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November 30, 2014 to December 8, 2014

About Build Louder Advocacy Global Village trips 
Build Louder Advocacy Global Village trips involve education and advocacy in addition to home construction. Volunteers learn about poverty housing issues, are trained as advocates and meet with governments, individuals and NGOs that deal with these issues daily, allowing them to view their work with Habitat in a broader social context. The primary goal of these trips is to foster volunteers as informed advocates for Habitat’s legislative priorities and the issues affecting the work of our affiliates on a state and local level. This special trip will celebrate five years of Build Louder!

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 Habitat’s Nicaragua country profile page

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.

Nov. 30: Greeted at the airport by Habitat Guatemala staff, spend night in the capital.
Dec. 1: Informal settlement visit, tour of old Managua and orientation. Travel to Masachapa.
Dec. 2-5: Build days, community tour, meet with local government officials. Celebrate International Volunteer Day by joining with national volunteers. House dedication.
Dec. 6: Advocacy meetings in Managua, transfer to Granada.
Dec. 7: Visit Zapatera Island, cultural activities and farewell dinner in Granada.
Dec. 8: 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.)

Increase your impact: Take the GV Challenge
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.

Team leaders

Jose Quinonez serves as the director of volunteer and advocacy engagement overseeing the volunteer mobilization department at HFHI which houses youth initiatives, young professionals and the Habitat AmeriCorps network. Jose has been very involved with Build Louder trips since the beginning five years ago; however, this will officially be Jose’s last Build Louder trip as a team leader and organizer.

Ezra Millstein has worked as the staff photographer for Habitat for Humanity International since 2007. Based in Atlanta, he has documented Habitat’s work in more than 70 countries around the world and has led Global Village teams to Vietnam, Hawaii, Tajikistan, South Korea, Jordan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Kyrgyzstan, India and China. He previously worked as a Peace Corps volunteer as well as for World Wildlife Fund, International Rescue Committee and the National Geographic Society.

Interested in joining this Build Louder trip? Please contact Ezra at:

To apply for a Global Village trip, please follow the Application Instructions.

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