Volunteer Program

Today SchoolBOX is helping thousands of children in Nicaragua go to school. This is thanks to the passion and generosity of our international volunteers. Over 600 individuals from Canada, the USA, Europe and Australia from ages 8 to 73 have come to help ‘Make Education Possible’ in Nicaragua!

What is the SchoolBOX Volunteer Experience?
A 10-day group trip to Nicaragua to help construct a school or classroom. We organize private transportation, accommodations, food and clean water, in-country guides, translation, safety and orientation from start to finish.

For information about upcoming SchoolBOX Volunteer trips please contact us at: volunteer@schoolbox.ca

The SchoolBOX Volunteer Trip costs $1500 USD which includes the following:

  • School building project and cross-cultural experience
  • Private in-country transportation
  • 9 nights shared accommodation at hotels
  • Meals + purified water on the worksite
  • Recreational excursions + cultural activities
  • 24/7 bilingual guides, translation + first aid
  • Each volunteer must fundraise an addional $500 CAD that goes directly to SchoolBOX projects.


Work
 on a build site alongside SchoolBOX staff, teachers, students, parents and community volunteers in Nicaragua. Work varies from light to difficult based on your ability, but you could be digging foundations, mixing cement, painting classrooms or helping make wire columns.

Play with kids and encourage students to dream. Building relationships with the kids and community will be the most important work of all.

Learn about Nicaraguan history and culture, the importance of education to defeat poverty, and pick up some Spanish along the way!

Explore the beautiful country of Nicaragua. Activities may include a salsa dance class, visit to the market, beach, volcano or colonial city.

For more information, download our Volunteer Pre-departure Manual below:

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Check out photos from the Volunteer Experience below

Start Date: End Date: Status: Description:
Nov 23 to Dec 2, 2017 Open Equator Coffee Group
Feb 15 to Feb 24, 2018 Open Reading Week Group
March 8 to March 17, 2018 Closed Tracy’s Hope
May 3 to May 12, 2018 Open IYES Group
July 5 to July 14, 2018 Open Matt’s Dream Group
July 26 to August 4, 2018 Open Laura Bond Group
August 16 to August 25, 2018 Closed Father Rick Classroom Build
November 15 to November 24, 2018 Open Algonquin College Coffee Group
November 22 to December 1, 2018 Open Mark’s Mission Build
Day 1 – Travel Day
Flights to Nicaragua
Country Orientation

Day 2 – ‘Bienvenidos a Nicaragua’
Meet Your Community
Worksite Orientation

Days 3 to 7 – Build Days
School Build
Community Lunch
Soccer and Activities with Kids
Community Tour & Visit

Day 8 and  9 – Culture & Sites
Your trip could include the following:
-A beach day
-A visit to a local volcano
-Going to an artisan market

Day 10 – Travel Day
Dis-Orientation
Flights Home

To Register:

1. Download and complete the following volunteer registration form, contract & liability waiver and send them electronically to volunteer@schoolbox.ca.

Click here to download Volunteer Registration Form

Click here to download Volunteer Contract + Liability Waiver

2. Make Cheques and Money-orders Payable to ‘SchoolBOX Inc.’
Send in your non-refundable deposit in US dollars to our administrator in Canada:

Mailing Address
SchoolBOX Inc.
Attn: International Volunteer Experience
PO Box 201, 73 Mill St.
Almonte, Ontario,
Canada, K0A 1A0

3. Please send copies of the following documents electronically to nica.volunteer@schoolbox.ca;

  • scanned copy of your Passport
  • travel health insurance (company name, policy number and international phone number)
  • flight itinerary

Privacy Policy
As of 2017, the Nicaraguan government has instituted a policy that requires SchoolBOX to register each volunteer’s passport prior to his or her volunteer trip, as well as the arrival and departure dates of your trip. This is now standard policy for all charities, churches, and tour agencies hosting volunteers in Nicaragua.

4. Begin Fundraising for your project!

For fundraising ideas, click below to view or download the SchoolBOX Fundraising Guide and fundraising ideas specific to you and your team:

Volunteer Testimonials