Our mission trips completely immerse participants into the Nicaraguan culture for a deeper look into the lives of amazing people. Stepping out of our comfort zones to meet new people and experience different things can challenge us to come alive in new ways so that we can live abundant, purposeful lives.

2016 Mission Trip Calendar

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  • 2016

  • Jan 02 - Jan 09
    Rockhurst University #1 / Ole Miss University / University of Cincinnati / MMTL Group
  • Jan 09 - Jan 16
  • Jan 14 - Jan 18
    Catholic Men's Retreat (Thur-Mon)
  • Jan 16 - Jan 23
  • Jan 23 - Jan 30
    Surgical #1
  • Jan 30 - Feb 06
    Surgical #2
  • Feb 06 - Feb 13
  • Feb 13 - Feb 20
    Cross International Catholic / Cathedral Catholic
  • Feb 20 - Feb 27
  • Feb 27 - Mar 05
    College Place GA UMC
  • Mar 05 - Mar 12
    Vanderbilt Catholic Group / Elms College / Marian College / Marist High School / St. Joseph High School
  • Mar 12 - Mar 19
    Nursing Students / Ole Miss Kappa Delta / Rockhurst University #2
  • Mar 19 - Mar 26
  • Mar 26 - Apr 02
    Crossroads #1
  • Apr 02 - Apr 09
    Blessed Trinity High School / The Vine / Prince of Peace
  • Apr 09 - Apr 16
    Lifepoint Church #1
  • Apr 16 - Apr 23
  • Apr 26 - Apr 30
    Braselton Men
  • Apr 30 - May 07
    Northridge Men's group
  • May 07 - May 14
    Rising Church / University of West Georgia / University of North Georgia
  • May 14 - May 21
    OneSight Eye Brigade / Purdue (2 week trip) / University of North Florida
  • May 21 - May 28
    Purdue (2nd week) / Miami U in Ohio / IL State U / Cabrini High College / Fellowship Church CO / Springfield Catholic HS
  • May 28 - Jun 04
    Incarnate Word Academy / St. John the Evangelist High School -Plaquemine / Presentation High School / Sacred Heart GC / Relate Church / Beta Sigma Psi
  • Jun 04 - Jun 11
    Covington Catholic High School / Prince of Peace Men / Cabrini HS / Notre Dame HS / LaSalle Academy
  • Jun 11 - Jun 18
    St. Gabriel Catholic Church / Academy of the Sacred Heart N.O. / Duchesne Academy / Our Lady of Mercy hs / DeSmet HS
  • Jun 18 - Jun 25
    St. Thomas High School / Transfiguration
  • Jun 25 - Jul 02
  • Jul 02 - Jul 09
    Holy Spirit-week 1
  • Jul 09 - Jul 16
    Holy Spirit-week 2
  • Jul 16 - Jul 23
    Holy Cross / St. Jude
  • Jul 23 - Jul 30
    Incarnate Word
  • Jul 30 - Aug 06
    Vine / St. Joaquin hs / Deacons in Formation / Gravity Boston
  • Aug 06 - Aug 13
    Gateway / All Souls / Green Bay / Ann Trevino family group
  • Aug 13 - Aug 20
    Lifepoint Church #2
  • Aug 20 - Aug 27
    Lifepoint Church #3 / Parkway Presbyterian
  • Aug 27 - Sep 03
    Ivan Mejia group
  • Sep 03 - Sep 11
  • Sep 10 - Sep 17
    Friends & Family (tentative)
  • Sep 17 - Sep 24
  • Sep 24 - Oct 01
  • Oct 01 - Oct 08
  • Oct 08 - Oct 15
  • Oct 15 - Oct 22
  • Oct 22 - Oct 29
    Gainesville Churches / Wendy Daly Group
  • Oct 22 - Nov 05
  • Nov 05 - Nov 12
    Crossroads-week 2
  • Nov 12 - Nov 19
    Crossroads-week 3
  • Nov 19 - Nov 26
    Thanksgiving Ohio & ATL / GAC
  • Nov 26 - Dec 03
  • Dec 03 - Dec 31

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If you are interested in signing up for a mission trip, please fill out the form below. We will let you know within 2-3 business days if space is available on the trip(s) you are requesting. Mission Trip Cost: Most trips cost $275 (to Amigos for Christ) plus your plane ticket to Managua, Nicaragua. Please do not purchase your airfare until you have been approved for the dates you are requesting.
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A Typical Mission Trip Week

Day 1

  • Saturday

  • Arrive in Managua, Nicaragua, and travel to Chinandega (2-3 hours)

Day 2

  • Sunday

  • Visit local community or climb Cerro Negro volcano

Day 3

  • Monday

  • Community work

Day 4

  • Tuesday

  • Community work

Day 5

  • Wednesday

  • Visit a retirement home, special activity

Day 6

  • Thursday

  • Community work

Day 7

  • Friday

  • Community work and special activity

Day 8

  • Saturday

  • Travel to Managua airport and depart Nicaragua

Typical Mission Trip Costs


The room and board fee paid to Amigos for Christ (typically $275) covers in-country transportation, meals, sleeping accommodations, and a tshirt. Sheets, towels, pillows, and purified water are also provided. For other costs associated with a mission trip, see information below.

Before Mission Trip

  • Passport Fees vary; visit here for more information.
  • Shots and immunizations vary; consult your doctor or a travel clinic. To view the CDC reccomendations for Nicaragua, visit here.
  • Amigos for Christ Room and Board Fee is typically $275 for a one-week trip.
  • Plane tickets are typically $600-1,200, depending on airline and departure city.

During Mission Trip

  • Government Entrance Fee into Nicaragua is $10 in cash, paid at the airport.
  • Special activities will cost $15-$20 in cash, which will be collected upon your arrival.
  • One lunch in town will cost $5-10 in cash.
  • Souvenirs are available, but optional.
  • Airport meals when traveling will vary, but plan for one meal each way.

Frequently Asked Questions

Amigos for Christ

  • Is Amigos for Christ associated with a religious organization? We are a Christ-centered, faith-based, nonprofit organization that exists to make Jesus more visible. You can read more about who we are here. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are absolutely welcome to come serve with us.

Your Mission Trip Activities

  • What kind of work does Amigos do? The first step to a healthy and sustainable life is clean water; unfortunately, many communities in Nicaragua don’t have access to safe water sources. Our biggest efforts are drilling wells and manually laying pipe to carry water to peoples’ homes. We then install a flush toilet and a shower to help eliminate skin disease and parasites. We also work in education, health care and economic development.
  • What exactly will I be doing on a mission trip? Great question! Now we’re getting down to business. During your trip you’ll work alongside Nicaraguans from rural communities to help build their water systems and/or bathrooms. You may have an opportunity to jump in on some of our education, health care, or economic development projects, too. We completely immerse mission trip participants like you into the local communities where we work. Working hand-in-hand with someone is the best way to build relationships and experience life change. Get ready to grab a shovel and practice your Spanish!
  • Is the work I’ll be doing strenuous? Let’s get down to brass tacks. It is quite hot in Nicaragua! The labor we usually perform can be strenuous in the heat. We encourage rest breaks and require everyone to hydrate a lot. Take it to the bank, you WILL consume more water than you could begin to imagine. We won’t pull you out of the shade and put a shovel back in your hand, but you will be stretched to work and do more than you may have thought possible.
  • Where is the work site located in Nicaragua? We work at various rural communities in the Chinandega area of northwest Nicaragua. The work sites are all over the place, but range from a 1-2 hour trip each way.

Your Mission Trip Costs

  • How much does it cost to participate on a mission trip? Amigos charges $275 to cover ground transportation, accommodations in Nicaragua, insurance, food, and purified water. Airfare can range from $400 to $1200 depending on your departure city and dates of travel. You will also need about $100 cash for local expenses and souvenirs if you want. Add that all up and you get anywhere from $750- $1550.

Your Mission Trip Requirements

  • What should I bring on the trip with me? Once you sign up for a mission trip, we will provide you with a detailed packing list. We encourage you to pack clothing that is comfortable and inexpensive. Many volunteers leave things they don’t need behind as donations.
  • Do I need a passport to go on a mission trip? YES. And make sure it doesn’t expire for 6 months until after your scheduled trip (their rules, not ours). You do not need a visa if you are an American citizen. Other nationalities should check with their consulate regarding visa requirements.
  • If you don’t have one, you can apply for one at a passport center which are often located in your local post office? When you book your trip make sure you put your exact full name on your airline reservation. Someone in an office somewhere likes that stuff to match up perfectly.
  • Do I need any shots or prescriptions prior to leaving? Shots are optional but we highly recommend Hep A and Hep B. You should also be current on your Tetanus shot. Consult your family doctor, county health center or the CDC for more information.M
  • What about if I take medications or have any health conditions? Since Nicaragua is an extreme climate and a developing country, sometimes there are people with certain medical conditions that struggle here. If you have the following medical conditions or any questions, please contact the Amigos office before you register for a trip or buy your flight: severe peanut allergies, diabetes, epilepsy, hemophilia, past history of heat strokes, if you have been hospitalized within the past year, or any other conditions about which you are concerned. Sharing this information does not automatically mean you will be disqualified from coming on a trip, it just allows us to make the best decision possible about how to keep you safe and healthy should you join us in Nicaragua.
  • If I am under 18 years of age, can I attend a trip without my parents?You will need a person who is at least 18 years old to act as your “Guardian” on the trip. This can be a youth minister, teacher, adult friend or family member. Your parents should write a note stating that this person has their permission to travel with you to Nicaragua. Please contact the office if you have any questions or concerns. In addition, everyone attending the trip will need a witnessed “release and waiver of liability” form. Everyone must agree to the Amigos for Christ Code of Conduct in order to make the trip. All paperwork is due at least 30 days prior to departure. All of this is included in our online sign up process.
  • Do I have to speak Spanish to go on a mission trip? No. We will teach you some easy phrases to get the conversation going. Don’t let this stop you. We have testimonies from hundreds of folks who will tell you that working through some Spanglish and forcing yourself to communicate with what you know is a wonderful thing.
  • Can young children go on a mission trip with their parents? There are several family mission trips scheduled each year. We recommend that children be at least 5 years old and have all recommended immunizations before they come to Nicaragua.
  • Anything else I should know? We recommend that you take a look through our Code of Conduct and Waiver of Liability before registering for a trip or purchasing your plane ticket.

Staying in Nicaragua

  • How long is a mission trip? 7 days. Our trips run Saturday to Saturday. We also offer extended stay opportunities during the summer. For more information, click here.
  • Will I be safe on a mission trip? Yes. This is our number one priority while you’re here. We fly into Managua, Nicaragua’s capital, and are taken directly to Chinandega by buses provided by our hosts. Once you’ve arrived, we stay together at our Amigos Compound and are transported to our work sites together every day by our very own Amigos buses.
  • What will I eat each day? That’s a great question. Our marketing team is obviously attracting the right kind of people to this page. The staff at our Amigos property provides a buffet that includes some variety of fruit, bread, cereal, and juice for breakfast. Sometimes we get pancakes! Dinner is usually rice and beans with a meat and salad. We won’t steer you wrong. We know everyone needs a nice hearty meal after a long work day. FYI, lunch is our favorite…PB&J sandwiches!
  • Where will I sleep each night? Think big rooms with lots of bunk beds and lots of fans. We have separate dorms for guys and gals.

Signing up

  • Are missions always done in groups, or can I go down to Nicaragua alone? You will come with a group or join an existing group for your first trip. A certain amount of orientation is required in making the trip, adapting to the surroundings, performing the work, and getting to know everyone on your trip. Once you complete a mission trip, there may be opportunities to travel to Nicaragua alone to join our mission.

Specialized Trips (Medical, etc.)

  • I am a doctor/nurse and am interested in going on a mission trip. What types of medical skills do you need on the trips? Check our mission trip schedule here and contact our home office here about jumping on one of many surgical trips we have each year.
  • What do medical teams do on mission trips? Medical teams work alongside Nicaraguan surgeons, doctors and nurses in local hospitals in Chinandega. Our approach is to work alongside people and learn from each other while building relationships.

Other Questions

  • When are my mission trip fees due, and what if I change my mind? Your room and board fees are due 2 months prior to departure, and once you make a commitment to go, we hope that you will be able to make the mission trip. However, mission trip fees paid to Amigos are not refundable. As far as your airplane ticket goes, refund policies will vary based on the airline.

About Nicaragua


Nicaragua is the poorest country in Central America and the second poorest in the Western Hemisphere.

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