Volunteer to build a school in the northern jungle of Nicaragua

Mar 26, 2019
Mar 30, 2019
Approx. $1300
Esteli, Nicaragua


About The Trip:

By being a volunteer in Nicaragua, you’ll work with Namlo International serving the community of San Jose del Ojoch. The average salary of $14/month is mostly through work in the tobacco fields. As a volunteer in Nicaragua, you can help the 50 families in the community with 102 students attending the local school. These students suffer from a lack of dietary diversity leading to poor health. This school is one of few that has a kitchen, however the door is not secure, food gets stolen and their water pump has been broken by vandalism.

About 20 of the students are preschoolers. However, as the facility lacks space, the little kids learn outside or in the kitchen. Additionally, the toilets are inappropriately sized which makes their use dangerous and unsanitary. This community lacks the financial means to maintain its school’s infrastructure. 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 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.

Nicaragua’s climate is tropical, hot and humid making it a good destination open to discovery. The country is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures over 30°C. Some regions experience 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 could include building a classroom, repairs to the water pump to ensure there is clean water for the school, building latrines, security fencing, and installing a green house.


If you can not give the gift of time, consider a contribution to Western Canadian Steel’s Fundraising Campaign. We will make a difference in the world working together.


  • Tuesday, March 26, 2019 – Team members arrive and travel to accommodations near Esteli
  • Wednesday, March 27 to Friday, March 29 – PROJECT WORK
  • Saturday, March 30 – Team departs or continues to explore 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 stay in nearby 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 $1300 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.

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