DWC’s model for COMMUNITY BUILDING improves the quality of life for impoverished neighbourhoods in the developing world. Projects that create the infrastructure for continuing education, economic development, technology, food security, sports, culture, and environmental stewardship transform local challenges into practical solutions.
A community centre, for example, can play an empowering role, functioning as a space for education seminars, training workshops, community group meetings or as a neighbourhood events facility. It can also serve relationships with NGOs and government in technical, organizational, and financial assistance.
Often, the sustainability and affordability of such projects rely on local sweat equity and donated or repurposed materials. A sense of belonging and ownership over these communal facilities is stimulated for households who participate in their neighbourhood’s development.
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.
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 characterized by frequent showers and thunderstorms, but very rarely does this last all day. Packing a light raincoat is definitely a good idea.
In general, expect to work 6-8 hours per day. Volunteers usually wake up early, around 7 or 8 and have breakfast. After breakfast, the workday begins, usually somewhere between 8 and 9 AM. There will be lunch in the middle of the day, around 12, which is either provided by your workplace, host family, or purchased by you. Your workday will usually end around 4:30 PM.
A trip to Nicaragua is both unique and rewarding with many options for your free time while visiting this Central American jewel. 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.
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 local 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 cost of each trip varies for each country, and the approximate cost of this trip is displayed at the top of the page. All costs will be finalized closer to the departure date. This cost is the in-country cost, including accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to our Host Partner in their respective country. It does not include airfare. The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC.
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.
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.