Who we are: Located in Granada, Nicaragua, La Esperanza Granada is a volunteer group focusing on children’s education. ‘Born’ in 2002, we started in one small village on the outskirts of Granada, and now help more than 2,000 children in poverty-stricken areas. Our volunteers go out into the schools and assist the teachers, tutor young children, run sports programs, introduce children to computers, teach English and help stimulate an interest in learning. Volunteers come from around the world, for varying lengths of
time. There are no program fees.
Type of knowledge or skills needed: No previous experience is required. An Intermediate level of Spanish is advised, but not a necessity. In the past we have had many volunteers who do not speak Spanish, but have taken classes in Granada and learnt 'on the job' whilst teaching in the schools. More importantly, volunteers should have a real desire to engage with the children and stimulate an interest in learning and participation across all subjects including art, mathematics, Spanish, English and physical education.
Non-cash donations: A volunteers time, whether it be two weeks or six months is the best non-cash donation. Increasing the number of volunteers means we can have more classroom assistants. This makes a huge difference and enables children with learning difficulties to get more one-on-one time.
Education materials, such as books, pencils, note-books, rubbers, sharpeners, scissors, coloured paper, pens, markers and larger items such as computers and rucksacks, are greatly appreciated by teachers and students alike.
Also, clothes can be donated to La Esperanza and these are of much value to the children and families in the schools in which we operate.
Languages spoken at charity: Spanish and English
Contact name: Pauline Jackson
Telephone number: +(505) 89138946
Address: #307 Calle Libertad, Un y medio cuadro al lago, Granada, #307, Nicaragua
Any further information the volunteer should know? Volunteer housing is available in Granada. La Esperanza have 5 volunteer
houses ranging from large dormitory style accommodation to smaller houses consisting of just 4 double rooms. All are located within 5 minutes of the town centre.
La Esperanza can also provide advice and information on how to get here, from both international and Nicaraguan locations. Furthermore, a private taxi can be arranged through La Esperanza which can pick you up, day or night, in Managua, Nicaragua's capital, and take you direct to the door of your pre-arranged hotel or volunteer housing in Granada.