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Whether you are interested in a short term trip with your church, or a 3-12 month internship; we have the facilities, expertise, and volunteer opportunities to make your trip a once in a lifetime experience.
For over forty years Sandy Britnell, and Children of Destiny Nicargua have been helping people fulfill their God-given call to the nations. We are committed to serving God's people and helping them to do God's work and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world.
We appreciate your interest in CODN and are excited about your passion to advance the gospel! As you take this next important step towards Christian service we will be praying with you. This team packet will help us get to know you better and assist us in making your trip one that will be safe and purposeful.
Q: What is the max team size I can bring?
Q: Is there WI-FI available on site in Jinotega?
Q: Can CODN provide translators for teams?
A: Yes! We will coordinate a proper ratio of translators as needed for visiting teams
Q: Do I need any special shots or vaccinations before coming?
A: No. Check with the CDC website and your local healthcare provider for recommendations, but Nicaraga and CODN do not currently require any shots.
Q: Can I post pictures of the kids on the internet/social media?
A: No. In order to comply with Government and social service policies no pictures/video of the children are permitted to be posted online. Feel free to take pictures to remember your trip and share those with friends/family/churches locally, just not online.
Q: What do teams do?
A: The two main goals of teams that come to CODN are,
1. To expose those coming on the team to international missions and to connect with the local church to serve surrounding communities.
2. To expose those coming on the team to CODN to connect with the children and to build a relationship that will result in long term partnership and support.
Q: Can I use US dollars in Nicaragua?
A: Yes. Bills over $20 are not recommended and may not be accepted by all vendors.
Q: Can I use a credit/debit card in Nicaragua?
A: Generally yes but you need to contact your bank/card issuer prior to international travel to unlock your card for international use. Please note that there is sometimes a service fee associated with using a card overseas. Ask your financial institution for details before traveling.
Q: Can the children from CODN be adopted?
A: Yes! You would need to contact an adoption agency for all questions and guidance. CODN has no role in the adoption process.
Q: Where will our team stay during our visit?
A: CODN has a comfortable team house on the property for teams and visitors.
Q: What do volunteers do?
A: Volunteers mainly serve by working shifts caring for the children in the orphanage. You will be filling in gaps in the schedule when our full time employees take of for vacation, sick days, etc… Volunteers can also serve in other capacities depending on your abilities such as, teaching English class, teaching music class, maintenance, farming, driving, etc...
Q: How long can I volunteer for?
A: Anywhere from three months to one year. We do not accept volunteers for less than three months.
Q: Where will I be staying as a volunteer?
A: CODN has private volunteer quarters with it’s own bathroom.