“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – Gandalf
Join me on this adventure to Esteli, Nicaragua. The area is located in the north central highlands, famous for cigar production and full of natural reserves. Whether you join because you want to help build homes, like to work with your hands, have a hankering to give back to society or just because you have wanderlust, it does not matter. What matters is that you are choosing to come!
No special skills are required. You just need to bring your smile, willingness to work and some flexibility.
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 Nacaragua 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.
Days 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.)
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!
Veronica loves to travel, experience new cultures and learn from people around her. She started volunteering with Global Village in 2007, participating in several builds in Latin America. This will be her second trip as a team leader. For more information about this GV trip to Nicaragua, please contact Veronica at email@example.com. Hope to hear from you soon!