Bienvenidos! We will be working on a special project in the La Gallina region of Nicaragua, southwest of Managua near the Pacific coast. For this adventure, you will need an open mind, willingness to work, sense of humor and most importantly, a “go with the flow” flexibility. We look forward to bringing together a diverse team that will help change lives, including our own.
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, Esteli, Leon, Chinandega, Managua, Bluefields, Carazo and Rivas have built their homes with Habitat assistance.
Learn more at Nicaragua’s 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.
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.
(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!
Kelly was born and raised in New York, but currently resides in Boston, MA. She has been involved with Habitat for eight years in various capacities locally and globally. She spent one year working as a Habitat/AmeriCorps member in South Carolina and has participated in three GV Trips to Central America. Kelly is a firm believer that everything tastes better with Frank’s Red Hot and will be carrying a few bottles with her on the trip.
Allie was born and raised just outside of Boston, Mass. and currently lives and works in the city. Allie is also currently enrolled in graduate school earning a degree in school counseling. She loves the idea of meeting new people, experiencing a different culture and doing a little something positive all rolled into one. Allie has been involved with Habitat for six years and has traveled to Latin America with Kelly twice before on GV trips. For more information about this trip, please contact Kelly and Allie at firstname.lastname@example.org.