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Welcome to El Portón Verde

So what’s the deal with couchsurfing anyway? We’ll see!


  1. Mike El Porton Verde

    Managua, Managua, Nicaragua

    Hi couchsurfers; As an introduction, my name is Mike and my family and I live and work on a small farm on the outskirts of Managua. We run a little bed and breakfast here where we like to share our little slice of paradise. During the slower season especially (May-October) we should be able to host a few people here, up to four at a time.
    If you are willing to help with some of the chores around the farm we’d be happy to do a friendly exchange with you! Some of the chores include: feeding the pigs, digging holes to plant trees and plantains, weeding the pineapple patch, cutting and then planting vetiver grass on lines of contour, cleaning the swimming pool, painting, and occassionaly a bit of childcare for our two year old.
    Cheers, Mike @ El Portón Verde, Managua

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So I signed up El Portón Verde on couchsurfing.com the other day. I got a message the next day from a nice French couple, they wanted a place to stay for one week. We couldn’t take them that first day but for six nights we could. If someone wants to stay we need them to do some farm work. They mentioned they were interested in farming, so I thought we had a match. Yesterday we got the message from them that they found something else, presumably where they wouldn’t have to do any actual work.

I’ll give it some time, but so far I’m not impressed…

To My Friends and Family: Please come visit me in Nicaragua

Cordial Invite? Friends and Family, Please Visit El Porton Verde and Experience Nicaragua!

To my friends and family: I am officially inviting you to come and visit Nicaragua this year. Maybe Nicaragua isn’t for…

Posted by Mike Quinn on Saturday, March 26, 2016

What’s this all about anyway?

I want you to visit Nicaragua. It’s time, really, like this year, 2016 let’s make this happen! I can customize your travel itinerary for you based on what you want to do and with whom you would like to do it! Just contact me and even if I’ve never met you, you’ll still get the “friends and family” treatment!
Partial list of what’s on offer:

Give me an idea, what’s a “typical” Nicaraguan vacation include?

You will fly into Managua International Airport where as soon as you get out of customs, heading towards the area of the rental cars, you will see my smiling face! A lot of flight arrive sort of late at night, so you and your travel companions can stay with us at the farm that first night.

When you wake up, you’ll see a wonderful view, enjoy a tasty farm-fresh breakfast, with ingredients from the farm, and we’ll plan out that first day. There are lots of things to do in the local area, colonial towns, big lakes, crater lakes, volcanoes, waterfalls, beaches, etc., so you can easily spend a couple of days partaking in that and getting your feet wet so to speak.

Then we can figure out what your particular interests are and make sure those fantastic travel experiences happen for you. Here are some possibilities:

And ideally you will plan to have the time to do a number of the above listed items or we can discover even more, this is only a partial listing!

visit Nicaragua

Swimming pool, tranquility and volcano views guaranteed!

Yum! Brands Adopts Nicaragua Community; Launches New Employee “Feed the World Ambassador Program” for World Hunger Relief | Business Wire

Yum! Brands Adopts Nicaragua Community; Launches New Employee “Feed the World Ambassador Program” for World Hunger Relief

Greg Creed, Chief Executive Officer of Yum! Brands, serves food to children in a community in Jinotega, Nicaragua, last week.

Greg Creed, Chief Executive Officer of Yum! Brands, serves food to children in a community in Jinotega, Nicaragua, last week.

Creed and a team of Yum! employees were on a humanitarian trip in Nicaragua as part of the Company’s Feed the World Ambassador Program. The new employee leadership program is part of the Company’s global World Hunger Relief effort that raises awareness, volunteerism and funds for the United Nations World Food Programme and others. Visit HungertoHope.com.


LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) announced it has adopted the community of Jinotega, Nicaragua, as part of the Company’s new Feed the World Ambassador Program. The new employee leadership program is part of the Company’s global World Hunger Relief effort that raises awareness, volunteerism and donations for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). “Witnessing WFP’s life-saving efforts in developing countries like Nicaragua is humbling. I’m hopeful our new employee campaign will give those less fortunate a hand up and create long-term change in communities around the world.”


The Feed the World Ambassador Program is a way for Yum! employees to fight global hunger and make a lasting impact in a community in need. Each year, a team of selected Yum! Ambassadors have the unique opportunity to travel to an adopted community and evaluate infrastructure improvements the Company can support. The Ambassadors work with WFP to determine improvement projects and costs and then launch fundraising efforts to support the specific community projects. “We’re a company with a Huge Heart and it’s our privilege and responsibility to Feed the World by making a difference in global hunger,” said Greg Creed, Chief Executive Officer, Yum! Brands. “Witnessing WFP’s life-saving efforts in developing countries like Nicaragua is humbling. I’m hopeful our new employee campaign will give those less fortunate a hand up and create long-term change in communities around the world.”

Source: Yum! Brands Adopts Nicaragua Community; Launches New Employee “Feed the World Ambassador Program” for World Hunger Relief | Business Wire

I’d like to be all snarky about this, to register some level of skepticism that somehow Yum! Brands is going to help people with basic needs such as food in Jinotega. It is ripe for commentary, as the company that is best known for selling its cheap, semi-nutritious fast food in the USA and lots of foreign countries would somehow be best suited to provide nutrition and life-changing lessons and examples for folks up in Jinotega.

We do salute you Yum! Brands for trying and we hope you don’t get too much negative feedback as I’m sure the folks you helped (as seen in the photo) were grateful for your help. I would like to learn more of the details of the program and see what the long-term plans might be.

Help with mostly outdoor projects at a small b&b in the hills of Managua, Nicaragua – workaway.info

Help with some outdoor projects at a small b&b in the hills of Managua, Nicaragua

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    We are a small B and B located on a working farm located in the hills of Managua overlooking volcanoes and forest. We have opportunities primarily in agriculture but also in running the B and B too. If you have interest in permaculture, have a strong work ethic, can drive a standard (stick) truck, and would enjoy meeting Farmstay guests, get in touch with us. Family-run with babies and young children living onsite. We do fun stuff too, with our swimming pool and various outings to beaches, volcanoes, lakes, islands, colonial towns, etc.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists

  • Help


    We always have ag and maintenance projects ongoing. For example in ag: digging holes to plant plantains in, transplanting vetiver grass on lines of contour, mounding up and layering hugelkuktur beds, planting beans and corn, chopping weeds, picking fruit, etc. Maintenance: painting, landscaping, gardening, small repairs. Ideally, early morning hours for ag and later in the day do maintenance tasks.
    I would also like some occasional help with picking up and dropping off of guests at the airport and eventually leading some tours. Having permaculture experience with valid driver’s license would be ideal. Three month commitment preferred. Room and board and some possible tips from guests.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish, Miskito

  • Accommodation


    Custom bunk beds, full size. If we have two volunteers you’ll have a roommate! Shared bath, poolfront location with mountain and volcano views.

  • What else ...

    What else …

    We have a great location for doing anything in Nicaragua basically. Near lakes, volcanoes, beaches, Colonial and surf towns. Easy to go anywhere in Managua, Masaya, Granada and the Pueblos Blancos. On weekends, Ometepe, San Juan del Sur, Leon, Chinandega, Matagalpa, and other places further out.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • ...

    Volunteering hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week


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Is a swimming pool with a tropical view in your future?

Is a swimming pool with a tropical view in your future?

Foreigners use online financing for Nica projects • El Nuevo Diario

  • April 20, 2015

Typing “Nicaragua” in the search box of Kickstarter displays multiple responses. This website, which enables people around the world to finance projects and ideas, has allowed various solidarity initiatives published by foreigners to be conducted in Nicaragua.

Building an ecological art studio built with plastic bottles, a book with drawings by Nicaraguan children and a program of learning poetry and theater for children in Granada and León are some of the projects that are fully funded by the contributions of people in Kickstarter.

Photography in Potrerillos 
Jackie Munro is a photographer, filmmaker and educator who knew the community of Potrerillos in Boaco in 2008 as a volunteer organization Amigos de las Americas.

After establishing ties with the family with whom he stayed, traveled once more and then began to assemble your project. He got a little over a thousand dollars on Kickstarter and traveled a third time to take pictures and make photography classes for youth and children.

“My class was focused on his own behalf and have the confidence to tell their own story and pictures of young people were really powerful. Some of his images are very inns and beautiful, others are intimate and honest, “Munro said.

The money raised used it to buy some items for recording, disposable cameras for students of photography course and pay some of the passages.

A new bridge 
Continental Crossings is an organization of engineering students from the University of Iowa who travel during their vacation to developing countries to build bridges in rural communities. The last to be completed was in Cinta Verde, in Matagalpa.

They needed about $ 15,000 to build these bridges and though they received contributions from the municipality of Esquipulas, the organization Bridges to Prosperity and contributions that met the young volunteers, funding fell short by $2,000. Full funding was achieved thanks to the campaign created by the student Sóley Porsteinsdóttir on Kickstarter.

“The design and construction are easy compared to fundraising. Kickstarter is why it is so important. We also used it as advertising. So we found a college alumnus who is now training to be a mentor of the project, ” says Porsteinsdóttir.

Children’s Books 
A book featuring Nicaraguan children is another project that has raised more funds than through the online funding demanded.

“The Adventures of Deyla and Diego” are fiction books showing everyday situations of children living in rural areas of Nicaragua, to simultaneously entertain and help children develop critical thinking. The photos accompanying reading, show two Nicaraguan children living adventures in their community.

The American educator Kristina books Mundera developed after work in the community of Pueblo Nuevo and noticed that children in rural areas have no access to books.

Fundraising has been so positive that with the extra money they have been receiving educational purchased sets for teachers and children.

Not everything is social 
Although most projects that foreigners seeking to do in Nicaragua with funds received online are social, there are exceptions.

There are some initiatives seeking finance documentaries or films they want to do about Nicaragua and its people. 
A young Washington received $ 2.730 to travel to Nicaragua to take pictures of the people who live near volcanoes for six weeks.

An artist from Kansas scraped together $ 4.700 to visit Nicaragua and participate in a residence to learn about indigenous methods to create pots and ceramic water filtration.

What is Kickstarter?

OPPORTUNITY • A website online funding for creative projects. Since its launch in 2009 have raised funds for more than 83,000 initiatives.

For projects to get the money that has been donated to them, should achieve its goal in dollars. If not satisfied, do not get the money.

To date 44% of the ideas have achieved their funding goals.

Extranjeros usan financiamiento online para proyectos nicas • El Nuevo Diario.

The story linked-to above mentions 10 projects but I see 54! Here is the list of Nicaraguan projects.

This is definitely something new in the world of fundraising for projects, and though Kickstarter has been around for a few years now (since 2009) there are still lots of people who are not familiar with the concept. I think it is best put on the actual Kickstarter website:

1. Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects.

We’re a home for everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of projects, big and small, that are brought to life through the direct support of people like you. Since our launch in 2009, 8.4 million people have pledged more than $1.7 billion, funding 83,000 creative projects. Thousands of creative projects are raising funds on Kickstarter right now.

2. Each project is independently created.

The filmmakers, musicians, artists, and designers you see on Kickstarter have complete control over and responsibility for their projects. Kickstarter is a platform and a resource; we’re not involved in the development of the projects themselves. Anyone can launch a project on Kickstarter as long as it follows our rules.

3. Together, creators and backers make projects happen.

Project creators set a funding goal and deadline. If people like a project, they can pledge money to make it happen. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing — projects must reach their funding goals to receive any money. All-or-nothing funding might seem scary, but it’s amazingly effective in creating momentum and rallying people around an idea. To date, an impressive 44% of projects have reached their funding goals.

Read the rest of how Kickstarter works here: https://www.kickstarter.com/hello


Turtles Begin to Arrive · El Nuevo Diario

Turtles start coming

Arrivals. Authorities report that between Thursday and Saturday, the first mass arrival of turtles in Chacocente recorded.

By Lesber Quintero | Country

Turtles start coming
Chacocente is one of the beaches where the largest number of nests recorded.


Over 2,500 Olive Ridley turtles come to the shores of the Escalante-Chacocente River Wildlife Refuge between Thursday and Saturday. According to the authorities that protect the turtle sanctuary, this is the first mass nesting period of 2014-2015, which began in July and ends in January next year.

Colonel José Alberto Larios, head of the Fourth Army Military Command, explained that the arrival began Thursday night with 1,434 turtles nesting “and continued on Friday night with 910 and 197 closed on Saturday, totaling a record of 2,541, “he said.

The shores of this beach nesting turtles have an area 1,500 meters, which are under the aegis of Army and rangers.

The nesting area is divided between the municipalities of Santa Teresa, in the department of Carazo, and Tola, Rivas department.


Last July officially began the period of arrivals, with a record of 1,363 turtles that were coming out solitary or in small groups, as confirmed by Colonel Larios.

We tried to phone to provide further details of the arrivals in the Refugio coach Escalante-Chacocente Jeffer Cruz, but he said he was not authorized to provide information.

In official media, however, Cruz stated that in August they expect between eight thousand and ten thousand turtles , adding that for this period expect more than 5,300 turtles in the 2013-2014 season, when accounted for the arrival of 54,700 copies.

Meanwhile, authorities in Refugio La Flor, located 22 kilometers south of the town of San Juan del Sur, are waiting for the next weekend to appraise the first major arrivals.

Chacocente, Flor, Juan Venado, Padre Ramos, Cosigüina, Jiquilillo and Pacific beaches where the arrivals of Olive Ridley turtle varieties, paslama, hawksbill and torita are concentrated .

60,000 turtles nest in Chacocente expected.

194,000 nesting turtles are projected to occur throughout the Nicaraguan Pacific, between July 2014 and January 2015.

more (in Spanish) Comienzan a llegar las tortugas · El Nuevo Diario.

Good reminder that when you come to Nicaragua you can usually see either the turtles coming up on the beach to lay their eggs in the sand, or to see the little babies hatching and helping make sure they get to the ocean’s edge okay. Beaches like La Flor and Chacocente are reserves where the turtles are protected as they lay their eggs, the eggs themselves, and finally as they rush off to the sea.

High-Minded Travel

High-Minded Travel

“One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are” (Edith Wharton). In Nicaragua, you’ll not only find good people, but you can also have the opportunity to be one of those good people with a trip that gives back. Voluntourism and ecotourism offer a way to experience nature, culture, history and beauty, with a positive impact, in beautiful Nicaragua.

Give back while getting an unforgettable experience with packages like these:


Hawksbill Sea Turtle Projects: This volunteer program works closely with local communities for the conservation of hawksbill sea turtles on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast. Lodging, training, and three meals a day provided in exchange for the small participation fee and volunteer hours. Work to protect these endangered creatures and enjoy yourself in a beautiful setting while doing good.

Starting from $280

Call 949 607-8466


Sustainable Eco-lodges: Morgan’s Rock and Jicaro Island Ecolodge are two resorts that offer luxury accommodations while maintaining low impact and sustainable practices. Enjoy private waterfront, astounding wildlife, yoga, horseback riding, nature walks, breakfast on the local farm, sunset tours and more. These eco-lodges will let you experience authentic green travel in paradise.

Starting from $2,653


via High-Minded Travel.

You might want to stay in Managua when…

You might want to stay in Managua when:

  • Your incoming flight arrives late in the day and you might be feeling a bit tired and prefer to get a bite to eat and get to somewhere nice where you can take it easy and get a good night’s sleep.
  • Your next Nicaraguan destination can wait a day, you’ve done a lot of traveling and are on VACATION so give yourself a break and start to relax already!
  • Your departing flight is leaving really early in the morning.
  • You are traveling on to the Caribbean coast and need to wait until the next days flight to Bluefields, Corn Island, Puerto Cabezas, etc.
  • Your flight came in late and you are planning on going first to somewhere kind of far away, such as Chinandega, Matagalpa, Esteli, San Juan del Sur, Rio San Juan, Ometepe Island, etc. which you cannot or should not attempt to travel to at night.
  • You have some dental work or doctor’s visits to take care of by the best doctor’s and dentists in Nicaragua. You can save a lot of money with medical tourism in Nicaragua!
  • You have some NGO-church-mission-related, or other type of work to be done in the capital.
  • You are seriously thinking of relocating and understand that it is a good idea to get to know the biggest city in the country before moving on and deciding where you want to live in Nicaragua.
  • You understand that the best way to check out the different areas, especially along the Pacific Coast is to stay in the Managua area because transport to beach areas on the coastline is simpler since there isn’t any Pacific Coast Highway of Nicaragua!

if your situation does not fall into any of the above you probably don’t need to worry too much about where to stay in Managua.  So enjoy your stay elsewhere and thanks for reading!

Managua, Nicaragua

Managua, Nicaragua

via Where should I stay on my first night in Nicaragua? | Bed and Breakfast Farmstay El Portón Verde, Managua.

homestay/extended lodging in managua – Managua Forum – TripAdvisor

Managua, Nicaragua

5. Re: homestay/extended lodging in managua

 Jul 03, 2014, 1:02 PM

Hello Dimas: Not to hijack the OP’s original thread (BTW: Hi Laura, thanks for staying with us at the Farmstay, you are awesome!) but yes, I am on airbnb, It’s a good service!

I can see your point about the high prices for certain places, but I assure you that Managua or Nicaragua in general does not suffer from this problem. I do know that major cities like SF, NY, or Barcelona, etc. the prices are relatively high as the popularity of these sort of social lodging booking apps grow. So if one of these apps/services gets too pricey and another pops up that has less expensive offerings, then great.

But to respond to your point, if you look at what is listed on airbnb in Managua, the prices start at $10 a night and there are several at $15 or $20 per night. I would say that is a pretty good deal. I know my place is!

Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Portón Verde, Managua

via homestay/extended lodging in managua – Managua Forum – TripAdvisor.

I post on TripAdvisor’s Nicaraguan Forum quite often, and I had an inquiry from someone there about a place to stay near to Las Colinas which ended up turning into a three-week stay. I want to give you a little of the “Nicaragua Insiders” perspective on this, sort of a “behind the scenes” view of what goes on here at the Farmstay..

Turns out that we ended up with the loveliest guest we have had staying with us at the Farmstay in a long time by the name of Laura. She was here in to volunteer for a great organization that helps children in Nicaragua born with clubfoot, called Miracle Feet.

Lovely guest Laura getting in some baby time with baby Ethan.

Lovely guest Laura getting in some baby time with baby Ethan.

We really enjoy helping make a volunteer’s stay comfortable, where they feel like they are with their Nicaraguan family yet have their own space and some nice options that aren’t available at typical homestays. For example, swimming pool, free WiFi, farm tours, fresh fruit, hearty farmstay breakfasts, etc.)

If you are reading this, and would like to start looking at possible volunteer gigs, check out our Nicaraguan Volunteer Opportunities listings.

Volunteering in a Permaculture Food Forest | Permaculture Magazine

Volunteering in a Permaculture Food Forest | Permaculture Magazine.

Jack Plant & Gail Harland |


Friday, 28th March 2014

What is it like volunteering on a permaculture project in Central America? What can be learnt and what can be given? Jack Plant and Gail Harland report their experiences at Project Bona Fide, Nicaragua, a remarkable permaculture food forest that has dramatically diversified food varieties and skills in its locality.

Chris talks in the garden, with stunning volcano and lake in the background, to a group from a permaculture design course.
This is actually a pretty big deal. This permaculture magazine sent a couple of permie-journalists to volunteer at Project Bonafide on Ometepe Island. This is an interesting piece of reportage to me personally as these guys are my heroes! A good read indeed and congratulations to Project BonaFIDE!