Install Solar Panels for communities in Nicaragua

GRID Alternatives is hard at work in rural Nicaragua on life-changing projects that bring light and power to schools, health care centers, libraries and other community buildings. Our volunteers do more than simply visit an amazing country; they become immersed in the Nicaraguan culture as they work alongside community members and stay with host families while in the field. 


GRID Alternatives offers a unique international experience where volunteers learn about renewable energy technologies, make a fundamental difference at a grass-roots level and gain a new perspective about life in another culture. Join us - experience, explore, empower and illuminate your world!
 

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What to Expect?

Volunteers will travel to Los Chaguites, Jinotega, Nicaragua, and work in this rural community that has no grid electricity. Community members use candles, kerosene lamps and flashlights to light their homes.  Kerosene lamps are not only expensive but also dangerous for indoor use. They are a fire hazard, and emit fumes that can cause chronic respiratory illnesses like asthma.

GRID volunteers will install a battery-based photovoltaic system that will provide lights and AC electricity for the school, providing light day and night while creating a safe place for community members to meet after dark.  The PV system will allow the school to serve as a central charging place for cell phones and other appliances that will improve the quality of life in the community. 

Volunteers will work alongside local community members to install the entire system, from start to finish, including the AC side (outlets, switches, light sockets).  Working on the roof, wiring the inverter and charge controller and installing the batteries will give the group a hands-on solar experience.

Tourism and Cultural Activities:

Volunteers will visit the colorful colonial city of Granada, the first city in the New World, established in 1524. While in the rural community, the group will participate in cultural activities to better understand the “campesino” way of life, such as learning how to make tortillas, or rosquillas, a popular corn-based desert. After the trip the group will spend two nights in a eco-resort  and will have a chance to experience more aspects of Nicaraguan food, music and culture.

- See more at: http://www.gridalternatives.org/learn/programs/international-program/los...

Volunteers will travel to Los Chaguites, Jinotega, Nicaragua, and work in this rural community that has no grid electricity. Community members use candles, kerosene lamps and flashlights to light their homes.  Kerosene lamps are not only expensive but also dangerous for indoor use. They are a fire hazard, and emit fumes that can cause chronic respiratory illnesses like asthma.

GRID volunteers will install a battery-based photovoltaic system that will provide lights and AC electricity for the school, providing light day and night while creating a safe place for community members to meet after dark.  The PV system will allow the school to serve as a central charging place for cell phones and other appliances that will improve the quality of life in the community. 

Volunteers will work alongside local community members to install the entire system, from start to finish, including the AC side (outlets, switches, light sockets).  Working on the roof, wiring the inverter and charge controller and installing the batteries will give the group a hands-on solar experience.

Tourism and Cultural Activities:

Volunteers will visit the colorful colonial city of Granada, the first city in the New World, established in 1524. While in the rural community, the group will participate in cultural activities to better understand the “campesino” way of life, such as learning how to make tortillas, or rosquillas, a popular corn-based desert. After the trip the group will spend two nights in a eco-resort  and will have a chance to experience more aspects of Nicaraguan food, music and culture.

- See more at: http://www.gridalternatives.org/learn/programs/international-program/los...

Volunteers will travel to Los Chaguites, Jinotega, Nicaragua, and work in this rural community that has no grid electricity. Community members use candles, kerosene lamps and flashlights to light their homes.  Kerosene lamps are not only expensive but also dangerous for indoor use. They are a fire hazard, and emit fumes that can cause chronic respiratory illnesses like asthma.

GRID volunteers will install a battery-based photovoltaic system that will provide lights and AC electricity for the school, providing light day and night while creating a safe place for community members to meet after dark.  The PV system will allow the school to serve as a central charging place for cell phones and other appliances that will improve the quality of life in the community.

Volunteers will work alongside local community members to install the entire system, from start to finish, including the AC side (outlets, switches, light sockets).  Working on the roof, wiring the inverter and charge controller and installing the batteries will give the group a hands-on solar experience.
Tourism and Cultural Activities:

Volunteers will visit the colorful colonial city of Granada, the first city in the New World, established in 1524. While in the rural community, the group will participate in cultural activities to better understand the “campesino” way of life, such as learning how to make tortillas, or rosquillas, a popular corn-based desert. After the trip the group will spend two nights in a eco-resort  and will have a chance to experience more aspects of Nicaraguan food, music and culture.

For 7nts, the cost to join is $1600 USD/person, and does not include airfare.

About your meals: While volunteers are working in the community, their meals are provided by host families and usually consist of rice, beans, corn tortillas and coffee or a fruit drink made from purified water. Meals may also include local fruits, cheeses, vegetables, and sometimes beef, chicken or fish. Before and after the installation, meals will be more varied since volunteers will be eating at restaurants in Managua, Granada, and other medium/large towns and can choose what they like from the menu. Some of the restaurants have Nicaraguan cuisine, and some are more "international" and have Asian, American, Italian, and other dishes to choose from.

About your accommodations: While in Managua, volunteers stay at one of the nicest hotels in the city, complete with a pool, air conditioned rooms, a spa, and a restaurant and bar. While working in the community, volunteers often stay with host families, in very rural houses that consist of a few small rooms, little or no lighting at night, usually no running water (water is collected in buckets from a well or river) only the most basic furniture and almost no materials belongings other than clothes and a couple of pictures on the wall. After the installation, the accommodations vary depending on the itinerary but are usually hotels with moderate accommodations. The range of accommodations gives volunteers a chance to see what life in a rural community is really like, while also experiencing some luxuries while on vacation.

  • Program ID: # 2307
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
  • location:
    Nicaragua Santa Ana , GR
    Nicaragua
    13° 7' 3.3564" N, 86° 1' 32.5056" W
    Granada NI
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Managua (MGA)
  • Costs From:
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Community Development Projects
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
    Women's & Youth Programs
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