Fantastic Trip with P2TP!

Impact: 5
Support: 5
Fun: 5
Value: 5
Safety: 5

I traveled to Nicaragua with Power to the People in July 2013. Our solar installation was in a community called Santa Ana, about 45 minutes south of Granada. Our time in the community was a really special experience; one that I never would have been able to have as a traditional tourist. The people were warm and welcoming, and the children were absolutely wonderful! We stayed in people's homes, which were very basic, but it was a great opportunity to see how people in many parts of the world live, without all of the comforts that we consider necessary in more developed countries. In spite of having so little in the way of material items, there was no shortage of smiles and laughter, and fun times with the volunteers.

The solar installation went well--we spent two and a half days on the installation, and finally, there was light! Enough for two classrooms and the school cafeteria. We installed enough power outlets for the school to have a computer lab, and P2TP had partnered with Children's Wellness Fund, another non-profit doing work in Nicaragua, who are going to donate computers to the school. We held two workshops on our last day--one for the children, to teach them about solar energy, and one for the adults, to teach them how to maintain the system.

For our time outside of the community, our trip leaders had organized a lot of fun activities, including a trip to the chocolate museum in Granada, where we spent two hours making our own chocolate bars from scratch (yum!), taking a petroglyph tour on Ometepe, ziplining, and having some down time on the beach on Lake Nicaragua.

I loved this trip, and plan to do another one next year. Highly recommend!

Would you recommend this program?
Yes, I would