Friends & Family

Many of the volunteers who organize trips under the Friends Family banner have traveled with us in the past as a business professional, members of a faith-based organization, a college trip or even a medical brigade. Our Friends & Family trips are exactly as the name suggests, one family, possibly joins another family and then invites a few friends to spend a week working side by side, for the benefit of others in desperate need of shelter. For these trips, parents can bring children younger than 15, making these trips truly a “family affair”. Our Friends & Family trips, working with a minimum group size of 10 volunteers, often look to volunteers traveling independently to fill out their ranks. The groups listed below all have a core group of dedicated volunteers who are interested in having like-minded individuals join them.

Contact Rusty Pedersen, Vice President of Volunteer Services at 914-923-2200 or e-mail Rusty at: to discuss your opportunities with Bridges to Community.

Upcoming Trips

2017 New Friends to Nicaragua Dec 4 – Dec 10

Join volunteers from across North America to help build a new home for a deserving family in the northern coffee region of Nicaragua.  A job for everyone but no skills required.  A warm, personal experience living, learning, and working with local families.  A life changing event while making lifetime friends.  Email group leader with questions […]

Group TypeAdult
DestinationJinotega, Nicaragua
Start Date12/04/2017
End Date12/10/2017
Max Group Size15
Cost$1395 plus airfare to Jinotega, Nicaragua
CoordinatorFrank Pepe

Check Out Past Trips

Friends of Arlington PS July 12 – July 20

The friends and supporters of the Arlington Public Schools from Dutchess County, NY are seeking volunteers to assist them in the construction of 2 houses this summer in Masaya, Nicaragua.  This is their 6th trip to Masaya since 2009.  This is a group of adults traveling with teens.  For availability and information on flights contact […]

Group TypeFriends & Family
DestinationMasaya, Nicaragua
Start Date07/12/2017
End Date07/20/2017
Max Group Size20
Cost$1,395.00 plus airfare to Managua, Nicaragua
CoordinatorMarie Taylor

Holmes Camp & Family Trip – Aug 5 – Aug 12

Join teens and adults from the Holmes Summer Camp from Holmes, NY, along with other volunteers this summer on a one week service trip to Nicaragua.  This trip is open to all teens traveling independently as well as families looking for an immersion experience in the 2nd poorest county in the Western Hemisphere.  This group […]

Group TypeHigh School
DestinationMasaya, Nicaragua
Start Date08/05/2017
End Date08/12/2017
Max Group Size15
Cost$1,395.00 plus international airfare to Managua, Nicaragua
CoordinatorSarah Burpee