Nicaragua Acupuncture Solidarity Immersion

30 Oct

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+ Get your Certification as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist 

+Fulfills didactic and intern requirements for therapists/nurses/health/harm reduction workers to become Nationally Certified as Acupuncture Detoxification Specialists (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association NADA ear acupuncture providers)

+Intern alongside local community workers offering care for trauma 

+Gain first-hand clinical experience in assisting with grassroots barefoot acupuncture programs

+Inter-cultural exchange to learn about the root causes that drive migration in the Americas

Crossroads will teach you how to set up and sustain an acudetox clinic  within public health settings in your community 

+Opportunity to support solidarity and resilience building in Nicaragua 

+First step for teachers wanting to become certified NADA ear acupuncture trainers (Learn more about our apprentice program here)

+Bilingual English/Spanish

+To hear more about Crossroads past immersion programs have been like, listen to this Madness Radio Interview with Crossroads students in their 2016 immersion program in the Sierra Tarahumara region of Mexico.

Students offering community based services in Nicaragua, 2019
Susana, Mayan healer in Guatemala, offers community based ear acupuncture in Coban, during our Healer 2 Healer NADA training and cross cultural exchange, 2019.


How to apply a standardized ear acupuncture protocol and establish community-supported services to treat addictions, stress, anxiety, PTSD, depression, and psychological and emotional trauma.

To apply, follow these directions:

1 Download the registration form

2 Email this form along with a 2 page essay outlining what experience you possess that qualifies you to participate in this immersion program.

3 Cost is $1000 if you register early, $1200 after 12/31/19.

4 A minimal deposit of $550 is required to secure your place. Full payment details are detailed in the registration form.   Payment in full must be received by December 31 to qualify for the early registration discount.  Please make checks out to Crossroads Acupuncture. Credit card payments may be made here.

5 You can also mail the registration form with all documents and deposit to:  Crossroads Acupuncture, 1320 S. Solano Las Cruces, NM 88001 or email

Students in Nicaragua, 2019
Refugee in the border region receives NADA ear acupuncture

About Crossroads’ immersion experience

Since Crossroads was founded in 2010 in response to violence in Mexico, we have facilitated immersion programs for dozens of volunteers and students to be a part of our vision for making healthcare something real and authentic within underserved communities. Our NADA ear acupuncture training program is unique in offering not only a path to certification for Acupuncture Detoxification Specialists, but also a cross-cultural educational program to learn about the root causes that drive migration in the Americas.

Cultivating solidarity in the Americas

Pamela Angel (left), student from Amador Health Center in Las Cruces, NM, at our immersion program in the Sierra Tarahumara, Mexico, 2016. Maria Pichardo (right) Assistant teacher from Juarez, Mexico.

Crossroads’ work comes out of a solidarity with communities affected by the changing socio-political context in the western hemisphere. On the US/Mexico border, we work with refugees and migrants seeking asylum.

Walking alongside people as they re-build their communities and assist those in need, we cultivate relationships, and out of these connections, we have the opportunity to build bridges across borders.

Our volunteers stay with local host families and develop long-term relationships with local community workers.  They hear from people affected by trauma and poverty their stories of resilience building. From this cross-border exchange, we strive to cross cultural and class barriers while empowering local communities affected by trauma with a greater capacity to respond to their own healthcare needs.  

Beyond a medical missions project

Our 2016 immersion cohort of US students from Amador Health Center, National Alliance for Mentally Ill (NAMI), and Tesoro Integrative Healthcare.

We understand the limitations of outside aid in the aftermath of disaster and violence. Crossroads works to educate our students about the value of a sustainable, community-supported health program, in contrast to a hit-and-run medical aid project. Students will learn new skillsets to help people affected by trauma and gain a deep understanding of how acupuncture works as a humanitarian aid intervention and empowerment tool.  You will have the opportunity to not only offer direct service, but will be a co-participant in  making community supported healthcare possible.

In the spirit of the Barefoot Doctor Movement in China, our goal is to help local community workers establish and sustain these types of health services for their own people in rural and urban areas of Nicaragua, in places that lack access to doctors and medical care, let alone acupuncture.

Students and volunteers of Crossroads in Mexico

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