About Build Louder Global Village trips
Build Louder Global Village trips involve intentional education in addition to home construction. Volunteers will learn about poverty housing issues and meet with local leaders, individuals and nongovernmental organizations that deal with these issues daily, allowing them to view their work with Habitat in a broader social context.
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 on our Nicaragua country profile page.
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.
Nov. 29: Greeted at the airport by Habitat Nicaragua staff, spend night in the capital.
Nov. 30: Informal settlement visit, tour of old Managua and orientation. Travel to project location.
Dec. 1-4: Build days, community tour, meet with local government officials. Lunch with family and community members and house dedication.
Dec. 5: Education meetings in Managua, transfer to Granada.
Dec. 6: Visit Masaya volcano, cultural activities and farewell dinner in Granada.
Dec. 7: Departure day.
Work teams stay in hotel accommodations that are basic, safe and clean. The team will stay two people per room. Rooms are equipped with a private bathroom.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)
Share your story and keep Habitat building
You’re building something exciting with Habitat, so tell people about it! Create a page on Share.Habitat to tell friends, family and coworkers about your Global Village trip. Fundraising your program cost will be easy, and additional funds you raise will keep Habitat building after your team returns home.
Have questions? Ready to join this Build Louder trip? Matt Dunbar and Brittany Jones will lead this team in the field and would love to speak with you.
Matt says about a memorable Build Louder Global Village trip, “In Guatemala, after visiting an informal settlement constantly plagued by landslides, we had the opportunity to advocate for the construction of land stabilizing retention walls to be built by the federal government. This advocacy worked and the walls were built because volunteers spoke up and built with their voices as well as their hammers.”
Brittany says “the best memory I have of Global Village trips are interacting with the families, communities and staff of the host countries. Global Village trips have always given me the opportunity to learn about others in a way I couldn’t travel on my own.”