SPARK VENTURES NICARAGUA LEADERSHIP JOURNEY

CULTURALLY EMPOWERING, MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL AND FOCUSED ON LASTING IMPACT

Join an exclusive group of Spark VIPs to visit the Spark Ventures partnership in Nicaragua. Whether you are returning or a first time Nicaragua traveler, you’ll engage with local leaders, collaborate with the Las Tias programs, enjoy Nicaraguan cuisine and explore the natural beauty of this vibrant country.

November 20-24, 2019

 
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COST: $2,250   //   Experience includes all in-country meals, lodging (assuming double occupancy - single room upgrade available for $400), transportation, activities and primary trip excursions. Fee does not include cost of international flights.

connect, inspire & transform during 5 unforgettable days

DAY 1  //  WEDNESDAY

Ignite staff will greet you at Managua International Airport (MGA). From there, travel through scenic countryside to León, where you will check-in to your boutique accommodations. Enjoy cocktails at sunset on the Pacific and get to know your traveling companions over a delicious beach-front dinner.

DAY 2  //  THURSDAY

Begin your adventure in earnest this morning with a guided walking tour through the market and community centers of our community partner, Las Tías. Enjoy a lively welcome program with cultural dancing and performances by the students. Engage in English language games and other activities with the students. Serve and eat lunch at the center with your new friends. In the afternoon hike an active volcano with the option to volcano board to the bottom (depending on weather) - or enjoy a tour and tasting at Flor de Cana's Rum Factory. Close out the day with dinner at top-rated restaurant.

DAY 3  //  FRIDAY

The morning activities include an additional youth project at one of the community centers and a visit to meet the family of one of the students. Debrief over lunch, enjoy some free time to explore León, and then prepare for one of the best nights of the trip. The Las Tías leadership team will host our group for a traditional Nicaraguan feast, complete with music and dancing.

DAY 4  //  SATURDAY

Check out of your León hotel and transfer via private bus to Granada. Along the way, there's a quick shopping opportunity at the Masaya Craft Market where you can pick up a few artisanal souvenirs made by the indigenous community. Lunch at a coffee farm and a light hike around the Mombacho crater should still leave you with a few hours to explore Granada, a picturesque city filled with historic landmarks. Toast to your new friendships with a final group dinner.

DAY 5  //  SUNDAY

Check out of your Granada hotel and Ignite staff will facilitate your private transportation to the Managua International Airport (MGA) in time to catch your flight home.


Book your round trip flights to Managua, Nicaragua (MGA) to arrive Wednesday no later than 12:30pm and depart on Sunday (2:30pm or later) based on your specific trip dates. Feel free to contact Dominyka for sample flight itineraries or recommended routes. Considering arriving early or extending your trip? Contact Dominyka and we'll share some great suggestions with you.


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Accommodations

Enjoy your stay in a boutique Nicaraguan hotel that balances local flavor with comfortable amenities.

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our community partner

Association Las Tías was started by eight women after the revolution and subsequent Contra Wars swept the nation in the 70's and 80's and left thousands of children homeless. They began reaching out to these children to provide shelter, education and health with what little they had. Today, they have two thriving community centers that provide meals, education, health care, job skills training and micro-loans to the local community.

 

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THE FINE PRINT

Registration ends 1 month before experience start date or as soon as the experience is registered in full. We encourage you to register as early as possible to ensure that you have plenty of time for preparations. Our experiences fill up quickly. Save your spot on any of our upcoming experiences by putting down a $250 deposit today. Ignite reserves the right to cancel experiences with less than 6 confirmed individuals. If the experience does not reach this threshold we will either refund your experience fee or credit it to a future journey. We recommend not booking your flights until the journey has been confirmed.

What is included in the fee? The experience fee includes all in-country expenses including airport transport, meals, lodging, in-country transportation & transfers, core activities and excursions, plus a philanthropic contribution to our local partner organization, Las Tias. The experience is priced assuming double occupancy. Want your own room? Option for $400 upgrade included at check-out.

What is not included in the fee? The fee does not include the cost of your international flight (arriving and departing from - Managua International Airport - MGA).