Past Trips

Nicaragua – Ometepe, March 2017

Who Went?

Over 70 adults & students, men & women, first-timers & returners on three back-to-back-to-back trips.  The teams served at the CICRIN children’s refuge center and school, the ADios social enterprise farm, and within the local community.  

What did they do?

  • Ceramic floor tiling of ‘Main Street’ in the area of the new office building at CICRIN.
  • Construction of a new access to the expanded boys’ dorm room at CICRIN.
  • Digging for and construction of a new septic tank to support the expansion of the CICRIN school.
  • Classroom teaching on anatomy in both English and Spanish at the CICRIN school.  
  • Various beatification and safety improvements within the CICRIN campus including new solar lights and rope fences.  
  • Restocking of donated clothes for the CICRIN community store which services the local community as an outreach and helps support operations while providing business experience and education for CICRIN children.
  • Phase 2 construction and stabilization of an access road to the lake for ADios’ Social Enterprise Farm project in the local town of Esquipulas.
  • Expansion of the ADios farm from 9,000 to 11,000 plantain trees.
  • Installation of a concrete floor in the home of Hellen, CICRIN’s Director.
  • VBS programs both on and off the Island in the communities of La Flor, San Jose and San Jorge, including visits to homes of elderly and infirmed local residents selected by our partner churches.

Nicaragua – Ometepe, March 2016

Who Went?

Close to 70 adults & students, men & women, first-timers & returners on two back-to-back trips.  The teams served at the CICRIN children’s refuge center and school and within the local community.

What did they do?

  • Construction and stabilization of an access road to the lake and construction of an irrigation system for ADios’ Social Enterprise Farm project in the local town of Esquipulas.
  • Erosion control project at CICRIN to protect the laundry area from flooding, and project to fortify and improve the aesthetics of other drainage areas by planting drought-resistant grass.
  • Construction of a large section of new concrete along ‘Main Street’ outside of CICRIN’s new office building, which was previously damaged by earthquake.
  • Installation of fans in the boys’ dorm, and replacement of damaged ceramic floor tile in the common eating area at CICRIN.
  • Restocking of donated clothes for the CICRIN community store which services the local community as an outreach and helps support operations while providing business experience and education for CICRIN children.
  • Installation of a concrete floor in the home of Angelita, a 71-year young lady with a heart for God and for serving others, through an innovative community service partnership with Angelita’s adult children.
  • VBS programs both on and off the Island, including visits to homes of elderly and infirmed local residents selected by our partner church.

Nicaragua – Ometepe, March 2015

Who Went?

More than 50 adults & students from the greater Portland area

What did they do?

  • Erosion control projects at CICRIN orphanage, reshaping and fortifying drainage areas and planting drought-resistant grass.
  • Worked on office replacement and repairing boys’ dorm damage as well as made improvements to girls’ dorm
  • Construction of a community store which will service the greater Ometepe community as an outreach
  • VBS at a local school for the deaf, as well as two other VBS programs in other communities on the island

Students who attended the trip had this to say about their experience:

‘I can’t begin to put into words how incredible this trip has been for me. I had never done anything like this, and it was such a fulfilling experience. The pure happiness and joy in the children was so evident and it set an example for me. Their faith is so humbling. I’ll never forget the excitement in their eyes when we arrived. They were waiting to greet me with a hug and a smile – even though they didn’t know me. I’m praying that the memories don’t fade and that I’ll be able to follow the example of the people in Nicaragua. This experience has meant so much more to me than I ever thought it would.’

‘I’ll forever remember the look on the boy’s faces when they peeked into the boys’ dorm bathrooms and saw us filling the walls. It’s so amazing that a simple fix like that could mean so much! The memories I shared with everyone on this trip are memories I will never forget!’

‘I wish more people could experience what I have experienced. This trip means so much to me, and as long as I live, I will never forget it.’

 

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Featured on Keepmecurrent.com:  “Students Lend Hands, Hearts to Nicaraguan Orphanage” (April 1, 2015)

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Featured in The Root Cellar newsletter (May 2015)

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Nicaragua – Ometepe, March 2012

Featured on KeepMECurrent.com, Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Evon Li, a junior at Scarborough High School, was one of 11 Scarborough students to travel to Nicaragua with ADios Ministries, a nonprofit aid group. Samantha Albert, another student in the group, snapped this photo.

Evon Li, a junior at Scarborough High School, was one of 11 Scarborough students to travel to Nicaragua with ADios Ministries, a nonprofit aid group. Samantha Albert, another student in the group, snapped this photo.

SCARBOROUGH – Oftentimes the most important lessons do not involve a lecture or a test. These lessons come in classrooms that do not have four walls and are not given by a single teacher.

For a group of 11 Scarborough High School students, the last week and a half has been one of those lessons, in the form of a mission trip to Nicaragua. While not run by the school, the trip was spread through it, especially within Spanish classrooms. These 11 high school students were part of a 32-person, nine-day trip.

The trip was run by ADios Ministries (it is a play on words – A Dios, when translated to English, means “To God”), which is a nonprofit organization that has been bringing teams to Nicaragua for about 10 years. The group has developed and sponsored tutoring for children and life skills training for teenagers, and also helped sponsor seven orphans and children of impoverished families in universities… CONTINUE READING


Nicaragua – Ometepe, April 2011


Nicaragua – Campo Alegria, April 2010