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.
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.
Volunteers currently work in our learning centres that are based in various barrios within Granada. In the learning centres we teach the children a variety of subjects including English, Spanish, Maths, Art and computing. And our aim with these centres is to provide a safe and welcoming space in which we give informal and fun after-school education to Nicaraguan children who ordinarily receive very few hours of schooling a day. We try to help in a non invasive way by working directly with the children with the help of our 'ayudantes' (our Nicaraguan volunteers who we sponsor through University). We also need volunteers for 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 to improve local housing, and fund dental visits and eye examinations for the children. As a volunteer you are not replacing an employee, or taking a job away from a local person as we actively work with the local community, not just beside them.
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Volunteers currently work in our learning centres that are based in various barrios within Granada. In the learning centres we teach the children a variety of subjects including English, Spanish, Maths, Art and computing. Our aim with these centres is to provide a safe and welcoming space in which we give informal and fun after-school education to Nicaraguan children who ordinarily receive very few hours of schooling a day. We try to help in a non invasive way by working directly with the children with the help of our 'ayudantes' (our Nicaraguan volunteers who we sponsor through University).
Our English Team teach students aged 10-16 in the morning from 8-11am. Our Afternoon Teaching Team teach Spanish, art and mathematics to kids aged 5-12, from 1pm till 4 . Computing runs for both these sessions. We ask volunteers to arrive 30 minutes early to help clean and order their centre. When teaching you will need to plan your own lessons in your own free time, though we have lots of resources to help you with this! Therefore, our volunteers work 4 hours per day 5 days a week.
Our volunteer houses all have fully equipped kitchens, fans, washing machines, wifi 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.
We do not charge for any program or registration fees, but we do ask volunteers to make a one off $50 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!