Nicaragua, Travel

Volunteering Abroad

One of my goals for 2014 is to go on a volunteer trip abroad. When I got back from my trip to NYC over the winter holidays we had a presentation on my first day back to work. It was from Surf for Life, an organization that gives back to developing communities where tourism is on the rise due to the surf (hence the name). They’ve worked with my company before, and a few of my team members have gone on trips with them last year and the year prior. After their presentation and a description of their projects this year, I was very excited to sign up.

This year, in April, I’ll be traveling to northern Nicaragua for a week with 10-11 coworkers to build an elementary school in a very rural area. Details on the project can be found here. Our sleeping accommodations don’t even include air conditioning! Our tasks will include mixing concrete by hand and brick-laying. It’s going to be quite an adventure.

As a volunteer we’re each required to raise $2,000 for the trip, so now starts the fun part of fundraising. Since my employer does charitable donation matching, I will be able to collect any donations myself and then give them to Surf for Life in my name in order to maximize all the contributions! Every little bit counts. Please consider donating to the cause and know that your gift, however small, will be doubled!

(If the Gofundme site does not work for you for whatever reason, I can also accept money via Paypal or SquareCash. Please contact me if that is the case!)

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3 Comments

  • Reply Carolynne February 6, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Wow, this is an amazing adventure! I admire you so much for taking on this kind of volunteer task!! It’s amazing. I hope all goes well :)

  • Reply Kim February 7, 2014 at 4:36 am

    That sounds amazing, I’ve always thought about volunteering abroad myself, but don’t think I have the financial stability to do so at the moment – i.e. up and leave home for a year or so! – My company unfortunately wouldn’t really do something like this.

    Good luck to you :)

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