This August I went to Nicaragua with FNE to participate on a housing project, where we worked with a group to build a home for a family in Chacraseca. The experience was profound and life changing for me. On the trip, a small group of us had the opportunity to build a small and functional home for a family. Over the course of the week, we had the opportunity to meet and get to know some of the local families. I've never felt more welcome and connected to a group of perfect strangers. The people in Chacraseca were incredibly warm, full of positive energy, and made us feel completely at home.
Michael Cipoletti, FNE's president, was involved 100% of the time with us on these projects. He organized a perfectly balanced trip. Not only were we able to get a significant amount of work accomplished to leave a lasting impact, we had the opportunity to see Nicaragua and and do a number of exciting day trips. Simply put, this trip was a blast from start to finish.
After my experience in the community of Chacraseca, I'm looking forward to becoming more involved with FNE and return to work on as many projects as I can. Having the chance to work with FNE has been both rewarding and more fun than I could have imagined. I'd recommend these trips to anyone, in a heartbeat. I can't speak highly enough of my experience, and I can't wait to go back.
I had the opportunity to work with FNE and Michael Cipoletti in 2008-2009 through a club at my college. For the year, we worked towards raising enough money to build a house for a family and collected clothing, toys, school & medical supplies. In June 2009, our hard work was finally realized with a group trip to Nicaragua. We ended up raising enough money to take a family out of a house made of black plastic bags and into one made of brick. Helping build that house, meeting the family and seeing how grateful they were was something that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I got to be a part of that because of FNE. I love following the progress they are making in Nicaragua and I hope maybe someday I can work with this wonderful organization again.
My life has changed because of the work I do in Nicaragua. FNE International has given me the opportunity to continue the work that I started in 2009--Tengo un Sueño is a program that focuses on the educational journey (kindergarten to college) of 29 dreamers. This 17 year commitment is made possible because of FNEI. If you want to change the lives of others and your own, volunteer for or donate to this organization. We make a difference one child at a time.
There's nothing like hands on experience with a charitable organization like FNE. Michael Cipoletti is amazing in leading this organization and in providing an unforgettable experience to its volunteers at a very reasonable cost for food, lodging and local transportation.
I came across the opportunity to building houses in Nicaragua with FNE through a dear friend. And through colleagues and friends, we helped raising money for the house building project. Along the journey we met a bunch of free spirited individuals to share this incredible experience.
Aside from the house building from the ground up (attempted to anyway :) ) we got to see many other projects FNE was involved in; building a library, clean water project, neighborhood first aid awareness training, learn about public health researches in an university, and give English lessons by interact with school children.
This volunteer opportunity was also an amazing cultural experience; sleep on a cot, wake up by rooster call and have breakfast made with simple fresh ingredients, play soccer with local kids, ride on the back of a pickup truck through a thunderstorm wearing ponchos, run down the steep face of a volcano, swim in a crater lake, chill at the beach on the Pacific and then dance in a local salsa club after.
It's volunteer tourism at its best. It infuses some meaning into our time off from the concrete jungle of a civilization most of us live in.