Due to limited resources, students in Nicaragua only attend school for half a day. The Barrio Planta Project (BPP) provides free supplementary schooling to the children of San Juan del Sur and surrounding areas with the goal to give them positive recreation and supervised structure during the other half of their day. BPP focuses on classes such as Art and Music that facilitate creativity, performance-based activities like Fitness and Dance that enhance confidence and curriculums that promote international communication by teaching valuable English and Computer Literacy skills. BPP believes that Creativity, Confidence and Communication are essential skills to learn and will help our students lead happy, healthy and productive lives.
Despite enjoying growth in regards to health and economy over the last twenty years, according to the UN's Human Development Index, Nicaragua is still the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with over 2/3 of the population living in poverty and vulnerability. With the boom of tourism in San Juan del Sur, people who fall within this demographic are losing control of their hometown as many are pushed to the outskirts while prices rise out of their range and foreigners continue to flood in. Tourism, however, can be globally, socially and economically beneficial to those who are able to access the opportunities.
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Grow Inc. is a social enterprise that was formed to provide a basis for on-going support to continue our pursuit to Help a Child Grow. Grow Inc. provides high-quality services in volunteer-based tourism, second language education and hospitality, and ensures that through these services, valuable educational and vocational opportunities are directly granted to underprivileged youth.
Grow Inc. believes that encouraging people to transcend the boundaries of their comfort zones while providing eye-opening insight on global economic disparities will inspire them to be leaders who affect change, resulting in a collective pursuit to break the cycle of poverty. With Grow Inc. people experience life-changing personal growth and at the same time, Help a Child Grow.
Want to help out? Make a Donation, Sponsor a Child or Come Visit! We are always looking for English Teachers and Mentors for our Apprenticeship Program! We also offer a Cultural Exchange Program with Spanish Classes & Homestay, as well as Group Trips for Volunteers! There are so many ways to give back. Don't hesitate to reach out!
Additionally, through volunteerism, students learn to interact with diverse populations within a positive setting that helps them healthily integrate into the rising tourism industry. Volunteers also share interests such as Gardening, Sports and Yoga with students through workshops and apprenticeship programs that enhance their exposure to a variety of subjects while helping them discover their unique skills and talents. BPP bridges the gap between the growth of the tourism industry and the needs of the local population, so together we can utilize the newly arising opportunities and focus on the ultimate goal for a bright future: to Help a Child Grow.