This Global Village team will build home improvements to productive areas of homes (kitchens, workshops, beauty Salons, etc. of approximately nine square meters) in the vicinity of Esteli, in the north central highlands, approximately 150 kilometers north of Managua. No construction experience is required – just a positive attitude and a desire to work side-by-side with families in need of simple home improvements. The trip will be a very unique and rewarding way to experience a foreign country, with close interaction with the local people and their culture. Most importantly, we will help change lives, including our own – one house at a time.
Nicaragua is bordered by Honduras to the north, Costa Rica to the south, the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The country is a tropical area with rich ecosystems supported by its climate and topography.
Climates in Nicaragua are dependent on the area of the country, however temperatures remain fairly constant through most of the country averaging 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit. Rainfall can vary between 40 in. annually in the highlands to as much as 255 in. in the Caribbean lowlands with a rainy season of May-October.
Nicaragua is home to almost 6 million people, with an estimated 2.5 million people living in Managua and surrounding areas making this capital city the second most populous city in Central America.
About Habitat for Humanity Nicaragua
Habitat for Humanity began working in Nicaragua in 1984 in the community of German Pomares of Chinandega. Since then, families in Jinotega, Matagalpa, Estelí, Leon, Chinandega, Managua, Bluefields, Carazo and Rivas have built their homes with Habitat assistance.
Learn more at Nicaragua’s country profile.
Types of construction for volunteers
Habitat Nicaragua builds homes of steel-reinforced cement block walls and roofs of galvanized zinc sheeting. The designs vary from project to project. Each house will have a mason and the future homeowner family doing construction in addition to volunteers.
Volunteers will aid in whatever skilled or unskilled work is needed. Some tasks include digging foundations, laying block, mixing mortar, moving materials, or cutting and tying rebar.
Day 1 (Arrival day, typically Saturday): Greeted at Managua airport by Habitat Nicaragua staff; dinner .
Day 2 (Sunday): Transported to host site; orientation and welcome.
Day 3-7 (Workdays, Monday-Friday): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8a.m.- 4p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; supper of local Nicaraguan food; time for team activities.
Day 8 (Saturday): Tour cultural sites; free time; final team dinner.
Day 9 (Final day, Sunday): Departure day.
Work teams usually stay in hotels, retreat centers or dorm-style accommodations that are basic, safe and clean. The team will stay two to four people per room. Typically rooms are equipped with a private bathroom, though in some locations only shared bathrooms are available.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)
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Habitat for Humanity International is challenging Global Village volunteers to make an even greater impact on the global issue of poverty housing. We are asking all GV teams to help us raise an additional $1.1 million in the coming year to support Habitat’s building projects worldwide. Take up the challenge! Join us in sharing our story and building a better world!
Joanne DelRossi lives in upstate New York, and has been a volunteer for her local Habitat for Humanity affiliate for the past 16 years, completing 14 homes. Her first Global Village team experience was in Totonicapan, Guatemala, in 2004, a truly life-changing event. She also participated in the Jimmy Carter Work Project in Lonavala, India, in 2006, and led her first Global Village Team to Nicaragua in 2011.
Joanne is an enthusiastic traveler that loves meeting people from all walks of life and cultures. She has visited Nicaragua several times over the past seven years, while working on improving her Spanish, and has fallen in love with the people and culture. She believes that working alongside new homeowners is a great way to meaningfully experience another culture, and is looking forward to joining with other folks that share her desire to help build a dream for families in amazing Nicaragua. She invites you to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.