This depends on the trip. The Compassion trips will stay in Chinandega and work with Amigos For Christ. Amigos For Christ is a nonprofit organization that facilitates water, health, education, and economic development in rural Nicaraguan communities.
Because when a lot of us GO, God shows up…and we want to continue to see what happens when we allow God to lead us. Crossroads is developing partnerships in Nicaragua to bring about transformative change, and we want to throw some fuel on that fire. There is no better way than sending people to work alongside these partners and give them a boost in their efforts to help those who are hurting.
Depends on the trip. Some of the trips will require you to be an active Compassion International sponsor of a child in Nicaragua. Check crossroadsgo.net for trip specific requirements.
$1,750. This covers your flight, room and board, work supplies and activities. Meals at the airport, vaccinations, passport fees (If you need one or renewal) and souvenirs are not covered.
Join the club, we have a handshake. Close to 90% of people who have been on a GO Trip with us didn’t have the funds sitting in their bank account or stuffed in a mattress, but nearly everyone raised the funds. Don’t let money stop you. Raising money is actually a very cool part of this experience. We’ll talk a lot more about the financial stuff and help you generate ideas for how to raise funds. We also have an awesome website that helps with this process, and a little faith goes a long way. Have some and see what happens.
A non-refundable deposit is required before you are considered for this trip. Once your application has been submitted, you will be receiving a confirmation email with a link and directions on how to submit your non-refundable deposit via credit card or ACH. Cash, checks and money orders are not accepted.
Go to crossroadsGO.net and fill out an application no later than the posted deadline. We’ll ask you all kinds of questions like if you’re part of a group, who you’d like as your roommate, if you smell and so on. To complete your application, you will need to pay your non-refundable deposit. Applications are not complete until the deposit is received. *All applicants will be contacted once the application is received to confirm their trip participation.
Sign ups will occur on a first come first served basis. Once the trip has reached its maximum number, sign-ups will automatically close and applications will no longer be accepted for that trip. There will be no lottery.
Depends, anything from digging a ditch, building a school or loving on and encouraging people in the community.
While we hope to have jobs for all skill sets, ages and 5k times, please know that the trip can be exhausting. We will be on our feet a lot, getting up early, climbing in and out of big buses, and the 5 or so hours in a plane is an obstacle we can’t change. If you have concerns about your physical situation, please talk to us. We want everyone to GO, but if you ignore your physical limitations up front, you could end up being miserable.
Yes! We are setting one day aside for smaller groups to go and visit a Compassion Child Development center. There we will get a chance to see what a day looks like for the 46,000 kids that Compassion serves in Nicaragua. In the afternoon we will then actually meet up with your sponsored child. How sweet is that?! Don’t worry, Compassion will also have translators on site to help comprende Español. (Aka, understand Spanish.)
Depends on the trip but just know that you’ll get a chance to maybe climb an active volcano or see the Pacific Ocean.
Not unless you want to. This trip is for everyone, regardless of where you are on your spiritual journey. But you will be challenged and have a ton of opportunity to grow.
We’ll be flying either Delta or United airlines. Typically, there’s only one layover in either Atlanta or Miami.
Nope. We are taking this trip as one group with one mission. And that means we work together, eat together and travel in the back of the plane together. Because of the complexities of getting groups of people to the other side of the world, all of our travel plans are centrally booked (Thank God for travel agents). You may however, earn thousands of miles for your flights. So that’s kinda cool.
Where you stay is trip specific and you will get more info in the pre-trip meetings. You’ll have access to the basic, familiar stuff—cold showers, beds, food. We will eat breakfast and dinner together.
Traveling abroad is different than in the U.S. Certain risks and hazards exist. Traveling and staying in groups is the best protection. We will always travel in groups, and we will always have people who speak the many languages (English is common). You’ll probably need to get some standard shots (that’s up to you and your doctor), and we’ll have plenty of purified water available.
We will have a series of meetings leading up to the trip, where you will learn more about Nicaragua, learn more about what we are doing, meet others who are going and just have a good time. Out-of-town people will have a GO Group Leader assigned to keep them in the loop via email so they don’t have to keep coming to the ‘Nati.
If you want to take a vacation to Nicaragua, then we encourage you to do so. It’s beautiful. That being said, this is not that trip. Deciding to go with us means you want to be a part of a mission to change the world. In pursuit of that group goal, however, you may not get to do everything you want to do in the way you like to do things. It’s a part of submitting to something bigger than yourself. But if you GO, we promise an incredible experience! We can do more together than we can as individuals.