Join GRID Alternatives for an improved cookstove project! Nov 25-Dec 3, 2017

Since 2008, GRID Alternatives’ International Program has been working in rural communities throughout Nicaragua to install solar on schools, health clinics, small farms, and homes. Access to clean solar energy impacts education, health, and quality of life for people living in poverty in rural communities. Building upon our work to improve health conditions and well-being of Nicaraguan families, GRID Alternatives is launching our first project to construct improved cookstoves in rural households.

Even in homes with access to clean energy through solar, the kitchen is a place where families are still exposed to harmful smoke from cooking over open flames. Because women are responsible for cooking in the household and their children are often with them in the house, both women and children are disproportionately affected by the health and safety hazards that come with burning wood indoors. As household energy managers, women also spend a significant portion of their day gathering wood for cooking. Improved cookstoves are more efficient and require less wood, which means fewer emissions and saving women time.

Improved cookstoves minimize household air pollution and significantly reduce the risk of fire and health hazards. This is a unique opportunity to travel with GRID to install cookstoves in a rural Nicaraguan community. Sign up today!

Tourism & Cultural Activities: 

You will work alongside community members and will stay with local host families to better understand the way of life in rural Nicaraguan communities. Before and after the project, 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 roll up your sleeves and make a lasting impact in a community, while our projects demonstrate sustainable models for 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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