Opportunities to Volunteer
Nicaragua is a developing country, and as such, Nicaraguans have plenty of opportunities to try to improve the lives of those around us. Spanish School Nicaragua is proud to participate in efforts to assist the less fortunate in our local area. Doing volunteer or charity work provides us with a rewarding sense of human connection and meaningful contribution. Our school assists with a variety of local needs as they arise, but in particular we have three ongoing projects: (1) providing a variety of basic necessities to hospitalized poor people, (2) providing meals to destitute families working at a local landfill (waste dump), and (3) teaching English to children at the elementary school. If you are interested in contributing to any of our efforts we will be delighted to arrange opportunities for you to do so. It will add another dimension to your travel, and provide you with memorable experiences.
Spanish School Nicaragua donates a portion of our school’s income to charitable causes, so students taking classes with us should know that their payments to the school not only support local teachers, but also make a real difference in the lives of the vulnerable poor in our community. Simply by paying for Spanish classes with us you have already helped us to make a difference in these worthy causes, and we thank you whole-heartedly. For those students who wish to contribute directly, we offer volunteer opportunities to assist with the preparation or delivery of food and basic necessities, or helping with English language instruction. Your involvement will provide an uplifting human attention and encouragement to those in need. The smiling faces and thankful hearts you encounter will be a unique, inspiring, and unforgettable experience for you.
Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced, we can arrange classes for you any day of the week at the times which work for you. Knowledgeable, enthusiastic instructors, clear pronunciation, diverse materials, an authentic yet safe environment, relatively modernized infrastructure, a comfortable climate, opportunities for exploration and charity… it’s a unique opportunity to get uncompromised, highly-effective language instruction at the lowest cost available. It will be an enjoyable and rewarding experience you will appreciate the rest of your life.
The “Charity Nicaragua” Project
Spanish School Nicaragua is proud to participate in the “Charity Nicaragua” project by donating 10% of our school’s income to buy and prepare food for the poor people who scavenge at the local landfill (dump). Students taking classes with us should know that their payments to the school not only support local teachers, but also make a real difference in the lives of the vulnerable poor in our community. For those students who wish to contribute directly, we offer weekly volunteer opportunities to assist with the preparation or delivery of this food to our neighbors in need at the landfill.
Nicaragua key facts
- the population of Nicaragua is approximately 6 million.
- 48% of the population in Nicaragua lives below the poverty line
- 79.9% live on less than US $2 per day.
- Per capita Income is US $1,921
Our Charity Nicaragua project: Food for the poor people working at the dump!
Nine kilometers outside of Estelí there exists a local landfill (waste dump). Every day in this place almost eighty families look for plastic bottles, metal, and other materials to collect and sell. These people receive no salary from the government: they need to sell the scavenged materials which they find in order to survive and provide for their families. Very often children are raised working alongside their parent’s in this unsanitary environment.
Every Tuesday our school purchases and prepares the food to provide at least sixty meals for the poor families working at the dump. For many, this is their only truly nourishing meal for the week. (Our goal is to be able to provide this necessary food every day for these families.) We invite our students to volunteer with us in this humanitarian endeavor. If you choose to participate, the smiling faces and thankful hearts you encounter will be a unique, inspiring, and unforgettable experience for you.
How can you help?
Simply by paying for Spanish classes with us you have already helped us to make a difference in this worthy cause, and we thank you tremendously. For anyone wishing to have an even greater impact, the School would be grateful for any additional charitable contributions you would like to dedicate to this project.
Whether a student with us or not, we invite you to contribute by coordinating a contribution of food with us while you are in Estelí, or by sending a money donation which will be earmarked for this Charity Nicaragua project. Money donations can be sent to the Spanish School Nicaragua Director: Rafael Humberto Castillo Arauz, in Estelí, Nicaragua by using:
- Money Gram (www.moneygram.com), or
- XOOM.com (www.xoom.com), a subsidiary of PayPal. (PayPal itself cannot be used in Latin America.)
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