Volunteer at an environmental education project in Matagalpa, Nicaragua



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 Min stay requested: 1 month or more

  • Description


    We are a local initiative, located at the Nature Reserve Cerro Apante in Matagalpa, which develops environmental education as an alternative way to promote participation of child, adolescents and adults; access to information, critical attitude and active engagement in the protection of the environment and the sustainable development of our community.

    We aim to be the first environmental education centre of our municipality; and awaken interest in the conservation and scientific research of the forest through citizen science; as well as to establish as a place where to have hands-on experiences of contact with nature.
    We have a land of 8.5 hectares, where we have built trails for environmental interpretation, we built a small playground with recycled materials; a dining area and resting spaces with hammocks for our visitors.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Art Projects

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We will exchange our experience working with sustainable tourism and environmental education. We like a relaxed environment, which allow us to enjoy our work doing what we love to do. Instead of work colleagues or bosses, you will gain nica friends for life.
    Learn about our language, culture and ways of living.

  • Help


    We are looking for volunteers committed to stay with us for a minimum of three months (two months if we already have another volunteer). Their tasks would go from
    -Walking around the forest area and fixing fences when necessary
    -To collaborate with the cleaning and maintenance of the main infrastructures, letting us know if there is any problem around
    -Creating didactic material with information about animals, plants, and the environment in general;
    -Providing information to visitors about our work
    -Planting and taking care of trees, and grown products such as vegetables, herbs and fruits
    -Participate on workshops with the locals
    -To create articles and audiovisual material for our website and social networks.

    We also looking forward to innovative volunteers, who want to create their own project or research, always related to our main focus.

    We prefer to have two volunteers at the same time, so they can divide their time and tasks with each other.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    The lodging is planned to be at the Biological Station. For the moment we will provide a tent inside a room. You will share bathroom and kitchen. Please bring your own towel.

    We barely get incomes to cover our maintenance expenses, so it is not possible for us to cover your meals or anything else apart from your accommodation.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The centre is at 1.2 km from downtown Matagalpa (20 minutes walk).

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 726144417725