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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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 www.Facebook.com/RainbowNetwork.
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 Travel.State.gov.
- 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.”
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 Info@RainbowNetwork.org.