Sample Itinerary (will vary by internship):

Day 1: Pick up from Managua (Managua Backpackers or Colibri Hotel y Desayuno) and transfer to Sabana Grande where you receive a brief orientation and have a welcome dinner with your host families and other interns.

Day 2:  In the morning your will receive a tour of the Solar mountain. The Solar Mountain is a mission centred on a piece of land in Sabana Grande, about 35 acres in size, about a fourth of which is flat and the rest mountainside. The land was purchased with a mandate to provide a space to show how humans can make a living while still putting more into the land than they take out of it. In the afternoon you will start work with community members of the Agro-Ecological Solar promotors. Work could include but is not limited to making natural insecticide, organic compost, reforesting, planting organic beans, corns and vegetables and developing a fruit orchard with a large variety of fruits.

Day 3 – 4: Continue working with the Agro-Ecological Solar promotors at the Solar Mountain.

Day 5: In the morning you will be given time to prepare for the technical exchange that you will run with the other interns. This is your chance to give feedback to the group you have worked with for the past week and present alternative solutions or ideas to difficulties encountered or in areas which could be expanded.

Day 6: JPHF, the local youth group, will take you to Totogalpa where they will give you a guided tour of la casa de tuza, el taller de pintura de jicaro, the museum, the central park, the local market and la casa gastronomica where you can learn how different traditional foods are made. You will then stop for lunch before continuing on to Ocotal where you will visit la casa de cultura, a view point and end the tour in the central park where you can take advantage of the free Wi-Fi.

Day 7: Free time

Day 8: This class prepares you to do a small PV installation.  Here you will become familiar with all of the different components of a PV system and their uses. You will also get the chance to practice wiring an installation in one of our models so that you are ready to go out into the field.

Day 9 (am): Build your own solar cell phone charger.  This workshop will allow you the chance to experience what is like to build a PV panel on a small scale

Day 9 (pm)– 11: You will work with our local PV experts to install and improve Solar systems in the local rural community.

On the evening of day 10 you can attend a dance class where you will have the chance to learn the basics to traditional Nicaraguan folkloric dances.

Day 12: Preparation and technical exchange (see Day 5).

Day 13: Somoto Canyon, one of the oldest rock formations in Central America, has become one of the main attractions in Northern Nicaragua. You will be accompanied by an experienced guide who will explain the volcanic rock tectonics and nature you see. You will hike, travel in boat and have the chance to swim.

Day 14: Free time.

Day 15 -17: You will work with the Solar Women of Totoglapa to make improvements on the Solar Ovens and Improved cook stoves located in the community.

Day 18: Preparation and technical exchange (see Day 5).

Day 19: This is your chance to get hands-on experience using the clean energy cooking technologies at the restaurant and to show off your cooking skills by preparing a farewell dinner (along with the other interns) for your host family and those that you have worked with over the past three weeks.

Day 20: Transfer to Managua (Managua Backpackers or Colibri Hotel y Desayuno).

Travel and Accommodation:

You will be collected from either Managua Backpackers Inn or Colibri Hotel y Desayuno at 8am on the first day and transferred in private transport to our site approximately 4 hours away. You can easily pre-arrange transfers to and from Managua International Airport to Managua Backpackers or Colibri Hotel via their websites. At the end of your internship you will be dropped off at one of these two locations in Managua.