Nicaragua: Archeology and Indigenous Culture Preservation

archeological volunteer project in nicaraguaNicaragua is widely considered the 2nd poorest country in Central America and the Caribbean next to Haiti. Political instability, corruption and inefficient governance have created poverty conditions and stalled development progress. At the same time, Nicaragua is a country rich in natural resources, friendly people, beautiful beaches and volcanoes.

Project Summary

The project in Nicaragua is located in the province of Matagalpa in north region. Matagalpa is in the heart of the coffee-growing and milk production region of Nicaragua. RJI partners with local NGO and work together to create economic development opportunities for the communities in the area; and preserve an archeological area.  RJI has been working in this project for the past 3 years in archeological excavations to build the collection of the 1st rural museum in Matagalpa.

Volunteer work:

You will have the opportunity to participate in archeological excavations, youth development to empower youth in leadership and life skills, teach English or other languages, as well as basic literacy.

archeological volunteering project in nicaraguaLocation:

The project is located about 4 hrs drive from Managua to Matagalpa province.

Accommodation and Food

You will live at the lodge located within the project, sleeping in a hammock or tent in an open area. You will enjoy some typical Nicaraguan food (rice, beans, vegetables, fruits). Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided by the community members.

Travel Arrangements and Transportation

Booking air travel to your destination is your responsibility, but we are more than happy to help you as needed. For domestic traveling and specific logistics RJI will provide the respective information at the time.

Dates, duration and participation

•    Individual or group volunteer (minimum 6)
•    Duration 1 to 8 weeks
•    Age 18+

General Requirements

Spanish is desired but not mandatory. The most important requirement is to bring a positive attitude, be willing to get involved in our Central America culture. You must love the outdoors and not mind working in any weather, be easy going and be able to work alongside the local community as much of your time will be spent with the locals and families and finally  be ready to enjoy this experience.

Program Costs


Not included

Lodging / 3 meals per day


Transportation to host community

In country transportation

Pre-departure and arrival Orientation

Phone cards

24 Emergency Staff



Meals during orientation


Medical/Accident Insurance