A wilderness adventure like no other, transforming lives 5,000 miles apart
Combine the challenge of four immense volcano hikes with a community outreach project to support Springboard beneficiaries across the UK while providing life-changing relief to the local people of Rota, Nicaragua. Springboard’s 30th anniversary TREK in 2020 will send you on a journey like no other through the rural landscape of western Nicaragua in which you’ll complete over 3,000m of volcano- and mountain -hiking as well as a transformative project at the local school in Rota. Not only will you have the opportunity to deliver first-hand support and assistance to the villagers of Rota but your hard work will also allow you to raise money to go towards helping people with barriers to employment to embark on viable career paths in the hospitality industry in the UK.
Next year marks the 30th anniversary of The Springboard Charity and to celebrate, we’re pleased to announce that due to increased demand, we’ll be offering at least 30 places for our 2020 TREK. Spaces fill up quickly every year so make sure you sign up below now to secure your place for next year’s TREK!
"Words cannot describe the life changing moments we all had, and the infinite impact it has had!" - Oliver Darrington, The Landmark London (Borneo TREK 2019)
When: 21st March - 1st April 2020
Depart: London TBC
Return: London TBC
Fundraising target: £3,500
Challenge level: Moderate (training is necessary) - the Hoya Volcano trek is 21km
Accommodation: Camping in two-person tents (7 nights) + twin rooms in hotels (3 nights)
Transportation: From airport pick up to drop off, all transportation is included as indicated
Food & drinks: Meals will be served at the hotels/lodges or at local restaurants - picnic-style lunches during the days of trek.
Guides: Experienced, bilingual guide and 1 assistant along the trip
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On 21st March, you’ll fly from London Heathrow Airport to Managua, where you’ll take a short transfer to your hotel in Leon for your first night in Nicaragua. The next morning, you’ll begin your adventure with a drive to the small community of Rota for an orientation of the project activities and to meet with key community members before beginning your first trek of the trip. Experience your first taste of rural life when you camp in the small village of Cristo Rey.
The next day, you’ll set off early to begin the hike up one of Nicaragua’s most active volcanoes - Telica Volcano. Enjoy the breathtakingly spectacular views from the top of the summit as you peek into the crater to see the bubbling lava. Arrive at the comunity of San Jacinto, your home for the night. The following morning, you’ll begin your 14km trek through the typical Nicaraguan farmland and have the chance to witness authentic local life before beginning work on your community project at the school. You’ll be spending the next three days working hard to build an outdoor shelter area to be used at lunchtime, and as an emergency shelter, as well as completing any additional repairs around the school.
After completing the project, you’ll say your goodbyes to your new friends and continue trekking to the nearby Cerro Negro Volcano; one of the highlights of the trip. The Cerro Negro is one of the youngest and most active volcanoes on Earth, with no trees or plants obscuring the astonishing views of the surrounding volcanoes as well as the Pacific Ocean. Choose between walking down the quick descent, or slide down on a rented board if you’re feeling brave!
The final trek of the trip will be the most challenging, up the 1088m-high El Hoyo Volcano. Reward yourselves for all of your hard work on the way back down with a relaxing dip in the crystalline waters of the Asososca Lagoon before taking a bus transfer to Granada, your final destination, where you’ll have a couple of days of free time to spend exploring the churches, museums and plazas or alternatively, enjoy a horse-drawn ride around the streets before relaxing by the pool with a drink. In the evening, the group will come together to enjoy a celebratory meal to mark the end of the TREK before flying back to London.