International Community Program – Nicaragua, El Quebracho (Unassigned – Program Transfer)


International Community Programs (ICP) - Unassigned Program

Chapters interested in starting a new International Community Program (ICP) can apply to adopt an Unassigned Program. All Unassigned Programs have been reviewed and approved by the Application Review Committee (ARC) and therefore, meet our international community partnership criteria.

Community Program Background

Country: Nicaragua

Region: Boaco

Municipality:  Teustepe

Community: El Quebracho

Community Based Organization: CAPS Fuente de Vida

Local NGO Partner: Alcalia Municipal de Teustepe

Local Government Partner (if applicable): Alcaldia de Teustepe

Project Type (Community’s first priority project type): Water Supply

Community’s Challenges Description: The community has poor or none sanitation facilities (latrines type). Only 44 latrines for 76 households. Many families share latrines in the community. Latrine maintenance methods are not common in the community.  Drinking and safe water is not available in the community. People use water from hand made wells for drinking or house cleaning. Water chlorination in wells or water storing devices  is not commonly practiced within the community.

Estimated project budget (labor, materials, and equipment): $35,000

*Please note that the estimated budget will likely change based on the scope and does not include travel and logistical expenses.

Number of people in the community: 283

To Learn More about this Unassigned Program

If your chapter is interested in learning more about this program, please see the Community Partnership Application for this program.

***Please note: Chapter Leadership access is needed to view this Unassigned Program in Volunteer Village. If you do not have Chapter Leadership access, please submit a “Support Request.”


All Team Applications for Unassigned Programs will be evaluated based on the following criteria: status and quality of any existing community programs within the chapter; proposed fundraising plan; membership capacity; quality management plan; as well as the Responsible Engineer In Charge (REIC) qualifications and Mentor Team qualifications.

Please review these articles for more information regarding team qualifications:

Responsible Engineer in Charge (REIC) Qualifications

ICP Project Role Descriptions and Requirements

Mentor Team Qualifications

Chapter Eligibility: In order to start a new International Community Program, all chapters will need to be eligible to start a new program. Please review this article for more information regarding chapter eligibility.


If your chapter has any questions about this Unassigned Program or for more information about how to apply to adopt this program, please contact Gretchen Smithwick,

Please do not contact the proposed NGO, community, or local government partners directly. If your team has additional questions that are not answered in the Community Program Application or Review Summary, please contact Gretchen Smithwick.


Due to the outbreak of protests across the country on April 18th of this year and subsequent disruptions, EWB-USA placed a travel suspension in May 2018 for all chapters with programs in Nicaragua.

As a solution to this situation, the EWB-USA Nicaragua country office staff members have been helping chapters to continue to move forward with their projects. For example, at the request of chapters, Nicaragua staff members have been able to travel to our partner communities to collect topographic data, soil and water samples, community surveys, facilitate community meetings and get material quotes from nearby cities.

If your chapter decides to apply for an Unassigned Program in Nicaragua and your Team  Application is approved, for the first part of the partnership, your team would work closely with the EWB-USA Nicaragua country office to get any data that your chapter would need to start working on the first identified project. Although the timeline for when the situation will be back to normal is still unknown, we assume the travel suspension will stay in place for at least the first year of your partnership. However, please note that the timeline for a chapter to go from adopting a program to getting their assessment trip approved can take up to 6 months.

If you have questions about this Unassigned Program and/or are interested in applying to adopt this program, please contact our Nicaragua Program Engineer,


To Apply

If your chapter is interested in applying for this program, please review these instructions to submit a Team Application in Volunteer Village. Submittal deadlines are the 1st and 15th of each month. Chapter eligibility will be reviewed before the chapter can move forward with the application review process.

***Please note: Chapter Leadership access is needed to submit a Team Application in Volunteer Village. If you do not have Chapter Leadership access, please submit a “Support Request.”