|Language||Spanish and various indigenous dialects|
|Religion||Catholic 80%. Protestant 18%. Other 2%s|
|Ethnic Groups||Mestizo 69%, 17% White, 9% Black, 5% indigenous|
|Motto||"In God We Trust"|
|Group Registration Fee - Not included in participant cost:||
|35+ Hours of Ministry:|
|Safe Drinking Water:|
|Transportation to/from Airport and Ministry Sites:|
|Participation in Local Church Services:|
|Sleeping Accommodations:||Floor-sleeping lodging in a secure church or school in the area||Hotel accommodations|
|Meals:||Homemade Nicaraguan and American meals||Homemade Nicaraguan and American meals|
|Recreation or Local Cultural Experience:|
Prior to the trip you will receive a group leader manual, which includes fundraising ideas; online trip handbooks and resources for participants, promotional materials, and unlimited pre-trip consultations with your trip leader. Once in Nicaragua, you will receive transportation to and from the airport, transportation to and from ministry sites, three meals a day, safe drinking water, sleeping accommodations, group T-shirts, customizable ministry options, an opportunity to attend local church services, evening worship, prayer, debriefing meetings, and a local sightseeing or recreation activity.
Airfare, passport, vaccinations, spending money, offering at church services, construction and/or ministry materials, personal insurance, and optional recreation (ex. zip lining, snorkeling, surf board rental).
Spanish is the official language in Nicaragua, but you may encounter several other languages such English Creole in the east or traditional mayan dialects throughout. Your team will have local PPM staff who will serve as translators as well as aiding in leading your trip.
Praying Pelican Missions holds safety as a top priority. PPM staff are trained and equipped to provide a safe and incident-free mission experience. PPM staff will be with your team for the entire trip and will have access to transportation, cell phones, hospitals, and first aid kits at all times.
Nicaragua has its share of these, as does every tropical country, however, the chance of seeing anything dangerous is slim. We do recommend good protection against mosquitoes, and sleeping under bug nets at night. In the event that one of these creatures is encountered, our staff is well-prepared and equipped to handle such a situation.
PPM staff will be waiting for you at the airport when you arrive in the host country. We will then provide transportation from the airport to the ministry location and back again at the end of the trip.
All transportation within the host country is included in the cost of the trip and will be arranged by PPM. Most often, teams will be riding in school buses, church vans or something similar.
Please fly into Augusto Cesar Sandino International Airport Managua. Airport code is MGA
All food and drink provided by PPM during trips is safe for consumption. Purified drinking water will be provided for the team and for the cooks to use while preparing meals. Tap water in Nicaragua is generally not safe to drink.
During the final day, we will have the opportunity to shop for souvenirs.
While serving in Nicaragua, a variety of meals will be offered, from local cuisine to American food. A typical meal in Nicaragua consists of chicken and rice. Our cooks are amazing! Usually the food is one of the team's highlights.
No. Praying Pelican Missions will provide all meals from the time you arrive to the time you depart. You may wish to bring snacks, but all main meals will be provided by us.
Please see our general FAQ page for answers to questions not specific to Nicaragua
Nicaragua is a small country, slightly larger than Pennsylvania and slightly smaller than New York, in Central America. The country sits between the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Costa Rica and Honduras. As the largest country in Central America; it also contains the largest freshwater lake, Lago de Nicaragua. The country has a population of 6.1 million and depends heavily on agricultural and manufacturing industries.
A Spanish speaking country, Nicaragua has a diverse climate that is tropical in the lowlands and becomes much cooler in the highlands (mountains). It is known as one of the safest places to travel in Central America.
Nicaragua, is the poorest country in Central America and the second poorest in the Western Hemisphere. Thanks in large part to trade agreements in place since April 2006 Nicaragua has been able to expand in agriculture and manufactured goods. Textiles and agriculture (significantly coffee) combined account for nearly 50% of Nicaragua's exports. The official currency of Nicaragua is the Cordoba and is currently valued at approximately 26 NIO (Nicaraguan Cordoba) to 1 USD (United States Dollar).
Nicaragua has a rich history of the arts, dating back to the area's Mayan roots. Their culture is lively and colorful and the country is full of natural beauty from volcanic mountains to incredible beaches. Many traditional foods in Nicaragua are based on Maya cuisine, featuring corn, chilies, and beans
The Pacific coast of Nicaragua was settled as a Spanish colony from Panama in the early 16th century. Independence from Spain was declared in 1821 and the country became an independent republic in 1838. By 1978 there was widespread government corruption and manipulation which resulted in a short-lived civil war bringing the Marxist Sandinista guerrillas to power in 1979. Through much of the 80's the United States secretly sponsored anti Sandinista guerrillas. Free elections came about in the 90's and former Sandinista President Daniel ORTEGA Saavedra was elected president in 2006 and reelected in 2011. Nicaragua has been slowly rebuilding its infrastructure and economy after the devastating effects of the civil war and hurricane Mitch left many places badly damaged. In recent years Nicaragua's economy has experienced some positive growth and the country is one of the most stable and safest places to visit in Central America.