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N_L.07 Work with malnourished children in a child care center (Nicaragua)

Location: Matagalpa, Nicaragua

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Description of the project:

The fact that Nicaragua is the second poorest country in Central America has also an impact on the medical and health care. Especially the population of rural areas mostly live far from basic medical facilities and do not have enough money to cover the cost of visiting a hospital in the closest city. So besides fighting with diseases they are frequently affected by malnutrition, especially children. To combat and improve the situation this project was founded in 1999 with malnourished children at the ages of 6 monthsto 12 years. Its work is unique in Nicaragua. Most of the children arrive in a very critical state of health. Sent by the public medical and health institutions or found during home visits the center can look after around 25 children at the same time. They stay night and day in the center during their time of recuperation. If possible, family members can visit them.

Your tasks:

  • Support the staff in their daily work (change diapers, feed the children)
  • Organize activities with the kids
  • Help the kids to do their repetitions of the physiotherapy exercise
  • Fundraising (in Nicaragua as well as in your home countries)
  • Publicity work (make presentations about the organization and promote the project)
  • Works chedule: The working hours are flexible; you will decide on them together with the project director; The center is working 24 hours


  • Minimum stay: 2 months
  • Spanish level: Intermediate
  • Skills and expertise: Readiness to care for the children physically and psychologically, interest in working with children (experiences would be advantageous, but are not required), creativity and ideas for raising money. Everybody is welcome, but really helpful would be interest or knowledge in physiotherapy and psychology

Accommodation, Benefits and Costs:

  • Stay with a host family (from 75 US$/ week incl. 3 meals a day)
  • 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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