Because we emphasize “working with” rather than “doing for” communities on Ometepe, we do not sponsor the type of work parties that have become popular with some non-governmental organizations and churches. However, we do regularly receive requests from communities on Ometepe to help fund projects there. Amounts range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. If you are interested in helping to fund a project and possibly working alongside Ometepinos in carrying it out, please call Cestjon at (206) 842-4249 or email us.
For Bainbridge Island residents, we also offer these opportunities to work as a volunteer on Ometepe:
- Each year, we hire one person to work as assistant office manager in our office in Altagracia. We consider this a volunteer position, though we do provide lodging and a very modest stipend. To download the application and read the current contract and the waiver we ask volunteers to sign, go to the office volunteer section here.
- We also offer stipends to former student delegates or others from Bainbridge who have previously visited Ometepe and want to deepen their ties to the island through research or service projects. We consider these on a case-by-case basis.
- When Bainbridge Islanders want to volunteer on Ometepe, we help find appropriate positions and arrange housing with families. Read Sheila Kelley’s report on her trip to help teach English.