- Leon, Nicaragua
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- High School
- Program Description:
In culturally-rich Nicaragua, join a team of innovators to partner with local organizations and help design solutions that will impact the daily lives of Nicaraguans. Learn about environmental, public health and infrastructure challenges facing local communities. Then, using science, technology and engineering, build and help implement sanitation systems, eco-friendly cook stoves and water filters to provide access to clean drinking water.
Travel through Nicaragua’s rural and urban landscapes and soak in the tropical rainforests and volcanic peaks. Enjoy the warmth and generosity of Nicaraguans during a short homestay. Wander the cobblestone streets of Granada, surf the white sand beaches, and hike, horseback ride and kayak through the unspoiled terrain of Ometepe Island. In the end, you will have come to know and understand a country filled with beauty and will have worked to help Nicaraguans develop and implement technologies that address critical issues within their communities.
- Setting Description:
- Begin your trip in Historic Leon, the political and intellectual center of the nation. Finish orientation and head to Granada, where you will take you first course in appropriate technology. Next, explore Las Iletas where you will begin your cook stove and water and sanitation projects. Lastly, meet your homestay families and work on your community projects while enjoying cultural activities such as cooking classes, a coffee tour. Finally, after your final presentation and community celebration, relax by surfing on the white sand beaches of Playa Gigante.
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Based on 1 Reviews
- 21 Days of Fun and Learning10/14/17
This trip was the most amazing experience I have ever had. I have been home for over two months now, and not a day goes by when I don’t think about it. I traveled with an incredible group of teens, many of whom I am still in touch with. We had a small
group of 8 that allowed for us to really get to know each other. The leaders were fantastic! They were always excited and happy, and their enthusiasm spread to the group. They knew what was going on and when our plans had to change (which they did often) they always found good alternatives. On our trip we got a brief but challenging introduction to engineering filled with lab activities and challenges that I really enjoyed, but beyond that we had the opportunity to use the skills we were learning in the real world. We got to know people not only from our group, but also from Nicaragua as we helped them construct biosand filters (with our growing engineering knowledge) and instal them in their homes. The communities we spent time in were incredibly welcoming to us, and we all enjoyed spending time with the children and practicing our Spanish after our work for the day was done. Our work in the two communities, Monte Cristo and El Pozo, was broken up by fun and relaxing days at the beach, on the beautiful Laguna de Apoyo, and on Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua. The food was delicious, and our meals varied between foods familiar to us and Nicaraguan cuisine. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who is interested in learning new things, meeting new people, and getting an introduction to engineering.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend