Seeds of Learning (SOL) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving educational opportunities in rural Latin America. We work with North Americans and Central Americans to build and equip schools in Nicaragua and El Salvador, educate children and adults, and promote cross cultural understanding. We have a US office in Sonoma, California and field offices in Ciudad Darío, Nicaragua, and Chalatenango, El Salvador. Each year, Seeds of Learning sends ten to twelve work groups of volunteers to Central America. These volunteers spend between 7 and 14 days working with communities in Nicaragua or El Salvador. While there, volunteers partner with communities, form relationships, build bridges and explore each others' cultures while erecting or improving a school building. SOL’s Work Group Program is an opportunity for US volunteers to learn about and participate with local community members in El Salvador and/ or Nicaragua. They work alongside community members to build classrooms and schools in a community where a school is lacking or inadequate. Participants form bonds with community members and develop relationships that are as significant as the physical building accomplishments. Typically, volunteers work under the direction of a construction supervisor to build masonry walls, often in direct sun. Mixing cement, moving dirt, carrying water and tying rebar are part of the job. This is physically demanding work. SOL schools are built of brick or cement block, with cement floors and rebar-reinforced posts and bond beams. They are bright and airy, taking advantage of the temperate climate. There are other tasks for those unable to perform strenuous activity or for those who want a break. Some volunteers help teach or entertain children instead of doing construction work, either for a single day or for their primary activity. Visits to homes, games with children, sharing pictures and pumping water from a well help to bond volunteers with the community. Spanish proficiency is not required, although those who learn at least some Spanish before going find their experience enriched. In the evenings, participants often meet to discuss the day, explore social and cultural questions or visit with new friends. Some Work Groups travel on field trips to learn about cultural history, visit other development organizations, or learn about agricultural and humanitarian focused projects in the countries they visit.