February 17, 2011
I have been on two work trips, in 2005 and 2009. Accommodations are basic in a very poor country like Nicaragua, but we were always well-fed and safely housed. Volunteers assist in building wells, latrines, or wash stations. Handyman skills are not required, and all tools and supplies are provided. I find the work to be enjoyable and personally rewarding. The groups I've been on were very friendly and enjoyed socializing at the hotel each evening. We work hard and accomplish a lot in just a week. A couple of additional days are spent sightseeing and doing cultural excursions. These too are fun and enlightening. I've seen the sea, lakes, volcanos, markets, museums, and more. I strongly support El Porvenir and have become a regular donor and board member as well.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I've seen how grateful and enthusiastic the Nicaragua community members are about getting assistance in obtaining a lined well, latrines, and wash stations. They put in hundreds of hours of physical labor to help their own communities, and they sincerely appreciate the assistance of visitors. I've heard community members talk about the dignity of finally having a solid, lined latrine to use, rather than going behind a bush or risking a rickety and smelly old latrine.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
spread the word more!
Volunteer & I helped to construct community wash stations and simple stoves.
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