Hello TecNica Volunteers and Friends!

This website is designed to serve a number of purposes — to facilitate a meeting place for those who were TecNica Volunteers or staff, donors, a Nicaraguan host, or anyone who worked with TecNica in Nicaragua or in countries of Southern Africa to stay in touch as a group, and collect experiences and items that document our unique NGO.  Items of interest might include volunteer reports, correspondence, photographs, and other related information.  Our primary goal is to document a worthy accomplishment.

John Leek working with Nicaraguan machinist

One objective is to have as many TecNica Volunteers as possible register on this site. The more who register, the more we can find each other, stay in touch, and facilitate a forum for discussion and announcements.

Another objective is to document the work done by TecNica Volunteers in Nicaragua and Southern Africa.  Of primary interest are Project Reports, so, please submit any project reports you may have and any personal notes you may have made.  Of course, photos would add a great deal to the written information.

Finally, we all have stories to tell. Experiences like this inevitably include chance encounters, instant friendships, and wonderful anecdotes about living in a different culture.

On the page Nicaraguan Projects — Volunteers Summary you can see an overview of the many and diverse types of technical projects in which TecNica Volunteers were engaged in Nicaragua in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. We welcome more volunteers’ descriptions, so add them in the contents section below to convey them to us.

Barbara Atkinson, TecNica Volunteer in Nicaragua

Barbara Atkinson working with a Nicaraguan engineer.


If you are a visitor to this site and would like to learn more about the background of TecNica, please click here to visit our page on the Background of TecNica.

How to Register

To register and be able to contribute to discussions, ask questions, or communicate with people on this site, please click on the link Register in the right navigation column as the first link under “Meta” (metadata). Once you have registered, you will be able to contribute comments and respond to blogs.

TecNica Volunteers’ Stories

Most volunteers had incredible experiences in their placements and during their stay.  If you had a memorable experience, for any reason, please share your stories with others.

Here’s an example, from a TecNica Volunteer while in Managua.

Surprise at the Yerba Buena Coffee House by Mary Engle