Frequently Asked Questions


Cost

Photo courtesy of Travis Tidmore

Photo courtesy of Travis Tidmore

Fees

The fee for a 10-day trip is $1175. Trip costs cover airport transfers, lodging, meals, transportation within Nicaragua, all activity fees, group coordinator and translation services, health/accident insurance as well as materials, tools, and equipment for your project.

Each participant is responsible for his/her own personal items, round trip airline ticket, airport taxes, and entry fee ($10, purchased when you land at Managua International Airport). The length of the trip can change the pricing, so contact us for options.

Payment Schedule and Refund Policy

All trip payments are due 45 days prior to departure.  Should you need to cancel more than 30 days prior to departure, your fee will be refunded less a $50 per person administration fee.  If you cancel 30-15 days prior to departure, 50% of your feel will be refunded.  Cancellation within 14 days of the trip, results in a 25% refund.  All cancellation fees can be designated as a donation to your groups’ project.


Photo courtesy of Lynn Gleason

Photo courtesy of Lynn Gleason

Health

A current tetanus inoculation is required. Consult with your local international travel clinic for recommended pills and inoculations, including an intestinal antibiotic such as Septra or Bactrim, in case, despite all precautions, you have an encounter with Nicaraguan microbes. 

We provide purified water at all times and recommend you use it for drinking and brushing your teeth. We make sure all your food is prepared with purified water as well.

Travel health and accident coverage through Travelex is included in the cost of your trip. A brochure with detailed coverage information will be sent to you prior to your departure. For trip cancellation insurance there is an additional charge.

There is a health center in each of the regions in which we work. El Porvenir staff is thoroughly familiar with medical facilities in every location, should there be a need.


Safety

Photo courtesy of Regis University

Photo courtesy of Regis University

Nicaragua is known as the second safest country in Latin America, and from the moment of arrival to departure, El Porvenir takes every precaution to keep travelers safe while they are in our care. Groups are lodged in locations known to be consistently safe and at the first meal, an orientation session provides simple precautions to take.


Photo courtesy of Canyon Woodward

Photo courtesy of Canyon Woodward

What To Bring

Many people have asked us, "What can I bring down when I travel to Nicaragua?" or "What do you need?" Here are a few things our Nicaraguan staff could really use (for electronics, please, no more than 5 years old):

  • 8 Android phones, version 2.1 or higher, for monitoring & evaluation surveys in rural areas
  • 5 digital cameras (5MP+) to document project construction
  • 5 computer projectors for health education workshops
  • 5 laptops for Nicaraguan staff (desktops are welcome, but are harder to transport)
  • Working UPS/stabilizers
  • Quality motorcycle helmets
  • 5 first aid kits: one for each regional office