GRID Alternatives’ International Program brings solar power to rural off-grid communities in Nicaragua and Nepal, providing electricity for schools, health clinics, farms, homes, and productive-end-use applications. Our volunteer program gives travelers the opportunity to get hands-on with renewable energy and make a lasting impact in a community, while our projects demonstrate sustainable models for renewable energy development around the world.
Travel with us!
Travel with GRID on a trip to Nicaragua or Nepal and have the experience of a lifetime! Work alongside community members to install off-grid solar power, while experiencing full immersion in rural life and local culture. You’ll also have the chance to explore the scenery, sites, and vibrant culture of the country you visit. Travel as an individual or a group. Corporate and student trips are also available! Learn more.
About our program
GRID has more than eight years of experience with successful and sustainable rural electrification projects in Nicaragua, and in fall 2016 we embarked on our first project in Nepal! We have installed over 115 systems in 28 communities to-date and continue to work with those communities to ensure that their long-term energy needs are being met. You can learn more about these projects and their impacts on communities here. In addition to solar installation projects, our Solar Lighting Program provides high-quality affordable solar lighting solutions to families living in rural areas, while supporting micro-enterprise for women. Learn more about our sustainable energy access model.
A Brighter Future for Dhapchung, Nepal
One year after the devastating earthquakes, Nepali people are still working to move from rubble to reconstruction, and from darkness to light. In the wake of the disaster, GRID Alternatives installed a solar microgrid to bring power to one of the most deeply impacted communities in Nepal: the village of Dhapchung. Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers and partners and the generosity of our supporters, the Dhapchung community now has an unprecedented level of connectivity and opportunity. Learn more about the Power Up Nepal project here!