Nicaragua Project Information
Since 2009, ISLA has been heavily involved with working with the Nicaraguan government, its people, and the Nicaraguan Red Cross to work with the country in developing a more sustainable lifeguard operation. Each year, ISLA sends teams to the country to volunteer, provide training, and supply necessary equipment..
Starting in 2012, ISLA’s began to implement its second of a three phase operation by implementing an annual 3-day intensive training course for a diverse range of Nicaraguan trainees. This group included civil service members, Red Cross lifeguard volunteers, and members from non-governmental agencies from across the country. The graduates of this program have been able to take their newly acquired skills, expertise and supplies to areas all over the country. The outcome has been a visibly drastic decrease in drownings in Nicaragua.
ISLA will continue its three part operation to the country and people of Nicaragua until they have a sustainable operating lifeguard program for their people.
2015 | Nicaragua, Easter (Semana Santa)
Dates: March 30 – April 6, 2015
Project Description: This year marks the 7th ISLA project in Nicaragua! Highlights of the exchange include a city exploration of Managua, Granada, Playa Popoyo, lifeguard training and lifeguarding during the wild holiday of Easter (Semana Santa), enjoying the Tonas, plantains, and queso seco, and touring the lake Nicaragua Islands and local volcanos!
2014 | Nicaragua, Easter (Semana Santa)
Dates: April 17-20, 2014
ISLA and Lifeguards without Borders sent a team of 10 volunteer lifeguards to the beaches of Nicaragua during the Easter Holiday. The team provided rescue equipment and assisted the Nicaragua Read Cross (NRC) in guarding the beaches of Jiquililo and Pase el Cabello. Before the holiday, the team explored the beautiful city of Granada, toured the lake Nicaragua Islands and checked out the local volcanoes. After the holiday, the team traveled to Playa Popoyo to surf their hearts out. This trip was a great opportunity to visit a new place, meet incredible new friends, and share special skills that will help protect lives!
2013 | Nicaragua, Easter (Semana Santa)
Dates: March 24-April 1, 2013
6 ISLA volunteers patroled the beaches of Nicaragua alongside the Nicaraguan Red Cross / Red Crescent during the Easter Holiday. As part of an initiative to minimize deaths and injuries caused by drowning, ISLA taught lifesaving techniques, provided lifesaving equipment, and patrolled the beaches alongside the Nicaraguan Red Cross/Red Crescent.
2012 | Easter (Semana Santa)
Dates: March/April, 2012
ISLA sent 17 volunteer lifeguards to conduct a Open Water Rescue Course in El Transito, Nicaragua. The participants in the first ever ISLA Open Water Lifeguard Course were the best volunteer lifeguards from Nicaraguan Red Cross/Red Crescent. The course included a First Aid and CPR practical exam, physical instruction, written test, and a non-buoy and buoy rescue practical exam. 25 lifeguard trainees completed the rigorous training course and received Basic ISLA Lifeguard Certification. After the training courses, ISLA volunteers traveled to the beaches of Poneloya, Jiquilillo, and El Transito to patrol alongside the newly trained volunteer lifeguards for the Easter Holiday, Semana Santa.