“Love One Another” Mission To Nicaragua Week 5 – Maple Valley Team

February 18th, 2018

Date(s) - February 18, 2018 - February 25, 2018

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“Love One Another” Mission To Nicaragua Week 5 – Maple Valley Team

February 18-25

Trip Description

Calling all amigos – nuevos y viejos – from our old stomping grounds of Maple Valley, WA! This trip is open to volunteers from the community of Maple Valley and environs, where Corner of Love was born! Anyone residing in the Maple Valley-Renton-Bellevue-Issaquah-Sammamish area, and those connected to Week 5 participants, Stephanie Kenitzer (Team Leader) or The Amadors may apply. If you are new to Corner of Love, please contact nelson@corneroflove.org.

This fast-paced team with lots of Washington families and teens typically includes both medical and dental professionals and is one of Corner of Love’s biggest annual groups. In 2018 we expect 40-60 participants that we will break into two or three service teams. Each of these small groups will serve in different villages daily under the leadership of seasoned team leaders. In years past we have equipped the blue team, green team, red team, and purple team, serving as many as 10,000 impoverished Nicaraguans in one week!

As part of Love One Another Week #5, you’ll experience seven days of hard work that are amazingly rewarding. We’ll carry out four medical-dental clinics in rural, mountainous communities where families survive on less than $1 U.S. per day and most lack basic needs like clothing, potable water, and medicine. Each day we’ll pack our supplies, load them onto trucks and buses, and venture out to set up these mobile clinics that offer stations like height and weight, visual acuity, general medicine, dental care, pharmacy, clothing, prayer station, and more. One day of clinic will also be held at our own facility, Plaza de Bondad on La Lima River (one kilometer from our Quinta).

As always, we do NOT only need healthcare professionals, we also need general volunteers who are willing to help count pills and vitamins, organize the pharmacy, sort shoes and donations, and run the clinics. We have many jobs like filling goodie bags, sorting charts, separating toiletries, etc. that do not require healthcare knowledge. Of course there is a huge need for doctors, dentists, and nurses, too! Help us glorify God and come and serve with us!

This popular week that encompasses the Presidents Day holiday and offers excellent, sunny (but not so hot) weather in Nicaragua fills up fast. Get your application in early to reserve your spot.

“Nos vemos en la Quinta!”

Trip Activities:

  • Medical Services: YES
  • Eye Care: YES
  • Dental Care: YES
  • Prayer Station: YES
  • Open to Families With Minors: YES
  • Clothing & Shoes Distribution: YES
  • Service at New Facility (Plaza de Bondad): YES

Suggested Itinerary:

ARRIVAL DAY: February 18 – any flight arriving in Managua on this date

DEPARTURE DAY: February 25 – any flight departing on this date

On these dates a COL staff person or representative will meet you at the airport. COL staff may be inside the secure area of the airport (wearing a Corner of Love t-shirt so you can identify them) or waiting outside the glass doors where you will come out. They will be able to find you because you will be wearing a COL t-shirt like theirs. (This is a requirement and we will provide you with the t-shirt before you travel.)

Please note that because our team members often arrive throughout the day, our staff may instruct you to wait at a nearby restaurant or hotel while we welcome additional participants who arrive after you. Kindly be prepared to spend the afternoon or evening standing-by while we welcome those whose flights come in after yours. If this is asked of you, our staff will take you to the waiting place (or put you on a shuttle that will take you there) and you will have access to wi-fi, food, etc. You may want to bring a bit of extra funds to buy lunch or dinner there. Usually all flights are in by 9:30PM, at which time we pick up team members who are waiting, load the last travelers, and then depart for San Ramon. (Departure time may be earlier or later, depending on the travel schedules of team-members, but the usual meeting time is 9:30PM at Camino Real Hotel.)

Alternative Itinerary:

If you arrive a day or more early we recommend staying at Camino Real (better hotel for resting) or Hilton Princess (better hotel for sightseeing) and prefer that we make the reservation for you. Please contact tanya@corneroflove.org to arrange your accommodations and make note of these plans on your trip application. You will be able to pay the hotel directly by cash or credit card.

If you depart after the scheduled “end date” you will be responsible for your own transportation and accommodations post-mission. If you need assistance with this please contact us.

On alternate dates a COL staff person or representative may or may not meet you at the airport. For this reason, less critical mission cargo is usually assigned to early travelers. (I.E. You will likely not carry meds or other prescription items that require our assistance to clear customs.) Approximately 3 to 7 days before you travel, we will email instructions on how to board the hotel’s shuttle and how we will connect with you. Note that people arrive on alternate dates very frequently and this is a wonderful option that gives you the chance to get some rest before starting the mission – there is nothing to be scared about if you plan on arriving early!

Our team will depart to San Ramon on the Suggested Itinerary ARRIVAL DAY, usually at 9:30PM. Make sure to communicate with us about arriving early or staying past the end date.

Team Leaders

Stephanie Kenitzer (Team Leader) kenitzers@corneroflove.org
Nelson Amador (For those who are new to Corner of Love) nelson@corneroflove.org

Team Size

We expect 40-60 team members. Sign up early for this popular week of mission that always fills up fast!


This trip is open to volunteers from the community of Maple Valley and environs plus anyone residing in the Renton-Bellevue-Issaquah-Sammamish area, and those connected to Week 5 participants, Stephanie Kenitzer (Team Leader) or The Amadors. If you are new to Corner of Love, please contact nelson@corneroflove.org so we can welcome you to the team!

Quinta Hosts:

Nelson & Tanya Amador

Registration Steps:

  1. Please send your trip application and deposit before Oct. 20. After that, you may still sign up and join the team, but we will ask that the cargo assigned to you be less-critical items (such as toys and clothes, instead of meds)
  2. Acquire your plane ticket
  3. Request a copy of the Team Handbook, sign the Disclosure Set, return completed disclosures to cara@corneroflove.org
  4. Pay for your trip cost. ($1250 payable in the U.S., $100 payable in Nicaragua.) Most individuals make an initial deposit of $375. All team members may seek tax-deductible donations towards their $1250 individual cost
  5. Read all info under “GO TO NICARAGUA” section at corneroflove.org
  6. Speak with Stephanie Kenitzer (if connected to her) or Nelson & Tanya Amador (if new to Corner of Love) for pre-trip information and orientation (nelson@corneroflove.org). Team meetings will most likely be held in Maple Valley in the months of Sept., Oct., Nov., Jan.
  7. Help collect funds and supplies. Pack the items collected in 50lb cargo luggage if you are outside Washington State, or pick up cargo luggage from Corner of Love’s Maple Valley, WA office if you live in Washington State. Each participant is asked to bring two suitcases or bins weighing 50lbs each. (Most airlines charge $40 for the 2nd piece of cargo. Please be prepared to pay this when checking-in at airport)


  • $1250 payable in the U.S
  • $100 payable in Nicaragua
  • $90 – $120 recommended spending money for entry visa, two dinners out, souvenirs


Forms & Links:

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Want To Help Raise Money For Corner of Love Projects?

If you would like to help fundraise for Corner of Love projects, such as the new water system that will serve our clinic and school at La Lima, or our U-12 Sports Complex with baseball and soccer fields, please use Corner of Love’s tax ID number 36-4612230 when soliciting tax-deductible contributions. Donations can be sent to:

Corner of Love
22142 SE 237th St. #100
Maple Valley, WA 98038

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