International Program

Take a trip that will transform a community and change your life! Sign up today for a week-long journey to bring solar power to off-grid communities in rural Nicaragua.

GRID Alternatives' International Program brings solar power to rural off-grid communities in Nicaragua, providing electricity for schools, health clinics and farms, and energy education for residents.  Based on a "voluntourism" model, the program offers individual and corporate volunteers the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua to install solar systems alongside community members. We have installed solar in 17 villages to-date, and continue to work with the communities to make sure the systems will benefit residents for the long-term.

Travel with us!

We are currently signing up volunteers for projects in summer and fall 2014 and will have more opportunities in 2015!  In addition to their stay with village families, volunteers also enjoy a variety of organized cultural activities and outings. The trip fee is $1,600 per person, which covers all of the volunteer's lodging, meals, transportation, taxes and fees during the 9-day stay in Nicaragua. Airfare is not included. Participants can fundraise for the trip from their personal networks or pay out-of-pocket. Click here to learn more about upcoming trips.

To inquire about corporate trips, contact Maura McKnight, Corporate and Foundation Development Manager, at or 510-731-1321.

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