At Quetzaltrekkers, we are all working as volunteers and we manage virtually all aspects of the organization. We can’t think of a place where you’d be given this much independence and responsibility working as a volunteer. Life here can be hectic and the days can be long. Ultimately though, working at Quetzaltrekkers is an incredibly rewarding experience and, well, a whole lot of fun.
Volunteer Hiking Guide
We are almost always looking for people to come and support our trekking team! The proceeds of our hikes form the main source of funding for our programs, so guides are crucialto the success of our organization. As a volunteer guide at Quetzaltrekkers, you should expect the following:
Hike three to five days per week, and take care of the preparation and cleanup of each hike.
Spend time with the kids served by the projects that QT supports
Enjoy interacting with tourists, sharing the beauty of Nicaragua with them.
Work a couple of office shifts per week (selling hikes and signing people up).
Help with promotions and special events (Raffles, Trivia Nights, and other events you can create yourself!)
Requirements for being a volunteer guide:
Be in good physical condition
Have hiking experience
Be a sociable person
Have or learn some Spanish
Have a valid first aid certification
Be able to commit for minimum three months
As a guide you receive all expenses and food on the hikes, experience in guiding, experience in cooperatively running a volunteer organization, and most importantly, the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the children here in León and the surrounding area. Also, you get to hike! You take tourists to awesome volcanoes, and handle all trip preparations, clean-up, and expense reports. Depending on the time of year and number of volunteers you can expect to hike three to five days per week. All overnight hikes have a minimum of two guides to share the responsibility.
To apply for a position as a volunteer hiking guide, please fill out the below application form and send it with a copy of your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
Life in Nicaragua is inexpensive compared to other countries in Central America. The estimated costs of living as of August 2014 are:
Rent for one month: US $80 – $100
Food expenses for one month: US $150 – $200
Bus to Managua (90 minutes): US $2
Night life in León:
Beer: US$ 1 (30 Cord.)
Cuba Libre: US$ 1.75 (50 Cord.)
Night Club Entrance: US$ 2 (60 Cord.)
These expenses will vary depending on your own preferences, your standard of living and current exchange rates of the Nicaraguan Cordoba (NIO). Quetzaltrekkers is one of very few volunteer organizations that does not charge money for volunteer opportunities. You can either rent a room in the Quetzaltrekkers house or check out the many other housing options in León, eg. living with a local family or sharing an apartment with another volunteer.