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. Almost 700 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 or call our Executive Director, Jonathan Tam, directly at +1 613 8698185

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.

 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:
February 13 to February 22, 2020 Closed Rick’s Classroom #2 Build
March 12 to March 21, 2020 Open Mark & Susan’s Group
March 25 to April 4, 2020 Open IYES Group
April 16 to April 25, 2020 Open Open Group – Everyone Welcome!
April 30 to May 9, 2020 Open Full Group Only
May 14 to May 23, 2020 Open Holas Carleton University
June 4 to June 13, 2020 Open Full Group Only
June 18 to June 27, 2020 Closed Havergal
July 9 to July 18, 2020 Open Open Group – Everyone Welcome!
July 23 to August 1, 2020 Open Full Group Only
August 6 to August 15, 2020 Open Full Group Only
August 20 to August 29, 2020 Open St. Paul’s Anglican Church
November 12 to November 21, 2020 Open Equator Coffee Roasters Build
November 26 to December 5, 2020 Open Full Group Only
Start Date: End Date: Status: Description:
February 11 to February 18, 2021 Closed Tracy’s Hope #3 Build
February 18 to February 27, 2021 Open Full Group Only
March 11 to March 20, 2021 Open March Break – Family Group – Open Group
April 8 to April 17, 2021 Open Full Group Only
May 6 to May 15, 2021 Open Full Group Only
May 20 to May 29, 2021 Open Full Group Only
June 10 to June 19, 2021 Open Full Group Only
July 1 to July 10, 2021 Open Open Group – Everyone Welcome!
July 22 to July 31, 2021 Open Full Group Only
August 12 to August 21, 2021 Open Full Group Only
August 26 to September 4, 2021 Open Full Group Only
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
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 below to download Volunteer Registration Form, Contract and Waiver

Electronic form: Please fill in the pdf form and return it to volunteer@schoolbox.ca

Printable form: Please print out the form and fill in. You may scan and email it to volunteer@schoolbox.ca or physically mail it to our Almonte office.

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 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