SSS students ready to start the day
portion of your tuition benefits local children with disabilities!
from the SSS school and its students have provided electricity,
classrooms, supplies and bathrooms
for a nearby school for local children. The school still
desperately needs additional supplies, such as clean drinking
water for the children, and a safe place for them to play.
If you are interested in helping local Nicarguan children
who are living in poverty, please email
us or stop by the school.
Opportunties for Students
"Los Pipitos” is
the name for the local special needs school in San Juan
del Sur; it is a small school funded
by Nicaragua Children's Foundation and San Juan del Sur Spanish
School. The school has been running since 2007 and has about
18 students with varying learning difficulties; these problems
Downs Syndrome, epilepsy, hearing impairments, speech and
language difficulties and many more. All students are educated in the
same classroom but their ages differ greatly including the
fact that there are many adult students as well.
This project has done incredibly well to get started and is an
excellent facility for the town but has lots of room for improvement.
Become a part of the project even if it is just for a week; it
is a great place to practice your Spanish, whether you are a
beginner or advanced, its a great way to be involved in the local
community and above all a great way to support the work of the
Foundation and the Spanish School. If you are a teacher or have
experience in working with people with learning difficulties
think about what professional ideas you could bring to the project
but if you don't have experience don't worry your help will be
welcomed and you will be given some ideas of how you can help
from the school. Before you leave for your trip to Nicaragua
have a think about some resources that you could possibly bring
from your country; in Nicaragua it is difficult to find resources
such as children's story books (in Spanish), colouring in books
and other learning aids so if you could find some room in your
suitcases they would be gratefully received.
There are many things that each individual can offer personally
and professionally as the school is in great need of any resources
it can ascertain. These include but are not limited to:
· - gardening
· - cooking
· - sewing and textiles
· - sports and games
· - rehabilitation and physiotherapy
· - construction workers
· - decorators
The project doesn't just stop with the school, the SSS School and the foundation
also help disabled people within the town who cannot physically
attend the school. Accompanying one of these visits shows a very
different side to San Juan del Sur, one of poverty and desperation.
Delivering some nappies or simply sitting and having a conversation
with the families can mean the world of difference to show that
you care. There is also opportunity to sponsor someone in need
if you are able to but there is certainly no pressure to do so.
This is a great volunteer opportunity and a fantastic cultural
A local special needs child and family enjoying time with an
A portion of the proceeds benefit children with disabilities
and other social projects.
above is one of the children and an SSS student playing with
additional photos below