We are excited to serve with you soon! Here is some information to help you prepare for your trip:
We want your stay in Chinandega to be as comfortable as possible while allowing you to experience what life in Nicaragua is like. Our facility can host up to 100 missionaries in dorm style rooms. We now have a third dorm building with 15 private rooms and bathrooms. These private rooms are intended for families with small children. We have plenty of fans to keep you cool and showers to refresh you at the end of each day. Our water purification system allows you to drink as much clean water as you want from any spigot on the property. The dining room will be one of your favorite places, where you will eat Patricia’s delicious food every morning and evening. You’ll hang out in the rancho for night time devotional, and if you’re an early riser, soak in a breath-taking sunrise over volcanoes in the morning.
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Amigos for Christ
- Is Amigos for Christ associated with a religious organization? We are a Christ-centered, faith-based, nonprofit organization that exists to further the Kingdom of God. 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 exactly will I be doing on a mission trip? Great question! Now we’re getting down to business. We completely immerse mission trip participants, like you, into the local communities where we work. Working shoulder-to-shoulder with someone is the best way to build relationships and experience life change. Get ready to grab a shovel and practice your Spanish!
- Step 1 to a healthy and sustainable life is clean water. You will help us with that on your trip. 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. During your trip you’ll work alongside Nicaraguans from rural communities to help build their water systems and/or bathrooms. We also work in education, health, and economic development. You may have an opportunity to jump in on some of those projects, too.
- 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 in 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 (in April 2019 the Mission Trip Contribution amount will increase to $300) 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 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.
- Do you need to know my medical history? Yes. We need to know if you have any special medical needs, and you must complete an emergency medical release form before departure. We want to be able to take care of you while you’re here.
- 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 that 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.
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 Amigos for Christ. 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.
- Are mission trips 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.
- 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.