BIENVENIDOS A CASA-NICA!
Have you ever dreamt of living in a Latin country? Simply enchanted by the idea of waking up to the squawking melody of parrots, the rhythmic rolling of horse-drawn buggies, and being immersed in the vocal poetry of street vendors? Been toying with the notion of a life filled with greater meaning and sub-tropical simplicity? Do you feel deeply affected by the unfortunate poverty plaguing developing countries and are desirous of making a difference; being a part of real positive change? Are you interested in international development/NGO/volunteer experience? Want to improve your Spanish? Immerse yourself in a different culture as a local and not just as another tourist? Live everyday as an altruistic adventure while surrounded by interesting people from all around the world who want to do good? Make friendships and connections that will last a lifetime? If the mariposas in your stomach are fluttering with excitement…
then you belong at Casa-Nica.
Who are we?
Casa-Nica is a fresh-faced international NGO located in Masaya, Nicaragua, known as the “cultural basin” of Nicaragua that works with the Nicaraguan people in a diverse array of sustainable project fields such as education, agriculture, technology, child care, and community projects. Casa-Nica was founded and is run by former Peace Corps volunteer coordinator, Joshua Allsup, and British volunteer techno-traveller, Elliot Cooper, both of whom have considerable experience living and working abroad in development, education, and technology.
At Casa-Nica, we are doing something different with our development work because we believe that the most effective way to truly help Nicaragua is by working with and contributing to the pre-existing projects and foundations already created by the Nicaraguan people. Too many foreign NGOs enter into a country and make their own decisions about what is needed, and rarely consult those community leaders who have lived and worked in the country their entire lives. We do not make this mistake. Our funding model and methodology affords us the privilege to stay “string-free” with our projects, which is the way international development work should be done.
Because we have created a unique, flexible, affordable, and enriching program that combines Spanish classes and meaningful development work. Many international programs are painfully overpriced considering the menial and unfulfilling work experience they provide to their volunteers/interns, and we are constantly disheartened to see eager, enthusiastic, and qualified candidates disappointed that they have sacrificed so much for so little. You will be provided a busy but enjoyable daily schedule of Spanish classes and development project work in the community. You are free to create your own weekly schedule of development work from all our available projects. Bottom line: we will work with you during your stay to ensure you are only doing what you want to do.
"I really love the flexibility of the program and how it can be catered to your own interests. ...I would recommend Casa-Nica to anyone who wants an immersed experience."
"I've been working with a local organization [that does] some absolutely inspiring work with women in lots of different situations... It's been fantastic to see the kind of work that they are doing and to be a part of it."
"During my 3 month internship, I have seen some of the greatest places of the country, tested a lot of new and typical meals, and also I have met some of the nicest people in my life."