Nicaragua has a very developed volunteer culture traceable to the influx of 'Sandalistas' (young foreign volunteers) during the revolution. Many hostels and Spanish schools maintain lists of organizations or check out Volunteer South America (www.volunteersouthamerica.net) and Go Abroad (www.goabroad.com).
Following are some organizations that accept foreign volunteers.
Los Pipitos (www.lospipitos.org) Has offices throughout the country working with young Nicaraguans with disabilities. Accepts volunteers with training in medicine, education, sports and other associated fields.
UCA San Ramon (www.ucasanramon.com) Works with rural coffee-growing communities near Matagalpa.
Habitat for Humanity (www.habitatnicaragua.org) Construction brigades work on new housing in impoverished communities.
Seeds of Learning (www.seedsoflearning.org) Sends work brigades with an educational focus to Nicaragua.
Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in the hemisphere, with almost 50% of its adults unemployed or underemployed. Thus, finding a job in Nicaragua is difficult and taking one that a Nicaraguan could be doing is probably just plain wrong. Backpacker-oriented businesses may offer you under-the-table employment, usually in exchange for room and board, but this is mostly about extending your vacation. If you’re a serious, qualified English teacher, you may be able to find a job in an international school or private-language center.
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