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Learning Centre Teacher Nicaragua



We are a Nicaraguan NGO supporting children in rural neighbourhoods of Granada, by giving them access to quality education to help break the cycle of poverty. As a volunteer, you will work alongside a team of young local educators and other international volunteers in the Learning Centre, which provides a safe, clean and joyful space for children to learn and have fun during after-school hours. You will help teach the children Literacy, English, Maths or computing, as well as run activities in arts and crafts, theatre and social skills. Working in the learning centre is challenging but hugely rewarding. The children are curious, cute and have lots of energy, and you can expect lots of games, dancing, and laughter! Our main goal is to inspire joy and an interest in learning. One of the hard facts of being raised in poverty is lack of expectations and low self-esteem. Through our projects, we hope to inspire self-confidence and learning. We wish to offer children in these disadvantaged neighbourhoods a safe place where they can spend the afternoon, in addition to providing them with access to free quality education, emotional support and a space to play and have fun. Granada is a lively and colourful colonial city well known as one of the most beautiful cities in Central America. There's lots to explore during your free time, including bustling markets, a famous cathedral, islands on the lake, museums, and plenty of restaurants and bars. There are so many other exciting places to visit in Nicaragua too, from volcanoes and lagoons to rainforests and beaches.

To apply for a volunteering position, head to our website and fill out our Application Form, or send us an email at info@la-esperanza-granada.org. We will be happy to hear from you!


La Esperanza Granada

Granada, Nicaragua

Some experience working with children is preferable, but otherwise we look for enthusiasm, energy and open-mindedness.

Dates of program:
Year round

Duration of program:
2 weeks minimum, the longer the better!

Age requirement:
Adults of both sexes 16+

No programme fees. Only US$50 to cover our administration costs and your t-shirt, plus US$30 if you wish to be picked up from Managua airport by our trusted taxi driver.

Other information:
We reply to all applications very quickly. If you do not receive a reply within 48 hours please check your spam folder.


Amazing experience
"I volunteered with La Esperanza Granada for three months (April-July 2023) and it was honestly such an amazing and life-changing experience. I felt so welcomed by all the office staff, local educators and fellow volunteers. I feel very grateful for being able to contribute to the NGO's mission, even if I was only a very small part of it. I volunteered as part of my University Year Abroad, I study Spanish so it was really the perfect placement because I was completely immersed in the language. Nicaragua is a complex country and I was hesitant to come at first because of what I had seen on the news, but I always felt safe and well looked-after during my time in Granada. Volunteering with La Esperanza is also great because they allow you to tailor your experience around your interests, whether that's teaching a particular subject, working with a particular age group, or working on a particular area of NGO management. I was able to spend a lot of my time volunteering in the office, where I assisted with translation, administrative tasks such as the distribution of materials to the centres, promotion and volunteer recruitment. I got to really see how the organisation functions which was super interesting. They're a really well run organisation with a really meaningful impact. The organisation also helped me find a host family, which was definitely one of the highlights of the whole experience. I really loved living with a Nicaraguan family and I had such a lovely time with them. Granada itself is beautiful, it's a city but still pretty small and its easy to get around. It's very lively with lots of bars and restaurants etc. Also it has good bus routes so you can visit other cities, volcanoes, lagoons etc on the weekends."- Fay Hawkins

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