Family, Friends, and Friends of Friends,
My name is Brad Gieske. I am a soccer trainer, a practicing Catholic, and a passionate outreach seeker. Soccer Without Borders, an incredible organization that uses soccer to bring about social justice; provide outlets, resources, and education to youth in developing countries; and to support refugees from war-torn countries has given me the opportunity to work with them on the goal of developing soccer in Nicaragua for girls and young women. The program is called Fútbol Sin Fronteras (FSF).
The following is copied directly from the Soccer Without Borders website pertaining to the details of the trip and its costs:
This is a sample schedule. Actual, detailed schedules are shared with T.E.A.M. Camp volunteers prior to the camp.
Saturday, January 6: Arrivals to MGA, pick-up game, meet host families
Sunday, January 7: Volunteer Orientation, Activity with FSF staff, Tour of Granada, community dinner
Monday, January 8: Camp staff meeting and preparation, opening camp fiesta, home match versus the Nicaraguan Women's National Team in Granada
Tuesday, January 9 - Thursday, January 11: Morning soccer session, afternoon team-building activity, cultural activities in afternoon and/or evening including tour of the mercado, chocolate-making workshops, salsa dancing lesson, Merced tower visit, hammock factory tour, cooking lesson, homestay dinner
Friday, January 12: Morning soccer session and camp closing, away match versus the Nicaraguan Women's National Team in Managua
Saturday, January 13: Visit to local attraction, free time, souvenir shopping, closing dinner and reflection
Sunday, January 14: Departures
CAMP EXPECTATIONS AND EXPENSES
Each volunteer is responsible for:
1. $100 Trip Deposit to confirm your spot (non-refundable)
2. $400 financial contribution to SWB Nicaragua
3. Collecting & bringing ~50lbs (or one checked bag) of gently used equipment to SWB Nicaragua
4. Purchasing your own plane tickets, tourist entry card ($10), and any travel medical insurance or immunizations you choose
Trip Deposit: $100 USD (non-refundable)
Once accepted to SWB's 2018 T.E.A.M. Camp, volunteers must send their $100 Trip Deposit to SWB in order to confirm their spot on the trip. Trip Deposits are due by November 15, 2017.
Financial Contribution: $400 USD (minimum)
In order to support a week of activities for the girls of Granada and provide a comprehensive immersion experience, we ask each volunteer to contribute $400 to SWB Nicaragua. This financial contribution is due to SWB by December 31, 2017. In the past, many volunteers have reached their minimum $400 contribution through fundraising initiatives and events. By engaging your family and friends to raise or even go beyond your $400 contribution, volunteers are able to make a huge difference to the program's efforts to provide year-round programming to the community of Granada. An easy way to fundraise is to set up a personal fundraising page on Crowdrise, like this one, describing your trip, and then send it to your friends and family. Some schools also offer small grants for international volunteer work either through the NCAA opportunity fund or through the community service office. If you are a current NCAA student-athlete, we strongly recommend that you check with your school compliance officer before beginning any fundraising activities.
During your stay in Granada, your $400 contribution covers all costs associated with your volunteer experience including:
Housing: We organize homestays for all volunteers in the same “barrio” (neighborhood), with families who are a part of the SWB family. Our goal is for your homestay to give you a sense of life and community in Nicaragua, while providing a safe space for you to rest and recover from daily coaching.
Food: We provide three meals and snacks every day. Our goal is to introduce you to Nicaraguan food, investing in locally run restaurants and vendors.
Beverages: We provide purified water for your water bottles at activities and in your homestay, as well as morning coffee.
Transportation: We provide private transportation to and from the Managua airport, as well as to and from group entertainment activities.
Per Diem: You will receive a small per diem in local currency to purchase additional snacks, sports drinks, incidental items, internet time, etc.
T-shirt: You will receive an SWB Granada Camp t-shirt.
Equipment: ~50lbs (or one checked bag)
Your 50lbs of equipment can be collected in your local community. We usually have a large supply of donated equipment in Boston, MA and Bay Area, CA, and may have access to equipment in other locations, if you check with the Camp Coordinator. Colleges, high schools, and local clubs are also great resources for gently used equipment. Your Trip Coordinator will share an equipment "wish list" with items to focus on during your collection. Each volunteer is responsible for transporting their equipment donations to Granada.
Flight & Tourist Card: Purchase on your own
The cost of your flight is not included in your $400 contribution. Typical airfare costs to Managua, Nicaragua are between $450-$800. New York City, Boston, Miami, and Washington DC tend to have the cheapest flights. American Airlines, Delta Airlines, and United Airlines all fly to Managua regularly. We ask that participants do not use Spirit Airlines, due to their late-night arrivals and departures. Upon arrival, you will need to purchase a tourist card at passport control for $10, which grants you permission to stay in Nicaragua for up to 90 days without any prior application. If you have a passport from a country other than the U.S., visit this website to check on your requirements.
Vaccinations & Health Insurance: Purchase on your own
No vaccinations are required for Nicaragua but we recommend that you visit the CDC Travel website to see what is recommended and speak with your doctor before going to Nicaragua. If your personal medical insurance does not cover international travel, we recommend that you consider short-term travel medical insurance for your trip. Past volunteers have used Patriot Travel but there are many available options.
Other Expenses: Up to you!
The cost of gifts and additional travel on your own are not included in your contribution, and will depend on the volunteer. Some volunteers have spent as little as $20, and others as much as $100, depending on how many gifts they buy. Some typical gifts and prices: Personalized maracas ($5), awesome hammocks ($25), vases ($7), bracelets ($1-3), t-shirts ($8). Phone and internet to communicate with friends and family is cheap (5 cents/minute phone, 1 dollar/hour internet), however we also have internet in our program office that volunteers can access at specified times throughout the week."
I am very excited for this opportunity and appreciate your support toward reaching this fundraising goal. After spending time in 9 countries and interacting with people in the top 10% of wealthiness in the world, the AIDS-affected families of Kenya, and the drug-afflicted favelas of Brazil, I can confidently say that people are people. We all have the same craving for love. It is simply love, support, and resource that sustains us. You will never see someone so grateful as the one in true need of the thing which you give. Your donation will support this project to give people with great gratitude, access to life and a capacity to change the world through the life affected.
More information is provided at https://www.soccerwithoutborders.org/team-camp.