Central America Mar 2nd, 2018 to Mar 10th, 2018
Cost: $1,400.00 Partner Organization(s): Olive Tree Nicaragua ( Service Type: Medical clinics Language(s): Spanish (not required but recommended) Number of Participants: 12

Trip Logistics & Participant Requirements

For the majority of the trip we will be staying at our site contact’s beach house!  It is RIGHT on the Pacific Ocean and has a beautiful view of the stars at night (where we will spend a lot time getting to know each other and reflecting on our days!)  Most of the meals will be homemade by our partner organization, Olive Tree, at the beach house.  The medical clinic, where a majority of our service will take place, is walking distance from Verna’s beach house.  The last three days of the trip we will be traveling to Isla Omotepe (a pristine island in Lake Nicaragua) where we will enjoy some time hiking, swimming and relaxing on the water together.

As far as travel goes, we will be driving as a group up to Arlington, VA the night of Friday, March 2nd and staying at Mary’s house. Saturday morning we will take a flight from Dulles Airport to Managua, Nicaragua. We will return to Washington, DC the following Saturday.  Sunday morning, March 10th, we will drive as a group back to Charlottesville.

This trip is very unique in that it is one of the only trips with medical clinics.  Participants should be very willing to participate in a variety of health related activities.  You should also not be worried about being “one with nature” or your appearance during this week (especially because water is very conserved in Nicaragua so showers are an amenity!) Although Spanish is not required, it is definitely helpful- even just some basic knowledge/phrases or a willingness to learn (we will help you prepare before we leave!)


Service Activities

Our service activity focuses on movable medical clinics around the Huehuete region of Nicaragua.  We will be working with a handful of other medical personnel, doctors, nurses, midwives and paramedics whose expertise is invaluable.  A typical day lasts from about 8am until 4pm.  During the course of the day you could shadow a physician, assist in lab work, take/record vital signs of patients or participate in running eye exams.  There’s always a ton of kiddos running around who love to be entertained as well! After the clinic days we will have some detox time which you can spend lounging around outside at the beach house or enjoying the ocean breeze! This trip puts a lot of emphasis on the service learning pillar of ASB as we compare the U.S. public health system to that of Nicaragua – and as cliché as it sounds, an open mind ready to learn is the most important asset you can bring on the trip!


Recreational Activities

Midway through our trip we will be traveling to Isla de Omotepe, about a 2 hour drive from the Huehuete beach house with transportation provided by our site contact.  We will be staying together at a hostel right on Lake Nicaragua.  There are plenty of activities on this island.  We will enjoy some meals out at restaurants, and explore the natural beauty of the area (we want to hike a hidden water fall together!)


About the Site Leaders:

Mary is a 4th year Spanish major with plans to go onto medical school.  She is a huge travel junkie, and just spent the fall of her third year in Valencia, Spain (so she’s fluent in Spanish.) She went on this ASB Nicaragua trip her first year and has gone back as a site leader for the past 2 years. This is her fourth year on the trip!  Her favorite part about the trip last year was participating as a translator in the medical clinics towards the end.  She’s thrilled to be leading Nica this year with Rachel!

Rachel is a 4th year Media Studies and American Studies double-major with a French minor. She has limited Spanish experience but is always down to try to communicate with the locals. She went on the ASB trip to Nicaragua (with Mary) her 3rd year and couldn’t imagine not going back again! Her favorite part of the trip last year was a round table discussion with local healthcare experts and hanging under the stars with 11 other strangers who quickly turned into besties. She’s excited to share this experience with Mary and 10 new participants!