Spend your vacation giving back in the beautiful country of Nicaragua. I am seeking enthusiastic and dynamic people to immerse themselves in the Nicaraguan way of life and help reduce poverty by providing better living conditions. No building construction skills or experience is required. Just bring a grand sense of adventure, an open mind and heart and the flexibility to work in a different environment with a diverse group. Join us as we do our part to eliminate substandard housing by lending hardworking hands while gaining friendships, unique experiences and a sense of belonging to the global community.
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.
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.)
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Habitat for Humanity is accelerating its work to end poverty housing, and we need Global Village teams to help. Set a goal and fundraise to make your impact last longer than the days you’re in the field. Your support builds more homes, creates resource centers, educates families, and advances our projects to build sustainable communities. We’ll even provide tools to make fundraising easy. Take the GV Challenge – join us in sharing our story and building a better world.
Joanne Brunner is a college professor and an avid traveler. She has participated in Global Village trips to Romania and Cambodia. She recently led a trip to Cambodia. Her life has been enriched by her experiences with Habitat’s Global Village Program and these volunteer trips have increased her desire to make a difference by giving back to the local communities in her travels. She is excited to meet new people with a similar sense of adventure and inspires to help others share in this life changing opportunity. Joanne can be contacted for more information by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.