TRIP #NIC0518:

Nicaragua

Help construct a greenhouse in a rural Nicaraguan community.

DEPARTURE DATE
May 5, 2018
RETURN DATE
May 19, 2018
COST
Approx. $975
WHERE
Esteli, Nicaragua

Nicaragua

About The Trip:

You’ll work with Namlo International serving communities in the municipality of San Nicolas, near Esteli. Families live in extreme poverty often surviving on less than $1.00 per day. You’ll definitely be doing work that builds a future for people who live off of hope. You’ll work alongside like-minded volunteers who are also passionate about travel and giving others a hand up, not a hand out.

It’s Not All Work:


A trip here is both unique and rewarding with many options for your free time while visiting this Central American jewel. You can absorb the magnificent scenery while relaxing on the soft sand of serene coastal beaches. Popular sites with travellers include the impressive Ometepe Island made of two volcanoes with highlights including petroglyphs and pristine forest frequented by monkeys, armadillo and opossum. Catch a wave at San Juan del Sur, a beautiful surf village, or experience the sea turtles at Monty’s Beach Lodge. Make an excursion into the nation’s cities to soak up the vibrant colours, sounds and flavours of authentic Nicaraguan culture.

The climate is tropical, hot and humid, all year round with the warmest months being April and May. In May, weather conditions in Nicaragua make it a good destination with temperatures between 23°C and 34°C. The region is characterised by frequent showers and thunderstorms so packing a light raincoat is a good idea.
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The Project:


Details will be finalized in the coming weeks but plans are being made to build a greenhouse, and to develop a water conservation system with updated pump to benefit a rural Nicaraguan community.

https://developingworldconnections.org/read_mural/
https://developingworldconnections.org/volunteer_student/

Itinerary:


  • Saturday, May 5 – Team arrives in Managua and travels to hotel in Esteli
  • Monday, May 7 to Friday, May 11 – PROJECT WORK
  • Saturday, May 12 to Sunday, May 13 – Free time for adventure
  • Monday, May 14 to Friday, May 18 – PROJECT WORK
  • Saturday, May 19: Return to Managua to fly home or continue traveling in Nicaragua and beyond.

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FAQs:


Do I need construction experience and how much will we work?
You don’t need any special skills or training. We hire local skilled labourers who will give training onsite for construction and team leaders. You will work at your own pace five days a week from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing.
What are meals and accommodations like?
The team members will be homestaying in pairs in family accommodations that are comfortable and clean. The food is prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.
How much does it cost?
The program cost is about $975 and will be finalized closer to the departure date. This includes accommodations, meals, in-country transport and program costs. It does not include airfare. Team members will individually fundraise $200 for a project contribution to Namlo International.

The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC. You can fundraise part or all of your trip and we will issue charitable receipts for donations $20 CDN or greater.

Why should I volunteer?

Volunteer trips take you to places you otherwise might never go, to do things you otherwise might never do and to meet people you might never otherwise meet.

You’ll make a difference in others’ lives and they will make a difference in yours. Simply put, there is joy and self-discovery that comes with giving to others. And you’ll have fun doing it, too.

DWC Team Leader:


Keegan Marchand

My name is Keegan Marchand. I was born and raised in Kamloops, BC. I graduated with honours from Sahali Secondary School in 2015 and was involved in many sports and volunteer activities. I played basketball, volleyball, soccer and tennis throughout high school but basketball was my passion. I attend McGill University in Montreal where I am studying Physiology and continue to play many intramural sports and avidly volunteer. I love to travel and have participated in volunteer trips to Guatemala, Nepal and Peru. I climbed Kilimanjaro in Africa and have also travelled to Europe and India. I’m looking very forward to combining my interest in travel and volunteering as I lead a Developing World Connections trip!

Are You Ready To Go?


Got questions? Email us at info@developingworldconnections.org.

Ready to apply? Fill out our online application. You can secure your place on this trip with a $500, non-refundable deposit that goes toward your total trip cost. After you’ve submitted your forms and deposit, our office will contact you and send you a welcome package.

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