New project in Nicaragua

Things are going well and we have expanded our work in Diriamba. From now on we will not only work with children, but also with unemployed adults to help them find work.

What is it?

The idea is simple. We have signed four agreements with hotels and restaurants in Nicaragua. According to these agreements One, Two… Tree! gives English classes to the employees of these companies, in exchange, the hotels offer internships to our unemployed students. In the first phase, we will do this work with our own resources and without paying for the internship. The second phase foresees a coordinator dedicated only to this plan and $50 per month for each intern. We are looking for funding for the second part (see below).

Some details

  • The English classes will be given with volunteer teachers, as always, in the facilities of APAN, our partner in the country.

  • The English classes will cover topics related to the hospitality industry. Vocabulary, common situations or education clauses will be taught in these services.

  • Unemployed students and hotel workers will coincide in the same class. The training will be the same for both.

  • Unemployed students will be adults between the ages of 16 and 30. In view of the demand we have had since we announced the project in Nicaragua, they will be selected according to these criteria: poverty in rural areas, risk of social exclusion and academic excellence.

  • The internships offered by the hotels are unpaid. This excludes many unemployed people who cannot afford to work without pay for three months. In order to include them and reach the most needy, we will pay them $50 per month. That amount is nothing in Europe, it is also little in Nicaragua, but much more than some people earn in the countryside.

  • We will also have a coordinator (room and board paid for by the organization) dedicated exclusively to this project.

Calendar 

Phase one
September 2013 – April 2014
  • September 2013 – December 2013: English classes for hotel workers and the unemployed.
  • December 2013: Analysis of the project, attendance at classes, possible improvements and elaboration of changes for the next period.
  • January 2014 – April 2014: Start of unpaid internships. Continuation of English classes to new groups.
  • April 2014: Analysis of the project, communication with the hotels about the progress of the internship, search for improvements and elaboration of the plan for the next period.
  • Throughout the first phase we will seek funding to pay for the internship and pay for the accommodation of a volunteer to coordinate this project.
Second phase
April 2014 – following
  • April 2014 – June 2014: Continuation of English classes and start of paid internship.
  • July 2014: First report to the sponsor on the progress of the project.
  • July 2014 – following quarters: Ongoing analysis, quarterly reports to the sponsor, improvements in content and format.

We are looking for funding. Can you help us?

Although we need few resources in relation to the results, this project needs a minimum infrastructure to stand on its own in the long term and reach those who need it most by providing paid internships. We will cover the first expenses with our own funds, but we need sponsors to collaborate with us so that, together, we can find work for these people.

If you want to apply for funding to be included in our program you can write to us at hola@onetwo-tree.com and we will provide you with all the information from there.