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Special Needs Education

Volunteer opportunity

Volunteer Opportunity posted by: Casa-Nica

Posted on: June 23, 2014

Volunteer Opportunity description

The Special Needs volunteering program will place you into the only school for children with special needs in Masaya. The students are split into two types of classes, those with mental disabilities and deaf children.

You have the opportunity to assist with either class but participation in the deaf classes are rather limited to the amount of sign language you know. However, if you really want to then you could learn Nicaraguan sign language as there are dictionaries and guide books and the students are enthusiastic about helping new learners.

Assisting in the the classes of children with disabilities will involve helping the teacher control the classes, play with the students and help the teacher with their class work activities. This is hard but rewarding work. It is ideally suited to someone experienced in this sort of work or some with a lot of enthusiasm for for working with special needs students. If you love kids then you will love being with some that really needs all the help they can get.

There are very limited resources available at the school so you will have to be creative with how you create participate in the activities.

Additionally in the school there are opportunities to help with the preparation and serving of lunch to all the students and work in the garden.

A meal is prepared for the staff and students every day and the cook is always happy to get any assistance that is on offer. Working with her is always a lesson on what can be done for some many with so little.

The school is trying to use some of its ground for the production of fruit and vegetables to be used to in the school lunches to makes the diets of the students better.

You will need a fairly good level of Spanish as neither the staff or students know any English. It is an excellent opportunity to practice your Spanish as you will not have the fall back opportunity to use English.

You will not be limited to any single program, Casa-Nica has many volunteering programs in which you can take part in addition to this one. You will be able to set your own timetable from any of our projects when you arrive at Casa-Nica.

You will have an opportunity to work with and make a difference to kids with special needs by working directly with them in their classrooms. If you are studying special needs education or want to gain experience in this field then this is an excellent opportunity.

You will work with committed and friendly teachers and staff that welcome your help.

Once the students recognise you after a few days you will be greeted into the school with hugs every morning.

This is a unique environment into which you will be accepted very quickly and you will come to love the place and the people.

How to apply

Please send an email for more infomation to: info@casanica

Or apply directly at:


315 Calle El Calvario, Masaya, Departamento de Masaya, Nicaragua

Time Commitment

Less than 3 months
Time commitment
A lot (10+ hours/week)
Times of day
Days of week
Flexible schedule