“Taking this ISL trip to Nicaragua is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. I never came close to imagining all of the invaluable experiences I had. I had the opportunity to meet so many great people. All different but with the same shared passion to learn and serve. This experience reminded myself of who I am and gave me more insight of who I want to become.”

–Li Hong H., North Carolina State University

About Nicaragua

The largest, most sparsely populated, and least visited of the Central American nations, Nicaragua borders Honduras to the north and Costa Rica to the south. With the added bonus of the Atlantic on the east and the Pacific on the west, Nicaragua offers a diverse landscape full of lush vegetation and wildlife, largely unspoiled by development.

Known as the “Land of Lakes and Volcanoes,” Nicaragua’s volcanic chain is one of the most impressive in Central America due to the beauty of the more than 50 cones, 7 of which are active. Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast is blessed with miles of pristine undeveloped coastline. The people of Nicaragua are known for having huge smiles and being very welcoming and genuinely friendly.

Second only to Haiti, Nicaragua is one of the poorest nations in Latin America. Our ISL medical, dental, public health, nursing, and veterinary teams arrive in Managua for orientation and seminars in tropical medicine, taking vital signs, pharmacology, house clinic-community triage, clinic organization, and medical Spanish, as well as an overview of the history and socioeconomics of Nicaragua. Volunteers perform house to house public health surveys, and assist in fields clinics in needy communities, based on local need at the time of the trip.

Communities We Serve

The communities our volunteers work in, located mainly in the Pacific of Nicaragua are mostly rural communities, where people live from agriculture and some of the work in industrial factories. Families also breed pets like dogs and cats, likewise they have chickens and pigs used to supplement their diets. Their houses are mostly built with materials they find or buy second hand. It could be said the houses are half concrete and half non-permanent materials such as zinc, plastic and wood. In a small house could live up to ten people making their quality of life very difficult, no privacy and many share almost everything.

Our volunteers have the opportunity to tour homes such as these to witness firsthand the poverty and necessity in which families live.

Logistics

Upon arrival at the airport in Managua, the capital city of Nicaragua, you will line up to speak with an immigration official, who will stamp your passport. After immigration, follow the crowd to your right to the baggage claim area. Once you have located your luggage, you will continue on through customs. After exiting customs, look for an ISL staff member who will be wearing a blue polo shirt with an ISL logo and holding an ISL sign. You will be taken to your air conditioned passenger bus for transport to your hotel, which is usually located about 20 minutes away from the airport. Your daily commute to the work site is normally 20 minutes as well.

Activities

Recreational opportunities include exploring the wonderful pacific coast beaches like Pochomil Beach and La Boquita Beach, climbing volcanoes, visiting the beautiful colonial city of Granada, boat ride adventures in the small islands of Granada and shopping at the Masaya Craft Market.

Lodging

ISL has strict housing standards for cleanliness, safety and comfort.  Each volunteer shares a room and shower facilities, but has their own bed.  Housing locations are selected according to proximity to program sites.  ISL staff members stay with volunteers and are always available 24/7.

  • Internet is available at most housing locations. Volunteers are transported by their Team Leaders to an internet location periodically if internet is not available at their hotel.
  • Laundry services are provided at least once a week for a small charge.
  • If food or drug stores aren’t nearby, Team Leaders make sure volunteers are transported to shopping areas periodically or as needed.
  • ISL provides breakfast each day, unless otherwise specified in the team itinerary.

Meet the Staff

Dr. Norman Perez Medical Educator Nicaragua
Dr. Norman Perez
Medical Educator

Dr. Perez is a pediatric physician and surgeon living in Masaya. He has been working with ISL since 2012.

Dr. Paola Natacha Ferreira Medical Educator Nicaragua
Dr. Paola Natacha Ferreira
Medical Educator

Dr. Ferreira is a pediatric surgeon living in Managua. She is a really passionate professional for children and loves being able to share her knowledge with the volunteers. She has been involved with ISL since 2012.

Dr. Orlando Renner Medical Educator Nicaragua
Dr. Orlando Renner
Medical Educator

Dr. Renner is a general surgeon with a specialty in pathology based out of the military hospital in Managua. He has been working with ISL in his free time since 2011.

Dr. Maria Carolina Soto Dental Educator Nicaragua
Dr. Maria Carolina Soto
Dental Educator

Dr. Soto has her own private dental practice, lives in managua and loves to teach to students.  She has a Master Degree in Teaching from Holland and has been an amazing resource for ISL volunteers.

Ivette Palacios
Ivette Palacios
Administrative Assistant

Ivette takes care of ISL finances in Nicaragua and oversees pharmacy and medical inventories. She has been with ISL since 2003.

Karla Matus Nicaragua Team Leader
Karla Matus
Team Leader

Karla is a native of Nicaragua who loves to translate Spanish for her ISL teams. She also enjoys teaching other ladies how to make jewelry and other handcrafts. A hard working single mom, she has been working with ISL since 2011.

Nilda Navarrete Team Leader Nicaragua
Nilda Navarrete
Team Leader

Nilda is a native Nicaraguan who has a teaching degree in English as a Second Language. She is single and loves to travel, translate, and share her love of Nicaraguan culture with ISL teams. Her hobby is dancing. She has been working with ISL since 2007.

Omar Gradis Staff Member Nicaragua
Omar Gradis

Omar is an outgoing native Nicaraguan who loves making new friends, traveling, and talking about sports. He is passionate about serving the poor in his country. Omar has been working with ISL since 2008 and is married with 4 children.

Massiel Alejandra Acetuno Team Leader Nicaragua
Massiel Alejandra Acetuno
Team Leader

Masseil is a native Nicaraguan who is single and completing her education in tourism. She loves to practice her English with ISL volunteers and share her knowledge of the people and customs of Nicaragua. She has been working with ISL since 2012.

Pavel Guevara
Pavel Guevara
Country Coordinator

Pavel has been with ISL since 2003. He is a native of Nicaragua and has traveled to several countries around the world, always looking for new ways to help his fellow country men women and children. ISL provides that opportunity for him.

Jairo Rivas
Team Leader

Jairo is a retired English teacher from Managua. His energy and enthusiasm are contagious and he loves working with ISL volunteers. He has been leading teams since 2012. His favorite sport is soccer, and he loves to travel. He is married with 5 children.

Programs with upcoming Nicaragua Teams

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#NIC85GH9 - Global Health Team in Nicaragua from Aug 05, 2017 to Aug 13, 2017 for $1695

Volunteers will be working in developing communities to provide Global Health services to those in need. They will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 1 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#NIC85WCI9 - Well Child Int'l Team in Nicaragua from Aug 05, 2017 to Aug 13, 2017 for $1695

Volunteers will be working in developing communities to provide Global Health services to women and children. They will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

#NIC819DENT9 - Dental Team in Nicaragua from Aug 19, 2017 to Aug 27, 2017 for $1695

Volunteers will be working in developing communities to provide Dental Health services to those in need. They will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#NIC819GH9 - Global Health Team in Nicaragua from Aug 19, 2017 to Aug 27, 2017 for $1695

Volunteers will be working in developing communities to provide Global Health services to those in need. They will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 4 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#NIC819GHAIP8 - All Inclusive Program/Global Health Team in Nicaragua from Aug 19, 2017 to Aug 26, 2017 for $1885

This "All Inclusive Program" covers all food and recreation. Volunteers will be working in developing communities to provide Global Health services to those in need. They will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 4 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#NIC826GH9 - Global Health Team in Nicaragua from Aug 26, 2017 to Sep 03, 2017 for $1695

Volunteers will be working in developing communities to provide Global Health services to those in need. They will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#NIC826VET9 - Veterinary Team in Nicaragua from Aug 26, 2017 to Sep 03, 2017 for $1695

Volunteers will be working in developing communities to provide veterinary services to both large and small animals. They will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#NIC99GH - Global Health Team in Nicaragua from Sep 09, 2017 to Sep 22, 2017 for $1895

Volunteers will be working in developing communities to provide Global Health services to those in need. They will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#NIC114NUR9 - Nursing Team in Nicaragua from Nov 04, 2017 to Nov 12, 2017 for $1695

Volunteers will be working in developing communities to provide Nursing/Global Health services to those in need. They will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way

Just 4 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#NIC12917GH9 - Global Health Team in Nicaragua from Dec 09, 2017 to Dec 17, 2017 for $1795

Volunteers will be working in developing communities to provide Global Health services to those in need. They will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 4 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!