In Nicaragua, children attend primary school each year from February through November. It takes children an average of 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 Nicaragua’s high poverty and unemployment landscape, children often have to drop out of school to help make ends meet. Another factor is the direct or hidden costs associated with schooling that the families simply cannot afford.
There are currently 9 active and growing Hope Centers with over 1,000 children. The projects in Nicaragua seek to provide for children in desperate need of care and attention. They act as a safe haven where children can come to have fun and play with other children in a stress-free environment. Children are offered the chance to escape the realities of poverty, if only for a few hours per week.
During their time at the center, children can come to participate in a variety of available programs and care. Medical treatment, hygiene training, and nutritional supplements are available to keep children healthy. Most importantly, each child is introduced to Christ through a program of Christian education and are given the opportunity to develop a lifelong relationship with Him.
In July 2018, you will have the opportunity to experience Nicaragua and see the transforming work of One Child Matters firsthand!
What You’ll Be Doing
- Visiting OCM Hope Centers in Managua, the capital city, and Jinotega, a small rural community in the coffee country.
- Light construction work to improve Hope Center facilities
- VBS and games with children
- Meeting sponsored children and home visits
- Connecting with and getting to know our Child Champions
- Visiting tourist attractions such as Masaya Volcano, Salvador Allende Port, Catarina Touristic Center, and local markets
July 27- August 4, 2018 (departure from Rapid City July 27 at 6:00 AM and the Return arrival to Rapid City August 4 at 8:14 PM)
- April 24: Application dead line
- Deposit: $250 (non-refundable)
- 1st payment – $1,000 due May 21st
- 2nd payment – $1,150 due June 20th
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.
Please email our trip team at firstname.lastname@example.org for any further questions you may have.
If you are ready to join us in Nicaragua, please submit a registration today! Registration closes April 24th 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 Rapid City to Managua, Nicaragua (or round-trip airfare out of Dallas), all in-country meals, accommodations, transportation, excursions, and gratuities. Excludes: Flights to/from Dallas (if not departing from Rapid City), meals in-transit, souvenirs, elective entertainment, snacks
Is there an age limit?
The minimum age to participate is 14. 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 14 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 mission trip dates (in this case, February 3, 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.