to be able to fully engage with children.
As an English Teacher you will be working in the learning center in the mornings, teaching English to small groups of students aged 11 years old or more. We are also beginning to introduce adult classes in the mornings 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 have at least advanced level English, as well as at least basic level Spanish.
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 assisting the students revise and improve their English, as well as helping students 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 have at least advanced level English, as well as at least intermediate level Spanish.
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 through 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 have at least basic level Spanish.
There are constantly 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.
La Esperanza Granada has inexpensive accommodation, with cooking facilities, available for volunteers. Alternatively, there is a wide range of accommodation opportunities available in Granada and the organization can assist by arranging local homestays, if required.
We ask each volunteer to make an initial contribution of US$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. However, La Esperanza Granada has inexpensive accommodation, with cooking facilities, available for volunteers.
Please fill out the application form through this link:
we will be in touch with you after receiving your application.
If you didn’t see something that fits you in the volunteer positions above, but think you have something to offer, just let us know, maybe we need you and just haven’t thought of it yet!