During the installation, you will participate in local activities such as learning how to make tortillas or rosquillas, a popular-corn-based dessert, or going for a swim in a local lake. Program activities are designed for a deep personal and group experience that helps individuals understand more about their host community as well as about their own culture, values, and underlying assumptions about global issues like energy poverty.
Sample week (will vary by project):
Saturday: Arrive in Managua, meet GRID staff and other volunteers, relax and enjoy hotel pool, orientation dinner
Sunday: Orientation sessions (Culture, Safety, and Technical), drive to the region you will be working in and explore the region’s largest city
Monday-Wednesday: Solar installation in rural community and cultural activities. “Fiesta” with the entire community to celebrate the new solar system on Wednesday evening.
Thursday: Solar system maintenance training with the community in the morning. Final lunch in community and goodbyes. Head to a colonial city to explore its architecture and lively cultural scene.
Friday: Visit an active volcano and an artisan market.
Saturday: Spend the day swimming and relaxing at the Laguna de Apoyo, a beautiful crater lake. Final reflection. Return to the hotel in the capital city of Managua. Final group dinner.
Sunday: Trip officially ends and volunteers fly home.