ISLA Semana Santa 2014 – Nicaragua

Location: Nicaragua

Dates: 4/14/14 – 4/20/14 (Surf trip through 4/24/14, Additional Cost)         

Cost: Airfare + Food and Housing Expense ($350.00)*

isla flyer Nicaragua

Get excited for another exciting Semana Santa in Nicaragua!  Semana Santa in Nicaragua is a national holiday celebration traditionally associated with massive beach crowds, dangerous surf and ocean conditions, and multiple drowning events. This year we will be working alongside the Nicaraguan Red Cross on a Volunteer Lifeguard Mission during the holiday weekend.  During the volunteer Lifeguard Mission, both Nicaraguan guards and ISLA guards will live, share, and learn lifesaving techniques together!


Prior to lifeguarding with the Red Cross the team will have the opportunity to explore Granada together, exploring the lake Nicaragua Islands and touring the local volcanoes.  After Semana Santa, members of the team will be traveling to Playa Popoyo to surf their hearts out for a few days!  This is a great opportunity to visit a new place, meet incredible new friends, and share special skills that will help protect lives!

  • There is no language requirement for this project, although Lifeguards who are bilingual (Spanish) and have training experience will be given priority in the application process.
  • Paramedics, EMT’s, RN’s, Medical Students, Resident and Attending Physicians are also invited to apply to serve in a mobile medical tent on the beach.  Clinical Personnel operate under the medical direction of Justin Sempsrott, MD according to your level of certification. You must possess valid licensure in the state in which you operate and be currently employed in your licensed field. Upon receiving your application, you will be contacted by Dr Sempsrott for additional copies of your licensure and a letter of good standing from your employer.
  • We are also looking for research assistants on both projects to assist Dr Justin Sempsrott with data collection on the lifeguard and medical team interventions during Semana Santa for later publication and presentation at scientific meetings. The research assistant would be based at the beach with the lifeguards and the medical team. Research experience is not required and there is potential for co-authorship depending on the degree of involvement. After submitting your application, you will be contacted by Dr Sempsrott for a telephone interview.


Tentative Project Itinerary

4/14/14: Arrive in Managua

4/14-15/14:  Tour Granada

4/16/14:  Travel to Beaches

4/17/14 -4/19/14:  Lifeguard with Nicaraguan Red Cross, daily train gin sessions

4/20/14: Lifeguard ½ day, Travel to Managua for departure or Popoyo to surf

4/21/14-4/24/14: ISLA Surf Trip, Popoyo (Additional Cost)


*Trip Cost: Each volunteer will be responsible for their own airfare to Managua ($500 – $750 from Los Angeles) and $350.00 that will cover housing, food, ground transport, uniform, and equipment donations for the project.  Housing and Touring in Granada is covered with this fee, the Surf trip to Popoyo is an additional cost.


Pre-Project Schedule

2/1/14:                  Semana Santa Applications Close

2/8/14:                  Selected Volunteers Notified

3/1/14:                  $350 non-refundable Project Expense and airfare purchase due


 If you would like to donate a buoy to this project, click here!

Any questions about this project can be directed to:


This project is being coordinated in partnership with our friends from

 Lifeguards Without Borders.