Sign up today for a week-long journey with GRID Alternatives to transform a rural community with the power of solar in their homes! GRID Alternatives volunteers will work alongside San Isidro community members to install solar home systems, while experiencing full immersion in Nicaraguan life and culture. The community of San Isidro lies in the north central region of Jinotega in Nicaragua. Jinotega is known for its cool climate, its mountainous terrain, and its ideal conditions for growing coffee. Most families in rural communities make their living through agriculture, growing crops and raising cattle.
Many families use kerosene or diesel lamps in their homes to see at night, even if they are aware that they are at risk for respiratory illnesses, because it is the least expensive option. These lighting solutions do not provide the quality families desire and are expensive and hazardous to use. You will install solar home systems that provide each household with light and AC power outlets so families can use regular home appliances like lamps, cell phones, TVs, computers, and fans.
GRID Alternatives was introduced to the San Isidro community by AVODEC, a grassroots organization that is deeply established in the Jinotega region. AVODEC works towards the long-term sustainable development of impoverished rural communities through sanitation, healthcare, education, economic development, and housing. Solar home systems further amplify these development projects to bring clean energy access to communities that need it most.
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 solar energy 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.