Skip to main content

Nicaragua

No words could justify how special it is to become a part of your host family´s unit. You get the true cultural experience and get to know a completely different way of life that is rich with sustainability and harmony.
Katie Richards
Katie volunteered in Nicuragua

Known as the ‘land of lakes and volcanoes’, Nicaragua’s tropical climate makes it a popular tourist destination. But very few of its abundant water sources are safe to drink or use.

With a third of the country unable to access clean water or proper toilets, ICS volunteers focus on improving access and encouraging change in health, hygiene and sanitation practices.

In these rural areas, enterprise is key to lifting people out of poverty. As an ICS volunteer, you could be working on projects to help young entrepreneurs develop their businesses.

A day in the life of a Raleigh International volunteer in Nicaragua

Supporting health initiatives

A lack of investment into infrastructure following Nicaragua’s turbulent political past and history of natural disaster has left 800,000 people without drinking water and 2 million without access to adequate toilets.

As a result, families get ill, children miss out on an education, and the economy takes longer to grow. As a volunteer with Raleigh you will be working to directly address the root causes of these problems.

Volunteers at a community meeting

You could be carrying out research into community members’ current living situations to work out what needs to be addressed to make sure they have access to information and services they need.

Raleigh volunteers train members of the community in promoting good practices in hygiene and water resource management or working with entrepreneurs to develop the business skills they need to supply households with ecological toilets.

Or you could be helping to build demonstration toilets or water systems to help protect local water resources and promote the need for community investment in sanitation.

Juan Alberto Perez and Massiel Ramos provide beekeeping training
Juan Alberto Perez and Massiel Ramos provide beekeeping training to ICS Livelihoods project entrepreneuers Dania Junieth Miranda Izaguirre and Mario Francisco Cruz Lopez from Mango Solo community

Helping people to support themselves and their families

Nicaragua is the second poorest nation in the western hemisphere. Young people are struggling to find work.

Raleigh supports these young people to set up small businesses in their communities which benefit them and the people around them. In turn, their communities can become more resilient to social and environmental change.

As a Raleigh volunteer, you could be working with these young entrepreneurs to develop business plans, access finance, link up with mentors and run their businesses.

Living in Nicaragua

There are multiple project locations in Nicaragua in rural villages across the Matagalpa and Nueva Segovia regions. All volunteers in Nicaragua live with host families, usually with one other volunteer.

Volunteers living with host families will be expected to eat like a local. Nicaraguan food is based around corn, with cassava, beans and chilli pepper used widely in their cuisine.

ICS partners working in Nicaragua 

Raleigh International 

Your ICS placement is about more than what you do while you're overseas.

Also see:

Participants in a rally against human trafficking organised by Restless Development ICS volunteers
© Suraj Ratna Shakya / Restless Development

Nepal

Entrepreneur Sarah Wanjiku talks to Balloon Ventures volunteers in Njoro, Kenya
© Stephen Nderitu / Balloon Ventures

Kenya