Nicaragua Medical Expedition

Study Medical science & Public Health in Nicaragua

Consider extending your trip with our A Taste of Nicaragua itinerary to explore the famous Corn Islands, stay in a bungalow on the beach and snorkel the untouched reefs offshore!

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Sojourn – Gain a better understanding of the community you’re visiting. Learn about different religions or spiritual practices. How do these impact the communities? How does religion or spirituality influence local traditions?

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Savor – Will you choose sweet or savory? Take the time to visit local markets and discover unique local ingredients. Learn how to prepare traditional meals & local favorites.

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Tip of the Tongue – Each morning, take the time to learn a few basic greetings and phrases in the local language. Learn how to write greetings & your name in the local script.

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A Wrinkle in Time – History influences our present. Discover the history of the country you visit. Hear the stories of your guides & their family history. Where do they come from?

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Journal Journeys – Take some time to reflect on the day’s events and document your journey. Spend a moment journaling about the day had & day ahead. These are memories for a lifetime!

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Culture – From local dances, festivals, or simple gestures to communicate – all of these make up a country’s culture. Learn and practice cultural norms & how to show respect in the culture you visit.

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You and the team will fly into the Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica. You will stay the night in San Jose prior to your day of travel up to the Indio Maiz Natural Reserve in Nicaragua! You’ll spend the evening getting acquainted with your group and doing a quick orientation.

Wake up early for breakfast at your hotel in San Jose then meet your bus outside that will transfer you up to the Costa Rica – Nicaragua border. After crossing the border, get ready for an adventure as you board small motor boats to travel up the Rio San Juan River.

Upon arrival to the Rio Indio Lodge, drop off your belongings in your room and explore the grounds with your group. Staying in this eco-friendly lodge will truly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you and the team.

Wake up to breakfast provided to you at the lodge, then ride up the river each day to work in town to help offset the overload of patients from the continual growth in this area. You will be serving communities in Bluefields, Nicaragua. In clinic, you will focus on health education and acute medical and dental care. You will see many patients for wound care, respiratory infections, and fungal infections. Rotavirus, giardiasis, ascariasis, and other infectious diseases are also common.

After closing clinic, depart back to the lodge for dinner and wildlife spotting. Keep an eye out for the area’s “pet” crocodile.

Enjoy breakfast at the lodge for one more morning and then pack your things to head back to Costa Rica. Upon arrival in San Jose, you and the team will stay in a hotel near the airport so you’re nearby for your departing flight the following day. Take advantage of your overnight in San Jose and venture into the city to experience the nightlife in town.

Enjoy an early morning breakfast before departing home. If you have time, be sure to venture into San Jose to visit the lively local area.

¡Bienvenido a Nicaragua!!

After landing in vibrant Costa Rica, you will be transported by boat to Nicaragua’s tropical rainforest region. You will be staying in one of the most ecologically diverse environments of the world. The medical team will travel to the Rama Indian tribes and other nearby communities to set up clinics. Each morning the team will venture out on guided boats, traveling on rivers famous for world-class fishing, to reach these nearby large communities as well as the more isolated locations throughout the rainforest. Your group will be staying in a state of the art, exclusive lodge, where private cottages are connected via bridged paths that wind through the Amazon rainforest.

The growth in the Bluefields area has expanded beyond the ability of the medical structure to care for their patients. In partnership with International Medical Relief, we work in town to help offset the overload of patients from the continual growth in this area. The Rama, considered to be the “Guardians of the Forest,” do not generally have the means to travel extensive distances to seek the limited health care typically offered in this area. Your patients will paddle for many hours against the current to come to clinic or to return to their homes after being seen. Our focus on this expedition is on health education and acute medical and dental care to serve your patients well: you will see many for wound care, respiratory infections, and fungal infections. Rotavirus, giardiasis, ascariasis, and other infectious diseases are common, much of which can be prevented through your group’s focus on preventing disease with education.


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