Service Program to Nicaragua
We are planning to set up various groups which will be participating in a variety of projects, based on the community need and our volunteers’ own talents and expertise. We can also customize a project for volunteers with specialized skills they would like to share. Our target groups are as listed below, so find an area that interests you and sign up!
Medical Clinics - Nurses, physicians, physician assistants, dentists and pharmacists are needed to provide clinical and diagnostic services to communities which have limited access to medical care. Medical volunteers will also focus on preventative health education, clinical home/community assessment and support for specific families. We also need bilingual volunteers who are interested in serving as interpreters for the medical team.
Educational/Creative Arts enrichment - Volunteers will offer tutoring and workshops for both children and teachers in a variety of subjects including crafts, visual art, creative writing, computers, English and possibly music or dance. The teachers are especially interested to learn English so they can teach their students. The specific design of the educational program will depend on the skills and interests of volunteers who participate in this project. The people in these impoverished communities want to learn everything from cooking, computers to crafts - you name it, they want to learn it. These skill building opportunities enable residents to improve the quality of life for their families and it is an ideal opportunity to release your creative energies!
Construction and Water Filters - Volunteers will work alongside our local partner CEPAD and community members to build new houses for deserving families. CEPAD has already started the work on various houses and our participation will be greatly appreciated to keep up the momentum to complete these projects. The houses are being built by a joint effort of volunteers, future residents of the houses and the community with donated materials. The construction team will also assemble and help install water filters in individual houses. We hope to complete at least 100 of these installations which will be critical to provide clean water and improved health for these families.
Athletics - Sports enthusiasts are encouraged to join our talented alumni, who have included Steve Griggs, the former Yale soccer coach, to participate in soccer and baseball clinics. The volunteers will be conducting exciting sports camps for children and teens. Soccer is very popular in the area but we want to build a base for the growth of baseball as well.