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TRIP INFORMATION

  • AT A GLANCE

    WHO TRAVELS TO NICARAGUA?
    We are able to accommodate teams ranging from 10 – 18 individuals at the site. These teams may consist of churches, families, athletic teams, professional groups and more. Mission team volunteers must be at least 13 years old to participate if accompanied by an adult relative of the same sex (or 10 years old if accompanied by an adult relative on a Family Week trip).

    WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
    Finca el Peten, HOI’s home base near Jinotega, Nicaragua, is an organic coffee farm with dormitories and dining facilities for volunteers. Located on the shores of Lake Apanás, Finca el Peten is only 20 minutes from the village of Los Robles, where Nicaragua mission trip volunteers participate in community development projects.

    This mission trip to Nicaragua includes a visit to the colonial city of Granada, the first European city in mainland America, and potential additional trips to the Nicaraguan coast and volcanic sites.

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    WHEN ARE TRIPS AND FOR HOW LONG?
    Mission trips are available year-round. Trip length can vary, but most service trips are 8 days, including travel (Saturday to Saturday).

    WHAT IS THE COST?
    The cost of participating in a mission trip to Nicaragua is $1200, which covers all costs except airfare. There is also a $1,000 fee per group to cover work materials.

    HOW DO VOLUNTEERS SERVE?
    Teams will work in villages near the town of Jinotega, Nicaragua. There volunteers will partner with local residents in community development projects such as building latrines, concrete floors, and chimneys. Additionally, groups will interact with local children by playing games, doing crafts, and teaching Bible lessons.

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    WHO DO VOLUNTEERS INTERACT WITH WHILE ON A TRIP?
    Each group is met at the airport by members of our bilingual staff who accompany volunteers throughout the mission trip. Groups are assigned a village to serve alongside by HOI staff or partners. Teams come to know members of the community, from village elders to young children. Volunteers often find that seeing through the eyes of their new Central American friends is the most meaningful aspect of their trip, and many of these relationships continue year after year.

    WHAT IS THE IMPACT ON VOLUNTEERS?
    Our volunteers are challenged through their mission trip experiences in ways as diverse as the volunteers themselves. No matter the lesson learned, participants return energized with a passion for serving and sharing the Gospel through service.

    WHY TRAVEL WITH HOI?
    There are many short-term missions organizations doing outstanding work all over the globe, and HOI’s philosophy and work challenge the best. Learn what makes us different.

    We hope you will recruit a mission team from your church, school, community or workplace, or will join an existing team as an individual. If you are interested in organizing a trip or joining a team, please contact Emily Grossman at egrossman@hoi.org.

    PHOTO GALLERY
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  • EXCURSIONS

    Included in HOI’s mission trips to Nicaragua is a one-day, two-night trip to the colonial city of Granada at the end of the work week. During their stay groups will take a boat tour on Lake Nicaragua around islands created by the eruption of Mt. Mombacho 20,000 years ago. In the afternoon, group members may choose (at additional cost) between a canopy tour on Mt. Mombacho, a visit to the active volcano Masaya, or a carriage or foot tour of Granada.

  • COST BREAKDOWN

    The fee to participate in a mission trip to Nicaragua is $1200 per person, due at least four weeks before departure. Included in this fee are:
    • Travel accident and liability insurance coverage.
    • Transportation from the Managua airport to and from Finca el Peten and Granada.
    • Leadership by a bilingual HOI staff member who meets each team at the airport and stays with the group until its departure from Nicaragua.
    • Overnight accommodations for the week, including two hotel stays in Granada and five nights at Finca el Peten.
    • All meals while in-country.
    • Beverages with meals.
    • Purified or bottled water while at Finca el Peten.
    • Building supplies for the work project in the host village.
    • Boat tour of Lake Nicaragua.
    • Tips to the porters at the airport upon arrival and departure.

    This fee does not include:
    • Airfare: Each team or individual is responsible for purchasing their own flights to and from Managua.
    • The mandatory $10 entrance fee which will be collected at immigration upon arrival in the Managua airport.
    • Souvenirs and snacks.
    • Any charges incurred at the hotel in Granada, including items used from the mini-bar and telephone calls.
    • Optional afternoon excursions in Granada (approximately $35 each).
    • Additional travel insurance (strongly recommended).
    • Mandatory $42 departure tax, if applicable. Most airlines include this tax in the price of the ticket; if the tax is not included in the ticket, payment can be made at the airline counter upon departure.

    A deposit of $1,000 is required from each group to reserve a week on the HOI calendar. Reservations are accepted up to a year in advance. There is a $1,000 materials fee per team to fund work project supplies in the village during the team’s work week; teams may choose to use the trip deposit for the materials fee.

  • SAFETY

    Volunteer safety is a top priority for HOI, and our staff does all that it can to ensure that all travelers remain out of harm’s way. In accordance with U.S. State Department recommendations, HOI takes the following precautions (among others) to ensure the safety of our Nicaragua mission teams:

    • Team members are discouraged from going out after dark and are instructed to stay together in groups when they leave the hotels during the daytime.
    • Team members are reminded not to wear clothing or jewelry that will attract attention.
    • Team members are discouraged from displaying electronic devices.
    • Team members are discouraged from buying counterfeit and pirated goods, or items that are illegal to take into the U.S. such as Cuban cigars.
    • Both HOI personnel and visitors are encouraged to always be on guard, attentive and careful to follow all safety rules, as is necessary in any developing country as well as in many parts of developed countries.