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in witnessing, first hand, the miracles happening each and every day in rural Nicaragua!

Join Us for Go and See 2017 ▪ April 19 - 23, 2017

Commonly Asked Questions

Nicaragua is located between Honduras and Costa Rica in Central America. Its capital, Managua, is nearly 3,000 miles from Springfield, MO.

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While speaking the native language of Nicaragua would always be helpful, but no, speaking Spanish is not necessary. Native Nicaraguan interpreters will be with each group to ensure that every speaker is translated for all to understand.

If you would like to learn a few Spanish terms between now and the trip, follow The Rainbow Network on Facebook for a “Spanish word of the day”.  You can find us on Facebook at

You must have a valid U.S. passport to enter Nicaragua, although there is a bilateral agreement which waives the six-month passport validity requirement, U.S. citizens should ensure that their passports are valid for the entire length of their projected stay in the country before traveling. U.S. citizen visitors must have an onward or return ticket and evidence of sufficient funds to support themselves during their stay. U.S. citizens do not need a visa; however, a tourist card must be purchased for $10 upon arrival at the airport in Managua.

Yes! A typical turn around for a passport is 4-6 weeks. However, it is possible to expedite this process to a 3 week turnaround for $60 per passport.

To learn more about getting your passport in a hurry, click here to visit the passport page on

Your safety comes first. As you may know, Nicaragua is often cited as the safest country for foreigners to travel or live in all of Central or South America. Just as there are situations you avoid in the U.S., there are situations that should be avoided in Nicaragua also. To avoid petty theft, do not carry valuables. We only travel via rented vehicles during the daytime. We have a 100% success rate of bringing everyone back to the U.S. safely, and we expect it to remain so. You will find an overwhelming sense of gratitude and hospitality shown by just about every Nicaraguan you meet, especially where Rainbow Network has been working!

Louise, someone who has been on a trip with these same concerns says, “You are not too old if you can do these things:

  • Walk at least 1/2 mile. (The Atlanta airport is huge!)
  • Use an escalator. (This caution is iffy. We may not have time to find the elevator but we might.)
  • Climb into a van. (It’s OK to ask for a hand up or to grab onto a pull bar.)
  • Pull your own wheeled suitcase.

Louise says, “I am 75, have artificial knees and a mild balance problem. I’m definitely going although I’ll be taking a cane to help me walk over rough ground. Two years ago, the only major help I needed was a hand up to step onto a high median across from the airport in Managua and a steadying arm when going down steps that didn’t have a railing. I look forward to the trip and have no fear that I’ll be a burden on anyone.”

No. Nicaragua uses the NEMA 5–15R electrical outlet, the same outlet and voltage found in almost every household and building in the United States.

Absolutely! Groups will eat at a restaurant that has a mixed variety of delicious foods. The restaurant has chlorinated water that is safe to drink and prepare foods with. While sickness is always a possibility when traveling, it will be less likely if travelers eat only what has been arranged by Rainbow Network staff.

Dress is casual- no heels or ties necessary. Comfortable leather or athletic shoes and light, loose clothing is a must, knowing that it all may get dusty or muddy. T-shirts and shorts are acceptable but you may want long sleeves and long pants for sun protection.

Malaria is present in parts of Nicaragua, so the risk of becoming infected is always there. It is important to speak with your doctor before traveling to see if anti-malaria medication may be needed. We promise you will catch a passion for the work of the Rainbow Network…there is no known cure for that!

Rainbow Network staff will do everything possible for sponsors to meet their students. However, due to the vast area that Rainbow Network operates, no promises are made.

It is important to speak with your doctor before traveling to determine if you are up-to-date on necessary shots.

Once signed up for the trip, each traveler will receive a list of things to bring. For a preview, please click here to review our packing list.

Do not be discouraged! There are plenty of ways to raise money for your trip.

Read this testimony from Karen, who recently traveled to Nicaragua, but originally asked herself the same question –

“This was my experience. I really felt called to go to Nicaragua, but on a Social Worker’s salary, I wasn’t sure I would be able to cover the expenses. I decided to utilize social networking. I posted about what I wanted to do, and simply asked my Facebook friends to help if they could. I also looked for sponsors in my church; people who, for one reason or another, couldn’t go themselves but were willing to help financially. And last, but not least, I did some fundraising activities in my community. I was humbled, and in fact, overwhelmed by the support I got. It’s hard sometimes to ask for help, but I put my pride aside, and was able to accept the generosity of others for what was ultimately a life-changing experience. Now I want to re-pay those who helped me go, by helping the people in Nicaragua as much as I am able. This is how I choose to pay it forward.”

Pictures may have the capability of saying a thousand words, but a thousand words is not enough. Traveling to Nicaragua, seeing Rainbow Network programs first-hand, and looking into the eyes of someone who Christ has provided opportunities to become self-sustaining through Rainbow Network cannot be captured with the snap of a camera. Trips build the trust and confidence needed to know that donations are being handled in a frugal manner and that no donation is wasted.

Do you still have unanswered questions?

Please contact the Rainbow Network office for additional information.  
You can reach us by phone at 417.889.8088 or by email at


The Rainbow Network's mission is to share in the love of Jesus Christ by partnering with Nicaragua's poorest people in healthcare, education, economic development and housing. Rainbow Network is currently working to lift 42,000 people out of extreme poverty throughout 112 rural villages in rural Nicaragua. Rainbow's unique approach combines comprehensive services in the areas of housing, healthcare, education, and economic development, building the framework of a productive local economy to entire communities. Our work is designed to empower peo­ple living in remote areas in destitute conditions. Rainbow Network enters by invitation into communities where basic services for the poor are extremely limited or not available from the Nicaraguan government, other religious organizations or social agencies.The goal of our programs is to provide people with the opportunities to become self-sufficient and be able to raise their economic status so that they are able to provide their own food for their families, obtain descent housing and be able to send their children to school.