Welcome to Nicaragua!
Nicaragua is known to be the safest country in Central America, but also the poorest. It is important to Outreach360 that our volunteers are making the biggest difference in the world, while also managing health and safety. Nicaragua is the perfect location to accomplish both! The Republic of Nicaragua is bound on the north by Honduras, on the south by Costa Rica, on the east by the Caribbean Sea and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. The people are friendly and the culture is vibrant. Taking a volunteer trip with Outreach360 to Nicaragua will allow you to experience the rich history, while building powerful relationships and transforming the lives of some amazing people!
Jinotega, “The City of Mist”
In Nicaragua, Outreach360 focuses its development efforts in the rural, central highland town of Jinotega. Although Nicaragua is considered the poorest country in Central America, it is also the safest. This couldn’t be truer in this mountain town known locally as the City of Mists, where the country’s rich coffee growing industry is contrasted by the poverty of its outlying communities. While tourism is slowly developing in Nicaragua, Jinotega’s cobbled streets and surrounding cloud forest remain nearly untouched by foreign travelers. In a word, Jinotega is authentic, and the charming local community and delightful culture only add to its allure.
Volunteering in Nicaragua
The Outreach360 Service Program in Jinotega focuses on educational programs for local children. Volunteers teach at the Nicaragua Learning Center and in Community Learning Camps. Their support serves students by leading a pathway out of poverty through education. Furthermore, the impact of service-learning and cultural interactions not only transforms the lives of the children we serve but also the lives of volunteers.
When not teaching or supporting Outreach360 programs, volunteers learn about Nicaragua’s charming culture through activities and excursions organized by Outreach360. A critical component of gaining global awareness and understanding effective development, is learning about both the beauty and complexity of the country where you are serving. That’s why we plan activities to enable volunteers to experience authentic culture and real-world immersion. Whether you are learning about traditional indigenous pottery or indulging in some of Nicaragua’s sensational coffee, Outreach360 cultural activities offer you a deeper understanding of the community you are serving.
“The highlight was just being able to really be thrown into the culture. We got to learn about the history and culture of Nicaragua, we even got to learn Latin dance! The most amazing thing though was being able to see how excited all of the children were to see you, and their desire for learning was evident.”
– Victoria Lott, New Hampshire