Spring Break and Group Trips

As one of Manna Project’s Week-long volunteer Groups, you will gain firsthand experience working with a developing community in Nicaragua or Ecuador. You’ll be immersed in the unique culture and daily life of the community for an experience of a lifetime. 

Spring Break Team

But take note - these week-long trips aren’t one-size-fits-all! As a group forms at your university, Manna Project will work with you to design a project or program tailored to match the skills and passions of your group. Programmatic focus area, fundraising strategies and day-off destinations are flexible, with support and guidance available from our staff.

Don’t have a specific focus area in mind? That’s OK, your team can join in the operation of our established health, education or livelihood programs. Either way, this model is designed to create the most impactful experience for your group as well as the communities you’ll be serving. 

Though the week will fly by, you’ll head home with deep friendships, vivid memories and a clear vision of long-term, holistic community development in action. For more information, download the Group Trip Information Sheet or contact us at groups@mannaproject.org.

Spring Break 2016

Group Applications Due October 1, 2015

Notification of Site Placement by October 7, 2015

Application process


Apply as a group of 6 - 12 people from your university.


Define project or program focus of your trip.




Implement project during weeklong visit.


Individual Cost


What it Covers:

In-Country Transportation
Overnight Trip
MedEx Travel Insurance

Team Project Cost

$500 - $6000

What it Covers:

The project cost varies depending on the desired focus of the trip
(ex: purchasing art supplies to teach art classes vs. building a basketball court). Groups are encouraged to work together to fundraise in order to meet these costs. MPI can provide your group with resources to assist your group fundraising efforts.

Trip Leader Incentives 

Reduced Cost for New Teams

Universities sending a full Spring Break team (12 participants) for the first time can send their trip leader for free. Half price will be given to the leader for a team of 8-9 participants.

$100 off for on-time payment

If team payment is received in full by February 15th, universities that have previously sent a team to an MPI site will receive a $100 discount for their trip leader,