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Unemployment and immigration laws are two of the obstacles that stand in the way of foreigners getting paid work in Nicaragua which make it difficult, though not impossible to get a job. Nicaragua has a 3.9 percent unemployment rate and a 46.5 percent underemployment rate which means when trying to find work in this country foreigners will be facing the same dismal statistics as the citizens of Nicaragua. Also due to immigration laws, foreigners will have to prove that their job could not have been given to a Nicaraguan citizen. There are quite a few colleges and English language institutes located in the major cities which hire English speaking natives and pay anywhere between three and ten dollars an hour. Nicaragua’s status as a Highly Indebted Poor Country means that many non-profits and international organizations also work in the country and hire foreigners with engineering, medical, agriculture, economic and development experience. Citizens of the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom do not need to get a business visa for working or travelling in the country less than 90 days, but they do need to get a tourist card when the enter the country for $5. The best source of updated information for Nicaraguan working permits is still through the United States Embassy of Nicaragua.

By Michelle Lillie
I am currently living on my fourth continent. I think that backpacks are one of the greatest inventions of all times. I adhere to the idea that if...
17 Feb 2009

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Grupo Venancia

As of 2006, Nicaragua has become one of the only countries in the world with a complete ban on abortion. This issue as well as those having to do...

Matagalpa, Nicaragua

Centro Girasol

In all of Central America, Centro Girasol’s playground is the only one that meets the needs of handicapped children. There is a physical therapist...

Matagalpa, Nicaragua

Casa de La Mujer Nora Hawkins

Another women’s rights organization, Casa de la mujer Nora Hawkins provides support and medical care for victims of domestic violence. They also...

Matagalpa, Nicaragua

Volunteering Opportunities

Depending on your interests and area of expertise, there are various volunteering opportunities in San Juan del Sur. The wildlife reserve at Pelican...

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

Colectivo de Mujeres Matagalpa

Colectivo de Mujeres is the place to go for people interested in women’s issues and the arts, though those with in interest in health, law,...

Matagalpa, Nicaragua

Movimiento Comunal Nicaraguense

This group promotes the mobilization of the poor in defense of their human, economic, social and political rights. It organizes grassroots...

Matagalpa, Nicaragua

Other volunteering opportunities

Below is a short list of several more Matagalpa-based organizations that prospective volunteers can contact by phone. Centro Las Hormiguitas ...

Matagalpa, Nicaragua

Carita Feliz

The “Spanish Happy Face Foundation” is a privately-financed company that mainly works to feed and educate impoverished children. They also...

Granada, Nicaragua

El Porvenir

El Porvenir is an organization based in Denver that relies on donations from companies and individuals to help build water projects for communities...

Managua, Nicaragua

Volunteering in Nicaragua

When visiting a country like Nicaragua, even for a short term, volunteering is a valuable experience and can make a trip that much more rewarding....

Proyecto Mosaico

Proyecto Mosaico

Proyecto Mosaico is a German nonprofit association (Projekt Mosaik e.V. ) which provides a bridge by helping people from around the world to find...

Granada, Nicaragua

Isla MancarrĂłn Volunteering

Those who fall in love with these magical islands and wish to stay on can enquire about volunteering opportunities with Alianza de...

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La Esperanza Granada

La Esperanza is possibly Granada's most popular volunteering outfit. They specialize in rural education, setting up international volunteers with...

Granada, Nicaragua
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