Volunteering Abroad Shouldn't Cost the Earth

Volunteer at Bilingual School Nicaragua

 

Description

Our Bilingual School combines handling the issue of plastic waste with educating local children and giving them the possibility for a brighter future. The school is constructed of eco-bricks (plastic bottles filled with plastic waste) and gives the elementary school, kindergarten and pre-K students the space to learn and grow. We follow the mini […]

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Dates of program:
Year round

Duration of program:
3 weeks minimum

Age requirement:
Adults of both sexes 24+

Cost:
US$150 per week which includes accommodation, 3 healthy meals per day, filtered water and internet access. There are many vegetarian and vegan options. The price for volunteers staying 3 months or longer is US$130 per week, 6 months or longer US$105 per week.

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Reviews

Beautiful site and worthwhile project
"This Bilingual School is a small school on Ometepe Island. The island itself is basically two volcanoes joined by a piece of land. There are classes from kindergarten to grade six. When I was there, I followed the English teacher from class to class and taught some lessons, helped with pronunciation, helped the English teacher with words and sang songs with the kids. The children are very affectionate and appreciative. The other teaching staff was very friendly. I'd recommend some Spanish knowledge as the children don't know enough English to be taught solely in English. The class sizes are small and there is not much technology there. There is internet at the hotel next door and electricity in most of the classrooms. The location is awesome. You are at the shore with a terrific view of the volcano and a great place for sunsets. You have the option of staying at the hotel or staying with a local family. I stayed with a family and it was a great experience. The living conditions were basic, outdoor toilet and shower but I woke up to the sounds of howler monkeys and birds every morning. There are quite a few places to hike in the area. The town is small with not much happening there. There is a great beach down the road a couple of km at Playa Mango. There is the San Ramon waterfalls 4 km down the road and then a 3 km hike up the volcano. There are some trails leading up the volcano but you should go with a guide if you want to get all the way up to the crater lake. There is a bus that leaves town twice a day to go to other parts of the island. It's cheap and on schedule but the island isn't that big so you can walk to a lot of places if you are a good hiker. The only area for improvement was in organization. The owner of the school/hotel is in the States and though he keeps in regular contact with the people in Nicaragua, sometimes the communications didn't get through."- Wes Hubert

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