from $1267.00

Community Building Project in Nicaragua

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8 days

Experience the beauty of Estelí, Nicaragua, which is also known as 'El Diamante de las Segovias' (the Diamond of the Segovias), and is situated 150km north of Managua. This city offers a genuine Central American ambience, surrounded by mountains and valleys and dotted with small agricultural communities in which project work will be undertaken all within 10-15 kms from Estelí. Choose from a 7, 14, 21 or 28 night project, and have the unique opportunity to be immersed in one of several rural communities situated near Estelí, and helping to improve the lives of the indigenous families. You'll be working on community construction projects, by assisting with the building of energy efficient stoves that are designed for cleaner air and less wood consumption, and you'll also be helping on other community construction based projects to improve the standard of living for underprivileged families. Within as little as a week, you can change the lives of several indigenous communities here. The stoves bring economical, environmental and medical benefits to the communities of Nicaragua. The families that have stoves only have to collect up to a third of the firewood they used to and spend less on medicines for chronic lung illnesses, benefiting them economically. Environmentally, the deforestation of trees is essentially reduced by two-thirds per family, and medically, with no smoke inhalation due to the chimney, the health of the families is greatly improved. Included in your fee is the funding needed to successfully complete whichever project you choose to do within the week and you'll be working in two communities where poverty levels are extremely low and local earnings are about $1 day. Participating in this project not only allows you to work on programs assisting disadvantaged communities or endangered ecosystems but it also offers wonderful opportunities to travel in the local area in your down time. You'll get the chance to explore Nicaragua, which offers year round trips and adventures! Included in the program is a half-day hike out to the Salto Estanzuela Waterfall and also a day hike out to the beautiful Miraflor. In your free time, there's always something to do, and the scenery is stunning. You can go trekking and climbing around the Maribios Volcanic Chain, or perhaps try your hands at diving or snorkelling through the coral reefs of Corn Islands. Visit the Cloud Forests of the Reservas Natural Miraflor and Cerro Tisey-Estanzuela or discover one of the finest collections of museums and churches in León. There is also the option of touring the organic coffee farms of Ruta De Café and many more.
  • Summary

    Be a part of this amazing experience which is both a learning experience and a chance to see the stunning Nicaragua. Arrive at the Augusto C Sandino international airport in Managua, where you'll be picked up and transferred to the project. After sorting out all the necessary procedures, you'll be treated to a scrumptious welcome meal! The first few days will be dedicated to your one-on-one Spanish classes with a tutor, when you can pick up some words and phrases to use during your interaction with the local people, and to give you grounding before the work. Following this, your days start early, eating breakfast with your host family before catching the bus to the relevant project site, and arriving to start work at about 8am. You will then work with the family for whom you are funding and working on your chosen project until around midday when you will eat lunch. You'll be helping to build energy-efficient stoves alongside a local mason and the indigenous family, mixing cement and constructing the stove from start to finish, which will need to be completed within one week and aims to satisfy what the community leaders and families really want and need. After lunch you will continue to work until 4pm when you return to Estelí to your host family for a relaxing evening. In the community La Thompson, were GVI has sent up their first project, living conditions are very basic with approximately 160 families living in houses made out of scrap metal, wood, and plastic sheets. Families generally cook over open fires inside the houses, which gives the families' lung problems and burns, and increases the already huge deforestation in the area, and there is also a scarcity of latrines, leading to poor hygiene issues. Your help here on a daily basis will help these disadvantaged local communities and also improve the endangered ecosystems in the area. After a long and rewarding day of work, you¿ll have the chance to experience a half-day hike out to the Salto Estanzuela Waterfall and also a day hike out to the beautiful Miraflor, which will be arranged. In your free time, there's always something to do here and you can take this chance to explore Nicaragua! Go trekking and climbing around the Maribios Volcanic Chain, or perhaps try your hands at diving or snorkelling through the coral reefs of Corn Islands. Visit the Cloud Forests of the Reservas Natural Miraflor and Cerro Tisey-Estanzuela or discover one of the finest collections of museums and churches in León. There is also the option of touring the organic coffee farms of Ruta De Café and many more.

  • Highlights

    * Working side-by-side with local rural families * Starting and finishing each chosen project, funded by you within 1week * Having one-on-one Spanish lessons * Going on an exciting adventure trip for half a day in the surrounding areas * Being based in the beautiful, thriving city of Estelí

  • Not Included

    * International flights * Medical and travel insurance * Personal kit & spending money * Inoculations and medication * International taxes

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