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 Habitat’s Nicaragua country profile page.
This cost includes a significant donation to Habitat for Humanity, and it covers the volunteer’s accommodations, meals, in-country transportation and travel medical insurance. Read details.
You may fundraise the program cost, pay it all or pay some yourself and fundraise the rest. With our help, fundraising with social media and email will be easy. We hope that you will set a goal above program cost. That additional donation will keep Habitat building after your team returns home. Joining this team can be your first step in making Nicaragua a better place to live.
- Day 1, Saturday: Arrive at Managua Airport, where Habitat for Humanity staff welcomes you. Meet your team over dinner.
- Day 2, Sunday: Travel to host site, where Habitat staff will introduce you to our work in Nicaragua and show you the community where you’ll work.
- Days 3-7, Monday-Friday: Build on-site, with free time and team activities in the evenings.
- Day 8, Saturday: Visit sites to absorb Nicaraguan culture, and enjoy a celebration dinner.
- Day 9, Sunday: Depart for home, or independently continue your journey in Central America.
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.
Tasks on the work site
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.
Contact this team’s leader
Have questions? Ready to join the team? Kelly Vander Schuur will lead this team in the field and he would love to speak with you.
Kelly says: “My favorite Global Village memory is of the children from my first trip which was to Guatemala. The children would meet us at the gate every morning with hugs and kisses on the cheek and the same at the end of the day before we left for the night. There wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd on the last day when we had to say ‘adios’ instead of ‘hasta mañana.’ ”