The San Juan del Sur Biblioteca Publica is a free public library open to everyone that crosses its path. Located across the street from Central Park in the heart of town, it’s doors open every day except for Sundays. The library consists of over 12,000 books, primarily in Spanish, for students and patrons to borrow, browse and return. The library also hosts free classes covering a myriad of topics including public health, English classes, literacy and crafts for children. The library offers a safe and healthy place for children to read, learn, study and get lost in imagination. Upon seeing the walls and shelves lined with children’s art, inspiring posters, educational games and stuffed animals it’s no wonder this is one of the most popular non-profits in town for children of all ages.
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Volunteer in Nicaragua
In this section we feature opportunities to volunteer and non-profit organizations in Nicaragua that protect the environment, improve education for locals, distribute library books, empower women and people with disabilities.
Please be mindful that local NGO's and schools can't always work effectively with drop-in volunteers because many of their projects require specific needs at specific times rather than ad-hoc support. And volunteers get more out of their volunteering time when their skills and energies are matched with local needs in a more focused and structured way. We strongly encourage you to learn about the local organizations at work in Nicaragua and contact them in advance of your visit to ask what you can bring them and how you can help.
The mission is simple.
Comunidad Connect supports Nicaraguan communities by matching social, economic and environmental opportunities with local and global resources.
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.