Bio - Construction Volunteering in Nica!

April 21, 2019

Hello fellow environmental advocates and built environment lovers!

My name is Jaime and in 2018 I spent 2 weeks in the community of Astillero on the southern coast of Nicaragua working with the Casa Congo School of Conservation.


During my stay at Casa Congo, I volunteered with the carpenter empowerment program.

I worked alongside local "carpinteros" on construction projects such as the bodega and carried out a series of workshops on efficient manufacturing and technical drawing for furniture as well as providing guidance on the best way to deliver the structure. It was a fun and engaging 2 weeks where I had the opportunity to learn and give back to the community by applying knowledge from a more disciplined approach to architecture and engineering. If you're ready for jungle walks looking for timber, challenging conditions for construction, hot sun and big waves, then this is the place for you....  definitely a wild experience for true adventurers only.  


Overall was a very rewarding experience. Would love to go back and spend even longer. Days there were magical, so down to earth, alive, pure in human poverty and rich in natural beauty!


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