Water System Construction
Chapters work with local engineers and technicians to construct water systems custom designed for rural communities. Volunteers assist in digging trenches, connecting pipes, installing in-home water faucets, and providing education to improve family health.
2018 Individual Program Contribution
Volunteers work together with their chapter to fundraise for their individual contributions. Each individual program contribution includes everything needed for the water brigade: equipment, translators, support staff, ground transportation, food, lodging, any needed construction supplies, and emergency medical insurance. The Program Contribution also includes funds for our Clean Water Fund. Airfare not included.
Nicaragua 7 day Water Brigade –
*Brigades longer than 7 days are also available
Clean Water Fund
A portion of each volunteer’s fundraising supports our Clean Water Fund which enables year-round clean water solutions in partner communities carried out by our local teams. Specifically, the Fund supports water system planning and design, water council training on system operation, maintenance and administration, water system project management and follow-up visits, and on-going project monitoring and impact evaluation.
Volunteer safety will always be our absolute top priority. Global Brigades recently engaged Askari International Security, an industry leader in international risk assessment, to complete a comprehensive risk/safety assessment of all brigade operations. A full explanation of safety precautions and procedures can be found on our “Safety & Insurance” page.
A Quote from Askari International Security
“I was asked to review Global Brigades safety and security procedures for their operations in Central America. I always use a “litmus test” by assessing whether I’d be happy to send my own daughters (late teens early 20’s) on one of their events. The answer was a resounding yes. I hope I was able to help them improve their processes and procedures, but what was already in place was good, but better still was the culture of safety and security. All the staff were concerned with safety and security and keen to improve. Nothing can ever be 100% secure or safe, but with Global Brigades I can genuinely say they care and take things very seriously.”
– Bryan Hemmings, Managing Director, Askari International Security
Safety Highlights in Nicaragua
- Global Brigades is an active member of OSAC (the Overseas Security Advisory Committee) and receives up-to-date security and safety briefings from the U.S. State Department;
- Established relationship with U.S. Embassy in Managua;
- Full-time local Global Brigades medical personnel on-call at all times;
- Adherence to the IVPA standards of international volunteering.
Global Brigades does an annual safety review of all lodging facility partners each year. Most lodging facilities provide pillows, bedsheets and towels. Facilities have showers, toilets and sinks with running water (no hot water) as well as filtered clean drinking water dispensers onsite. 24-hour security is provided at all facilities. Conditions are most similar to a comfortable summer camp, with dormitory-style sleeping and shared bathrooms.
Water Brigades are assigned to lodging facilities based on proximity to the partner community they will be working with.
Centro Pastoral La Cartuja
The La Cartuja lodging facility is located in Matagalpa, about 150 kilometers from the capital of Managua. It is built on a high point above the city of Matagalpa and is surrounded by temperate forests. This location means that temperatures may be cooler at night in the higher altitude than down in the city.
La Cartuja was orginally built for catholic retreats but is now also available for workshops, training and other group activities. The center has several large patches of grass that can be used for group activities and also contains a large meeting room in which brigaders will be dining. The building has a classical design and is surrounded by beautiful gardens.
The INSFOP lodging facility is located near the south entrance of Esteli in Northern Nicaragua. Here, brigaders enjoy a lodging facility with various meeting spaces, dining areas, and walking trails. The shared bedrooms are cozy and colorful. The building is lined with green palm trees and the outdoor space can be a great place to unwind. Global Brigades Nicaragua began using the INSOP facility in 2015.
Hostal El Rey
Hostal El Rey is located in the center of the city of Matagalpa, a two hour drive from the capital city of Managua.The restaurant within the lodging facility serves brigaders breakfast and dinner. The rooms are simple, clean, and comfortable. Towels, linens, and a private or shared bathroom are included. Hostal El Rey has a rustic style, inviting atmosphere, and friendly staff. It’s garden, terrace, and shared lounge make for nice spaces to gather and reflect after visiting communities. Global Brigades has been using this facility since 2015.
Hotel Cualitlan is located in Esteli, in Northern Nicaragua. While staying at the hotel, brigaders can enjoy private cabins with bunk beds for about 10 people per room. The grounds have lush gardens and are home to a brightly colored parrot! Breakfast and dinner are served in the decorated dining hall. Global Brigades has been using this facility since 2015.
Hotel Casita San Payo
Hotel Casita San Payo is a small and friendly lodging facility located near the center of the town of San Rafael del Norte in Jinotega, Nicaragua. San Payo is a great place for brigaders to stay. With several gardens and a view of the whole city from the upstairs patio, it is easy to find spaces to gather and reflect after a productive day in a community. San Payo has a cafe, where breakfast and dinner are served. The rooms are simple, clean, and offer a nice space to rest and recharge for the next day.
Maria Cavallari is lovely lodging facility with open spaces that give visitors an opportunity to enjoy a fresh and natural environment surrounded by trees, plants, birds and flowers. There are meeting spaces designed to enhance creativity, and foster development and communication. The each bedroom includes bunkbeds and a shared bathroom. Located in Matagalpa, Maria Cavallari also has a farm on the property. The grounds promote a vision of research, growth, tranquility and the strength of nature.
Hotel Panorama is a three story hotel located in Esteli, Nicaragua. Panorama has large conference room and seminars rooms that seat up to 250 people. Brigaders are served breakfast and dinner in the hotel’s restaurant. The rooms are modern, clean and comfortable. From the terraces, visitors can enjoy views of the green mountains that surround Esteli.
Hotel Mana del Cielo
Hotel Mana del Cielo is located in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. This city’s majestic beauty is lifted by the impressive green mountains that can surround the developed center. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant where breakfast and dinner are served each day. Hotel Mana del Cielo features a terrace and a sitting area. All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom.
Mana del Cielo-San Ramón
Mana del Cielo-San Ramón is located in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. This lodging facility offers mountain views, a restaurant, and some inviting outdoor seating areas. Guests are given many opportunities to relax in green space and take in the fresh air. The rooms are clean and cozy. The hotel also has a table tennis table which offers brigaders an entertaining way to spend free time at the end of the day.
Hacienda Boutique San Pedro
The Hacienda Boutique San Pedro located in Carazo, Nicaragua is a lovely place for brigaders to stay. The Hacienda has an art gallery, extensive gardens, and several terraces. There are also meeting rooms that can be very convenient for groups to use. Breakfast and dinner are served in the charming dining area. Hacienda San Pedro’s restaurant serves barbecue and international dishes, as well as snacks and local cuisine. Hacienda Boutique San Pedro is decorated in a traditional and beautiful Nicaraguan style throughout, making all of the rooms very inviting.
The Quinta Lupita lodging facility is located in Carazo, Nicaragua. This lodging facility offers simple, clean, and comfortable bedrooms. Breakfast and dinner are served in the dining area. The common room is light and airy. The space is decorated with beautiful traditional Nicaraguan art and ceramics which add to the cozy atmosphere. There are also some outdoor patios adorned with palm trees, for visitors to enjoy.
La Campiña is a peaceful and pleasant place to stay while on brigade. Located in Estelí, Nicaragua, this lodging facility includes lots of green space to enjoy. The bedrooms are comfortable and there are common areas where groups can gather. Breakfast and dinner are served in a beautiful and rustic dining area. La Campiña offers visitors a charming and relaxing experience.
Cuculmeca is a wonderful place to stay while in Jinotega, Nicaragua. This lodging facility features a garden, common area and meeting rooms. The bedrooms have bunkbeds and a shared bathroom. Breakfast and dinner are served each day. There are various activities to enjoy on the property, and hiking is possible in the surrounding area. The staff is accommodating and adds to the friendly atmosphere.
Located in the Esteli department, Hotel Quiabuc is a modern facility with Nicaraguan flare. The hotel offers simple and comfortable rooms, and an extensive list of additional services. The motivated staff aims to satisfy the needs of volunteers by providing quality services that are also friendly to the environment. Hotel Quiabuc promotes sustainable development by working to minimize their impact on the environment, ensure job security for their employees, generate employment in the region, and maintain high standards of quality. The facility promotes Nicaraguan cultural, social, and environmental values that volunteers can appreciate during their stay.
Finca Vida Joven
La Finca Vida Joven is located in the department of Jinotega. This lodging facility is located beside a tranquil pond and is surrounded by green vegetation. The water and flora contribute to the calm and rejuvenating atmosphere. The bedrooms are clean and comfortable. There is a welcoming dining area and many spots where people can relax. La Finca offers many spaces for volunteers to gather inside as well as out in the fresh air.