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 raise an additional $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:
February 20 to February 24, 2018 Open Crawford Family
March 8 to March 17, 2018 Closed Tracy’s Hope
April 24 to April 28, 2018 Closed Acts of Grace Group
June 7 to June 16, 2018 Open IYES Group
July 5 to July 14, 2018 Open Marianne Graham & Friends Group
July 26 to August 4, 2018 Open Laura Bond Group
August 7 to August 14, 2018 Open Matt’s Dream Group
August 16 to August 25, 2018 Closed Father Rick Classroom Build
November 15 to November 24, 2018 Open Equator Coffee Group
November 22 to December 1, 2018 Open Mark’s Mission Build
February 14 to February 23, 2019 Open Reading Week Trip
February 21 to March 2, 2019 Closed Rick’s Classroom #2 Group
March 7 to March 16, 2019 Closed Mark and Susan’s Group
March 21 to March 30, 2019 Open Open Group
April 4 to April 13, 2019 Open Open Group
May 9 to May 18, 2019 Open Open Group
May 23 to June 1, 2019 Open Open Group
June 6 to June 15, 2019 Open IYES Group
June 21 to June 30, 2019 Closed Havergal Group
July 4 to July 13, 2019 Open Open Group
July 25 to August 3, 2019 Open Natalie’s Group
August 8 to August 17, 2019 Open Open Group
August 22 to August 31, 2019 Open Open Group
November 14 to November 23, 2019 Open Coffee Group
November 28 to December 7, 2019 Closed Stapleton Friends & Family
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

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 Policies:

Privacy Policy
SchoolBOX is required by the Government of Nicaragua to register each volunteer’s passport prior to his or her volunteer trip, as well as the arrival and departure dates of the trip. This is standard policy for all charities, churches, and tour agencies hosting volunteers in Nicaragua.

Risk Assessment Policy:
SchoolBOX takes the safety and security of our international volunteers extremely seriously. Fourteen days prior to each and every volunteer trip to Nicaragua, SchoolBOX will perform a risk assessment to determine whether conditions in Nicaragua are safe and secure enough to host a group.

SchoolBOX will adhere to any Avoid Non-Essential Travel or Do Not Travel advisories from the Government of Canada.

Trip Cancellation Policy
In the unfortunate event of civil unrest, terrorism, natural disaster or force majeure, SchoolBOX reserves the right to cancel a volunteer trip up to fourteen days prior to departure in order to keep its volunteer’s safe. The $400 USD non-refundable deposit will not be applicable in situations where a volunteer’s safety would be put at risk by traveling to Nicaragua. In this case, the volunteer will be issued a full refund of trip fees within 10-days of the trip cancellation date.

Further Information
Click here to read our complete SchoolBOX policy on risk assessment and trip cancellation.

Volunteer Testimonials