Come on a life-changing adventure with us!
Nicaragua is a beautiful country with friendly people just waiting to meet you! This Middle American country, which borders Honduras and Costa Rica, is known for its lakes, volcanoes and beaches.
Our Child Champions at churches in Nicaragua minister to children and provide crucial help, including healthcare, nutritious food, and the chance to hear about how much God loves them.
Education is a challenge in Nicaragua. Children attend primary school each year from February through November. It takes children around 11 years to complete the required 6 years of primary school. Despite the minimal schooling requirement, many still do not finish their education. Because of high poverty and unemployment rates, children often have to drop out of school to help make ends meet. But children in our program go to school and receive tutoring so that they can develop and reach goals for their future.
All this care, of course, would not be possible without sponsors who support each child in our program.
There are 14 Hope Centers in Nicaragua where Child Champions help more than 1,500 impoverished children. In June 2019 you will have the opportunity to experience Nicaragua and see the crucial work of One Child Matters firsthand!
On this trip you will join other families that desire to share their love with the children of Nicaragua.
What You’ll Be Doing
- Visiting Hope Centers in the rural community of Jinotega, where we will get to interact with our sponsored children and their families.
- Get to know the child champions who have dedicated their lives to serving the children in Nicaragua at our Hope Centers.
- Visit the Selva Negra estate and coffee farm located in the highlands of Matagalpa Nicaragua. In addition to a coffee tour, some other options for your family to enjoy are hiking, horseback riding, nature tours, night walks, bird watching, and farm tours (these activities are not included in the trip price).
- Travel to the city of Granada on the shores of Lake Nicaragua and visit the historic center and shop at the local markets.
- Visit the Masaya Volcano National Park, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Nicaragua.
June 14 – June 20, 2019 (departure from Dallas-Fort Worth Airport on June 14 and return arrival to Dallas-Fort Worth Airport on June 20)
$2,200 estimated cost (not tax deductible)
- March 14, 2019: Application dead line
- Deposit: $500 due with application (non-refundable)
- Final payment – $1,700 due by April 26, 2019
We hope you will prayerfully consider this trip of a lifetime. By visiting the country of Nicaragua, you will receive a greater understanding of the hope and transformation that comes through the support of One Child Matters sponsors.
If you are ready to join us in Nicaragua, please submit a registration today! Registration closes March 14th, 2019 or as soon as trip reaches max capacity (20 people).
Your seat is not secure until your application is reviewed, your background check is complete and approved and your deposit is paid. All applications are subject to approval.
What does the trip cost cover?
Includes: Roundtrip airfare from Dallas-Forth Worth and all in-country expenses including accommodations, transportation, meals, and sightseeing. Excludes: Transportation to/from Dallas Fort-Worth, meals in-transit, souvenirs, elective entertainment, snacks.
Is there an age limit?
The minimum age to participate is 12. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian; all applications are subject to approval. If a child between the ages of 12 and 18 is traveling alone, the parents or guardians must consent to International Travel of a Minor and have a ‘Traveler Guardian’ in place of the parents.
What are the passport requirements?
A valid passport is required for travel but is not required at the time of registration. All passports MUST be valid for 6 months after the trip dates (in this case, December 20, 2019).
Do I need any immunizations?
One Child Matters does not require any immunizations; however, it is always wise to have your tetanus shot up-to-date. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov), “You should become familiar with what steps to take and who to contact in case of a medical emergency while you are traveling.” We recommend that, 6 to 8 weeks before your departure, you consult with your physician, local health department or the CDC website http://www.cdc.gov/travel/ for information required and recommended immunizations for the country where you will be traveling. Some vaccinations require a series of doses spaced weeks apart.
Why do I need a background check?
To ensure the safety of our children and determine eligibility to travel with One Child Matters, all travelers must complete a criminal background check. To process background checks, OCM uses a third party company. After completing trip registration, you will need to submit your background check request at https://onechildmatters.quickleasepro.com/. You will be asked to pay $45 by credit card to submit your request. This $45 expense is nonrefundable. The results of your background check are confidential and all personal information is kept in a secure location.
Please email our travel team at email@example.com for any further questions you may have.