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Vaya Volunteers and Experience Exchange


One of the goals of Vaya Volunteers is to create a community library for the children of Matagalpa. Many of the public schools in the city and the surrounding areas are in great need of books for children who are just learning to read, as well as those families who would like to practice at home. Many of their collections are so small that they do not allow the children to check books out and none of the books are in English.

We also are collecting English and Spanish chapter books so that adults in the community have an opportunity to improve their literacy skills as well.


Adult Fiction, Adult Non-Fiction (‘How-To Books’; Biographies; Books to Inspire, Educate, Open Minds, Help with Enterprise Development, etc.), Children’s Storybooks, Early Childhood Development, Language, ‘Learning-to-Read’ Books, Literature, Young Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction, and Young Readers and Teenage Fiction

Hesperian Health Guides:
(English and Spanish) Helping Health Workers Learn and Helping Children Who Are Blind
20% OFF with code PFAP20 directly from the publisher at

Library Supplies:
Black Fine Liners, Book Pockets for Date Issued Cards (these can be bought professionally made up), Clear Packing Tape, Date Issued Cards (these can be bought professionally made up), Date Stamp and Inkpad, Due-Date Slip to remind reader when to return book (these can be bought professionally made up), and Labels

Computer Hardware/Software:

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of September 28, 2016

Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them.

Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.