Organize a delegation

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Make certain CoCoDA is a good fit

Take an hour to read through our website and familiarize yourself with our organization and approach. If you’re looking for a traditional service trip, we may not be a good fit. Determine if El Salvador or Nicaragua are intriguing destinations for your group. If what we offer fits your needs and interests, go on to step two.

Identify your target group and delegation theme

Identify the group with whom you’d like to create a delegation. Determine why this group might want to visit Central America. What would be their interests and motivations? What country would they like to visit? When and for how long could they travel? What could they afford? Take a moment to review the pages on ThemesLogistical Questions and Sample Itinerary. If you can imagine ten to fifteen people from your group joining a delegation, go on to step three.

Identify an interesting project

All CoCoDA delegations engage with one of our projects. Sometimes this is simply seeing and learning. Often, this involves getting your hands dirty. A project is also something to attract interest for your delegation. Visit the page on Projects and identify one or more projects that your group might find compelling. Go on to step four.

Contact us

Give us a call or send us an e-mail expressing your interest in organizing a delegation. By completing the first three steps, you’ve collected much of the information we’ll ask for in our initial conversation. Based on that discussion, CoCoDA will begin creating a proposal for your delegation. While you’re waiting on our proposal, you may want to read our Delegation Information Packets to prepare for the many questions people will have for you as you create your delegation. Once we provide you with a proposal, go to step five.

Visit Central America (Optional)

While this step is optional, we encourage delegation organizers to visit El Salvador or Nicaragua before organizing a delegation. We will pay all your in country costs if you buy the plane ticket. We’ll let you shadow another delegation, learn from their experience and see firsthand how a delegation works. When you return home, you’re ready for step six.

Seek approval and support for your delegation

Armed with our proposal, seek approval for your delegation. Your goal is enthusiastic support. Once you have this support, begin talking to others about your destination country, CoCoDA and your potential delegation. We can provide you with brochures to distribute. Suggest others visit our website. When feasible, we’re happy to send a CoCoDA staff person to meet with prospective delegates and answer their questions. Once you have strong interest, go to step se

Schedule your delegation

Confirm and schedule your delegation. Using our Organizer’s Manual, recruit and prepare your delegates for their trip to Central America. We’ll help you collect the delegation fees and arrange travel insurance. We’ll walk you through any issues or difficulties. Get ready for step eight.

Fly to central america

Fly to Central America. We’ll pick you and your delegation up at the airport. From that point on, you can relax and enjoy the experience.

Most Delegations Begin With One Passionate Person

Most delegations begin with a single person—someone like you—with an interest in visiting Central America to learn and contribute.

You—the delegation organizer—then inspire and recruit others from a church, school, university, club, or other group.

If you think you might be such a person, here are the steps to organizing a CoCoDA delegation.

For Those Ready To Lead A Delegation...

In 2020, CoCoDA had delegations from the following organizations:

  • Centre College
  • Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Rotary International

Why not join them?

For Those Ready To Lead A Delegation...

CoCoDA offers a Delegation Information Packet to all those organizing a delegation. This twenty-five page pdf answers nearly every question you or a delegate might have about a trip to El Salvador or Nicaragua.

The packet includes registration forms, waivers and packing lists. It also has resources for preparing for your trip and learning about your destination country.

Download one of the delegation information packets below…

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