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GO ON A TRIP

“And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Luke 10:2
About Covid-19

“What the enemy meant for evil, God meant for good.” (Genesis 50:20)

There's no doubt that our adversary, the devil, does not want the Gospel of Jesus Christ to spread around the world. Despite Covid-19, we are ready for 2022 and committed to supporting and uniting the local Church in the U.S. and Nicaragua. We press forward in faith as we serve children and families in our barrios. The needs are great, and we are ready to host your team as we answer these challenges together.

Click here to view Covid Safety & Travel Guide FAQ's

The Local Church
With 28 churches in Nicaragua, short-term mission teams partner with our local churches to build relationships and create sustainable ministry as we share the love of Christ. It's not just a place on a map. Our goal is to create working communities where the people of Nicaragua can break the chains of multi-generational physical, emotional, and spiritual poverty.
What Will I Do On My Trip?
From teams of 10 to 200, CCM can host teams of all kinds. Each trip is custom designed to match the skills of your team with our long-term strategy to meet the spiritual and physical needs of every man, woman, and child. Partner with our local churches through evangelism, VBS, students, education, sports, construction, medical and more.
Logistics
We personally guide your team from preparation to the ministry on the ground. Our amazing U.S. and Nicaraguan staff are with you every step of the way. We take care of ground transportation, lodging, food, translators and more so you can concentrate on ministry. Accommodations are first class as you stay at one of our two fully staffed locations.

Masaya

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Leon

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Fundraising
We understand that fundraising is an important part of your mission trip. That's why we offer your team members fundraising campaign tools for trip expenses like airfare, CCM fees, and Ministry Projects like these listed below:

Nicaraguan Family Projects


Families

Nicaraguan Church Projects


Churches

Clean Water and Food



Food

Ministry Life Projects



Life
Are You Ready? Let's Go!
Call us at 864.599.0067 or email hey@ccm.life to connect with one of our trip specialists
Frequently Asked Questions
What about COVID-19 in Nicaragua?

“What the enemy meant for evil, God meant for good.” (Genesis 50:20)

There's no doubt that our adversary, the devil, does not want the Gospel of Jesus Christ to spread around the world. Despite Covid-19, we are ready for 2021 and committed to supporting and uniting the local Church in the U.S. and Nicaragua. We press forward in faith as we serve children and families in our barrios. The needs are great, and we are ready to host your team as we answer these challenges together.

Although the risk of infection is very low, we are committed to the safety of your team as we prepare to serve you in 2021. Here’s a brief guideline as to what you can expect:

1. Can I travel to Nicaragua on a Mission Trip?

    • YES! We highly recommend booking your flights on AVIANCA (www.avianca.com) which has been flying daily to and from Managua for a number of years. We recommend using Nick Kryfko at High Point Go Travel. Email: nick@highpointgo.com. Phone: 972-284-1358
    • Sample Flight:
      • Roundtrip Domestic Flight from your home airport to Miami (MIA)
      • Roundtrip Flight on Avianca from Miami (MIA) to Managua (MGA)

(Avianca does offer flights from various U.S. cities that fly to El Salvador and then to Managua)

2. What is a Covid Care Volunteer?

    • Prior to team travel to Nicaragua, CCM requests that 1-2 individuals be selected to act as “Covid Care Volunteers”.  These individuals, (preferably vaccinated), would remain on our campus to help our Physician care for those team members that test positive for COVID-19 and return with them to the U.S. once they test negative.

3. Are vaccines required?

    • Although Vaccines are not currently required for travel to Nicaragua or return to the U.S., we do recommend it to lessen the severity of symptoms if you get Covid..

4. What is required to travel to and from Nicaragua on AVIANCA/TACA Airlines?

    • IMPORTANT!!A PCR Covid (not the rapid antibody test) test must be taken 72 hours prior to departure to Nicaragua and negative results emailed to Avianca WITHIN 36 HOURS OF TAKING THE TEST. This basically means you need a same day COVID PCR test. We will assist you in this process.
    • A rapid Covid antibody test in Nicaragua must also be taken 24 hours before returning to the U.S. (required by the U.S. government globally) - the cost is $150/person payable in Nicaragua. *We are currently exploring options with an Abbott eMed test that can be taken at our campus which only costs $30. If this option is viable, team members would be required to bring this test with them.

5. What happens if my mission trip is postponed or cancelled?

    • With our Payment Protection Program, your land and project fees will be held for your next trip and in some cases refunded. You can also choose to donate your fees to our ongoing ministry in Nicaragua.

6. Is Covid present in Nicaragua?

    • Like the U.S., there have been surges in Covid, but currently there are minimal infections of COVID-19. It’s virtually nonexistent in our barrio's.

7. What is CCM doing to mitigate the risks of exposure?

    • Our staff Physician, Dr. Ariana Cordero will be present with teams to provide guidance and observation.
    • Limited exposure to public areas outside of our facilities such as restaurants, stores, etc.
    • Increased sanitization of housing, transportation, and common areas. Hand sanitizer available at all times, supplied by both the team and CCM.
    • Decreased number of guests per room at our mission campuses, allowing for social distancing. Staggered dining when more than one team is present.

8. What about serving in the barrios?

    • We will have water/soap for hand-washing and hand sanitizer with us at all times. Each Church will have a hand-washing station for teams to use, as well as the people from the communities who attend.
    • While going door-to-door and interacting with children, please consider wearing a mask and exercise appropriate judgment with regard to distancing.

9. What if I’m directly exposed to someone confirmed with COVID while in Nicaragua?

    • In consultation with our staff physician and your team leader, we will determine if you need to be housed in a separate area on our campus.

10. What happens if I show symptoms?

    • Our staff physician will closely monitor and evaluate your symptoms. We will provide housing in a separate area on our campus.

11. Can I be tested for COVID in Nicaragua?

    • Unlike the U.S., rapid testing sites are not available in Nicaragua, however, we have a limited number of home test kits available. We also encourage team members to bring test kits and leave them at our campus (you can’t buy them in Nicaragua).

12. What if I test positive for COVID? Am I covered with Insurance?

    • You will be required to stay in Nicaragua until you test negative.
    • Our staff Physician will provide daily care and consult with local doctors for the appropriate care.
    • CCM will immediately provide a WhatsApp Group Chat with your family, church leadership, personal physician and others to ensure open communication.
    • CCM provides medical travel insurance on all team members.  Our policy does cover some medical expenses incurred from COVID-19.  However, any emergency medical evacuations may be limited based on whether or not an individual has been vaccinated prior to travel (policy available upon request).

13. What about quarantine, lodging, and food?

    • If a team member tests positive for COVID-19, CCM will have a designated “Quarantine area” located away from all other team members. 
    • If a team member, along with the “Covid Care Volunteers” (see question #2 above) must extend their stay longer than their intended departure date, CCM will make lodging available at no charge.  
    • Our staff will continue to provide housing, food, and medical care during your stay until you’re retested with a negative result. CCM will invoice a “Care Cost” for additional expenses only if an extended stay is required.  This would include the cost of meals, medicines/medical treatment, ground/staff transportation for those with COVID-19 and for those caring for those with COVID-19.  The invoice would be sent to the organization after the individual(s) test negative for COVID-19 able to return to the United States. 

14. What about travel back to the U.S?

    • There is no required time period for quarantine. As soon as you test negative, you’re free to return to the U.S.
    • We will assist in rebooking your return flight to the U.S. With Avianca, there is no charge to rebook your flight.

 

Where will I stay and what will I eat?
CCM owns and operates all our facilities and vehicles. All of our staff are CCM employees as well. We have two locations – Masaya & Leon. Each location is unique and have a resort-like atmosphere. Our campuses are gated and have 24-hour security. Rooms are air-conditioned, with flushing toilets, showers and fresh water. Each campus has air-conditioned vehicles and work trucks. Additionally, each campus has english-speaking staff and cooks.
The food is exceptional and prepared fresh each day. They do an amazing job offering authentic Nicaraguan food and some American favorites. Rice and beans are offered at most of the meals on campus, but eggs, pancakes, chicken, among other “American” foods, are served as well. Sometimes you work close enough to return to campus for lunch, but if you are working too far away to return the staff will pack sandwiches to take with you. If you have a medical reason for a special diet please have the team leader let our offices know ahead of time.
What is a typical mission trip?
After your team secures a travel date, our project manager will help you select a project that matches your teams gifts and abilities to the long-term needs in our communities. A typical week is as follows:

• Saturday – Arrive in Managua and travel to one of our campuses in Masaya or Leon
• Sunday – Church in one of our 22 church plants. Teams are often asked to bring the message, sing and lead children in Sunday School
• Monday – Thursday – VBS for kids, door-to-door evangelism, construction, sports camps, conferences and more
• Friday – Cultural Day – Choose from Zip Line, Volcano Visit, Boat Ride and more
• Saturday – Travel to Managua and depart for home
What does it cost?
The cost is $650/person for an eight day period. This fee is typically collected by your Team Leader.

What’s Included:
• Lodging at our resort-like facilities
• All ground transportation
• Translators
• Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (excluding soft drinks available for sale in the dining hall)

What’s NOT Included:
• $10 Entrance Fee at the airport as you enter Immigration
• Airfare – typically starts at about $400
• Project Funds – We work with your team leader to identify a project that matches your skills with the needs in our communities. Projects can include construction, feedings, conferences and more.
• Money for your Cultural Day with activities such as zip-lines, volcano tours, boat rides, a day at the beach and souvenir shopping.

Credit cards and US dollars are accepted in Nicaragua but it needs to be either $1 or $5 bills that are clean. New money is the most accepted. Most merchants will not take bills if they have marks on them. Large bills are not taken. There is no reason to bring a lot of money.
Can I sign up as an individual for a trip?
No, not at this time. A typical short-term mission team consists of groups from churches, schools, universities and businesses rather than individuals signing up for a trip.

To use ministry resources most efficiently, Mission Teams should be a minimum of 10 to as many as 200+. We welcome people of all ages – from age 8 and up!
Is it safe?
Nicaragua is rated as the safest country in Central America. The people are very kind and gracious. We have two security guards on duty 24 hours a day on our campuses. Everyone should stay with their team and NEVER walk off by themselves. Most team leaders use a buddy system to make sure that everyone has someone to remind them to stay with the team. It also helps to do a head count each time you get on the bus.
Can I drink the water?
We are fortunate enough to have our own artesian water supply. You can brush your teeth and shower with no worries! Consequently, the staff will have ice water all during the day to offer. We also have an ice machine on campus where you can fill your own water bottle up each day. You will also have cold water available on the work sites.
Many times on the way to job sites, we will stop at gas stations where you can purchase drinks and snacks. Our staff always accompanies the team to make sure you are paying the correct amount.
How does air travel work?
Logistically, it is better for teams to get their own travel. Many airlines offer group rates. This is something that you will want to confirm early in your planning. Teams should fly into the Managua (MGA) airport.
CCM recommend using the travel agency, Group Source. Please contact the office for assistance. Email shawna@chosenchildrenministries.org or call 864-599-0067
What should I wear?
Nicaragua is tropical climate and warm year-round. Believe it or not, long pants and long sleeve shirts made of lightweight material are the best clothes to wear when working.
Most choose to wear:

• Men: basketball shorts and t-shirts- (NO CUT Off T-shirts)
• Women: Shorts that come close to the knee or capris- and t-shirts. NO Tank Tops
•Teams will attend a church service. Men are ok to wear shorts – most men wear khakis and a polo shirt to wear. Women normally wear LONG skirts or capris and a short sleeve shirt (NO TANK TOPS).

We strongly recommend that everyone wear tennis shoes or work boots while working or when you are off campus. On campus it is fine to wear flip flops and most people bring flip flops to wear in the showers.

We also recommend you bring bug spray containing deet.
Do I need a passport and shots?
You must have a passport to travel.

If you do not have a passport- apply now! It can take months to get your passport in.
If you have a passport, check to make sure it is still up to date. Expiration date should be good through duration of trip. (We also recommend the expiration date be 6 months after your return date to the US as travel policies are constantly changing.)

CCM does not require any shots. We do recommend that if you are nervous about what might be needed, check with your physician.
What if I'm under the age of 18?
If you are under the age of 18, you must be accompanied by an adult who will sign our documentation and be responsible for your well-being.

Check out our Quick Start Guide for short-term mission trips