Volunteer With Teach a Man to Fish in Nicaragua

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In Nicaragua, an organization called Teach a Man to Fish (TAMF) is helping to reduce poverty and promote education. A big part of what they are doing is made possible through collaboration with volunteers. This is an opportunity make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than yourself.

Students apply their knowledge at La Bastilla in Nicaragua.
Students apply their knowledge at La Bastilla in Nicaragua.

“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach him to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.

‘We support the community so that they become self-sufficient and have a sense of ownership,” says Crouch. “In Nicaragua, the school is centered around the coffee estate and we teach students entrepreneurship through that lens.’

The operators of TAMF strongly believe that education is the solution to poverty. Although TAMF partnered with La Bastilla just three years ago, the school has already made a heavy impact on the community. All seven of TAMF’s entrepreneurial operations in Las Colinas are up and running. Students learn how to manage, budget and maintain at La Bastilla, and then they are asked to implement those concepts in Bastilla’s various businesses.

Currently, students and volunteers are producing and retailing eggs, dairy, livestock and coffee. The school also maintains a bee farm and a vegetable garden. Soon, TAMF plans to work with La Bastilla to open a bakery and broiler business. The entrepreneurial endeavors at La Bastilla have been met with great success; so much so that TAMF predicts La Bastilla will be fully self-sufficient by 2013.”

Written by Peter Sacco, travel writer for GoNOMAD.com