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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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It’s Official!

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Hello to all that read the volunteer blog!  My name is Kelsey Overley and I will be your new host/guide/however you see fit to call me.  So sit back and enjoy!  I wanted to write a personal intro as I was officially handed over the username and password to the blog.  There wasn’t a huge ceremony or anything BUT I can assure you all that it was a big moment.

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About six years ago a woman by the name of Sue Keefe led the IHM group and gave me one of the best experiences I can remember. Along with her were the wonderful people that were on the trip with me (Go Team Epsilon), the kindhearted people of the center, and anyone else that I came in contact with.

Fast Forward to about 2013 when I returned to the center the second time. I experienced something that changed everything for me.  I witnessed one of the volunteers interpreting for two people (one girl from Managua and one from Cincinnati).  In that moment I knew I wanted to change almost everything that I was doing.  I wanted to change my major to Spanish (along with health) and I wanted to do what I had to do to become a volunteer! There’s a bit more to the story after but I won’t bore you to tears with all of that.  The important message here is that six years later, Kelsey became a volunteer!

I’m not sure if this post was an interesting one or not BUT I hope you all enjoyed it as the first of many to come! I promise the other blogs won’t be TOOOOOO boring or only about your new Blog host.




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