Nicaragua: Fair Harvest Exchange Program

November 15, 2013November 24, 2013

This November, spend your vacation harvesting social justice! Participate in a transformative international travel experience. Global Exchange is sponsoring several highly motivated individuals to travel to Nicaragua this harvest season and work with a Fair Trade coffee cooperative (CECOCAFEN).

Fair Harvesters will live with a cooperative member family and work alongside the farmers to harvest coffee. You will learn by participating in the daily lives of small-scale farming families and begin to understand the meaning of Fair Trade producers. This is a unique opportunity to experience the other side of the struggle for social and economic justice.

Fair Harvest is not intended to be a tour or tourist visit, but rather to be a lived experience that will motivate participants to be committed activists upon their return. Qualifications: Participants must be capable, self-reliant individuals with at least basic Spanish language ability. You also must be dedicated to working on a Fair Trade campaign in your community when you return. This may include talking to the media, giving presentations, writing articles, asking your local stores to offer Fair Trade products, etc.

WHY FAIR TRADE? Millions of coffee farmers around the world are facing poverty and starvation because global coffee prices have plummeted to all-time lows in recent years. This worldwide crisis is causing problems such as malnutrition and loss of family farms in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. It has even led to increased drug cultivation in Colombia and Peru.  Fortunately there is an alternative — Fair Trade Certified coffee. Fair Trade guarantees farmers a fair price for their harvest. Fair Trade means community development, education, health, and environmental stewardship for coffee farmers around the world. For more information, check out our Fair Trade campaign.

Please email Corina if you would like to receive a sample itinerary for this delegation.

Program Highlights may include: 
  • TYPICAL DAY'S SCHEDULE: Wake up at 5AM to pick coffee. Stop picking at 10AM, eat something, and process the morning's harvest-depulp, ferment, wash, dry, and sort, working with the family. Eat lunch, and then help the family with other work or do other activities in the community. Then relax. Eat dinner around 6PM or 7PM, and go to bed shortly after sunset
  • Visit a Fair Trade Certified Cooperative, a model which guarantees farmers and workers a fair price for their products-as well as direct access, credit, and support for sustainable agriculture. TransFair USA has enabled farmers in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the developing world to invest in their products and critical community development initiatives. Click on the adjacent Fair Trade logo for more information
  • Visit local nature sites and observe wildlife (waterfalls, forests, birds, sloths, orchids, etc.)
  • Learn to cook typical foods
  • Visit various parts of the community, such as the barrios of hacienda laborers
  • Learn what life is like for non-fair trade coffee farmers and laborers
  • Learn about the history of cooperatives and how they are organized
  • All highlights and activities subject to change, as conditions permit
  • Click hear to visit the Global Exchange Fair Trade Campaign

Price Includes: 
  • Double-room accommodations; on-ground transportation including airport pick-up and drop-off; Global Exchange bilingual trip leader; preparatory reading and orientation materials; admission and fees to all program activities; two meals a day (breakfast and dinner)
  • NOT INCLUDED: airfare, airport departure taxes, tips, lunches, and personal expenses
  • Please note: participants will arrive and depart from the Managua airport. All Global Exchange participants who arrive and depart on scheduled trip dates are guaranteed airport transportation. Please notify program coordinator with special travel arrangements

How to Register: 

To register, please send in your application form and a deposit of $400. Payments by Mastercard, Visa and Discover are welcome. Deposits are non-refundable unless the trip is canceled by Global Exchange as explained below.

Please note: We must meet a minimum number of trip participants on every trip, so please register early!

To ensure that all participants can plan accordingly, the minimum number of participants must be reached within 30 days before departure, or the trip will be canceled. If the trip cancels registered participants can choose to receive a full refund or transfer to a future group. Once a trip is confirmed (reaches the minimum # of participants) registrations may be accepted up to 30 days before the departure date.

This trip will be as diverse as possible in terms of race, age and life experiences. In some cases, a limited number of partial scholarships are available for low-income applicants.

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