Bluefields, Nicaragua

Bluefields, Nicaragua

The east coast of Nicaragua is the poorest area of an already poor country. Here, Dr. Bernardeth Kelly-Bent and Pastor Adrián Bobb provide public health and medical services as well as spiritual and pastoral education. They founded Tabitha’s House Bluefields, a nonprofit organization that operates a feeding program for children in impoverished neighborhoods, providing lunch, healthcare, and family support to about 160 children. In addition, they have opened a house for girls and another for boys who have been orphaned or abused. The Bobb-Kellys work with the Moravian Church, an RCA mission partner. 

Opportunity type: 
Volunteer opportunities: 

The Bobb-Kellys invite groups to support their ministry in the areas of construction and maintenance, teaching, and medical work. There are many ways to get involved, based on the skills a group brings. Volunteers will learn about the culture and lifestyle in Bluefields and build relationships with local people, including children and youth who participate in the ministry's programs.


In Bluefields, groups will stay at a local guesthouse, where meals are provided. When visiting communities along the river, groups may stay in a school or community building. 

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Cost notes: 

Expect to pay a daily room and board fee of $55 per person. There may be a materials fee, depending on projects. Additional costs include flights, a hotel stay in Managua, and optional tours.

Nearest airport: 

Bluefields is reachable by air only by a small domestic flight from Managua. Groups will arrive in Managua in the evening, then take the earliest flight to Bluefields the next day. Pastor Adrián will assist with these arrangements.

Contact information: 

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Stephanie Soderstrom

Coordinator for Volunteer Engagement

Molly Towne

Volunteer Placement Specialist

Erika Spykman

Administrative Assistant

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