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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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:
Check out photos from the Volunteer Experience below
|Start Date:||End Date:||Status:||Description:|
|Feb 9 to||Feb 18, 2017||Closed||Rick’s Classroom Build|
|Mar 9 to||Mar 19, 2017||Closed||Knox/Ottawa Family Group|
|May 26 to||Jun 3, 2017||Open||Union of Solicitor General Employees|
|Jun 22 to||Jul 1, 2017||Closed||Havergal College|
|Jul 20 to||Jul 29, 2017||Open||Little Bricks Group|
|Aug 3 to||Aug 12, 2017||Closed||IYES Group|
|Nov 23 to||Dec 2, 2017||Open||Equator Coffee Group|
|Feb 15 to||Feb 24, 2018||Open||Spring Break Group|
|March 8 to||March 17, 2018||Closed||Tracy’s Hope|
|April 5 to||April 14, 2018||Open||Full Group Only|
|April 26 to||May 5, 2018||Open||Full Group Only|
|May 17 to||May 26, 2018||Open||Full Group Only|
|June 21 to||June 30, 2018||Open||Full Group Only|
Flights to Nicaragua
Day 2 – ‘Bienvenidos a Nicaragua’
Meet Your Community
Days 3 to 7 – Build Days
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
1. Download and complete the following volunteer registration form, contract & liability waiver and send them electronically to email@example.com.
2. Make Cheques and Money-orders Payable to ‘SchoolBOX Inc.’
Send in your non-refundable deposit in US dollars to our administrator in Canada:
Attn: International Volunteer Experience
PO Box 201, Mill St.
Canada, K0A 1A0
3. Please send copies of the following documents electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org;
- scanned copy of your Passport
- travel health insurance (company name, policy number and international phone number)
- flight itinerary
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: