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Volunteer Opportunities in Nicaragua

Volunteer Opportunities in Nicaragua

Nicaragua has long been a top destination for volunteers seeking meaningful travel opportunities. With the Caribbean Sea on its eastern shore and the Pacific Ocean on its west, the country is home to hidden virgin beaches and thrilling surfing destinations. The landscape is also marked by volcanoes and lakes set in the middle of lush green forests, which offers plenty of hiking trails for the adventurous souls. Travellers interested in volunteer opportunities in Nicaragua can work in plenty of amazing projects related to the environmenteducation, youth empowerment and more.


Volunteer Abroad with Local Non-Profits


Volunteer in Animal Care

Project Bona Fide

Project Bona Fide (PBF), a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is a demonstrative permaculture site and experience-based learning center that utilizes permaculture design, agroforestry, research & education, and community collaboration to promote food security on Isla de Ometepe


Volunteer in Childcare

La Esperanza Granada

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.

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Education Plus Nicaragua

Education Plus Nicaragua is a grassroots after-school program that provides food, education, recreation, material assistance, and love to the children of Barrio el Pantanal, who are among the poorest in the world.

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Volunteer in Conservation Work

Ometepe Bilingual School

Ometepe Bilingual is a Free of Charge Elementary Bilingual School that provides a strong education to local children through small class sizes, quality nutrition and community engagement while simultaneously reducing pollution of the natural biosphere reserve.


Volunteer in Teaching related activities

Puentes de Esperanza

We provide the tools and support necessary to empower low-income communities in Nicaragua through education.


Manna Project International

Manna Project International fosters communities of talented young leaders to become the next generation of social change agents by engaging in collaborative, on-the-ground service with international communities in need.

How to Volunteer in Nicaragua

How to find volunteer opportunities in Nicaragua

Nicaragua is one of the best kept travel secrets! For travellers seeking volunteer projects abroad, Nicaragua provides an escape route from all the usual touristy trails. Visitors also get to taste unique dishes that are extremely difficult to find anywhere outside the country’s borders. Nonprofit organizations in Nicaragua are mostly focused on fortifying the educational foundations of the country. There are several volunteer programs in Balgue, Rivas, and Granada that introduce travellers to the Nicaraguan way of life. There are also some childcare programs available in Leon, a beautiful city near the Momotombo volcano.

Best time to volunteer in Nicaragua

Being a tropical destination, Nicaragua experiences two major seasons, rainy and dry. Temperatures during summer and winter do not change too much to influence travel decisions. The rainy seasons in Nicaragua starts in May and lasts until November. The rainy season paints the Nicaraguan landscape and gives it a beautiful lush green color. However, sudden and frequent rain can halt travel. December to April marks the dry season in the country and it’s the ideal time for hiking and exploring.

Essential information about Nicaragua

Citizens from the United States do not need a tourist visa to enter Nicaragua and they can freely stay up to 180 days. Nationals from non-US countries need to contact the Embassy of Nicaragua and inform their intent to visit the country for volunteering purposes. They are required to have a passport with 6 months of validity, the visa application form, a filled out volunteer form, a copy of confirmed air tickets, and one passport-sized photo to apply for a visa. Nicaraguan people primarily speak Spanish, but English is widely spoken and understood in major touristy places near the Caribbean shore. The cost of living in Nicaragua is best described as moderate. For reference, a food combo at a fast food joint costs around $5.67.