Being a volunteer for the San Juan del Sur Biblioteca can take many unique forms. If you would like to help us out in San Juan del Sur, we welcome your help in many capacities. If you are interested in being a volunteer but cannot make the trip to Nicaragua, there are still plenty of things that you can do to help us out from home. However: “if you never, never go, you will never, never know!”
We have had volunteers helping, lending valuable expertise, and becoming life long global citizens from the experience as far back as 2003.
We are a donation based organization and cannot provide housing or room and board for volunteers. We do not charge a fee for our program but most volunteers are aware of our need for ongoing support and offer donations and/or assist in fundraising.
We have volunteers who join us for a morning on a mobile project, doing site visits, spend a month teaching an educational or creative course, and others who become regulars and return often. One of our goals is to establish and keep long term relationships with our volunteers, the people they reach and work with here in Nicaragua and all of us, who over the years, have become dedicated to the goals of this program.
We can help place our volunteers in home stays, hospedajes and in our own Bed and Breakfast, The Hotel Villa Isabella (www.villaisabellasjds.com), and we offer special rates for volunteers. Transport can be arranged and if it is possible to coordinate times, reduced rate rides from the border and airport are available. Please feel free to explore these options with us.
Volunteering at the library in San Juan del Sur
One of our main volunteer opportunities at the SJDS Biblioteca is to go out with our mobile book project and help our staff check books in and out. Volunteers are also essential to help encourage children to keep reading and get them excited to pick out their next book.
You can volunteer for just one morning out of your vacation or spend a few weeks working on the mobile and connecting with the staff and patrons doing tasks and playing games in the park or reading stories at the main library.
Our long list of types of volunteers include retired “snow bird” folks, Gap Year students, University Students providing specific skills, and Mission and Service group members working along-side local individuals.
Many branch out from the Mobile Project and choose to participate in something that they enjoy and have a specific skill set to offer. We have had volunteers in the past that have chosen to write articles about the library, help us with our newsletter, teach English classes, offer music and art classes or whatever else they felt they had to offer.
Some of our full-time staff members understand some English so while a good foundation of Spanish is recommended it’s never required. There are also many opportunities to learn Spanish including inexpensive formal classes offered through the library.
The Mobile Project goes out three days a week; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday as long as school is in session.
Become a volunteer from home
Can’t make the trip to Nicaragua? That’s okay; there are still opportunities for you to be involved!
If you would like to fund raise for our organization we welcome any help you may be able to provide. There are many opportunities to fundraise at your local school or college as well as church.
Some fundraising events that have been successful in the past:
- Tortilla Nights
- Car Washes
- Book n Bake sales
Sales and other fundraising activities provide an opportunity to have some fun and generate international community while raising money to support our program.
Share Scholastic Book Club Points: Teachers may donate their extra points to us. These points can be used to obtain free books for our schools. Please see the Scholastic website for details.
Solicit Donations of Cash and Supplies: Share your excitement about our program with friends and family. Collections of children’s games, sports equipment and books in Spanish can be sent to our address in Colorado. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for shipping of collected items.