Quetzaltrekkers León exists to provide financial assistance to underfunded community development projects in and around León. Our model is based on partnerships with existing, well-established organizations, which focused their efforts on helping at risk-youth. We believe this ''help the helpers'' approach is more sustainable and allows us to empower not only vulnerable children but the professionals who work with them.
Although our principal commitment to the organizations is financial, QT directors facilitate working sessions with the leadership of these projects, in order to create spaces for discussion and strategic planning. Our volunteers also spend time each week helping with homework, playing soccer, and building friendships with the children at the various projects.
A note on recent events in Nicaragua:
In April 2018 a wave of protests against government policies spread in Nicaragua, leading to riots and episodes of violence across the country. These events had a huge impact on tourism, which was booming the months prior to these events. As a consequence of this, we had to cancel our partnerships with the different projects we supported in 2017. At the moment, the profits from our hikes are being donated to the QT Scholarship Fund.