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November 10, 2012 to November 18, 2012

Please join me in beautiful San Rafael del Sur on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast for a special project that will bring clean drinking water and sanitation to the families living in the community of La Gallina. This project will ultimately improve the lives of 800 people through installation of a full water system and sanitary units.


Volunteer works alongside a Partner family in Nicaragua.


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 Nicaragua’s country profile page.

Types of construction for volunteers
The water system will consist of a driveline made of PVC tubes and a storage tank made of simple concrete. The cistern will have a cabin made of adobe blocks and a 3-horsepower pump, in addition to a chlorinator that will purify the water.

Volunteers will aid in whatever skilled or unskilled work is needed. Some tasks include digging foundations, laying PVC pipe, installing faucets, mixing mortar, moving materials, installing toilets and finishing gardens.

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 leader
Sean Akell is very excited to be leading his first Global Village team to Nicaragua. He has been a team member on GV trips to El Salvador, Dominican Republic and Cambodia and he will be traveling to Malawi with Habitat for Humanity this summer. He welcomes this opportunity to help the families in the community of La Gallina to improve their living conditions. Sean volunteers with his local habitat branch in Massachusetts and in his free time he enjoys running road races. If you have any questions about the trip please contact him at

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