8 Reasons Why You Should Volunteer in Nicaragua

If you want to give back and make a difference in the world, here's 8 Reasons Why You Should Volunteer in Nicaragua. http://sanjuandelsur.org/volunteer-in-nicaragua-reasons/

Photo credit: Justin Courter

Also called service travel, volun-tourism or volunteer travel, there’s a reason why volunteering is becoming more popular in Nicaragua every year. Actually there are (at least) 8 reasons.

Lets take a look at them:

1. Helping people

I thought I’d kick off with the most important reason: dedicating time and energy to less privileged individuals. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere (after Haiti) and volunteering with a community organization can make an enormous difference to local lives.

All you need to do is take yourself out of the center and put someone else there instead.

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Fundación Tierra (Earth Fund)


Since its formation in 2007, Fundación Tierra has served, supported and touched the lives of individuals in over 27 communities throughout Nicaragua and primarily around San Juan del Sur. To date the foundation has built 79 latrines, constructed 2 schools, installed 275 eco ovens, distributed 620 water filters, dug 3 wells, and conducted hygiene training clinics in 8 rural communities. And if those statistics aren’t impressive enough, the fund also currently provides salaries for 21 school teachers and continues the ongoing maintenance and training needed to support the water filters that have been distributed to ensure clean drinking water.

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Gaby’s Spa and Massage Studio: Learn to Relax from the Local Experts

Gaby's Massage

Photo Credit : David Kalani

While there are no shortage of massage options in San Juan del Sur, Gaby’s Spa and Massage Studio has the longest history of quality of service. Over the years I have watched Gaby transform her humble studio into a beautiful two story spa. Gaby is a “San Juanero” born and raised in San Juan del Sur and educated at a university for alternative physical therapy in Managua. This business is 100% locally owned and operated. She has personally hired and trained all of her local employees to perfect the techniques of Shiatsu, Swedish and deep tissue massages.

Located in the heart of San Juan just a 1/2 block east of the Municipal Market. Step off the street and into Gaby’s air-conditioned studio, take in the sweet smell of floral incense and let your ears rest upon the gentle music. Welcome to vacation. Gaby’s spa feels like a world away. Choose your style and let Gaby and her girls guide you to a place of relaxation.


30 minutes $15
60 minutes $30
90 minutes $45

Gaby’s Spa and Massage Studio

PachaMama: Every day is Sunday Funday

A typical week at pacha mama
If San Juan del Sur had a Funk Zone, PachaMama would be the heart of it. The owners have transformed this old colonial building into an adult playground with eye candy on every wall. 

Located only 1 block off the beach, and close to the  popular Howler Bar, this hostel is the best $8.50 bed in San Juan del Sur. Privates are available for $25.

All rooms have cable tv, optional air conditioning and free daily breakfast. Wifi is available though out the house so you can update your facebook page to make sure your friends know how much fun you are having.  Between daily surf trips and nightly theme parties, every day has the potential to be the best day ever at Pacha.


Experience all the luxuries of modern urban living on the beach!

It might seem like an oxymoron, but this modern beach townhouse is a reality in San Juan del Sur.
view from roof
This two bedroom two and one-half bathroom townhouse features a roof top terrace with a view of the bay, shared access to a community pool, in addition to an outdoor cooking and garden area.

Stargaze from your very own roof top terrace or enjoy a cocktail on your private shaded balcony while watching the waves crash on the beach in San Juan del Sur. It is conveniently located walking distance to all the beach front restaurants and bars. With wifi, air-conditioning, stainless steal appliances, and custom designed local furniture, it will be difficult to leave the comforts of your vacation rental. This home will tempt you to turn your vacation into a lifestyle.

Rates vary depending on the season, however we can now get you discounts on long term rentals.

US $650 per week
US$1500 per month.

Howler Bar Grand Opening & Naked Tiger Anniversary Party : Double Trouble

DJ Evan Rhodes & Johnny G will be lighting up the beach with tunes on Saturday, April 20th at the grand opening of Howler Bar, San Juan de Sur’s newest beach front drinking spot.  The grand opening coincides with the Naked Tiger Hostel’s 2 year anniversary party guaranteeing double trouble.  Entry cover costs 50 cordoba ($1.50) which also gets you a free shot of Nicaraguan rum to kick off the party.


Naked Tiger Howler Bar Party

Villas de Palermo: The Best Happy Hour Deal in Town

Every week day Villas de Palermo offers 2 for 1 drink specials and free appetizers from 5pm to 8pm.  As if that isn’t enticing enough, the ocean view pool is open to the community for these 3 glorious hours.  What better way to watch the sun set into the bay in San Juan del Sur than having a ice-cold beverage delivered to you in the pool.  The appetizers are always different but typically include a variety of authentic Nicaraguan specialities including “tostones con queso“, grilled plantains with cheese, or a sampling of mixed nachos.  And unlike most other happy hours in town, the 2 for 1 drink specials are not limited to only national Nicaraguan beer or rum.  At Palermo, you get 2 for the price of 1 on whichever specialty cocktail or imported wine you are drinking that day.

Villas de palermo happy hour


Comunidad Connect: A Model of Sustainable Tourism

The mission is simple.

Comunidad Connect supports Nicaraguan communities by matching social, economic and environmental opportunities with local and global resources.

Comunidad Connect

Photo Credit: Justin Courter

Funded by donations and tourists attempting to make minimal environmental and cultural impact, the organization strives to protect the environment, educate youth and generate future employment for local people. Since its foundation in 2006, it is impossible to quantify the magnitude of positive impact that this organization has had on San Juan del Sur over the years. Take a stroll through town and you will see its footprints in the recycling bins thoughtfully placed along the beach to the handmade recycled art products produced by the organizations’ women’s co-ops and sold in a range of hotels.

The program has three components:

Parque Deportivo, or “Sports Park”, is San Juan del Sur’s only outdoor sports center renovated and managed by Communidad Connect. Since 2007, the Parque Deportivo has played host to 16 futsala leagues, 4 basketball leagues and dozens of international women’s volleyball games and children’s clinics. Over 1200 local children and adults participate each year and approximately 2500 enthusiastic fans visit the Sports Park each month.

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