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In cooperation with Seattle Central Community College, we have created this unique study abroad program that incorporates volunteering and exploration activities. This combination provides a hands-on learning experience every day with local Nicaraguans. S
Location:
Leon, Nicaragua
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
Nicaragua is the new eco-destination for alternative study abroad in Central America. Tropical climate, untouched beaches, active volcanoes, and crater lakes make Nicaragua a truly beautiful location. This trip takes you to a project location where you will volunteer during the week and be provided the opportunity for travel on the weekends. This 4-week adventure will earn you 3 semester credits from our American partner university, Seattle Central Community College. Here’s a look at what your schedule will be like: Day 1- On Saturday you will be met at Managua airport by our on-site program staff and transferred your project site. Once there, enjoy a welcome dinner where you will be introduced to your fellow volunteers. Day 2 – Orientation for your volunteer project. Day 3 to Day 29 – You will be volunteering five days a week. During the free weekends we organize a variety of exciting activities and excursions to help you maximize your time in Nicaragua. Day 30 – Travel to Managua for your return trip home.

In cooperation with Seattle Central Community College, we have created this unique study abroad program that incorporates volunteering and exploration activities. This combination provides a hands-on learning experience every day with local Nicaraguans. Students can choose 1 of 3 volunteer projects: Project Bona Fide, Juntos Contigo or Sea Turtle Conservation. You will also be enrolled in Seattle Central Community College’s course called International Cooperative Education (ITL 197). It engages students in responsible and challenging volunteer activity for the common good, while helping them gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop the necessary skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world. During your trip you will be enrolled in Seattle Central Community College’s course called International Cooperative Education (ITL 197). This is an independent study course provides students with an opportunity to earn academic credit for work experience or volunteer service in an international setting. It provides for both personal and professional growth and is intended for students who desire to expand their educational experiences beyond the traditional classroom setting by working directly within another culture. It engages students in responsible and challenging volunteer activity for the common good, while helping them gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop the necessary skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world. Assignments for this class offer a chance for research and reflection, and consist of a daily journal, a final report, and successful completion of 99 hours of volunteering.

Volunteering: Option 1. Project Bona Fide: Sustainability and Organic Agriculture Option 2. Sea Turtle Conservation at Chacocente Nature Reserve (offered during the last two sessions only) Option 3. Juntos Contigo: Children's Education Project in the La Chureca Community, Managua All volunteer organizations are incredibly safe, well established, and are always monitored by on-site NicaEco staff. No prior knowledge of Spanish in required, but students are encouraged to learn. Throughout the volunteer program students will regularly have check-ins where they will be asked to provide feedback. View our Volunteer Placement page for in-depth description for each volunteer program Excursions and Activities: There will be 3 to 4 weekend activities offered at each project location Juntos Contigo Option: • Hiking trip to a volcano in Ometepe • Kayak trip • Fishing or zip lining trip Sea Turtle Conservation Option: • Traditional cooking lesson • Mangrove estuary tour • City tour of Leon and Volcano Boarding • Beach trip with surf lessons Project Bona Fide Option: • Activities coming soon…
Setting Description:
In cooperation with Seattle Central Community College, we have created this unique study abroad program that incorporates volunteering and exciting activities. This combination provides a hands-on learning experience every day with local Nicaraguans. The program runs five days a week, giving you the opportunity to take part in the wide variety of activities throughout Nicaragua on the weekends. This is truly a life changing experience where you are guaranteed to walk away with in-depth knowledge of Nicaraguan culture.

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