Global Health Team #NIC108GH

COUNTRY: Nicaragua

ARRIVAL: October 8, 2016
DEPARTURE: October 16, 2016
COST: $1695

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

Team #NIC108GH will be working in developing communities in Nicaragua to provide Global Health services to those in need. While in Nicaragua, they will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Global Health Teams

ISL’s global health teams are interdisciplinary and able to provide a variety of general medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, healthcare management, and nutrition services in developing communities. From urban centers to small towns and villages in remote areas, our teams work in various settings to provide field clinics in which patient needs are assessed and acute conditions are treated.

Regardless of background, volunteers are able to receive an invaluable opportunity to not only interactively observe health professionals in action, but to actively assist with important aspects of health care under careful supervision. Our holistic approach makes ISL’s global health teams ideal for students of the health professions at all education levels.


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.

What ISL Provides

ISL Provides 24-hour accompaniment by professional, bilingual staff, airport pickup/drop off, all ground transportation, all lodging, two meals per day, drinking water, instruction by licensed medical professionals, project medications and supplies, tours and basic recreation.

What to Bring

You will need a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, otoscope, scrubs, donations of medications and medical supplies (optional), and funds sufficient to cover one meal per day, premium recreation, personal spending, and departure tax.

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.

Activity Information

You will need a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, otoscope, scrubs, donations of medications and medical supplies (optional), and funds sufficient to cover one meal per day, premium recreation, personal spending, and departure tax.


The Nicaragua pre-health and health teams are general medicine teams provided with opportunities for experience in the medical, nursing, public health, pharmaceutical, and sometimes optometry and dental fields.  All medical experiences are professionally supervised. Seminars and/or field experiences will be offered through house and village clinics.  Students receive clinical training, as well as training in traditional medicine, appropriate Spanish, and other subjects of interest as indicated by the team itself.

In order for a team to offer dental experience, there must be at least 6-8 dental students on the team. If you are interested in traveling on a team that offers dental experience, check the team schedule site or contact ISL  by email.

Sample of Typical Day

7:30 am: Breakfast

8:15 am: Leave for clinic

12:00 am – 12:45 pm: Lunch

5:00 pm: Finish clinic, travel back to hotel

7:30 pm: Dinner

Nine Day Health Team Itinerary

Day One: Arrive in Managua, change money, settle into guest house, attend orientation.  Morning arrivals tour Managua.

Day Two: (Morning) Take a bus to Rama, then a boat to Panga and Bluefields. Get settled in hotel. (Evening) Seminars on vital signs and physical exams, house clinics, community triage, Spanish for health professionals, etc.

Day Three: Clinics and house clinics

Day Four: Take boat to Pearl Lagoon. Evaluations by doctors.

Day Five: Clinics and house clinics

Day Six: Clinics and house clinics. Visit Hawas Beach in the afternoon for rest and recreation.

Day Seven: Take a boat to Rama and a bus back to Managua.

Day Eight: Clinic and house clinics. Farewell dinner in the evening.

Day Nine: Travel to airport and depart for home.


  1. This schedule may change due to the difficult logistical conditions of our travel and service sites. Consider it a rough draft only.

  2. Briefings and debriefing will be held daily when possible.

  3. As per the program outline, students will be responsible for an average of one meal per day.  Students on a budget often have the option of a snack or brown bag with ISL staff, gratis.

  4. The first few days will be more closely scheduled in order to accomplish the many start-up and training tasks required on this expedition.  Once we’re in the field, scheduling necessarily becomes more fluid, depending on circumstances.