TRIP #NIC0820:


Under 30: Volunteer and help construct a greenhouse in a rural Nicaraguan community.

Aug 15, 2020
Aug 29, 2020
Approx. $1,400 (based on a 10 volunteer team)
Esteli, Nicaragua


About The Trip:

As a volunteer in Nicaragua, 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. In Nicaragua, 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 to Nicaragua 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. In August, weather conditions in Nicaragua make it a good destination. Daily high temperatures are around 31°C (89°F), daily low temperatures are around 23°C (74°F). The region is characterised by frequent showers and thunderstorms, but very rarely does this last all day. Usually rainfall comes in bursts that are heavy but last a couple hours at most, then it dries up in the heat. Packing a light raincoat is definitely a good idea.
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The Project:

You’ll be serving the community of El Ojoched (San Juan De Rio Coco), Nicaragua. The average salary of $14/month is mostly through work in the tobacco fields. There are 50 families in the community with about 100 students attending the local school. These students suffer from a lack of dietary diversity leading to poor health. This school is one of a few that has a kitchen, however, the door is not secure, so food gets stolen and their water pump has been broken by vandalism.
About 20 of the students are preschoolers. As the facility lacks space, the little kids learn outside or in the kitchen. Additionally, because the toilets are inappropriately sized it makes their use dangerous and unsanitary. This community lacks the financial means to maintain its school’s infrastructure, so you’ll definitely be doing work that builds a future for people who live off of hope. Plans include fixing the water pump to ensure clean water for the school, build latrines at the school (and other key areas of the community), and the completion of upgrades to school infrastructure including security fencing, the installation of a greenhouse and water storage.


  • Saturday, August 15 – Team arrives in Managua and travels to the project site in El Ojoched
  • Monday, August 17 to Friday, August 21 – PROJECT WORK (half day on Friday)
  • Friday, August 21 to Sunday, August 23 – Free time for adventure
  • Monday, August 24 to Friday, August 28 – PROJECT WORK
  • Saturday, August 29: Return to Managua to fly home or continue travelling in Nicaragua and beyond.

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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 $1,400 and will be finalized closer to the departure date. This includes accommodations, meals, in-country transport and program costs. It does not include airfare.

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:

Alicia CadotteVolunteer Trip to Costa Rica Team Leader

I have two passions… travelling and helping others, and volunteering with DWC combines them both. I recently caught the travel bug and have been non-stop ever since! I’ve travelled to three other provinces in Canada, five states in America, Ireland, Costa Rica and, by the time we go on this trip I will have backpacked through most of Central America. The thing I love most about traveling is the connections you make along the way, which always seem to last a lifetime,

As a young woman in today’s society I feel passionate about helping others and trying to inspire my peers to do the same. We are the next generation! We need to take care of our people and our planet. We have to power to make a difference and it’ll only be as good as we make it. I want to leave a positive impact on this earth! I spend some of my weekends at local food banks volunteering and spent my last year in high school working at a non profit.

Since I was 9-years-old it’s been a dream of mine to go on a volunteer trip but if was a challenge saving the funds to go! I finally began my journey on my first trip with DWC in August 2019 to Costa Rica. It not only met every single expectation I had but exceeded them. We went to Barra de Pacuare where they stayed with the most amazing family who welcomed us into their homes not just as volunteers but as family. With the help of some of the locals, we helped fix the medical clinic so that the doctors would return. This included digging a 9-meter-deep well for better access to clean water. I absolutely cannot wait to go on another trip and now I have the amazing opportunity to lead you there.

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