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 Volunteers accompany the CCBN in its mission to empower individuals, especially women and youth, for social transformation through holistic education and artistic formation.

What is the Centro Cultural Batahola Norte?

The Centro Cultural Batahola Norte (CCBN) was founded in 1983 by Sister Margie Navarro and Fr. Ángel Torrellas during the Contra War in Nicaragua.  The CCBN offers certified technical courses, arts programs, violence prevention programs, scholarships, and a community library. Over 1,000 students enroll in 20 courses every year.

Our Mission:

 Volunteers seek to accompany the Centro Cultural Batahola Norte in its mission of empowering women and youth for social transformation. Volunteers dedicate themselves to the development of their spirituality and social consciousness through their community life.

Our Values:

Accompaniment: Batahola Volunteers strive to live and work in solidarity with the Nicaraguan people by opening themselves to listening, learning, and sharing with community members.

Social Justice: As collaborators with the CCBN, Batahola Volunteers become a part of the action-reflection cycle that leads to social change.  We support the CCBN’s initiatives of women and youth empowerment, while endeavoring to lead a simple, sustainable lifestyle.

Spirituality: Batahola Volunteers seek to share and explore spirituality together and with the larger community through participating in local faith gatherings, self-led reflection, and retreats.

What do we do?

Batahola Volunteers co-teach the adult English class and respond directly to other needs expressed by the CCBN, according to the individual volunteer’s skills and interests.

Other activities volunteers have been involved in include:

-Working with a team of facilitators to plan and lead Good Habits and Study Technique sessions for students in the Center’s scholarship program

– Updating this blog and the Center’s Facebook page, taking pictures and writing articles to keep friends and supporters in the U.S. updated on current events in Nicaragua, the Center, and our experiences as volunteers

-Accompanying weekly women’s focus groups with a psychologist from the Center

-Participating and offering logistical support in the Youth Violence Prevention Network

– Leading bi-monthly Tai Chi sessions and other self-care activities for staff

-Organizing educational activities about environmental sustainability with kids and adolescents

-Interviewing over 200 scholarship students each year (January-April) and making student profiles to send to donors through Project Education

– Orienting short-term volunteers and translating for delegations to the CCBN

-Participating in Friday morning volunteer reflection/meditation

– Being involved in community activities and classes, including Latin rhythms dance class, monthly community forums on violence prevention, weekly Mass, etc.


Who We Are Looking For:

Highly motivated young people committed to learning about and participating in social change for two years in Nicaragua!

Friends of Batahola Volunteers (FOBV) welcomes women and men of all ethnic origins, gender, economic status, and sexual orientations.

Applicants should:

– Be age 21 or older

– Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

– Be willing to live in two-person intentional community

– Be in good physical and psychological health

– Have no dependents

Batahola volunteers also have:

– Experience of at least 3 consecutive months living abroad, with a strong preference for those with experience in Latin America.

– At least intermediate proficiency in Spanish

The Centro Cultural Batahola Norte is an exciting and dynamic work environment. We encourage applications from candidates who can work well independently as well as collaboratively, are flexible, and have a strong commitment to social justice and their own personal growth.


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Wish poems

Last week in English, we learned how to express wishes through “I wish” poems. Here is a selection of my students’ work:



Maria with her mother, Odilia 

I wish my mom did not have to work in the house

I wish she could study English

I wish she had four million dollars

I wish she could swim in the Montelimar Beach

I wish she could be happy all her life

I wish I could be with my mom forever



I wish I could eat chocolate

I wish I could speak English fluently

I wish I could buy many dolls

I wish I could travel around the world

I wish I could listen to the angels

I wish I could learn to cook

I wish I could travel to Israel

I wish I could have my own business



I wish I were a bird

I wish I could fly high

I wish I could listen to the sky

I wish I were a dolphin

I wish I could dance on the sea

I wish I could have many colors on my body

I wish I were a princess

But I remember

I am a princess!



I wish I could study French

I wish I could travel around the world

I wish I could meet new people

I wish I could help poor people

I wish I had a lot of money

I wish I could live alone

I wish I could go back in time

I wish my mom were here

Josue and Yaoska


We wish we could learn English very well

We wish we could make nacatamal [Nicaraguan tamale]

We wish we had a great job

We wish we could have a good accent

We wish we could speak fluently

Yaoska wishes she had cash

Josue wishes he could have a birthday party

We wish we had a good caponera [motorcycle taxi]

We wish we had our own business



I wish I could visit my cousin Jessica

I wish I could buy a car

I wish I had my own home

I wish I had a big room

I wish I could live at the beach

I wish I had more free time

I wish I had a squirrel

Guillermo and Vanessa


We wish we could learn English very well

We wish we could travel to France

We wish we could go to the gym every day

We wish we had one child

We wish we were rich

We wish we could learn to cook very well

We wish we had a new T.V.

We wish we could sleep very good

We wish we could have our own business

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