This year we are partnering with Bridges to Community to host a volunteer trip to Nicaragua this summer! These unique experiences will allow you to meet incredible people, help a community in need achieve its goals and be forever changed.
The trip August 5-13, and each will provide participants an opportunity to work on a sustainable development project while living and working with the community being served. Groups will also be able to explore the rich cultural traditions and natural beauty of Nicaragua.
The trip will be a coed group for up to 15 people, aged 15-18; parents are also welcome. Each youth will receive 30 hours of community service for the work they will complete while in Nicaragua.
August 5-13 will be led by Holmes Alumni Staff member Sarah Burpee, a graduate of College of Wooster and Brooklyn School of Law and a former Bridges to Community Staff member in Nicaragua. The trip will include a day of travel and welcome, a day of exploring the community to be served, 4 days working by hand to build a new earthquake proof home for a family, a day of saying goodbye and touring on the way to the airport.
Cost will be $2,183 per participant, which includes travel between LaGuardia Airport and Managua, Nicaragua, food, lodging, and activity fees. A $250 deposit is due by March 15, 2017 and full payment by May 15, 2017. You can register for Holmes Camp #2 on the Bridges to Community website.
Here is a sample itinerary:
Bridges to Community Trips allow students the opportunity to explore a new part of the world, experience a different culture, make long lasting connections, all while working hard on a sustainable community development project. Students sleep and eat in the community and work alongside community members, enabling them to have a truly meaningful experience. While each trip is unique, the below itinerary will give you a taste of what you can expect from a Bridges to Community Alternative Break Trip.
Day 1: Group Arrives
The group will eat together, have orientation, and get some rest in a hotel.
- Visit one of the larger cities of the country and learn about the country’s past and present
- Lunch at a traditional restaurant
- Head to the community where the group will be working
- Welcome Ceremony in the community
- Dinner in the community
- Meet the local masons and the beneficiary family of the project
- Get started on the project!
- Free time (play with the children at the school, start up a soccer or baseball game, or just read and rest)
- Dinner and Reflection
Day 4: Cultural Immersion
- Work in the morning
- Cultural Break in the afternoon: A variety of cultural activities await volunteers in the You might tour one of the community members’ farms, learn how to milk a cow (or a goat!), visit a hatchery and collect some eggs, grind corn and make fresh tortillas, and more!
- Dinner and reflection
- Work on the project: more than halfway done!
- Cultural Break in the afternoon: A variety of cultural activities await volunteers in the You might tour one of the community members’ farms, learn how to milk a cow (or a goat!), visit a hatchery and collect some eggs, grind corn and make fresh tortillas, meet with a local artisan cooperative, and more!
- Dinner and reflection with members of the community
Day 6: More Exploring
- Work on the project: last day!
- Explore a nearby town or village, visit a market, or tour a local museum in the afternoon
- Cultural Exchange Celebration Night (get ready to perform!)
- Dedication Ceremony of the project with the community
- Lunch at a restaurant
- Educational Sightseeing: Visit a local beach, a colonial town, a crater lake, a cloud forest, and more. Each country has so many beautiful places to explore!
Day 8: Enjoy the Beauty
- Continue exploring: Visit a local beach, a colonial town, a crater lake, a cloud forest, hike a mountain or volcano, tour a fair trade coffee or cacao farm, and Each country has so many beautiful places to explore!
- Final Reflection
Day 9: Group Departs