Our model provides volunteers with the opportunity to engage in a meaningful development project alongside community members while learning about the culture and context of the country—all in just one week. Whether you are a high school student looking to expand your worldview, a college student interested in an international experience, a professional wanting to give back, a retired adult with a desire to help, or a family wanting to make a difference together, we have a trip for you.
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Where You’ll Go
Bridges to Community works with rural communities throughout Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. On our trips, you will explore the rich cultural traditions and breadth of natural beauty of each country, while working together with community members to address the real challenges they face. A true cross-cultural immersion, our trips allow you to experience each country in a truly unique way.
What the Trip is Like
You will live in dormitory style housing, eat local food, and engage in local activities in the community while working on a development project. To explore the culture and natural beauty of the country you might also visit a crater lake, view an active volcano, tour a colonial city, and more.
Bridges to Community forms long-lasting relationships with the communities we work with. Communities are selected through an inclusive process that takes into consideration the needs, goals, and interests of the community. The projects that volunteers work on are community-led and address real needs.
What Kind of Trips?
We offer trips for individual volunteers of all ages, and for groups, medical professionals, businesses, families, and more. On our service trips, projects that a volunteer might be involved with include building a home, a school, a library, a health clinic, or a well for clean drinking water. All of our projects offer the satisfaction of impacting the health, well being and future of a child, a family, or an entire community. We also offer specialized trips that focus on a particular theme or region and are typically less labor-intensive, like our Fair Trade Trips. View our upcoming trips.
Plan A Trip
Your first step is making the decision to be part of a life-changing experience. The rest is simple: Bridges will help with every other step of organizing your trip. We will take you through the entire planning process and escort you through your trip. Contact us for more information.
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We are always adding new trips to our calendar. Each one is unique–community members coming together, religious groups, families and their friends, business professionals, medical brigades and more. Contact us for more information on how to be a part of a Bridges experience.