La Esperanza Granada

La Esperanza Granada are a no-charge volunteer organization which assists local communities in surrounding villages outside Granada. Our mandate is to improve the quality of life through education. Our motto is to give a hand up, not a hand out.

Located in Granada, Nicaragua, La Esperanza Granada is a volunteer group focusing on children’s education. ‘Born’ in 2002, we started in one small village on the outskirts of Granada, and now help more than 2,000 children in poverty-stricken areas. Our volunteers go out into the schools and assist the teachers, tutor young children, run sports programs, introduce children to computers, teach English and help stimulate an interest in learning. Volunteers come from around the world, for varying lengths of time. There are no program fees. Fund raising is independent and voluntary. We try to help in a noninvasive way, working directly with the children and with the local schools, teachers, and parents to meet educational needs.

We are a non-profit, non-political, non-denominational organization, funded by donations of individuals, groups, service groups, schools, etc. Donations are used for building new classrooms and schools, contributing to teachers salaries, and many other things to help improve education and health for the children, such as making copies of exams and worksheets, buying textbooks, dental visits, sports supplies, school repairs, and a never ending list of needs in this impoverished country. 


Our mission

By providing opportunities and resources for the long term educational advancement and community development of Nicaraguan barrios we hope to brighten the future of the children by empowering the people of the villages to improve their current living conditions and break the cycle of poverty. Our focus is on children’s education.


Our motto

We believe in giving a hand up, not a handout.


Duration / Dates

The main programs run form February to November. Volunteers work between 4 – 5 hours per day, 5 days per week. We normally ask that you stay a minimum of 4 weeks, though a longer time is beneficial both for you and the children you will work with. We welcome long term volunteers and often have volunteers who stay 6 months or longer.

Costs / Pay

We ask each volunteer to make a $20 contribution to administration costs in order to continue using all donations directly for the schools. Another cost is La Esperanza Granada t-shirts that you need to wear when working in the schools, these are $5.00 each. Low-cost accommodation is available. Prices are between $23 and $42. Food is not included.

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