Opportunity International Nicaragua

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Basic Information

Address: Carretera Nandaime km 48 Granada, Nicaragua
Phone Number: +505-2552-1236
Director: David Kone

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Additional Information

Causes Served: education, agriculture, environment, small business development, rural communities
Population Served: Diriomo, Nicaragua
Ages for Volunteer: 21+
Hours of Service: 7 AM - 5 PM
Minimum Hours of Service Required: 40 hr/wk
Days of Service: Monday-Saturday
Languages: English, Spanish
Languages used as a Medium: Spanish
Experience Required:

Must be fluent in English and have working knowledge of Spanish. Because we require all our volunteers to spend some time in the classroom assisting our English teacher, volunteer must be comfortable in a classroom. Volunteer must be self-motivated, organized, able to multi-task. Must be able to live in a rural setting with other volunteers.

Current Openings:

Small Business Development Volunteer

  • Work closely with our business manager to grow and expand our school's agribusinesses
  • Be able to teach basic business/entrepreneurial concepts to high school students
  • Strong entrepreneurship skills
  • Fluency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Desire to work with youth to develop leadership and job skills
  • Ability to deal tactfully with clients

Organic Gardener Volunteer

  • Work with our agricultural engineers to develop our school's agribusinesses.
  • Be able to teach basic organic practices to high school students
  • Extensive knowledge and skills in maintaining organic gardens
  • Fluency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Ability to learn about propagation of native species

Teaching English as a Second Language

  • Familiarity in foreign language teaching preferred
  • Experience in teaching/tutoring middle or high school students
  • Ability to co-plan with professor regarding classroom activities and developing lesson plans
  • Ability to lead a classroom without assistance

For more detailed job descriptions please contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@opportunitynicaragua.org. If your skill set differs from what is listed above and you are interested in working with us, please contact the volunteer coordinator. Our staff will work with you to find a suitable fit in our organization.

Programs Open To: post graduates, gap year students, people with an adventurous spirit and desire to do good!
Travel Arrangements:

Each volunteer is responsible for his or her airfare to and from Nicaragua. Upon arrival, one of our staff will meet you at the airport and introduce you to your new home.

Volunteers rely mostly on public transportation to travel around Nicaragua. The bus system is quite reliable and taxis are very affordable, ranging from 40¢ to $8.

Participants Work: Minimum 1 year commitment.
Application Process:

If you are interested in sharing your talents with Opportunity Nicaragua, please send a resume and cover letter to our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@opportunitynicaragua.org. Our staff will work with you to find a job that best aligns your skills to our program.

Visa Requirements:

Volunteers must have valid passport.

Program Highlights:
  • Volunteer will recieve a monthly stipend
  • Housing is provided on our rural high school campus in Diriomo, Nicaragua
  • Bicycle and cell phone provided
  • Opportunity International Nicaragua can provide tax exempt credit and letter for any support you may raise to cover additional travel (airline ticket) or other living expenses for this commitment.
  • We are seeking volunteers who can provide a 1-2 year commitment
Mission Statement:

We provide financial solutions and training, offer access to quality education in the rural sector, and work hand in hand with communities to help them realize their goals of development. Through these measures, we empower people living in poverty to transform their lives, their children's futures, and their communities. 

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Our vision is a world in which all people have the opportunity to achieve a life free from poverty, with dignity and purpose. We respond to Jesus Christ's call to love and serve the poor. We seek to emulate the Good Samaritan, whose compassion crossed ethnic groups and religion. We serve all people regardless or race, faith, ethnicity, or gender.

Program History:

Opportunity International has been working in Nicaragua for over a decade. We have developed a hollistic approach to combating poverty based on community economic development. Of Nicaragua's 5.8 million citizens, 42% are living below the line of poverty, with the majority living in rural areas working in agriculture. Opportunity Internation has created an agricultural program that directly addresses this issue. We work hand in hand with small holder farmers, providing financial solutions and training to farmers in the South Pacific region.

As an extension of our agriculture program, Opportunity International works with these rural communities to help facilitate various community projects. From gaining access to potable water to building dignified roofs, Opportunity staff work with community leaders every step of the way to help them realise their goals of development.

There can be no true progress without education. Opportunity International founded a secondary school in Diriomo that offers a quality education to students from rural communities. The school operates a small agribusiness with the goal of becoming self-sustainable.

Using this hollistic approach to development, Opportunity International continues to work to offer opportunities to people working their way out of poverty.

Additional Information:

If you have any questions or concerns please contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@opportunitynicaragua.org.