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Nicaragua

February 10-18, 2018 

If you are looking to travel the world with a purpose and to make a positive difference in the lives of others as well as yourself, consider joining our Global Village team in Nicaragua as we work together to eliminate poverty housing. Experience a new culture, meet new people, and help build a safe, decent, affordable home for a deserving family. Escape the dreary cold winter of Canada and become part of our team of volunteers who will change the life of a Nicaraguan family.



 

Why should I go to Nicaragua?

Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America and is known for its beautiful beaches, active volcanoes, rainforests, and rivers. The country’s location and geography make it ripe for natural disasters; in the past forty years Nicaragua has suffered from earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and hurricanes. There are approximately 6 million people living in Nicaragua, and over half that number live in urban areas. More than 79% of the people live on less than $2 US/day, 30% suffer from malnourishment, and 35% have no access to clean drinking water. The majority of houses in Nicaragua, in both urban and rural settings, are deficient in some way. Many homes have dirt floors and leaky roofs. More than 60% of the homes have no access to water through plumbing. When natural disasters strike Nicaragua, it is usually the poor families who suffer the most. Their homes are easily destroyed by rain and wind.

 

Tell me about Habitat for Humanity Nicaragua

Habitat For Humanity began working in Nicaragua in 1984, and since then HFH Nicaragua has served more that 5000 families and changed over 25,000 lives. As a part of its strategy, HFH Nicaragua focuses on three primary areas of housing solutions: home replacement, improvement, and expansion; community infrastructure; and community strengthening. HFH Nicaragua places particular emphasis on serving families headed by women, families with disabilities, and families who make less than $350 US per month.


What will my week look like?

 

Sat. Feb. 10 - Arrival at Managua Airport, transport to hotel, dinner with  HFH Nicaragua Staff.

Sun. Feb. 11 - HFH Nicaragua orientation, Managua tour, transfer to build site and meet partner family. 

Mon. Feb 12 -  Thurs. Feb. 15  Build Days

 Fri. Feb. 16 - Build Day & house dedication and celebration

Sat. Feb. 17 - R&R: Visit Masaya Volcano, local market, Granada, boat ride through islands and farewell dinner.

Sun Feb. 18 - Departure for home or individual travels.

(please note that schedule may be subject to change)

 

 Where will I stay? What will I eat?

Our lodging will be at one of the local hotels (with double occupancy). Breakfast will be taken at the hotel, lunch at the build site, and dinner at the hotel or local restaurants. Snacks and water will be provided at the worksite.

 

 

What will it cost?

This cost for this 9 day opportunity to build in Nicaragua is approximately
$2,440 + round-trip airfare + $130 for R&R*

The trip cost covers: lodging, food and ground transportation for the build portion of the trip, traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to HFH Nicaragua and the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to Managua,
Nicaragua
. Flight arrangements must be made in consultation with the team leader.

*Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the trip cost and the eligible airfare – these will be 2 separate receipts. The costs for R&R portion of the trip are not eligible for a tax receipt and this money must not be sent to HFH Canada. Your team leader will let you know how to pay this. 

There are additional travel costs such as passport, visa and immunizations which the team leader will discuss with you. These costs are not tax deductible.

 

Meet the Team Leader: Brenley Crawford

Hi! My name is Brenley Crawford and I live in Mississauga. I retired early from full time teaching in order to have more time to pursue my passions of travelling and volunteering. I am a firm believer in Habitat For Humanity’s “hand up, not a handout” philosophy. I have been involved with my local Habitat affiliate since 2007, and with HFH Global Village for several years. This will be my seventh build. My previous builds (Zambia, New Zealand, El Salvador, Philippines, Honduras, and Fiji) were all unique and rewarding, offering me the opportunity to build several different types of housing, as well as to experience and interact with the cultures and people of these fascinating countries. You may think that you can not personally make the world a better place; however, you can definitely change and improve the life of one family! Participating on a GV team is hard work, but it is also a lot of fun! It might just be the most rewarding thing that you have ever done. No construction experience is necessary, just a commitment to working with a team of like-minded people hoping to do a bit of good in the world.

Please feel free to contact me at rockmama@rogers.com if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application!

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