About Our Volunteer Trips

About Nicaragua
Nicaragua is located in Central America between Honduras and Costa Rica. Called “the land of lakes and volcanoes,” it is the second-poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, yet also considered the safest in Central America. Years of civil war, natural disasters, and political instability have resulted in a lacking infrastructure, though efforts are now being made to improve the nation’s economy and reduce poverty.

Trip Duration
A typical program lasts 10 days, but shorter or longer durations are always welcome. The group leader will set the trip dates with Amped staff, and often take place during school vacation weeks or the summer months.

Volunteer Requirements
You must be at least 15 years old (or have a parent or guardian with you if you are under 15) to volunteer in Nicaragua – other than that, we welcome anyone and everyone! There are no Spanish language requirements for our programs, but knowing even a few words and phrases will be helpful. Before you depart, we will send you some key Spanish vocabulary, and lessons are available in Nicaragua. Having an open mind about being fully immersed in another culture will make your trip very meaningful!

Volunteer Work
You will have the opportunity to volunteer in one of our learning centers or on a construction-based project. No matter where you work, you will interact with Nicaraguan students and community members.

Cultural Activities and Excursions
Being immersed in the culture and natural beauty of Nicaragua is an important aspect of volunteering. In the afternoons, you’ll have time to participate in activities such as touring a decommissioned political prison, hiking an active volcano, visiting a hammock-making workshop, and shopping in open-air markets, to name a few.

While volunteering, you’ll stay in the city of Granada, at Hostel Oasis. The hostel has a pool, full kitchen, locked safes in each room, and WiFi so you can connect with family and friends back home. You’ll either share a room with one other volunteer from your trips, or share a dorm-style room with bunk beds with a few other volunteers. An Amped for Education staff member will stay in the hostel for the duration of your time there, as well. Alternative, hotel-style options are available upon request and for an additional fee. For the last one or two nights of your time in Nicaragua, you’ll head to the Pacific coast or to Apoyo Lagoon, and stay in either a house or hostel with other volunteers.

A volunteer orientation takes place on your first full day in Nicaragua and is lead by a member of Amped for Education. Orientation includes an introduction to in-country staff members, an overview of your upcoming volunteer work and other activities, and a walking tour of the community of Pantanal, where all of our projects are located.

Program Fees
Program fees start at $1,199 and vary by program duration and group size. This covers all in-country transportation, meals, accommodation, cultural activities and excursions, your visa fee, taxes and tips, and any materials or supplies needed for your volunteer work. Airfare and travel insurance are not included. Email sarahjanepluta@gmail.com to discuss program fees, or fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page.

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When you come back from this trip you are able to understand how such a huge percentage of people on this earth live and view the world and it really helps put everything into perspective. All of sudden it’s not just about your future and the small community we live in.
— Serena, 2013/2014 volunteer