Sample Travel Itinerary

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Your eight-day trip consists of four days installing solar in a rural or urban community, and four days learning about Nicaragua, Nepal or Mexico through structured and unstructured activities and through our Service Learning Curriculum. Some trips include homestays or camping in a rural community.

During the installation, you will participate in local activities such as learning how to make tortillas or rosquillas, a popular-corn-based dessert in Nicaragua.  On other days, you may visit a temple, see local art or learn how to make chocolate.  Program activities are designed for a deep personal and group experience that helps individuals understand more about the culture they are visiting 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 at the airport, relax at the hotel and meet GRID staff and other travelers from your group, orientation dinner.

Sunday: Orientation sessions (Culture, Safety, and Technical), drive to the region you will be working in.

Monday-Wednesday: Solar installation in rural or urban community and cultural activities. Celebration with the community to celebrate the new solar system on Wednesday evening.  Group reflection about readings provided. 

Thursday: Solar system maintenance training with the community in the morning. Final lunch at the job site and goodbyes. Head to a nearby city to explore its architecture and lively cultural scene.

Friday: Visit an active volcano and an artisan market. Tour a sustainable coffee farm. Return to the hotel from Sunday night. Final group dinner.

Saturday: Trip officially ends and travelers fly home.