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N_G.04 Support the social projects of a coffee cooperative (Nicaragua)

Location: Jinotega, Nicaragua

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Description of the project:

In 1999 the cooperative began to join the coffee market and today there are 650 men and women with their families organized into 15 different cooperatives producing coffee. The cooperative has developed a model of broadly conceived democratic participation of each and every producer, which proceeds from the respective cooperatives and into which a youth movement is integrated as well. This movement has already produced a lot of coffee inspectors, baristas and counselors for the improvement of quality, a chocolate factory, environmentalists and a group of young painters. The youth movement prepares programs for literacy, music and cultural education. Moreover they have set up a program which is called “Muchachitos del Café” (Children of Coffee). Among its most important contents is elaborating alternative structures of leadership, participation, environmental education, culture and sport.

Your tasks:

What you are going to do exactly depends on your knowledge and skills. Here are some possible examples:

  • Rural placement assisting engineers and farmers
  • Help with the organization of their administration
  • Teach English, environmental preservation
  • Assist in workshops (e.g. transformation of cacao, environmental education)
  • Support new project initiations (e.g. small shops)
  • Work schedule: It depends on you how long and often you work, but usually 8 hours a day (weekends off)
  • Vacations: Easter week, Christmas


  • Minimum stay: 3 months
  • Spanish level: Intermediate
  • Skills and expertise: You have knowledge about or a degree in agronomy, biology, business administration or community development, you are interested in working in rural areas, environmental projects or ecotourism, you are interested in working with children and women

Accommodation, Benefits and Costs:

  • You can stay in a host family (from 35 US$/week incl. 2 meals a day) or in a shared flat (from 35 US$/week)
  • Proyecto Mosaico books your lodging, Spanish school and your transportation from the airport, furthermore we offer individual assistance provided by the office in Granada before, throughout and after your stay
  • For our work and our services we ask a one-time-only fee of 250 € – regardless of the length of your stay

Have a look at the detailed project presentation with more pictures, info on accommodation and location:

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