Location
Multiple Locations +3
  • Nicaragua
  • Nepal
  • Mexico

Program Details

Language
English
Housing
Host Family Hotel Tent

Pricing

Starting Price
2000
Price Details
The trip fee starts at $2,000 per person which covers all lodging, meals, transportation, activities, taxes, and fees during the week-long experience and contributes to project costs. A 25% deposit is required to reserve your spot on the trip. Airfare and short-term international travel insurance is not included. Participants can fundraise for the trip from their personal networks or pay out of pocket. Your trip fee directly makes this project possible.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Equipment Meals
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance
Apr 13, 2023
Feb 14, 2024
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About Program

GRID Alternatives' International Program addresses a critical energy access gap in rural communities in Nicaragua, Nepal, and Mexico by bringing solar power to schools, health clinics, homes, farms, orphanages, and small businesses.

Travel with us!
GRID provides opportunities to travel with us to Nicaragua, Mexico and Nepal to gain a first-hand view of our international work in action while supporting sustainable rural electrification projects. You'll work alongside community members to install off-grid solar power, while experiencing full immersion in rural life and local culture. Program activities are designed for a deep experience that helps individuals understand more about global issues while learning about energy access solutions. Corporate and student experiences are also available.

Pack your bags and join us for a week-long journey that will transform a community and change your life!
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Consider your impact: Volunteering abroad can be a rewarding experience for both volunteers and local communities, and at Go Overseas, we believe all volunteers should have the resources to make informed decisions about the type of volunteer project they want to partake in. However, despite best intentions, some organizations offering placements in orphanages may unknowingly place children in danger. You can read about the potential dangers of orphanage volunteering here.

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Program Highlights

  • Community immersion.
  • Off-grid solar power installation training.
  • Sustainable development model
  • Local homestays.
  • Project participation and organized cultural activities.

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Program Reviews

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Maricela
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

An Unforgettable Experience

I participated on a solar project trip with GRID Alternatives International in 2019 to Nicaragua. I was safe from the moment they picked me up at the airport to the moment they dropped me off to fly back home. The trip was very well guided, continuously fun and a full immersion into the Nicaraguan culture. Aside from the three days of doing the solar installation (no experience required) in the remote community, the rest of the days, we traveled to tourist attractions. Nicaragua was beautiful and the people very welcoming. The group of travelers were very friendly and genuinely caring and with one mission to travel with purpose and bring clean energy to a remote community in Nicaragua. I found that GRID Alternatives focuses on establishing long-lasting relationships in its communities, and I was very impressed at its commitment to each community it works in. Read about my adventure: https://gridalternatives.org/solar-powers-coffee-equipment-local-farm-el-regadio-nicaragua GRID provides a fun way to meet like-minded people who like to make change in this world.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would only change the location to explore and develop my knowledge of the communities GRID serves. I'd travel to all three countries, Mexico, Nepal and Nicaragua.
Pros
  • Safest way to travel with purpose.
  • Great way to make friends.
  • A great and unforgettable adventure for which fundraising is available.
Cons
  • None
23 people found this review helpful.
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Jacqui
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Fantastic Trip with P2TP!

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!

What would you improve about this program?
Can't think of anything...
90 people found this review helpful.
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David
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Authentic & Rewarding Life Experience

I went with Power to the People to help instal a solar system on a rural school on Isla Zapatera in Lake Nicaragua. The entire experience was wonderful and very rewarding.

The island is off-grid, and when we arrived, by "launcha", the school's teacher and students were waiting on the beach to welcome us with a homemade banner and song. That moment was priceless.

The community was extremely warm and gracious - and very grateful for the solar system, which was going to allow them to use computers in the classrooms, and have lights so that they could hold evening classes for adults.

We stayed nearby in a beautiful lakefront "eco-lodge". It was extremely charming and comfortable, while still being appropriately rustic. During the day we worked to install the system with the PT2P team and some locals. Everyone was able to participate to the degree that they wished, and there were many opportunities to interact with the community members, and to learn about solar systems. After wrapping up each day in the late afternoon, we swam, lounged around the lodge, and visited some nearby households.

After completing the work & inaugurating the local committee responsible for maintaining the system, the entire community showed up for a ribbon cutting ceremony. The first light switch was thrown, they plugged in the music and the celebration began! Both the children and adults were amazingly kind and joyful and lavished us with gratitude, camaraderie, and entertainment - and dancing!

When we returned to the U.S., we received this email:

Dear friends I am the teacher from santa Maria Zapatera, in this moment I am in the school , we have internet is increible but true,
thank you for to be good people, recive our greeting , good luck with you, God bless you.

Before and after the installation, we spent a few days traveling and visiting some "off the beaten path" destinations. Our guides, the food, and the lodgings were all superb.

What an amazing experience!!

What would you improve about this program?
Tough to think of anything...
85 people found this review helpful.
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jdurie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Solar Install in Aqua Fria Review

We stayed at Seeds of Learning Center in Matagalpa while we volunteered. Not actually a Hostel, but very similar. Accomodations were comfortable and safe with warm showers and nice beds. There was a group of about 10 of us, staying in shared rooms. We installed a solar system on a school in a nearby very small community (Agua Fria) that had no power or running water and drove back and forth each day. After the install, we visited a rain forest at a place called Selva Negra, where we went hiking several days. The sights and sounds were breathtaking! More info on the trip can be found at: http://www.powertothepeople.org/Agua_Fria.html. The most rewarding moment (among many moments) was when I was able to take a break from the solar installation work, sit in a classroom full of children, and teach them origami. They were so hungry to learn, so eager to hear me say, "bueno!" to each of them as I confirmed their origami creation was beautiful. It was at that moment I knew what we were doing here was more than just solar, we were bonding with a community, sharing our cultures and world, and that is deeply significant.

What would you improve about this program?
Expand the program to destinations other than just Nicaragua. The program itself is amazing, but I want to see more than one country, so I would love if this program expanded to other destinations so I could participate again and again.
84 people found this review helpful.

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