Our programs offer the unique opportunity for a cultural exchange where participants can learn conservation skills whilst helping to protect the local environment. Join our team to share your skills with the community and learn about the tropical ecosystems and cultural traditions that define Astillero. 

Our programs are bespoke and pricing depends on your length of stay and how you can contribute to the Casa Congo team and community. For more information, please get in touch with our team via the contact form below. 


you can help us

Working with bamboo: engineering, construction and interior furniture making.


Permaculture techniques: organic gardening, vermiculture, wastewater treatment and rainwater capture systems.


Ecology in theory and practise: research and data in the Chacocente rainforest, reforestation, ecology classes. 

Ocean advocacy: surf lessons, swimming lessons, ocean safety, beach cleanups, turtle conservation and anti-poaching patrols. 


Community development: English language classes,reading classes, arts, business mentorship and community eats.  

Communication: create visual content, social media support, promotion of the NGO in a close  touristic zone


"Casa Congo is like a family to me. This paradise has changed my life. The NGO is a model to follow in every way possible. With the community members of El Astillero and the team members  I feel at home.  Staying here has been one of the best decisions of my life. I encourage anyone who has initiative and who wants to help to come visit this small treasure."


Volunteering and learning modules for approximately 6 hours a day, 5 days a week 


Sleep in a bamboo bunk-bed dormitory including bedding and Wi - Fi

A surfboard to use during your stay

Close collaboration with program leaders and the opportunity to explore ecosystems surrounding Astillero

Workshops where you can learn sustainable development techniques from local community members - including turtle protection, agro ecology, plastic upcycling, reforestation and much more!


Option 1: by Managua


The first option is to land at Managua International Airport. Prior to your arrival send us your flight details so we can arrange your transport to Casa Congo with a trusted local driver. 


When landing in Nicaragua you will need to pay 10$ for the tourist visa.

Option 2:  by Costa Rica


The second option is to land at San Jose international Airport

  • From San Jose you can take a small propeller plane to Nicaragua (only for real adventurers). The plane departs in the morning from the Domestic branch of San Jose Airport and lands in Costa Esmeralda. You can check availabilities and pricing here at Sansa Airlines. Once landed at Costa Esmeralda Airport, a team member from the Casa Congo crew will come pick you up; it's only half an hour drive from El Astillero. 

  • Alternatively, from San Jose you can take a bus to San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua and the Casa Congo crew will come pick you up there.


To leave Costa Rica you are required to pay a fee of 29$ at San Jose Airport, and when arriving  in Nicaragua you will need to pay 10$ for the tourist visa. 


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