HEALTH & SAFETY: WHILE IN NICARAGUA
Drinking Water & Staying healthy - We want you to stay super healthy here, but as you
know, traveler's diarrhea is common as your body adjusts to new water and foods.
- Having a water bottle and drinking a lot throughout the day is very important. The average daily temperature is in the high 80’s-90’s year round. Please keep hydrated!
- Having Pepto-Bismol (in tablets) is easy to pop for an upset stomach. Some doctors
suggest taking these daily as preventive measures. So bring them along and take them
regularly if desired.
- Tums can ease heartburn from greasy foods (which there are a lot of here!)
- Imodium or Loperamide can be helpful for traveler' s diarrhea only if necessary. Stops
you up for traveling, but not recommended to get the bug out of you.
- Optional: Ask your doctor for a prescription (prescription dependent on country medical system) of Ciprofloxacin 500 mg (two pills for three days). It's an antibiotic to kill bacteria if you are having traveler's diarrhea that is not controlled by Loperamide.
- As more natural, preventative methods:
- Pro-Biotics! Take them as a preventative to add good bacteria to your system.
- Grapefruit Seed Extract. This helps to kill bad bacteria.
- Tylenol for headaches/body aches from traveling.
- Bring a small hand sanitizer to use after the restroom and before meals as water to wash hands is often limited
- Of course bring any important meds with you that you'll need!
- Important - Please let us know how are you doing and if you are not feeling well. We can make suggestions and find remedies. Be honest and have no shame! In the event of an emergency, there is a hospital that we know, trust, and use for our own family.
• Toilet paper - all toilet paper gets thrown in trash cans!!
- No toilet paper EVER goes into the toilet. Septic systems and pipes are sensitive and cannot handle toilet paper. Something you'll have to get used to (or at least deal with).
- For latrines, if there is a box or a bag in the latrine than throw your paper there, otherwise you can throw that into the latrine.
Being aware of your surroundings - Being in a new country is exciting and there is A LOT to look at.
- Nicaragua is generally a safe country but always stay with the group.
- Keep your things (camera, backpack, purse) near you or on your lap at all times. We'll keep you as safe as possible but, it's best to use common sense!!
- TRASH - it's everywhere and may surprise you; it's the reality of a developing country.
- Women- men will often catcall, whistle, stare, call out names. Just ignore them and walk on. Do not respond in anyway as it just encourages more.
DON'T GIVE MONEY to people who are begging. People will ask you, children too! It is something we have to deal with regularly.
NOTE: Paternalistic views of the North are commonplace in Nicaragua. Be aware that, if asked, you are here only to learn and that you are not bringing money for their project. We support people in other ways through our work. This view also exists in the church and in organizations as a whole.
It is not recommended to get out your wallet and hand over some money; you're putting yourself at a greater risk for theft. We can have discussions about this when you're here is you want.