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April 21-29, 2018
Make a positive difference in a Nicaraguan community - join a group of like-minded people to help a deserving family achieve their dream of a safe and affordable home. Experience rich cultural traditions and explore areas of this beautiful country. All you need is a spirit of adventure, willingness to work hard and flexibility.
Why should I go to Nicaragua?
Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America and known for its beautiful beaches, active volcanoes, rainforests, and rivers. Despite its natural beauty, the country’s location and geography is impacted by natural disasters; in the past forty years Nicaragua has suffered from earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and hurricanes. Approximately 6 million people live in Nicaragua with more than half being in urban areas. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in Central America with about four-fifths of the population living on less than $2 US/day, 30% suffering from malnourishment and 35% not having access to clean drinking water. Much of the housing is deficient in some way – dirt floors, leaky roofs, lack of proper plumbing and more. Poor families suffer the most when natural disasters strike as their homes are easily destroyed by rain and wind.
About Habitat for Humanity Nicaragua
Habitat for Humanity has been working in Nicaragua since 1984 and thus far has served more than 5,000 families while positively impacting over 25,000 people in several locations throughout the country. HFH Nicaragua’s strategy focuses on three primary aspects of housing: 1) home replacement, improvement, and expansion; 2) community infrastructure; and 3) strengthening communities. A high priority is placed on supporting families headed by women, with disabilities, and families making less than $350 US per month.
Estelí is the third largest city in Nicaragua with a population of 110,000. It is a fast-growing city located in the north central highlands about 150 km north of Managua. The city is surrounded by forested mountains and plateaus.
There is a significant housing deficit in Estelí and this deficit is being addressed through construction of 24 sq. metre “seed” houses. “Seed” houses have an earthquake resistant structure with concrete floors, reinforced masonry, cinder blocks walls, heavy gauge metal roof, bathroom and the installation of an electrical system. The design allows for incremental improvements.
What will our trip look like?
- Sat- April 21 : Team meets in Managua; overnight
- Sun- April 22 : Travel to Estelí; orientation by HFH Nicaragua
- Mon-Thu-April 23-26: Build days; site/safety orientation on April 23
- Fri--April 27: Build day; house dedication/celebration; farewell to partner family
- Sat-April 28 : R&R activities during the day; overnight in Granada
- Sun-April 29 : Travel to airport; depart for home or other travel
(Please note the itinerary may be adjusted as required.)
Where will we stay? What will we eat?
Our lodging will be in a modest hotel with two or more people sharing a room. Breakfast will be taken at the hotel and dinners will be at local restaurants near the hotel. Lunch, snacks and water will be provided at the build site.
What will the trip cost?
The cost for this 9-day build trip to Nicaragua is approximately
$ 2,350 + $ 140 for R&R + round-trip airfare
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 their round-trip airfare 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 two separate charitable donation tax receipts: 1) for the Habitat trip fee; and 2) one for the eligible airfare (the airfare related tax receipt is issued after the trip). The costs for R&R are not eligible for a tax receipt and this money must not be sent to Global Village Canada. Your team leader will let you know when and how to pay this.
There may be additional travel costs such as passport, visa and immunizations that the team leader will discuss with you. These costs are not tax deductible.
Meet the Team Leader: Ernie Fraser
I have participated in 19 Global Village trips and been the team leader on 18 of those trips to places in Europe, Asia, South America, the US, Canada (Yukon, PEI and Iqaluit). These trips offer wonderful opportunities for personal growth while helping strengthen communities and families. I am excited for my first GV trip to Central America and giving a “hand up” to a local family to improve their housing situation. I hope you will join me on this opportunity to support a Nicaraguan family.
Please feel free to contact me email@example.com if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply by using our online application.