Namlo International announces a ten-day volunteer trip to Nicaragua to launch The Greenhouse Project

Namlo International announces a ten-day volunteer trip to Nicaragua to launch The Greenhouse Project, a rural development project designed to increase nutrition levels and family incomes four rural communities near Esteli.

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Make a sustainable and lasting change in the lives of Nicaraguan farmers by joining us on an adventure into the corners of Nicaragua not found in any travel guidebook. You’ll have the opportunity to help local communities in a hands-on effort to improve nutrition and increase family income in a sustainable and lasting way. Your participation will enable us to implement the Greenhouse Project in our village communities and the majority of your course tuition will fund this revolutionary and life-changing project. Volunteers will have an opportunity to get first-hand experience in evaluating needs assessment, development strategy and project implementation.

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Your trip begins by landing in the ‘valley of the volcanoes.’ Know for its string of volcanoes, these lush, green mostly extinct geologic structures and several crater lakes make up the topography of the landscape surrounding the Managua airport. After landing in Managua we’ll head north to the northern city of Estelí, the center of the country’s agricultural breadbasket.

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Outside of Estelí in one of Namlo’s communities you’ll spend 4 days living in the homes of these humble, caring and hardworking people who draw their existence from the same earth they walk on. We will build 3 greenhouses working side-by-side with the community and we will learn alongside them how to best use the greenhouse to grow nutritious, organic vegetables.  We’ll see how families can drastically improve their levels of nutrition through consumption and how they can increase their income through the sales of surplus produce in the local market. The Greenhouse Project will include workshops on how to produce fertilizers and pesticides organically using only materials found naturally and at no cost in the community.

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Following these transformational 4 days in the community we will bid our new families and friends farewell and head north to the Somoto Canyon, a natural wonder only recently mapped (1997) by Czech geologists. We will spend the day trekking through the canyon, hiking it’s banking, floating it’s current and jumping into its deep pools from an assortment of large rocks. Arriving at the end of the canyon, we’ll put on some dry clothes and sit back as our bus driver drives us south towards Masaya.

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Arriving in Masaya we’ll descend to the rim of the extinct volcano of Apoyo which now exists as a crater lake. We’ll stay at the Selva Azul, which lies at the edge of the crater lake and is locally owned. Over the next two days we’ll enjoy the tranquility of the lake and venture off to nearby Granada where we’ll explore the cultural history of the Spanish arrival in Nicaragua and the volatile years surrounding the Sandanista Revolution. We’ll also explore the jungle and mangroves of Lake Nicaragua.  Before heading home we’ll make a stop at the Masaya artisan’s market where you can find those truly Nicaraguan collectibles to decorate your home or that of your friends as a reminder of the friendships and life changes you made in a small village.

 

The trip will be led by Tim Gibb, an international development professional who has over a dozen years organizing and running service learning programs in Nicaragua.  Price of the trip is $2,200 per person, excluding airfare.  For more information contact tim@namlo.org, namlo@namlo.org or call 303-399-3649

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