Solarize a school in rural Nicaragua! July 22-30, 2017 [SOLD OUT]

 [SOLD OUT] This trip is full. We still have space available on our October and November 2017 volunteer trips and would love to have you join! 

Pack your bags and join us in Nicaragua for the experience of a lifetime! Sign up today for a week-long journey with GRID Alternatives to bring solar power to a school in the rural community of San Pedro de Sabelete in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. On this trip, you will work alongside community members to install off-grid solar systems on the community’s school, while experiencing full immersion in rural Nicaraguan life and culture. The battery-based 1kW photovoltaic system that you will help install will provide lights and AC power to support and improve the quality of communication, education, and recreation for community members. 

Electricity at the school enables the teachers and residents to charge their cell phones and plug in small AC-powered appliances. Classes can be offered in the evenings at a convenient time for working adults and the teachers will be able to plan their lessons at night without having to commute into town to use electricity. In addition to the educational potential electricity could provide, the school may also serve as a gathering place after school hours where the community would be able to meet and hold events, like movie nights, festivals,ceremonies, and hold meetings for community cooperatives.

Tourism and Cultural Activities: 

While in the rural community, your group will participate in cultural activities to better understand the “campesino” way of life. Before and after the installation, volunteers may have a chance to go on a hike, see an eco-resort, enjoy the architecture in a Colonial town, and experience more aspects of Nicaraguan food, music and culture.

Our volunteer program gives you the opportunity to get hands-on experience installing  solarenergy systems and make a lasting impact in a community, while our projects demonstrate sustainable models for renewable energy development around the world. The trip fee is $1,600 per person, which covers all lodging, meals, transportation, activities, taxes, and fees during the 9-day stay in Nicaragua, and contributes to project costs. Airfare is not included. Participants can fundraise for the trip from their personal networks or pay out of pocket.

Contact us to register for the trip and visit the project fundraising page to make your trip deposit and payment.

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