Sports Without Borders Soccer Team #NIC325SWB7

COUNTRY: Nicaragua

ARRIVAL: March 25, 2018
DEPARTURE: March 31, 2018
COST: $1595

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

Volunteers will be working in ISL partner communities in soccer training and events. While in Nicaragua they will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Sports Without Borders Soccer Teams


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

What to Bring

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


ISL Sports Without Borders Program

Goal: To use sports as a vehicle for team work, wellness education, and personal growth. Through sports training and mentorship, we provide underprivileged children in our partner communities the opportunity to hone their athletic skills while giving athletic teams a chance to bond in an unfamiliar setting, open their hearts and minds to a new culture, and gain global perspective.  

Nicaragua – 7 days

*This itinerary is subject to change

Day 1: Wednesday

Arrive, meet your ISL Team Leader at the airport; settle in to guesthouse, icebreakers, discuss next days events.

Day 2: Thursday

Orientation/city tour/souvenir shopping/salsa lessons

Day 3: Friday


Day 4: Saturday


Day 5: Sunday


Day 6: Monday

Recreation day

Day 7: Tuesday