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Nicaragua Volunteer Work October 8, 2010

Economically ruined by a civil war, which went on for several decades, Nicaragua is presently one of the poorest countries of Latin America.

Because of limited employment opportunities and inadequate infrastructure such as roads, water, and electricity, the incomes and productivity of poor rural people remain at low levels. Poverty is largely a rural problem in Nicaragua, although there are pockets of poverty in the capital of Managua and in other urban areas. You will have an opportunity to do education work in the villages near Granada. You can also try yourself as a hiking guide for an organization whose profits go to charity.

Teaching English

You will need at least basic knowledge of Spanish to teach English to grades 3-6.   Minimum commitment is one month if your knowledge of Spanish is advanced or you have teaching experience, or two months if your knowledge of Spanish is basic.

Primary School Tutor

As a tutor, you will help teach reading, writing, and arithmetic to grades 1-2. Minimum commitment is one month if your knowledge of Spanish is advanced or you have teaching experience, or two months if your knowledge of Spanish is basic.

Kindergarten Assistant

You will help teach pre-school children. You will also be able to help with arts and crafts or provide sports instruction. No teaching experience is necessary, just an honest desire to help out in this impoverished country.  A two-month commitment is usually required, but you can volunteer just one month if you have exceptional Spanish language skills.

For above mentioned roles to volunteer please write to paulineinnica@yahoo.com or go to http://www.la-esperanza-granada.org/

Hiking guide

Located in Leon, this opportunity is very unique because you will serve an organization whose profits go directly to educational projects for street kids and orphans. You will have an opportunity to visit those projects as well. You main responsibility will be to take tourists on a hike and make meals for them. You will have to be in good physical health, have basic knowledge of Spanish, and first aid. One month is minimum, but two months are preferred, as you will have to go on several hikes as part of your training before leading a hike yourself. To volunteer as a hiking guide please write to Conor at leon@quetzaltrekkers.com or go to http://quetzaltrekkers.com/

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