• 131 Community Partners
  • Working with more than 136,000 Community Members
  • 40.90 % of rural population without access to basic or safely managed drinking water source
  • 39% of rural population without access to basic or safely managed sanitation facilities
  • 16.65 Physicians per 10,000 people
  • Common sources of income include agriculture and fishing

Our Work in Nicaragua



Invested in Community Owned Banks & Businesses


People with Access to Clean Water


Families Benefited with Public Health Projects


Community Health Workers Trained & Equipped

Highlighted Projects

Community Banks

Traditionally, our economic development program is only developed in conjunction with the support of international volunteers who raise the initial funds to capitalize community banks by volunteering on “Business Brigades.” Although our Business Brigade program is not offered in Nicaragua, we still work with communities to create community-owned banks that offer savings accounts, small loans and financial literacy.

Clean Water

Clean water systems are constructed with local community members working alongside volunteers and local engineers. Systems include the collaboration between partner organizations, community members, government and Global Brigades. Construction may take several months to complete and can include several large scale components, such as dams and storage tanks.

Community Health Workers

Select volunteers living in the community are trained by our staff to become Community Health Workers (CHWs). CHWs provide basic medical care, monitor chronic conditions, and serve as point persons for urgent care cases year-round.

In-Home Sanitation

Volunteers, masons and families work together to implement projects to improve health, hygiene and sanitation. Eco-stoves to target respiratory diseases, latrines to decrease the spread of infectious diseases and parasites, water storage units to improve hand washing and hygiene, and concrete floors to prevent skin diseases.


Volunteer safety will always be our absolute top priority. Global Brigades recently engaged Askari International Security, an industry leader in international risk assessment, to complete a comprehensive risk/safety assessment of all brigade operations. A full explanation of safety precautions and procedures can be found on our “Safety & Insurance” page.

A Quote from Askari International Security

“I was asked to review Global Brigades safety and security procedures for their operations in Central America. I always use a “litmus test” by assessing whether I’d be happy to send my own daughters (late teens early 20’s) on one of their events. The answer was a resounding yes. I hope I was able to help them improve their processes and procedures, but what was already in place was good, but better still was the culture of safety and security. All the staff were concerned with safety and security and keen to improve. Nothing can ever be 100% secure or safe, but with Global Brigades I can genuinely say they care and take things very seriously.”
– Bryan Hemmings, Managing Director, Askari International Security

Volunteer Safety Highlights in Nicaragua

  • Global Brigades is an active member of OSAC (the Overseas Security Advisory Committee) and receives up-to-date security and safety briefings from the U.S. State Department;
  • Established relationship with U.S. Embassy in Managua;
  • Full-time local Global Brigades medical personnel on-call at all times;
  • Adherence to the IVPA standards of international volunteering.