When: June 21 - 29, 2014

Where: Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

Who: Primary Medicine & Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapists, Nurses, Logistics (non-medical helpers).  This is a wonderful family trip.  It also is a great opportunity for both pre-professional undergraduate and professional students.

Status: Accepting Applications

Special Travel Announcement: Unless you are instructed by GHO or your team leader, do not book your own travel. Please email ghotravel@cmda.org prior to the ticket purchase if you want to use frequent flyer miles and/or want your number added to the ticket.

Project Fee: $1,420 plus international airfare (subject to change) plus $15 per hour for up to 7 hours CME/CDE (if applicable)  Click here for more information on CME/CDE

Team Leader: David Johnson

To read David's biography, Click Here.

Trip Details: This will be GHO’s seventh trip to the beautiful volcanic island of Ometepe, which is surrounded by Lake Nicaragua.  Our week long clinic will be held in a rural school. Our team will partner with local pastors (about two dozen local evangelical churches) in sharing both the love of Christ and the Word of God to these precious, needy people.

The relationship between the GHO Team and these pastors has grown deeper with each year. We enjoy times of sharing and worshiping with them.  We will have a time of ministry both to the pastors and to the pastor’s wives during the clinic week.  This ministry is a very special one and the relationship between the GHO team and these faithful pastors is very precious indeed.

We will have the assistance of GHO's resources in Nicaragua which include GHO Central America Director, Rolando Castillo and his staff, as well as some medical and dental equipment.  Our lodging will be comfortable Lakeside accommodations. The team will be fed and watered well!

We expect to provide a broad range of services including the usual public health education, an eye clinic with the single vision prescription glasses as well as sunglasses and non-prescription readers (using the "eye doc in a box" method).  We also will have a morning childrens' ministry at the clinic and afternoon Vacation Bible School at a nearby church.  If interested in more information, please email me at dandhjohnson@harlanonline.net.

Country Information: Nicaragua is the second poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.  It has widespread unemployment and about 20% inflation.  About half of all Nicaraguans live below the poverty line.

Ometepe is an island formed by two volcanoes rising from Lake Nicaragua in the Republic of Nicaragua.  It is the largest lake in Central America and the 21st largest lake in the world.  The two volcanoes, Concepcion and Maderas, are joined by a low isthmus to form one island in the shape of an hourglass.

The island has a population of about 42,000 with an economy based on livestock, agriculture and tourism. Plantains are the major crop.  The island of Ometepe harbors large populations of the White-faced Capuchin and Mantled Howler monkey.

Vaccination Information: Wondering what immunizations you’ll need for the mission trip? Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control website.