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N_M.03 Work with elderly persons in a retirement home (Nicaragua)

Location: Ocotál, Nicaragua

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Description of the project:

The organization runs a retirement home for the elderly. There are about 30 residents who receive food and accommodation there. They also have a food service for about 18 people who still live in their homes. They are victims of poverty and mistreatment and have been abandoned by their own family. The organization is now responsible for their daily needs: nutrition, health, clothes and lastly for the funeral. They realize different treatments for them like physiotherapy, recreational therapy and occupational therapy. The staff works for a minimum wage in 3 different shifts. Because they don’t have any financial help they can’t employ a nurse. To get at least some money they sell self-made piñatas and clothes.

Your tasks:

  • Help with one of the therapies: physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and recreational therapy
  • Support the staff in the daily care of the elders (i.e. washing them, giving them food, cutting their hair)
  • Develop your own activities
  • Work schedule – there are 3 shifts: In the morning help is most needed, in the afternoon you will have time for own activities
  • Vacations: Easter week and Christmas


  • Minimum stay: 4 weeks
  • Spanish level: Intermediate
  • Skills and expertise: Experiences or interest in working with elderly people, nurses are urgently needed

Accommodation, Benefits and Costs:

  • You can choose to stay with a host family (from 50 US$/ week incl. 3 meals a day) in the city of Ocotál; It is also possible to live in a room in the retirement home (it is very basic)
  • 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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