Esperança

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

Details

The per person cost includes:
Accommodations
Local Travel
3 meals per day
Guide leadership and support staff
All orientation and traning
Park entrance fees (day 5)
Travel Insurance
Airfair
Any immunizations you may need prior to travel
Any baggage charges
Alcoholic beverages
any personal items or soveniers
any activity outside of the itinerary
We stay at the Best Western, Managua the night we arrive and spend the other 5 nights at the Hotel Cafe, in Jinotega. Both hotels have hot water, a restaurant, Wifi and Cable TV for your convenience.
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.
A deposit of $HALF per person is required at time of sign up. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure. Cost is fully refundable within 30 days of departure and partially refundable up to two weeks prior to departure. The trip is not transferable.

Meet your guides

Itinerary

Arrive in Managua. Stay in hotel across the street from the airport.
Arrive in Jinotega, visit local hospital
Visit Pig Cooperative in San Rafael and visit an irrigation project
visit the home of a microinvestment recipient
Drive to volcano, visit the market
Depart from Managua
Though we do our best to adhere to the schedule above, the itinerary is subject to change for reasons beyond our control (weather conditions, etc.)

Now What?

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See how to prepare for your trip below

Preparing for your mission

A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and exit from Nicaragua. Passports may be applied for at a local county courthouse or U.S. Government Passport Office. Each volunteer’s passport must have six months validity from their date of entry. No visa is required to travel to Nicaragua.
Keeping our volunteers safe during a mission is a priority to us. Click the following links for detailed health recommendations by the CDC for travel to Nicaragua Any person traveling international should have a physical examination by a doctor before traveling.

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.
Luggage allowance will depend and vary on the airline. Check the airline’s website for the most updated information. Esperança typically uses American, Delta or United Airlines for travel to Nicaragua.
Generally, customs agents are very supportive of Esperança travelers. Although some travelers have passed through Customs without opening a single suitcase, one should expect a thorough inspection. As our ambassador, please be patient with any delays or extra tasks. Should you confront any issues, please do not hesitate to contact our staff. Their contact information will be provided to you before your departure.
Volunteers should bring cash for spending money, tipping, and airport taxes. A typical volunteer can take $150-$200 in cash and still have money upon their return, depending on individual spending habits. Dollar bills should be in very good condition, without rips, tears, or markings. You should also bring smaller denominations as they are accepted more frequently. Traveler’s checks are not recommended. Many of the larger hotel and restaurant establishments accept credit card as well as US currency. Volunteers will need to pay for their food and lodging for any layovers in transit to their departure/arrival airport.
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.
Lodgings are chosen by location and amenities available. Hotels are as close as possible to the hospital or clinic you will be working in. Hotels typically have a restaurant as well as hot water, Wifi, cell phone reception, a and TV in your room. In some of the more remote regions, hot water and wifi may be spotty.
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.
We take special care to ensure that our volunteers are well fed during every mission. In fact, most volunteers say that they have gained weight by the time that they return home.
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.
Your hotels will have Wi-fi and internet access available at no extra charge. 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.
Nicaragua: Nicaragua uses the 2 blade American style plug at 120V. If your electronics have 3 prongs, you may need a 3 prong to 2 prong adapter.
We take every precaution to ensure that our volunteers are safe. Our local staff are professional and experienced. Volunteers are accompanied at all times. Hotels are reputable and provide 24-hour security.
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.
Click here for general safety tips when traveling abroad.
Nicaragua: Due to the mountainous highlands of the Jinotega region, the weather has relatively moderate temperatures all year round. The rainy season runs from June to November and the dry season from December to May. The most important climatic factor to remember is that it’s generally wet in the summer and dry in the winter. Casual clothes are good and a light jacket and raincoat is always recommended.
Nicaragua: staff will meet you at the airport in Managua and you will then drive in a truck or mini-bus to Jinotega which is a 2-3 hour drive from Managua. Transportation is provided daily between the hotel and hospital. Low fare taxis are always available and walking is another option as both surgical program sites are safe locations.
A week before your departure, you will receive an email with copies of your flight reservations, hotel reservations, and emergency contact information. We encourage you to pass on this information to family and friends.