La Esperanza Granada
La Esperanza Granada Programs
La Esperanza Granada is seeking volunteers to take on roles as Kindergarten Assistants at village schools in Nicaragua. Kindergarten assistants will work with preschool-aged...
La Esperanza Granada is always looking for more volunteers to teach English. Volunteers can teach English to primary school students in grades 4, 5, and 6. Volunteers
La Esperanza Granada Reviews
Working with "La Esperanza Granada"
Submitted by chicanica | February 01, 2017
For me the best time with La Esperanza Granada was in December and January in the Summer School. I loved to have my "own" class, teaching mathematics, spanish, english, art and physical education. Furthermore you are not alone! You work together with volunteers and ayudantes (young Nicas) to improve the knowledge of the class. You are more or less free in your creativity and it is so much fun to work with the kids. A big thank you to the project, I can just recommend it!
Program: Summer School Assistant
Volunteering la Esperanza
Submitted by Helen - Mount maunganui New Zealand | November 06, 2016
I really enjoyed my time at La esperanza. I think the work I did was helpful and as long as you come in with an open mind and do not expect a school system like in your own country and approach the work with a positive attitude then you can contribute a lot to the experience. The children are very friendly and lovely and enjoy the chance to learn. It is up to the volunteer to work around the obstacles of a school system in Nicaragua but if you are willing to do that then I think the children can benefit from your help.
La Esperanza review
Submitted by Pablo67 - Belfast United Kingdom | November 06, 2016
I have had the best experience volunteering with La Esperanza. If anyone has the time and resources to volunteer here in Nicaragua, I would not hesitate to recommend it. The experience has been one of the best in my life. I will never ever forget this experience and I will continue to support and promote La Esperanza in anyway I can via social media platforms etc.
Submitted by nicavolunteer | October 26, 2015
One of the best parts of La Esperanza is how quickly they respond to your emails and your interest in serving. The office is very eager to provide information and to make sure volunteers are continually able to serve in the program.
Another great part is the range of places that volunteers come from. I worked with volunteers from North America, Europe, Asia. It was a very fulfilling part of the experience to meet and enjoy time with people of all different ages and backgrounds.
Granada is a colorful, colonial city with lots of restaurant choices and opportunities to enjoy local flavors from street food vendors to fruits and vegetables in the busy outdoor mercado.
My recommendations would be to stay as long as possible because the children in the schools connect to the volunteers and you will find that you are able to make a bigger impact if you can dedicate more time. It also takes a few weeks to really understand the schedule, lesson planning etc so the more time you have, the better and you can effect some real change. The volunteers around me that werent able to dedicate more than the 4 weeks minimum usually felt like they were leaving right as they were getting their bearings and forming an understanding of the children´s behaviors and learning styles. The other thing I would recommend is learning as much Spanish as possible before you arrive and also taking the offer for the Spanish lessons that La Esperanza offers. They have the best rate in town for only 2.50 per hour which goes right back to the nonprofit.
3 months in Nicaragua
Submitted by Maude - University Laval | October 23, 2015
I was a volunteer for 3 months in La Esperanza and it was one of the best experiences in my life. First of all I was not supposed to volunteer there but in another organization in Léon that didn't go so well. Looking for another organization in Nicaragua, I found La Esperanza and after a couple emails they accepted to take me in on such short notice! The administration was very welcoming, all the volunteers in the office, in my house and in the other houses were so nice that I felt automatically part of the team. It was such a relief after the unsuccessful experience in Léon.
For some reason I didn't get the chance so see all the schools but once I got to mine (Pablo Antonio Cuadra) I started to work in Kindergarten but as I found that repetitive I got to be transferred to first grade which was a-ma-zing. Of course it's Nicaragua, so the ressources are not always present but the relationship you develop with the kids, the ayudentes, the teachers and the other volunteers makes up for it. The one thing that I think makes La Esperanza special is that volunteers don't "steal" jobs from the locals, they only assist teachers who have overcrowded classrooms and in my opinion, that is crucial when it comes to volunteer work.
I would recommend staying at least 1 1/2-2 months because below that, it's sort of really short and you will wish you had stayed longer. What I would also recommend is to get involved! Me and other volunteers sort of came up with an art class 1-2 times a week which gave a break to the teachers and got the students to explore their creative side which is not developed so much there. (Lack of time and resources)
The housing is good overall, it is also very cheap (92$ for a dorm) and sharing a house/bedroom with other volunteers is what I missed the most when I came back to Canada.
Overall, I would totally recommend that experience to anyone. Nicaragua and especially Granada is pretty safe, the worst that could happen to you is getting robbed but you can prevent that by walking with other people at night, not carrying a lot of money or expensive stuff on you. I think volunteering is the best way to travel and to really get to know the culture of a country.