Are you looking for a life-changing experience? Do you want to give yourself to help a family create a better home for themselves?
You don’t need special skills to participate in this build, nor do you need to speak Spanish. What you do need is the ganas (desire) to make a difference with your hands, willingness to go-with-the-flow and a positive attitude.
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 F. 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, Estel, Leon, Chinandega, Managua, Bluefields, Carazo and Rivas have built their homes with Habitat assistance.
Learn more at 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.
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!
Russ first participated with Habitat in Chicago more than 20 years ago. In 2009, he made in his first Global Village trip when he participated in a post-earthquake build in China. Most recently, he was fortunate to be part of the ‘Build Blitz’ with the Paraguay affiliate as they celebrated their dos mil casa (2,000th Habitat house).
Russ is thrilled to be leading his first trip to Nicaragua and he’s looking forward to speaking with you about joining the team. For more information about this GV trip to Nicaragua, please contact Russ Krochock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Espero hablar te pronto. (I hope to talk to you soon).