- Cost: $1175 for a 10-day trip. Prices may vary depending on the length of the trip. Trip costs include meals, lodging, in-country transportation, translation, health insurance, recreation, and the materials for the project you work on. (Roundtrip airfare is not included)
- Each participant is responsible for his/her own personal items, round trip airline ticket, airport taxes, and entry fee ($10, paid when you arrive at Managua International Airport).
- Travel insurance included. In the case of an accident or illness, you will receive prompt medical attention.
- Purified water is available at all times.
- Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- Good health is required to participate.
Most El Porvenir worksites are small villages without electricity or running water. While you are working in the village during the day, you will use a latrine and eat simple food that is prepared for the group's lunch. At night, you will stay in a modest hotel in a town near the worksite village and can expect running water, indoor plumbing, electricity, a bed, and a fan in your room.
The climate is hot, the roads are dusty, and you will be doing manual labor. Transportation is in the back of a pickup truck, and medical treatment available in rural Nicaragua is not as sophisticated as in the U.S.
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 fee 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.
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.
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.
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 laptops for Nicaraguan staff (desktops are welcome, but are harder to transport)
- Working UPS/stabilizers
- Quality motorcycle helmets
- GPS (not car GPS)