Central America

Nicaragua

The Basics

Currency
Nicaraguan Cordoba
Language
Spanish
Religions
Roman Catholic 59%
Protestant Christian 23%
None 16%
Other 2%

Called “The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes,” thick rainforests, rugged highlands, and beautiful beaches define Nicaragua’s beautiful landscape. Its rich history dates back to the Spanish conquistadores.

However, hopelessness, addiction, destitution, and poverty plague many in Nicaragua.

The poorest nation in Central America, almost 80% of Nicaraguans live on less than $2 a day. One in four Nicaraguans is either starving or suffering from malnutrition. Entire families live on and scrounge for scraps in city dumps.

The people of Nicaragua need to know they are seen, loved, and not forgotten by God. Will you share this life-changing truth with them?

Culture
Shaking hands is the customary greeting in business settings in Nicaragua. In casual settings, people may greet each other with a hug and kiss, but foreigners are not expected to do this.

Punctuality is not highly valued in Nicaragua, and most people will often be late by a half hour or more.

Nicaragua has a very traditional culture. Women need to dress very modestly and not hold extended eye contact with men. Christians don’t drink, smoke, use profanity, innuendos, or engage in PDA.
Explore
Take a wild sandboard excursion down Cerro Negro Volcano.

Go explore Ometepe Island in southwest Nicaragua.

Spend a day exploring the colonial-era city of Granada. Get a taste for the rich culture and beauty of Nicaragua by trying premium Nicaraguan chocolate at the chocolate museum, going shopping in the local markets, and visiting historical sites.

For a relaxing day off, spend a day on the beach—on either the Atlantic or the Pacific ocean.

Go ziplining over Mombacho Volcano in Granada!

Strategic Partners

REAP Granada serves as our base in Nicaragua which works to build relationships with locals and host and disciple teams that come through. REAP Granada focuses on discipleship and relationship in local neighborhoods. They use different “touch points” as ways to build valuable relationships in the community which include sports leagues, jail ministry, Bible studies, hospital visits, working on farms and at the local community center. Teams will participate in these activities and help cultivate a strong, sustainable community by integrating faith into every aspect of life.

Meet Cicrin Ministry and the daily host Helen! Cicrin is both a children’s home and a school. Helen has worked with the children of Nicaragua for many years. Her vision is to support the children on the island of Ometepe through providing for their basic needs and education. The teams who join Cicrin live on the base and help with various activities and programs.

Palacaguina Christian Academy is a bilingual Christian school nestled in a small, green mountainside, on the northeast side of Palacaguina, Nicaragua. As the only bilingual school in the region, PCA prepares their students for better employment and opportunities for the future. Palacaguina Christian Academy is also home to a library and serves the community through events, Bible studies, and college courses.

Meet Tara and her husband, Alex! Tara and Alex run a supplementary education program for boys in their mountain town. The goal of the program is to disciple, train, and empower young Nicaraguans to break their cycle of mental, spiritual, and physical poverty. The program includes Bible study, devotionals, prayer, breakfast and lunch, computer skills, homework tutoring, educational activities, fine arts, educational field trips, sports, poverty relief missions, morals and ethical mentorship, and more.

On the Ground

Posts from racers on the ground in Nicaragua

Upcoming Nicaragua Trips

These trips help make a difference in this country by serving alongside local ministries. You can join them!

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