See the real Nicaragua
Esperança Mission of Hope
Dates: Month Day, Year - Month Day, Year
Location: Jinotega, Nicaragua
We would like to invite you to join us on a unique journey with many of our supporters.
Days on this mission with Esperança will consist of mornings visiting the sites of current and completed projects ranging from our surgical teams, water projects, food micro-businesses and health education programs. The afternoons will be spent sorting the life-saving supplies for our partners and working with your fellow volunteers to spread hope.
Mission trips are limited to 15 people. Expenses are covered by the travelers and will be at a discounted rate due to our relationship with the local community.
Cost: $#,### per person
3 meals per day
Guide leadership and support staff
All orientation and traning
Park entrance fees (day 5)
Any immunizations you may need prior to travel
Any baggage charges
any personal items or soveniers
any activity outside of the itinerary
If you are traveling with a partner who you would like to share a room with, please let us know (as well as how many beds you need). If you will be traveling alone, you will be paired with a same-gender roommate. If you would like a single room, you may be charged an extra fee.
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Preparing for your mission
If outdoors, prevent mosquito bites by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats; apply DEET insect repellent to exposed skin. Since the same diseases that afflict humans in temperate climates can be magnified in the tropics, all travelers should be in good health. Any person with a chronic ailment should not consider volunteering for work in this remote region.
Most infectious diarrhea is caused by fecal contamination; therefore, it is absolutely necessary that proper hygiene be maintained during a trip to the tropics. Regular hand washing is a must, as are precautions with food and drink, especially in public places. Fresh salads and ice should be avoided when eating in restaurants; if it is not thoroughly cooked, bottled or something that you can peel, do not eat it.
It is best to take an anti-diarrheal drug, effective insect repellent with DEET, SPF35 sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
Nicaragua: U.S. dollars may be exchanged for Cordovas (Nicaraguan currency) upon arrival at the airport or at a Cambio in town, however, most places will accept american currency. Exchange rates vary but you will receive approximately 24 Cordovas for every dollar. There are ATMs available that dispense both U.S. and Nicaraguan currency. There is a $10 entry fee that is paid at the immigration in the airport.
It is always a good idea to contact your banking institutions to let them know of your travel plans. This will help prevent any measures that the bank may take on your behalf, such as freezing your account.
Many volunteers use online email, online chat, Facebook, Skype, FaceTime, and other applications to stay in contact with loved ones during their missions. You can make outgoing phone calls from the hotels. To make the most of your money, you can purchase a calling card. Another option is to bring an unlocked GSM cell phone (T-Mobile or AT&T carriers) and purchase pre-paid minutes for just a few dollars.
Breakfasts are served at your hotel, lunches are served to you at the hospital, and dinners are at a local restaurant. Snacks, water and coffee are provided to you throughout the day. In Nicaragua, meals typically include a meat, French fries, rice, beans, and plantain.
If you have special dietary restrictions or allergies, please let us know beforehand. We will do our best to accommodate your dietary needs. There are vegetarian options at most restaurants although variety may be limited. Feel free to bring snacks from home. You can also stop at the local market or grocery store and buy some snacks.
You can make outgoing phone calls from the hotels. To make the most of your money, you can purchase a calling card. Another option is to bring an unlocked GSM cell phone (T-Mobile or AT&T carriers) and purchase pre-paid minutes for just a few dollars.
We stay on top of travel alerts and warnings that are issued by the U.S. Department of State. When a warning is issued for the country we work in, our policy is to cancel the surgical mission. Local staff will also alert us immediately of any unrest.
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