Health and Safety
Bucknell in Nicaragua
A physician typically travels with us and has access to all of the medical facilities in Nueva Vida. In addition, emergency hospital care is available in nearby Managua.
A Health Physical Exam is required (see form).
All students must pass a physician administered health physical and students must be up-to-date on tetanus, Hepatitis A vaccination, and take anti-malarial medicine. Students with uncontrolled asthma, severe allergies to dust, sunlight, and intolerance to heat should not participate in this program without a physician’s approval.
Keep in mind that the service projects as well as excursions may be physically strenuous, outside, in hot and dusty conditions.
Everyone is expected to act responsibly and take reasonable precautions that they would take anywhere. Overall, the safety risk is low. It is probably a lot safer than travel to some urban areas in the United States.
We will observe some basic rules including that all participants must stay with the group and will not travel on their own without explicit approval from the co-faculty.