You have questions? We've got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.
How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional group flight is offered – typically from Miami. In some cases a group flight may also depart from Newark, Atlanta, Boston, or Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to the group flight departure city. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets that mimic the group flight itinerary or book separate flight itineraries entirely and make arrangements to meet our staff in Nicaragua. Learn more about our group flights
Where will my teen be sleeping?
We stay in several different kinds of lodgings – ranging from comfortable 3-star hotels to more rustic eco-lodges in the rainforest. Each teen will have their own sleeping accommodations. Our accommodations are typically outside of cities and provide space for teens to relax and explore in a safe environment.
How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim
(counselors), a local tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are posted approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure, and you can expect a staff welcome call in the lead up to summer. Learn more about our staff team
What's the summer weather like?
Nicaragua is a tropical country, but the weather varies greatly from region to region. In the highland areas you can expect cooler weather in the 60s to 70s. Along the lowland coast, the weather is typically in the 80s or even 90s during the day. Finally, July falls within the Nicaragua’s rainy season. What this means is that rain is common, although it’s often brief in the late afternoon or evening.
How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security
What's the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Nicaragua is 25 teens.
What's the food like?
Meals will be either kosher or vegetarian. Some meals will be provided according to the “pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy whatever food they wish with pizur funds. Expect to eat seasoned rice, beans, tropical fruit and veggies, plantains, and much more. Vegetarians will have no problems eating well on the trip.
For more information, check out our general FAQs.