Nicaragua is known as the land of lakes and volcanoes. Never will you bathe, kayak or paddle board in a lake as calm, soothing and therapeutic as the crater lake, Laguna de Apoyo. A sled or surf down the side of volcano Cerro Negro is on every traveler’s bucket list. But none of this is as monumental as the southwestern beaches for surf or relaxing.
Nicaragua has world-renowned surfing and even if you don’t like to surf, it is hard not to get mesmerized when the locals tackle the unbeatable breaks. The locals value of family, women and children is remarkable and you will feel safe, supported and cared for by the constantly smiling and hospitable people.
If you ever need a change from the natural landscape, you can take a walk through Granada to marvel over the magnificent architecture and cobblestone streets. Nicaragua wouldn’t be complete without a trip out east to scuba dive or visit the luxurious Corn Islands. This country is heaven on earth for those with an adventurous spirit and love of the great outdoors. Whatever you choose, this country will enthrall you with its beauty and warmth.
Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the hemisphere after Haiti. Half of the people in Nicaragua live in rural areas. 68% struggle to survive on little more than US$1 per day.
17% of rural households are managed by women, but only 15% of women hold title to land under their own names. Most rural women cultivate land that is not theirs.
Many families live on land where water is scarce. 80% of the rural poor depend on agriculture for their livelihood, causing a severe strain on the fragile environment.
Saving The Hungry works in the largest landfill just outside of Managua. Over 10 000 families live off the garbage and many don’t have a roof over their head. Here we build homes and participate in the children’s feeding program. We also assist the local not for profit in building the new vocational training center where the men and woman from local barrios will learn construction, sewing and cooking and where 510 children receive a hot meal.
An average day runs from about 8 am to 4 pm and there will be a fair amount of physical labor involved. For those who would like to spend time with the children you will have an opportunity to do crafts, paint nails or play soccer. This is a wonderful way of show the kids the attention they so desperately need.
Light Construction – Hiking – Walking
Dates: May 13 – 26th 2019 – June 2 – 16th 2019
Trip Length: 15 Days and 14 Nights
Age appropriateness: 12+
Location: View map
Day #1 Arrival in Managua Nicaragua
Managua is the largest city in the country. It is composed mainly of mestizos and whites of Spanish descent. It is a densely populated city and holds the nations culture and commerce together. Everywhere you turn there are sprawling markets, honking horns, garbage, street art and monuments. Our transportation will be waiting to pick us up from Augusto César Sandino International Airport in Managua and take us to our accommodation which is situated on the outskirts of Managua. Our home for the next 4 days will be simple, but clean with dormitory style rooms. There is no air conditioning!
Day #2,3,4 and 5 – Cristo Rey Landfill
On the outskirts of Managua lies the organization we work with. We will spend 4 days building houses and playing with children in the pungent smell of burning garbage. Late afternoon the day 5 we will make our way to the coastal town of San Juan Del Sur.
Day # 6, 7,8 and 9- San Juan Del Sur
Enjoy breakfast on the deck of your hotel as you take in the sights and sounds of San Juan. San Juan Del Sur is becoming a very popular and travel destination on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast. It has direct access to surfing, fishing, exciting nightlife and beaches. The people are friendly, and the local style makes it a unique and fun place to visit. Surf at one of the local beaches, climb the Jesus statue or sail across the bay in a catamaran. There is no shortage of things to do in San Juan.
Day # 10, 11 and 12 – Leon
This morning we get picked up from San Juan and transported to Leon (approximately 3 hrs away). You will be staying at a local “no frills” house that has been converted into a hotel in the heart of Leon. Night life in this city is active as locals come outdoors to cool off and enjoy the evenings socializing with tourists and family members.
Day # 13, 14 and 15 – Granada
Granada is located on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, it offers postcard beauty, cobblestone roads and colonial architecture. With year-round warm weather this is a city that leaves you breathless. While staying in Granada you have the option of visiting Mombacho Volcano, where you can hike around one of the four craters for about 1 ½ hours. Another option is to cruise by boat around The Islets which is a group of 365 small islands formed when the Mombacho volcano blew much of its cone into the lake thousands of years ago, thereby creating the islands. Most of islets are covered with rich vegetation and bird life.
Day # 15 – Home
An early start as our driver will pick us up in the morning and drop us at the airport for our flight home
An initial 30% deposit is required to secure your seat for this tour.
- Transportation in and around the country
- Meals while volunteering
- Maritime Ferry transfer
- Tours listed in the itinerary
- Entrance fees in the itinerary
- Conservation Levy’s
Additional Costs NOT included:
- International Flights
- Personal travel insurance
- Meals not described
- Surcharge for payment with a credit card
- Other food not mentioned above
- Water and snacks
- Food you wish to buy for the local children (optional)
- Items of a personal nature
- Restaurant and driver tips
- Items not mentioned above
Q – How long before we leave should I book?
A – We have spots for up to a maximum of 12 people, so the sooner you book and pay a deposit, the sooner we can confirm your place on the team. ** Please note that the less people on the trip the greater the fundraising efforts.
Q – Do I have to book my accommodation while travelling through Saving the Hungry?
A – If you would like to keep your costs down, we suggest you book your accommodation through us. Saving the Hungry has negotiated lower rates with the local hotels and tour providers.
Q – Do I need to stay with the team while volunteering?
A – Yes, this is not optional! Everyone needs to stay together to make it convenient for our partners to transport us.
Q – When is the final payment due?
A – Final payment is required 90 days before you leave.
Q – How much money should I budget on spending a day?
A – $25 Canadian Dollars per day would be a comfortable budget (additional sightseeing, liquor and souvenirs excluded)
Q – How much do I tip?
Y – Tour guides, cab drivers, waiters and porters generally expect a tip of 10% for a job well done.
Q – What kind of accommodation can I expect?
A – Lodging is clean but very simple and rustic. While volunteering the rooms have nothing more than a bunk bed, a ceiling fan and a shelf. Once we start to explore the country the accommodation will hover around 3 ½ (comparable to Canadian standards). We generally do not specialize in luxury trips!
Q – How will I get around?
A – From arrival to departure all your travel is taken care of.
Q – What kind of clothing should I bring?
A –60 days prior to departure we will send you a list of recommended clothing.
Q – What vaccinations will I need?
A – Typhoid, rabies and Hep B and A and Diphtheria are highly recommended. Please speak to your doctor at least 8 weeks before traveling.
Q – How long does my passport need to be valid for?
All passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of return into Nicaragua. For stays of up to 90 days, you do not need a visa for tourism. Saving the Hungry cannot accept responsibility for incorrect documentation.