Pasantía publicado por: Casa-Nica
Publicado el: 05/08/2013
Nicaragua is moving online along with the rest of the world but currently lacks the many of the skills needed to create a polished online presence. They realize that in order to attract new volunteers and gain exposure they need to be online but are unsure how to go about that let alone create the content that their sites would need. Most of the organizations are run by older management that have never had to implement an online presence before so have no access to the skills and knowledge needed to do this.
A volunteer on this program would get involved in every aspect of creating an online presence for a Nicaraguan NGO. The project would start with finding out exactly what they need. This could be simple a website to a full suite of tools including email, calendar, document online backups etc. Then registering a domain name if they don't have one, finding a hosting provider and building out what they need. All of which would have to kept simple (and cheap) and documented in such a way that they would be able to use what you created going into the future.
If you are a video creator or designer then there are opportunities to create promotional videos or promotional literature such as brochures or pamphlets. If you are skilled in creating beautiful things with a computer then there are organizations here that would love to use your skills.
Furthermore, they are able to see the that using Facebook, Google+, Linkedin sites to promote their organizations is becoming just as important as their own website but again need someone to come and and get things started.
Finally, as their offices are becoming more computerised they face the same problems as everyone else with document management, backups, storage, etc and would welcome anyone that could come in and implement a system to keep them all synced and working together,.
Any assistance that you could offer in creative IT or business IT would be extremely welcome here in Nicaragua and really help them embrace and employ technology.
Completing these projects will be somewhat challenging due to the level of IT resources, internet access and general IT skills in these organizations. Therefore, you will have to think hard about what solutions you offer and how they are implemented. However, once you get everything working the way they want it is amazingly rewarding.
You will get to practice your Spanish as the content of the sites and videos will be in Spanish and the people in the organizations will, for the most part, only speak Spanish.
The Casa-Nica house has fast for Nicaragua internet; 3Mbps, so you will be able to work from the house if you want to.
You will learn a great deal about how to meet technical challenges with the minimum resources.
Casa-Nica has a strong background in Linux and OpenSource and we will be happy to teach you about any aspect of that.