Help Educate

University Scholarships for Rural Development

Help Educate Events

We hold many annual events for fun and fundraising for our university scholarships - Noche de Salsa, wine tastings, March Madness, Fantasy Football, and happy hours around the world. Check this page often to see what is coming up soon!

Upcoming Events

Lobster Bake in Kennebunkport

Lobster Bake
Join Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (BARPCV) and Help Educate for an afternoon of lobster, croquet, and kayaking the Kennebunk River to benefit Nicaraguan university students!

Help Educate was founded by Peace Corps Volunteers in Nicaragua in 2004, and continues to provide scholarships to the most deserving and needy students. Graduates have gone on to become civil engineers, agricultural engineers, teachers, doctors, accountants, and more. Most importantly, graduates have become agents of change in their communities, helping to unlock educational opportunities for their peers.

The event will be held at one of Kennebunkport’s oldest homes and a destination on the 2006 Private Gardens of the Kennebunks Tour, just blocks from both the Kennebunk River and the village center.

Only 50 tickets will be made available for this family friendly event just 90 minutes north of Boston, so be sure to reserve your spot soon!

When: Saturday, June 6 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Where: Kennebunkport, ME
RSVPs and inquiries:

Suggested minimum donation of $50 for adults and $25 for kids includes lobster lunch, kayak use and croquet tournament entrance.

Past Events

Fifth Annual Noche de Salsa

In September 2014, the Fifth Annual Noche de Salsa in Washington, DC raised over $3,500 - enough for seven scholarships - making this our best Noche ever! With tons of salsa dancing, a silent auction and exciting raffle prizes, we can’t wait for next year’s!

San Francisco - Nica Lunch to Help Educate at Las Tinajas

On April 26, 2014, friends of Help Educate in San Francisco were treated to Nicaraguan lunch and hospitality at Las Tinajas restaurant as part of a fundraiser. We raised $657, enough for a one year scholarship!

6th Annual March Madness Online Tournament

Thanks to all who participated in the 6th annual Help Educate March Madness college basketball tournament! 

Fourth Annual Noche de Salsa

Noche de Salsa 2013
On Saturday, November 16, 2013, we hosted our 4th Annual Noche de Salsa event in Washington, DC at Meze. It was a night full of salsa dance lessons from Hugo, delicious mojitos, a silent auction and raffle prizes! In the end, we raised over $2,800, enough for five scholarships!

We also learned about a Help Educate love story (photo at left) - they met at the 2011 Noche de Salsa, and now they are engaged! Congrats to the happy couple, and thank you to all of our fantastic supporters who help Help Educate!

5th Annual March Madness Online Tournament

Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Help Educate March Madness tournament:
• Alex won first place and a prize of $173!
• Ben won second place, earning $86!
• Carmen took third place, receiving $43!

Alex has donated his prize back to Help Educate, so
we raised $736 from your generous contributions! As a result, we will be able to provide a one year academic scholarship for a Nicaraguan youth.

Thank you again for your support! And
don't forget to join us for Fantasy Football this fall!

February 2013 Happy Hour

February 27, 2013, Washington, DC
- DC supporters joined the Help Educate Management Team and our founder John Kuehnle to unwind, mix and mingle during a happy hour at Stetson’s (1610 U St), With exciting raffle prizes like Nicaraguan rum and Nationals baseball tickets, we raised $275, which covers a little more than a semester at a Nicaraguan university!

Help Educate with Margaritas and Mambo

December 12, 2012, San Francisco, CA - DJ Paul Hobi played old school latin mambo, cumbia, and soul on vinyl for our dancing pleasure at El Amigo.

3rd Annual Noche de Salsa

November 17, 2012, Washington, DC - Help Educate is thrilled to announce that 2012’s Noche de Salsa raised $2,152 from ticket sales, extra donations, raffles and the silent auction! Thanks to your generous contributions online and at the event, we are able to cover one year of college tuition for 4 students. A special thanks goes out to our salsa instructors Hugo, Mercedes and Jessie and our hosts at Meze for making the night such a success.

Zumba for Help Educate

October 5, 2012, San Francisco, CA - A group of Help Educate's oldest and newest supporters came out to dance to cheesy Latin music in order to raise money for deserving students on Friday evening at 66 Sanchez.  While everyone's experiences with Zumba varied, everyone was equally sweaty by the end of the hour - and most importantly everyone had a blast!  Between the donations of those who made it and those who could not join but donated anyway, we met our goal and raised more than enough to sponsor an entire semester of tuition.  Huge thank you for those of you that contributed - especially the awesome Jessa Freeman who taught the class!  

2nd Annual Taste for a Cause

Wine Tasting 2012
September 22, 2012, Cutchogue, NY - Thanks to the generosity of McCall Wines, the 2012 "Taste for a Cause" event successfully raised over $2,000!  Participants savored a number of award winning McCall wines while listening to the acoustic melodies of the Sixteen String Band, catching up with old friends, making new friends, and touring the picturesque Cutchogue Estate.  Sommelier Brewster McCall led a discussion of each wine tasted and raffled off bottles for lucky attendees to enjoy at home.  All are looking forward to next year's event on the North Fork.

Friends tasting wines at the 2012 Taste for a Cause event.

Band at Taste for a Cause 2012 Vineyard Tour at Taste for a Cause 2012
A performance by the Sixteen String Band and a tour of the McCall Wines Vineyard were other activities at this year’s event.

Thanks to all Help Educate supporters who came out to this fantastic event!