TRIP #NIC0917:


Work with DWC in the community of Salmeron and participate in projects to support education, water and food security

Sep 2, 2017
Sep 9, 2017
Approx. $1400
Salmeron, Nicaragua


About The Trip:

You’ll work with Namlo International in Salmeron, a community in the municipality of San Nicolas, 22km from Esteli. This community lives in extreme poverty where many families survive on less than $1.00 per day. There is no access to water at the local school leaving students to walk up to 5km to the nearest water source. Plans are being made to update the water pump and to develop a water conservation system to serve the school site as well as the broader community. Long term plans also include constructing greenhouses, classrooms and latrines.

The team will lay the groundwork for the coming years during the inaugural DWC trip to this rural Nicaraguan community.

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.

Make an excursion into the nation’s cities to soak up the vibrant colours, sounds and flavours of authentic Nicaraguan culture. Enjoy museums, cathedrals and heritage architecture.

Climatewise, September is part of the wet season and travellers may experience tropical rain at any time but generally without disruption to plans or enjoyment. The temperature in September is moderate and averages around 27°C.
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The Project:

Details will be finalized in the coming weeks but could involve building a community kitchen, renovating a classroom, installing a greenhouse or updating a water system.


  • Saturday, September 2 – Team arrives in Managua and travels to hotel in Esteli
  • Monday, September 4 to Friday, September 8 – PROJECT WORK in Salmeron
  • Saturday, September 9: Return to Managua to fly home or continue your adventure 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 will stay at a hotel that is 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, program costs and a donation to Namlo International. It does not include airfare.

The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC. You can also fundraise 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:

Joshua Molsberry

From a young age, Joshua has fostered a life-long passion for international relief and development. At age 18, he volunteered abroad for the first time in Turkey after a series of powerful earthquakes hit the country. As part of a small group of volunteers, he worked in a displaced persons camp set up in the aftermath of the disaster. Since completing his master’s degree in international development, Joshua has been involved in relief and development projects throughout the developing world. Most recently, he worked for a large non-government organization in West Africa to help implement water and sanitation projects, agriculture initiatives and rural livelihood programs. Now based in DWC’s Kamloops office, Joshua works to ensure the successful delivery of the organization’s mandate and strives to increase the quality and impact of its efforts in the developing world.

Are You Ready To Go?

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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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