We at CdA understand the importance of world travel and are excited to offer sponsors and volunteers the opportunity to visit our community in Jinotega. Whether you intend to have a leisurely vacation, meet your sponsored student, or work at our community center, we encourage you to make the most of your time in Nicaragua.
While CdA does not make travel arrangements, we do offer our experience for your reference. Please contact us with any specific questions you may have.
Fly into Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (code: MGA) in Managua, the capital city, then take transportation 3 hours north to Jinotega. We can arrange for someone to meet you at the airport and help you onto the bus northbound. We will then have someone meet you at the bus station in Jinotega, and, finally, deliver you to our community center. We also have a trusted driver that can transport up to three individuals from the airport directly to our facility via truck. Cost is approximately US $100. (Pricing subject to change.)
We are happy to provide lodging for you at our center. We can accommodate groups of up to 9 people and will gladly work with you to figure out your housing needs.
Cost: US $25/night per person and includes:
- Comfortable bed with linens
- Healthy, authentic breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Clean, filtered water
- Housekeeping, including clothes laundry service
- Indoor toilet and hot shower
- Computer use and internet connection at our community computer lab (Wifi available)
- 24-hour security
For very large groups or for those who prefer other lodging opportunities, we can help coordinate your stay at a local hotel. These range from $35-$75 per night.
Spanish is the primary language spoken in Nicaragua. Obviously, some Spanish will help your travels, but this is an adventure and, remember, a smile goes a long way! While it is not necessary, it may be useful to take a semester of beginning Spanish at your local community college or on the web.
Local attractions include:
- Petroglyphs in Chaguitillo
- Selva Negra, ecological reserve
- Visit Ceramica Negra studios and learn to make this traditional ceramic art
- Hike up to Peña de La Cruz, the hill with a large cross on it
We see value in giving service to others and highly encourage volunteerism at our community center. Because the critical aspects of our program are directed by local employees, volunteers have the opportunity to gear their work to their personal strengths. Unlike other programs that mandate you donate a specific amount of money, we build projects around the funding you are able to raise before your visit. Please contact us for specifics. Projects that are in the works include:
Arts and crafts with students
Photography for official use by CdA
Small business development
English language classes for local community
Public and personal health presentations
Please consult your physician before traveling internationally. He or she can give you the appropriate information for remaining well during your visit and council you on which vaccinations you’ll need. You may also find more information on the U.S. Center for Disease Control website.
CdA does not take responsibility for U.S. citizens traveling in Nicaragua. Please contact the U.S Embassy in Managua in case of emergency. We encourage you to follow their guidelines when traveling in-country.
For further information, please see visit the U.S. Department of State’s site for traveling abroad. Here you will find suggestions about (although not limited to) medical and traveling insurance, passport data, and customs restrictions.