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The Peace Project

Nonprofit or community organization

Last modified: December 18, 2014, 3:22 AM


Our Mis­sion

The Peace Project is a com­mu­nity orga­ni­za­tion work­ing to expand edu­ca­tional oppor­tu­ni­ties, fos­ter envi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship, and facil­i­tate com­mu­nity devel­op­ment in Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua.

Who We Are

The Peace Project began as a com­mu­nity orga­ni­za­tion in August 2011 to bol­ster local edu­ca­tional efforts and expand oppor­tu­ni­ties for youth of Laguna de Apoyo. As the com­mu­nity requested, the pro­gram focuses on Eng­lish lan­guage edu­ca­tion. Eng­lish is a key skill in order to get jobs in the grow­ing tourism indus­try in the community. Additionally, three founders from the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land — Caitlin Mar­shall, Lara McK­aye and Sarah Dob­son — laid the foun­da­tion for all pro­grams in peace edu­ca­tion. Peace edu­ca­tion can be inter­preted as the inter­ac­tive process of learn­ing to love and respect one­self, oth­ers, and the environment.

The Peace Project has adapted its mis­sion to now focus on edu­ca­tion, the envi­ron­ment and com­mu­nity devel­op­ment and has expanded its reach to the adults of the com­mu­nity as well. In an effort to become sus­tain­able, The Peace Project has merged with the hos­tel where the direc­tors and vol­un­teers are housed. All hos­tel prof­its sup­port the com­mu­nity orga­ni­za­tion and projects. The Peace Project is cur­rently in the process of becom­ing a reg­is­tered Nicaraguan NGO.

The prop­erty where The Peace Project is located is the McKaye's fam­ily home. They gen­er­ously opened their doors to The Peace Project and give free room and board to the co-directors. The space is shared with sev­eral other orga­ni­za­tions includ­ing The Span­ish School (the first in Laguna de Apoyo which opened in 1993), The Bio­log­i­cal Sta­tion, and Proyecto Eco­logico which the McKaye's began and con­tinue to manage.

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  • Project Managers Needed! - Internship

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    November 25, 2014
    Granada, Departamento de Granada, Nicaragua
    The Peace Project is seeking two individuals to work in Laguna de Apoyo, a protected nature reserve surrounding a spectacular volcanic crater lake located betwe...
  • Volunteer teacher - Volunteer Opportunity

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    November 24, 2014
    Laguna de Apoyo, Departamento de Granada, Nicaragua
    We, The Peace Project Nicaragua, are always searching for volunteers that want to work with children! We offer volunteer positions as teachers in various subjec...

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The Peace Project, 50 metros de los ranchos, Laguna de Apoyo, Departamento de Granada, Nicaragua
Date Founded:
August 22, 2011


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