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Global Volunteers Info Sheet

Global Volunteers Spring Break: San Ramon, Nicaragua
March 14-21, 2015

Where and who are we working with?
We are working with a nonprofit organization called Volunteers for Peace who is collaborating with Finca Esperanza Verde (Green Hope Farm), an organic coffee farm and nature preserve in San Ramon, Nicaragua. This environmentally friendly community provides a source of income for local people and financial resources for community projects.

What will we be doing?
We will work about six hours a day on a variety of tasks including maintaining trails, assisting in the garden, working on the farm, and volunteering at the local school. Hikes, cultural discussion, excursions and time for relaxation will be part of the schedule each day. There will be a lot of physical labor and walking on possibly rough terrain.

Where will we be staying?
The beautiful lodge and cabins are built of handmade brick and other local materials and are equipped with solar powered electricity. A hot shower house that uses local wood to heat water is located behind the lodge. FEV is a very safe and controlled environment where visitors’ safety is paramount.

What will we be eating?
FEV cooks create delicious meals from the organic vegetables and fruits picked daily on the farm. Organic coffee is served throughout the day and jams are home made from our very own fruit trees. FEV also purchases milk, poultry, eggs and wildflower honey from the neighboring farms. These delightful meals are served “family style” three times a day.

What about language?
Spanish is not required, but it would be helpful. We will have a local interpreter there, and much of our work will not require speaking Spanish. However, speaking the language will help create more meaningful relationships with FEV and will make our experience more meaningful. We plan to do a few basic language sessions leading up to the trip so that everyone can have some basic knowledge of the language.

How much will it cost?
This trip could cost up to $1,600 per student, but we hope to cut it down to around $1,100 or lower with fundraising. This price includes airfare and all in country expenses (transportation, accommodations, food, etc.).

How does the application process work?
Applications will go out on October 29. We have room for up to 9 participants. Participants will be chosen objectively based on their applications. Once accepted, a non-refundable down payment will be required to guarantee your participation on the trip. If you choose to drop out before the down payment is due, an applicant from the wait list will be chosen. Participants will be expected to commit some time before the trip to fundraising and group meetings.

Contact Emily Rubinstein ’16 (erubinst@hamilton.edu), Bryan Ferguson ’17 (bferugso@hamilton.edu), or Lindsay Pattison ‘16 (lpattiso@hamilton.edu) with any questions.

Contact Information

Amy James

COOP Director
315-859-4016 315-859-4041 ajames@hamilton.edu
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