Travel to rural Nicaragua with El Porvenir as a volunteer to improve the lives of Nicaraguans and have the experience of a lifetime! Participate in a  trip where you will work with a community to build a sustainable project that improves living conditions and quality of life.

If you are interested in joining a volunteer trip, please fill out our interest form!

See our available trips here.

 A group of engineering students from North Carolina State University travel to Nicaragua with El Porvenir and share their volunteer work trip experience. 

The Experience

  • Group members work alongside Nicaraguan families to build a community wash station, latrines, or fuel-efficient stoves -- or plant trees
  • Small group work experience (12-15 people)
  • Trips last 1-2 weeks
  • Bilingual guides accompany the group at all times
  • Spanish and construction skills are NOT required
  • Learn about the history and current reality in Nicaragua
  • Tour Managua as well as a weekend at the beach, in the mountains, or in Granada. You may go to a live volcano, a cloud forest, a crafts market, or a Nicaraguan concert or dance performance.
  • Meet local government leaders, teachers, and/or health workers

The Details

  • Cost: $1175 for a 10-day trip. Prices may vary depending on the length of the trip. Trip costs include meals, lodging, in-country transportation, translation, health insurance, recreation, and the materials for the project you work on. (Roundtrip airfare is not included) 
  • Travel insurance included. In the case of an accident or illness, you will receive prompt medical attention.
  • Purified water is available at all times.
  • Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Good health is required to participate.

Most El Porvenir worksites are small villages without electricity or running water. While you are working in the village during the day, you will use a latrine and eat simple food that is prepared for the group's lunch. At night, you will stay in a modest hotel in a town near the worksite village and can expect running water, indoor plumbing, electricity, a bed, and a fan in your room.

The climate is hot, the roads are dusty, and you will be doing manual labor. Transportation is in the back of a pickup truck, and medical treatment available in rural Nicaragua is not as sophisticated as in the U.S. 

We promise you an unforgettable experience!

Meet Our Guides


Catalina Ruiz

Catalina has a degree in Educational Science and a master's in Business Administration with a specialization in tourism. Already experienced in international partnerships and community development programs, she promotes eco-tourism and community development in rural areas. She co-authored Nicaragua un Destino Turistico: Historia del Turismo y Ecoturismo en Nicaragua (Nicaragua, a Tourist Destination: The History of Tourism and Ecotourism in Nicaragua). 


Jimmy Membreño Rivera

Jimmy studied English Translation at the University of Central America. He has worked with U.S. groups since 1991, supporting community development programs, international partnerships, and eco-tourism. He co-wrote the book Nicaragua un Destino Turistico: Historia del Turismo y Ecoturismo en Nicaragua



Tania Gutierrez

Tania studied Tourism Development and Communicative English at the Central American University. She has worked with U.S. groups since 2011 for various Nicaraguan nonprofits supporting community development, food security, and medical issues. Currently, she works as a group coordinator for El Porvenir as well as other organizations.


Jose Solis Ruiz

Jose studied Engineering in Agricultural Production Systems at the Central American University with a specialization in bovine artificial insemination. He has worked with U.S. groups since 2011.

Photos courtesy of El Porvenir staff, Lynn Gleason, Marissa Jaross, Regis University, and Travis Tidmore