Volunteer in Nicaragua
Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo FUNDECI/GAIA
With every new volunteer, Nicaragua is a better place! The biological research
station "Estación Biológica" in Lake Apoyo Nature Reserve regularly
receives volunteers who work on a variety of projects, some of which we outline below. The emphasis of our volunteer
activities is on service. We think that all people have some skills and capacity to be used in the service
of others, and that all can learn by doing. Several opportunities for volunteering are offered by FUNDECI/GAIA at Estación Biológica.
Volunteers at Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo are encouraged to bring binoculars and an
appropriate bird guide
for their own use. Some volunteers may be interested in participation in the fish monitoring project,
and they should contact us directly for conditions and costs of participation. We especially encourage
scientists, students, and enthusiasts of nature to aid in monitoring and our various wildlife research projects.
Each volunteer at Estación Biológica is expected to have a working knowledge of Spanish. Apoyo
Spanish School can provide Spanish classes for any potential volunteer before his/her assignment, if there is a need to improve language
The Volunteer Experience
Volunteering with FUNDECI/GAIA involves a five-day per week work schedule. Each volunteer may perform
a combination of activities during his or her stay. Volunteers are generally accepted for participation from two weeks to up to several months,
depending upon their interests and qualifications. Volunteers receive quarters and all meals (great food!)
as part of the volunteer experience.
There is a minimum 1-week commitment. Volunteers have the choice of a small, multibed dormitory cabin near the lake
or private room with shared bath.
Prices including unisex dorm accomodation and meals are as follows:
One week-US120; Two weeks-$220; Four weeks-$350. Prices including private room with shared bathroom: One week-$140;
Two weeks-$280; Four weeks-$440. All prices include great meals, and we can accomodate special dietary needs.
We also can make arrangements longer stays and for volunteer groups to
perform projects in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Most short-term volunteers participate in more
than one project as needs and scheduling fit.
Volunteer Projects with Estación Biológica
Each volunteer may be assigned to a single, principal project, but will have the opportunity to
contribute to a variety of projects while at Estacion Biologica. The projects are summarized in the pages below. Volunteers can participate
in tree planting and tree nursery maintenance, wildlife studies and population monitoring, administration and maintenance, cultural and
environmental education, and community organization areas. In addition to short-term
volunteers, Estación Biológica welcomes interns wanting to conduct research and conservation projects in the area.
SCUBA diving is an option for volunteers and visitors to Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve, as well.
FUNDECI/GAIA conducts research and population monitoring of the fishes of Lake Apoyo, and you can help. Prices for volunteers to participate
in the dive program are per dive, not including room and board. Biologists and conservation professionals with Advanced or Dive Master
certification are invited to apply for internships.
Reforestation and Ecological Restoration
Administration and Maintenance
Environmental Program In Defense of Nature
Laguna de Apoyo
Apoyo Spanish School and
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