Peace Project – May 2017 Newsletter

Peace Project is currently working with local Nicaraguan ministries in a massive effort to make all of Nicaragua’s volcanic lagoons UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A World Heritage Site is a landmark or area which has been officially recognized by the United Nations, specifically by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Why is it important to be on the World Heritage List? 

The World Heritage Convention aims to promote cooperation among nations to protect heritage from around the world that is of such outstanding universal value that its conservation is important for current and future generations.

Why Nicaragua’s Volcanic Lagoons?  

Each of Nicaragua’s lagoon (Apoyo Lagoon, Xiloa Lagoon, Asososca Lagoon (Managua), Asososca Lagoon (León), Apoyeque Lagoon, Masaya Lagoon, Tiscapa Lagoon, and the Monte Galan Lagoons) has its own unique and indigenous species, many of which still lack description and formal recognition. Individually they represent their own laboratory of evolution, however together, they represent an aquatic galapagos and something similar to that which can be found on the volcanic archipelago islands. Each lagoon has the same touristic potential, from scuba diving to snorkeling, by international visitors and locals alike that deserves to be protected for future generations to appreciate as well! We have already been mentioned in 3 local media outlets, Nuevo Diario, Metro, Nicaragua Turismo y Inversion as well as getting shoutouts from other online blogs such as Inspired By Maps.  Learn more about the UNESCO World Heritage Initiative online at:

Donor Needed for Valentina Ramirez:

Every year we have gaps to fill in donorship for our Becado’s program. This means that certain donors are unable to continue their contributions requiring us to hold small scale fundraisers in order to ensure that each becado has the funds necessary for their scholarship. This year, we are looking for sponsors for a handful of our children, including Valentina Ramirez. Check out our interview with Valentina below, and see just how bright and smart she is and learn about what her inspiring plans are for the future!

“I would like to be a journalist. I love journalism. Also, I want to study accounting and know english more in depth as a second language.”

Learn more about Valentina here!

Volunteer Positions Available:

The Peace Project is urgently looking for applications for a variety of positions. Please spread the word to your friends and family, and to anyone else who is looking to help change the lives of disadvantaged youth here in Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua! Available Positions on Idealist.org:

Marketing & Fundraising Coordinator

Educational Program Intern

Cook (Culinary Specialist)

INATEC Collaboration Projects:

Starting this month, the Peace Project has begun a few collaborative projects with the INATEC (The National Technology Institute) in Managua. The first project took place in mid-may and invited trained Nicaraguan haircutters to the Gilberto Siles Public School in Galanes where they gave out free haircuts to the students and the local community.

We are now working to put together a sewing class for the local community! The goal of project is to train participants in the art of sewing and eventually bag making, with the expectation that we could form a collective in Galanes that is capable of selling its own products (including but not limited to bags). Look out Nicaragua, Galanes products will be flying off your shelves shortly!

Volcano Divers Update:

The Volcano Diver’s activities center has had a busy season helping new and aspiring scuba divers explore the underwater world for the very first time. Willian Garcia, our local Nicaraguan in training, is on his way to completing his Rescue Diver course, which will put him one step closer to becoming a Dive Master!

Clients always have been visiting our home in Xiloa, where they can explore the Xiloa lagoon which is home to diverse terrain and fish species, as well as thousands of underwater thermal vents. If you would like to join us for an advanced dive in Xiloa, shoot us an e-mail at: volcanodiversnicaragua@gmail.com If you would like to spend a night at our lost crater retreat in Xiloa, you can simply e-mail us at the same e-mail above or book a night on AirBnb at:https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/17607485
Push for Impact Trips:

Is your local school, or family, looking to organize a trip this year but also looking to give back to the communities that they visit. If so, you should look into visiting Laguna de Apoyo, and other amazing locations in Nicaragua, for a 2 week alternative break and impact trip!

The Peace Project Impact Trip in Nicaragua invites those devoted to volunteerism, to join the Peace Project NGO, and hostel, in Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua, and gain hands on experience in the field of international sustainable development volunteering with us as tutors at the local private and public school. Our Impact Trip includes accommodation, 3 meals a day and transportation to some of Nicaragua’s most beautiful cities and tourist attractions including scuba diving in Laguna de Apoyo/Xiloa, seeing lava flows at Volcano Masaya, paddle boarding on the island of Ometepe, touring the islands of Granada, volcano boarding in Leon, and much more!

Take a look at our comprehensive packet on our website at:

Our mailing address is:

The Peace Project Nicaragua

Apartado 68

Granada N/A

Nicaragua