NICARAGUA DETAILED ITINERARY
Spend your first few days in Nicaragua exploring the Apanas Lake region in the north. At 3,000 feet elevation and surrounded by mountains twice as high, Apanas Lake is the greenest area of Nicaragua and the perfect location to grow one of the countries main exports: coffee. Learn about organic and sustainable agriculture that is protecting this important ecosystem by working side by side with your new friends and local farmers. Visit coffee farms and other sustainable agriculture organizations and support local organizations and their communities. Pick your own mango, avocado, banana, papaya, and coconut from organic orchards, hike local trails, and explore everything this lush corner of Nicaragua has to offer.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE
For the next two weeks you reside in the small traditional fishing village near Gigante, home of our partner organization Project WOO. In this remote fishing village, you will work side by side with Project WOO and other affiliated organizations on the construction of a community health clinic, and/or other projects serving hundreds of families and promoting sustainable development. Learn from WOO’s way of developing a model for surf towns around the world. Live with community leaders as you construct an additional schoolroom at the local elementary school, design and create a mural with local students, expand the school garden, and teach English classes while you improve your Spanish. Take surfing lessons and learn traditional games from your host community friends as you become part of your new community. Share in the joy of daily life and know you are a valued member of your new community.
You depart the village after a big farewell celebration, and continue on to the lakeside town of Nicaragua. Explore Nicaragua’s archipelago of more than 300 islands, explore local markets, and visit the local community center as you continue to expand your knowledge of sustainable community development. Travel on to Isla de Ometepe, where you will hike over volcanoes, pass through the cloud forest on your way to the crater lake, and kayak on Lake Nicaragua. Visit banana plantations, local waterfalls and hot springs, as you debrief with your group on all you have learned during your four weeks in Nicaragua.
*Itinerary subject to change