Our volunteers go out into the schools and assist the teachers, tutor young children, run our learning centers (providing informal, after school education), run sports programs, introduce children to computers, teach English and help stimulate an interest in learning.
We offer a range of specific positions available:
As a Kindergarten Assistant you work with pre-school aged children (typically ages 4-5) in the kindergarten classrooms. Together with the teacher, you encourage learning through games and crafts. This work is especially rewarding since the kids are extremely friendly and open-minded. This position is available from February to November. Kindergarten assistants work in the mornings, Monday to Friday from 7.30 am till noon. Friday’s classes often end early. The minimum time commitment for this position is 6 weeks, and you should have an intermediate or better level of Spanish to be able to play and chat with the kids.
GRADE 1 TUTOR/CLASSROOM ASSISTANT
As a Grade 1 Tutor you work with students (typically ages 6-7) in the classroom and help them with reading, writing, math, etc, and help them keep up with the work assigned by the teacher. The teacher may ask you to work one on one with students who need extra help. This position is available throughout the Nicaraguan school-year which starts in February and ends in November. Grade 1 Tutor/Classroom assistants work in the mornings, Monday to Friday from 7.30 am till noon. Friday’s classes often end early. The minimum time commitment for this position is 6 weeks, and you should have an intermediate or better level of Spanish in order to understand the problems the kids have and assist them.
PRIMARY SCHOOL ENGLISH TEACHER
As a Primary School English Teacher you teach English to primary school students in grades 4, 5 and 6. You will work in a team and teach in two schools per week, alternating each day. You will also have a local intern with you who will help you with the students and teaching. English team volunteers work Monday through Thursday and do lesson planning on Friday mornings. Depending on which schools you would be working from 12.30 – 4pm or 1 – 4.30 pm. This position is available from February to November. The minimum time commitment for this position is 6 weeks, and you should have an advanced or better level of English as well as a basic or better level of Spanish.
SUMMER SCHOOL TEACHER/ASSISTANT (DECEMBER AND JANUARY ONLY)
During December and January, La Esperanza runs a summer school program for the children living in the barrios (kindergarten and grade 1 level). During this time, volunteers and local interns take full responsibility of creating, planning, and teaching lessons. We also run some special English courses during the vacation months of December and January. 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.
LEARNING CENTER ASSISTANT
Our new learning centers provide safe, clean places where children can come to continue their learning in an informal environment once school is over. They will contain books to read, maths worksheets and manipulatives, spaces for drawing, coloring and writing, computers with educational games and much more. Volunteers will work with local interns to support the children to learn how to use the resources available to them, and to create a fun, 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.
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.
COMMUNICATION AND PROMOTION:
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 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 schools. 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.
We are always looking for more volunteers, and you can apply at any time. Our work in the schools takes place from February to November (the Nicaraguan school year), and our summer school in December and January. Our learning centers are open all year.
Minimum stay is 2 weeks for learning center or summer school, and six weeks for all other positions, although longer is always better. Long term volunteers are very welcome.
Our volunteer houses all have fully equipped kitchens, fans, washing machines, TV’s, wi fi Internet connection, and are situated in the historic town center of Granada, a short walk from our office and all Granada's bars and restaurants. The current charges are $25 per week per person in a dorm style room, or $35-45 for a private room (depending on whether it is en suite or not). We have some double rooms for couples which cost $50. Sheets are provided, plus we employ local women who do the basic cleaning.
We can also help volunteers who do not wish to stay in our houses to find alternative accommodation, whether in a homestay or a private apartment.
La Esperanza Granada started in one small village on the outskirts of Granada in 2002, and now helps more than 2,000 children in poverty stricken areas.
Our volunteers go out into the schools and assist the teachers, tutor young children, run sports programs, introduce children to computers, teach English and help stimulate an interest in learning. We are also now running a learning center providing informal, after school education in one of the poorest barrios of Granada. We also need volunteers for translation, communications and promotion in the office, and help with maintenance of the volunteer housing.
We spend a lot of time working on the basics, assisting children learn to read, write and understand numbers. When a child learns to recognize the significance of letters and numbers, a gateway to the whole world opens up for them.
In addition to the work our volunteers do, we sponsor children through high school and university, carry out building projects (both to improve schools and local housing), and fund dental visits and eye examinations for the children. We try to help in a non invasive way, working directly with the children and with the local schools, teachers, and parents to meet educational needs. As a volunteer you are not replacing an employee, or taking a job away from a local person.
We do not charge any program or registration fees, but we do ask volunteers to make a one off $20 contribution on arrival, to help cover administration costs. This is to ensure that all our donations go directly to delivering our core purpose of education. Volunteers are also required to wear our La Esperanza Granada t-shirts whilst working in the schools, which cost $5 each.
Volunteers are responsible for their own living and accommodation costs whilst in Granada, although we do offer inexpensive volunteer housing from $25 a week for a dorm room (3 beds) and from $35 a week for a private room.
We also offer inexpensive Spanish lessons through a local teacher.
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!