Nicaraguan Adventure

August 12th - August 25th 2018

14 Days

Dates: August 12th to August 25th

Price: $1499 + $300 project fee

Highlights

  • Install a playground for 300 + children with our partner school on the beaches of Jilquillo.
  • Have the experience of a lifetime as you board down the side of an active volcano on the outskirts of Leon.
  • Explore colourful, colonial Granada, and soak up the vibes over some sundowners at sunset.
  • Get ready for a little light exercise as we hike the active Mombacho Volcano, you’ll be rewarded with some of the most epic views Central America has to offer.
  • Reachable only by local ferry, our trip to Ometepe islands, with bike rides and kayaking available, will be a real highlight.
  • Chill vibes and late nights in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua’s answer to the Thai island atmosphere. Beautiful scenery, crystal clear water and nothing but time to chill.

Itinerary

Arrive in Managua anytime, and make your way to Granada (airport shuttles available directly for $15, or private taxis around $30). We’ll spend the day/evening in beautiful Granada, dinners and drinks to get to know each other, then off to bed ready for the transfer to our project the following morning.

In the morning we will travel up to Jiquilillo a town in the northwest coast of Nicaragua. In the afternoon we’ll meet the students and teachers at our partner school, where we’ll have a full debrief about our the school and what great work our partners are they’re doing there.

Time to get your hands dirty. Today is day 1 of our project, playground installation should be well underway by our local engineers, painting the school, sourcing much needed supplies and then sunset on the beach as a reward for all the effort.

Day 2 of our project. Early start and back to work folks! We’ll have a better understanding of where we need to focus our efforts after a solid effort yesterday and it’ll be all hands to the pump to get ready for the opening ceremony tomorrow. Our accommodation is beachside, so we’ll try to get back in time for some sundowners.

Get ready for ear to ear smiles. The kids will get their first every playground today! Depending on how hard we’ve worked, we’ll either be grafting like maniacs all morning to get things ready, or having a more leisurely morning with the kids, ready for the afternoon opening ceremony, and some games. This is what it’s all about. Make sure that camera is charged! One last night in Jiquilillo, and we’re off.

A lazy morning beachside after all your hard work, sweat and tears. Then we’ll be transferring to Leon, where we’ll check-in and then have a relaxed walking tour of the city before setting in for some local food and drinks by sunset, ready for some adventure tomorrow!

Nicaragua’s biggest claim to fame – volcano boarding! Yup, you heard that right. We’ll be boarding (sitting on a board and whizzing down) a live volcano, Cerro Negro. Black ash, fast speeds, lots of adventure. Followed by an evening off to soak up Leon’s beautiful colonial vibes.

Chicken bus time. Central America is famous for its chicken buses, so this morning we’ll be boarding one for a couple of hours to get to Granada, the most charming colonial town in all of Central America. Spend the afternoon eating local food and exploring all the nooks and crannies that Granada has on offer.

Hiking the Mombacho Volcano is on the cards for today, amazing views and nothing overly strenuous, the whole activity lasts around 6 hours. Tree frogs aplenty, lush rain-forest and epic sights.

Today we’ll head to Isla De Ometepe, an ancient volcanic island in Nicaragua and an absolute must see. After the ferry we’ll settle in after lunch, if you’re feeling adventurous, bike rental is available and away you go!

Free day on Isla de Ometepe, volcano hiking, waterfall hunting, kayak rental. This place is paradise for either a super chill day to recover, or for those who are looking for something a little more exciting!

We’ll catch a ferry back to the mainland and transit to the quaint but lively coastal town of San Juan Del Sur. It’s time to unwind seaside for our last few days.

A final day to relax around the beach and soak up the sun. Use this time to do some optional activities like, surf, fish, zipline, horseback ride, snorkel, or just be a beach bum.

Time for those teary goodbyes. The tour is over! Today some will transfer back to Managua to catch your flight out,  but feel free to  stick around in San Del Sur for one last bash for the famous Sunday Funday, that’s certainly our plan!

About The Project

In Nicaragua Giveback GiveAway is collaborating with Puentes de Esperanza, a non-profit organization that provides the tools and support necessary to empower low-income communities through education. They have been working in the Jiquilillo community for over 14 years and have an established and ongoing relationship with the local teachers, parents, and students, as well as the director of the school, and the Ministry of Education.

They  run a number of projects that focus on education, including school sponsorships, an after-school program, tutoring and homework help, community guide training, English classes, school support and assistance, capacity-building workshops, and local business development assistance.

Madre Teresa de Calcuta, in Jiquilillo is both underfunded and under-resourced. Classes at both schools are overcrowded. At the primary school, over 60 children in two different grades are often taught in one classroom and under the guidance of one teacher. We provide the teachers with materials and supplies they need to provide a productive learning environment.

We will be working at the primary school to replace desks and chairs and build a playground so the children have a safe and fun place to play during recess. All our infrastructure projects are conducted and carried out with local, skilled labor, under the supervision of local foremen and ourselves.

What's Included

Accomodation

All Accommodations in comfortable hotels with wifi, air-con and hot water as a minimum.

Breakfast

All breakfast included on tour.

Day Trips & Excursions

All group group day trips, group group excursions and group entrance fees into temples and forts.

Transportation

All group in country transportation.

Project Donation

Your Project Donation (100% of which goes directly to our project partner in Jilquillo).

Experienced Guides

Two experienced guides that will be there for you 24/7.