Frequently Asked Questions
How long is a mission trip?
A mission trip typically lasts 7-8 days
How much does it cost to participate on a mission trip?
The cost of a mission trip may vary according to air fare rates. Airfare can range from $650 to $950 depending on your departure city and dates of travel. Your cost will be $85 per diem which covers the following benefits and amenities for your mission group.
Your cost per diem does NOT cover the following items of your mission trip.
Half of the total cost of trip is due six weeks prior to trip and full payment MUST be received four weeks prior to the trip.
Do I need a passport to go on a mission trip?
You need a valid passport to travel to Nicaragua. You do not need a visa if you are an American citizen.
If you already have a passport, be sure it will not expire within 6 months of the trip. If you do not have a passport, apply for one 8 weeks in advance of the trip. Contact your local post office for application information. Your passport name should match the name on your airline ticket.
Do I need any shots or prescriptions prior to leaving?
Consult your family doctor or county health center. It is recommended if this is your first trip, you will need a Hepatitis A shot. Your tetanus shots must be current, or you will need one also. You will need to take a round of malaria pills. Typhoid pills are optional, depending on your doctor’s advice.
Do you need to know my medical history?
Yes. We need to know if you have any special medical needs. You must complete an emergency medical release form before departure.
If I am under 18 years of age, do I need permission to go on a mission trip?
Yes. If you are under 18 years of age, a parental consent and emergency medical release form is required. We also require that you and your parents read and consent to a code of conduct, so you understand what we consider to be acceptable behavior on a mission trip.
What will I eat each day?
The staff at our guest house provides breakfast, lunch and dinner. There will be times that we eat lunch at our work site, usually sandwiches. If you have any dietary preferences or restrictions please let us know one week before traveling to Nicargua.
What exactly will I be doing on a mission trip?
Save them One by One missionaries perform a variety of projects at the communities we sponsor in the Somotillo area. They require no special skills, other than a desire to work. Participants can pace themselves and do only what they are physically able.
How can I share my special skills and talents on a mission trip?
If you possess special skills and talents, please let us know! We will try and utilize your gifts in a meaningful way. If you are a teacher or possess musical or artistic talents, you may wish to work with school children. If you have medical experience, you may wish to serve medically. If you speak Spanish, you will be an invaluable translator at all the work sites.
Do I have to speak Spanish to go on a mission trip?
No. The ability to speak Spanish enhances the trip, by allowing you to easily interact with the Nicaraguans. If you don’t speak Spanish, don’t worry. There will be interpreters on the trip to facilitate communication. Remember that love is the universal language. The Nicaraguans can sense your care and concern, and will respond in kind.
Is the work I’ll be doing strenuous?
It can get quite hot in Nicaragua! The labor we usually perform can be strenuous in the heat. Participants must pace themselves and do only what they are physically able. We encourage rest breaks and require everyone to hydrate frequently. Those who cannot physically perform can carry out other important jobs with the group.
What is the weather like in Nicaragua?
How do I prepare for what I will see there?
In the Somotillo area, you will see shocking signs of poverty at its worst. No one can prepare you for this sight. You will somehow find the strength to look beyond the grave conditions and see hope and the possibility of a better life for the people. It is then that the mission of Save them One by One becomes clear.
Will I have time during the day for myself?
The days during your mission trip will be filled with work projects in the communities we serve. You will have time on your own in the evenings. Many missionaries bring journals and enjoy keeping a daily record of their trip.
Where is the work site located in Nicaragua?
We work at various rural communities in the Somotillo area of northwest Nicaragua. The work sites are usually within a 1 hour radius of our guest house.
What can I bring on the trip with me?
Once you sign up for a mission trip, we will provide you with a list of trip supplies. We encourage you to pack clothing that is comfortable and inexpensive.
I have never been on a mission trip before. What can I expect?
While the sight of pure poverty can be a shocking experience, a mission trip is not depressing. You can expect to meet and bond with other volunteers and missionaries. You will be surprised at the slow pace of life in the Third World. You will be charmed by the warmth and innocence of the Nicaraguan people. You will be amazed at how much progress a dedicated group of workers can accomplish in one week.
How can an ordinary person make a difference by going on a mission trip?
Ordinary people do not choose to spend a week of their life performing manual labor in a remote area of Central America. The desire to help the needy in such a personal way is fueled by a deep love of fellow man. The desire to make such a trip and making the trip is the difference.
Is it possible for me to catch any diseases in Nicaragua due to the unsanitary conditions?
It is possible to get sick on a trip to an unfamiliar place, but after getting the proper shots and medicines, you should abide by the same standard of cleanliness in Nicaragua that you use in the United States. Do not drink the water or brush your teeth with their water. We must used bottled water.
What if I change my mind?
Once you make a commitment to go, we hope that you will be able to make the mission trip. Once your trip is paid, you may always change your mind, and your room and board payment can be refunded upon request. Ticket refund policies vary based on the airline. Usually, if you cancel your ticket before scheduled departure, you can re-use the ticket within 1 year of BOOKING date with a penalty fee ($100-$150) and any fare difference.
I am retired. Am I too old to go on a mission trip?
If you are an adult in good health, able to travel and have a desire to work, you are probably ready for a mission trip no matter what your age.