That one week has changed my life forever. My employer chose me and a fellow co-worker to help build two homes alongside Bridges to Community Canada in Sasle, Nicaragua. Throughout the entire trip I felt welcomed, safe and inspired. By building homes for these Nicaraguan families… I not only changed their lives, but they changed mine in such a beautiful way. I am more grateful, patient, and a much more well-rounded person now.
A little bit more about
What We Do
What a difference a safe, solid house can make. For many families in the areas where we work, such a house is only a dream. Reality is a house cobbled together with scrap lumber, rusted metal, and plastic sheeting. Reality is a house with a leaky roof and a dirt floor – a breeding ground for chronic health problems. Reality is doors and windows that cannot lock or even close, that can’t keep out the weather or keep the family safe from intruders. Join us and you too can make a difference in just 4 days!
Business Leaders & Corporate Sponsors
Every Business Leader’s trip with BTCC allows the participant an opportunity to sight-see and get to know more about the beautiful countries in which we work…
Parents & Teens
The parent/child trip has made a significant impact on the lives of many young adults. These trips present a remarkable opportunity for a family bonding experience…
What everyone's saying
I went to Nicaragua to help the poor people …. turns out they are some of the richest people in the world and they filled my heart almost to the point of bursting.
Janice K. – Trip member Nov 2015
Prior to going to Nicaragua I signed up for two outreach trips with another organization to travel to Nicaragua and backed out twice. At the time I didn’t feel I was ready for the experience and now having been with CSG I am really happy that I waited. The experience in itself was absolutely incredible. […]
Jamie F – CSG Trip Feb 2016
It is clear that every detail has been considered. I was extremely impressed by how well run the trip was from start to finish. Consideration was clearly given to how the trip can be made as fun and comfortable as possible while experiencing life in Nicaragua. It was great to experience such a wonderful country and learn about the complex situations that effect it.
Scott M – Inact trip Oct 2017
Before heading out and on the planning stages, I was feeling close to burn out. My job, life, etc. was such that I didn’t even think I could contribute or raise the money or even sign up on the site… Today, I feel renewed and rejuvenated. No other 1 week holiday be it an all-inclusive in Cuba or a mountain view vista in BC could have done for my mind and spirit what this short week has. I am grateful to all involved.
Mike K – Inact trip Oct 2017
Anytime someone asked how the trip was, I would pause and then say “If I could smoosh together all the words that mean amazing, I still don’t think it would be enough”. For years I’ve talked about going on this trip and I’m so beyond happy and grateful that I did. I will forever be proud of what we accomplished, the relationships I’ve made and the memories I have.
Shannon H – CSG trip
“The trip was absolutely wonderful. I’m so thankful I got to go with such an amazing group of people. It was definitely an emotional time, but I’m missing it so much already. The people of Jinotega and Sasle were so kind and genuine and you could honestly feel their love when you were with them. I definitely surprised myself a lot and this trip is going to change a lot for me in terms of my outlook on life and even what I do with my life, and I’m so thankful for that.”
Jessica K – Inact trip Feb 2018
What an amazing, rewarding and memorable experience! The words that rise up in my heart as I reminisce about our trip are: humble, compassion, honour, hardworking, adventure, teamwork, strength, endurance, challenging, fun, memorable, serve, family, laughter and love.
Shannon M – Cypher trip Feb 2018
This trip was everything I had hoped it would be…. As expected, I experienced numerous emotions on this trip and you can’t help but re-evaluate certain aspects of your life. I obviously felt extreme gratitude for everything that I have and everything Canada has afforded me but I also felt that the Nicaraguan people have something that we have lost a bit of in Canada – the ability to enjoy life without material items , and the joy of just being together.
Sheila – Cypher trip Feb 2018
Though the building process was physically straining, the amount of gratitude and happiness that we received outweighed our hardships. I was genuinely amazed at the families’ humbleness. Despite having so little, they can appreciate what they have, while still enjoying life. This trip opened my eyes, and made me appreciate all the amenities that we continuously take for granted.
Emily T – parent & teen trip Aug 2017
Our mandate to build 2 homes became much more than that, it was truly about changing lives. Our families were given the opportunity to not only have a better standard of living, but it seems they also had a renewed confidence and pride. They would now have a four walls, a solid roof, and no open fires in the kitchen.
Rose – Pembridge trip Feb 2018
“This has been something I have always wanted to do so when the opportunity came by I was indeed humbled by it. It became one of the most remarkable experience of my life. The trip gave me a different perspective on how we can make a positive impact on those around us. I was motivated by the changes I could make however small that impacted the lives of the families.”
Cathy Z – 6 trips & counting
“One of the things I liked most about our time there was spending time in the community, and getting to know soe of the residents. Our drum circle on the last night in La Guama was so much fun and gave us a real chance to celebrate with everyone including our families, masons, and the community.”
Sue – DR Pembridge Trip March 2019
The trip to The Dominican was my first time working with Bridges. I didn’t really know what to expect, and kept a fairly open mind to the experience and adventure that would ensue. It was also the first time I’d be leaving my young daughter at home with my wife, so there was a lot […]
Jason – DR Pembridge Trip March 2019
I had such an amazingly rewarding experience with BTCC and the Pembridge group. I wasn’t sure what to expect and after enduring some travel challenges (think: cancelled flights due to the Boeing jet issue) I arrived safe and sound in time to join the group for the bus trip to La Guama. Upon arrival, we […]