Volunteer at FEV
Welcome to our Volunteer Page
Finca Esperanza Verde is an ecolodge and organic coffee farm that provides an environmentally friendly source of income for local Nicaraguans as well as serving as a financial resource for community projects. FEV is focused on attracting international customers while keeping most of the economic benefits in the local community. We are a social enterprise which has received international recognition as a model for poverty alleviation through sustainable tourism.
Our many programs include the opportunity to do volunteer work at the farm as well as in the surrounding communities. Nicaragua is a viable option for those seeking adventure while helping others. Our objective is to create an inter-cultural exchange for our volunteers to experience a direct interaction with farm workers and community.
FEV is a busy place! With guests, staff, our cabins and kitchen, gardens, a school to support and various projects happening, our volunteers need to be the right fit. Functional Spanish (and the dedication to using it with staff and onsite for projects) is a must. Our ideal volunteers are self-starters, have done their background research and understand the blessings and challenges of our climate and culture. Volunteers understand the meaning of partnership and see themselves as a vessel to impart what they know while always honoring the people and indigenous knowledge and traditions in practice. Volunteering at FEV often means you will learn more than you are able to teach!
Projects FEV is interested in developing at La Chispa School include environmental education and crafts utilizing local sustainable materials.
There is a local women’s cooperative in El Plomo, near San Ramon who are producing jewelry, incorporating seeds and berries from the area. A volunteer to teach some simple metal working techniques would make their beautiful creations more appealing to potential customers.
A seed preservation project has been initiated in the organic garden and a volunteer could continue to test the seeds, work alongside the head gardener learning and supporting seed gathering, and begin to package and present viable seeds to FEV guests and local farmers.
Volunteer housing is a quiet five minute walk from the main reception area, tucked behind the coffee nursery. Each room is simple, clean and infused with natural light, screens and bug nets. The dorm rooms are also equipped with private bathroom including refreshing (cold) showers.
Rates for room and board will depend of the length of time of your stay and/or size the group.
If you would like more information about our program please contact us via email at fincaesperanzaverde1@gmail. com