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Nicaragua

November 1, 2014 to November 9, 2014

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 on Nicaragua’s country profile page.

Program cost
US$1,955
This cost includes a significant donation to Habitat for Humanity, and it covers the volunteer’s accommodations, meals, in-country transportation and travel medical insurance. Read details.

You may fundraise the program cost, pay it all, or pay some yourself and fundraise the rest. With our help, fundraising with social media and email will be easy. We hope that you will set a goal above program cost. That additional donation will keep Habitat building after your team returns home. Joining this team can be your first step in making Nicaragua a better place to live.

Itinerary

  • Day 1, Saturday: Arrive at Managua Airport, where Habitat for Humanity staff welcomes you; meet your team over dinner.
  • Day 2, Sunday: Travel to host site, where Habitat staff will introduce you to our work in Nicaragua and show you the community where you’ll work.
  • Days 3-7, Monday-Friday: Build on-site, with free time and team activities in the evenings.
  • Day 8, Saturday: Visit sites to absorb Nicaraguan culture, and enjoy a celebration dinner.
  • Day 9, Sunday: Depart for home, or independently continue your journey in Central America.

Accommodations
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.

Tasks on the work site
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.

Contact this team’s leader
Have questions? Ready to join the team? Shawn Goos will lead this team in the field and would love to speak with you.

Shawn’s favorite GV memory: “My most memorable GV experience was building with adobe bricks for the first time and working alongside the lady whose home we built. She was an amazing person, and was carrying just about as much as me. The work she put into building her home was absolutely amazing. The children were so much fun to be with, and would pick mangos off the tree for us to have as a snack. When I returned the following year, we got to see the finished home we helped build – now painted pink, with the roof on and bedrooms sectioned out. The family proudly gave us a tour of their home and we got to see the children again.”


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