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April 20, 2013 to April 28, 2013

Bienvenidos! We will be working in San Rafael/Cayetano project location along the Pacific Ocean. If you are looking for a life changing adventure, then this is the project for you. I believe you will find this to be life changing for the community and family, and I know from experience you will get so much more out of it personally. All you need is an open mind, a willingness to do anything, the ability to be flexible and to have fun with a diverse team from all over working to make others’ lives better.



Volunteer works alongside a Partner family inNicaragua.

About Nicaragua
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.

Country Profile
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 Habitat’s Nicaragua 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.

Standard itinerary
(9-day itinerary)

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.

Program cost
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)

Build a better world: Take the Global Village Challenge
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!

Team leaders
My name is Shawn Goos, and this will be my fifth time to Nicaragua. The first three times I went with an NGO. I’m sure we made a difference in multiple folks lives each time, but my fourth time to Nicaragua turned out to be my most rewarding. I was part of a group from LA to Boston to Florida to Washington state and had the most unbelievable time working alongside the family, building a home. I will have to warn you though, that you may catch a little known disease called “Habititus.”  Don’t worry, it’s not harmful and there isn’t a cure, but you’ll want to keep going over and over again. This will be my third time leading a group, so I’m very comfortable with the ins and outs of Nicaragua, but I try to learn something new each and every time I’m there. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at .

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