Pack your bags and join us for an international volunteer trip!
GRID's International Program brings solar power to rural off-grid communities in Nicaragua and Nepal. Our volunteer program gives travelers the opportunity to get hands-on with renewable energy and make a lasting impact in a community, while our projects demonstrate sustainable models for renewable energy development around the world.
Work alongside community members to install off-grid solar power, while experiencing full immersion in rural life and local culture. The trip fee is $1,600 per person for Nicaragua and $2,000 per person for Nepal, which covers all lodging, meals, transportation, activities, taxes, and fees during the trip, and contributes to project costs. Airfare is not included. Participants can fundraise for the trip from their personal networks or pay out of pocket. Average trip size is 10 people.
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Upcoming international volunteer trips
Take a trip that will transform a community and change your life! Sign up today for a week-long journey with GRID Alternatives to transform the rural community of Potrero Sur with the power of solar. GRID Alternatives volunteers will work alongside Potrero Sur community members to install solar home systems, while experiencing full immersion in Nicaraguan life and culture. In the community of Potrero Sur, most families make their living through agriculture, raising cattle for milk production and cultivating crops like corn, beans, and wheat. At home, many families use kerosene or diesel lamps to see at night, even if they are aware that they are at risk for respiratory illnesses, because it is the least expensive option. The solar home systems you install will provide each house with clean, reliable electricity. Sign up today to leave a lasting impact on the lives of Nicaraguan families! Learn more.
Pack your bags and join us in Nepal for the experience of a lifetime! Sign up today for a 10-day journey with GRID Alternatives to bring solar power to Jimling, a remote community in Nepal's Chitwan district. On this trip, you will install a 3.78kW off-grid solar-powered grain mill to improve local agroprocessing and income generation, while experiencing full immersion in rural Nepali life and culture. Agroprocessing is critical to daily life in Jimling since the rural community grows its own food. The solar-powered mill you will install makes it possible for community members to process higher volumes of grains with greater efficiency and convenience. The mill will benefit approximately 100 households, who will be able to hull and crush their grains mechanically. Sign up today! Learn more.
Pack your bags and join GRID Alternatives in Nicaragua for the experience of a lifetime! On this trip, you will work alongside community members to install an off-grid solar system on a school in the rural community of San Pedro de Sabelete in Matagalpa while experiencing full immersion in rural Nicaraguan life and culture. The system that you will help install will provide lights and AC power to support and improve the quality of communication, education, and recreation for community members. Electricity at the school enables the teachers and residents to charge their cell phones and plug in small appliances. Classes can be offered in the evenings at a convenient time for working adults and the teachers will be able to plan their lessons at night without having to commute into town to use electricity. Sign up today! Learn more.
The community of San Isidro lies in the north central region of Jinotega in Nicaragua. Jinotega is known for its cool climate, its mountainous terrain, and its ideal conditions for growing coffee. Most families in rural communities make their living through agriculture, growing crops and raising cattle. Many families use kerosene or diesel lamps in their homes to see at night, even if they are aware that they are at risk for respiratory illnesses, because it is the least expensive option. The solar home systems you install will provide each household with light and AC power outlets so families can use regular home appliances like lamps, cell phones, TVs, computers, and fans. Help us build a brighter future for San Isidro! Learn more.
Building upon our work to improve health conditions and well-being of Nicaraguan families, GRID is launching our first project to construct improved cookstoves in rural homes. Even in homes with access to clean energy through solar, the kitchen is a place where families are still exposed to harmful smoke from cooking over open flames. Improved cookstoves are more efficient, which means less wood, fewer emissions, and saving women time. Improved cookstoves ensure that smoke doesn't make its way into the home, and significantly reduce the risk of fire and health hazards. Sign up today for a transformational week-long journey! Learn more.