Program Details

This program takes you throughout the country’s tropical ecosystems on eco-excursions and to the Chacocente Nature Reserve. For the first half of your experience, you will be stationed at the reserve while you volunteer, helping with sea turtle conservati
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 throughout the country’s tropical ecosystems on eco-excursions and to the Chacocente Nature Reserve. For the first half of your experience, you will be stationed at the reserve while you volunteer, helping with sea turtle conservation and community development. When your volunteer work is done, spend time with your fellow volunteers, taking part in exciting eco-excursions, such as volcano boarding, surfing, and horseback riding. 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 to the Chacocente Nature Reserve. Once there, enjoy a welcome dinner where you will be introduced to your fellow volunteers. Day 2 – Orientation for your volunteer project Day 3-16 Volunteering: Sea turtle conservation and community development at Chacocente Nature Reserve Day 17 Transfer to Leon Day 18 City Tour and volcano boarding Day 19 Beach day including surf lessons and surfboard rental Day 20 Leon to Miraflor Cloud Forest Reserve Day 21 Hiking, horse riding to the Miraflor Cloud Forest Reserve Day 22 Transfer from Miraflor to Finca Esperanza Verde in Matagalpa Day 24 Transfer from Matagalpa to Granada Day 25 Zip lining on Mombacho Volcano and exploring Granada Day 26 Masaya, Pueblos Blancos and Laguna de Apoyo Day 27 Transfer from Laguna de Apoyo to Ometepe Day 28 Hiking Maderas Volcano, kayaking or relaxing Day 29 Transfer from Ometepe to San Juan Del Sur. Afternoon at the beach followed by goodbye party Day 30 – Travel to Managua for your return trip home

This program takes you throughout the country’s tropical ecosystems on eco-excursions and to the Chacocente Nature Reserve. For the first half of your experience, you will be stationed at the reserve while you volunteer, helping with sea turtle conservation and community development. When your volunteer work is done, spend time with your fellow volunteers, taking part in exciting eco-study tours to volcanoes, cloud forest reserves, and mangroves. You will be enrolled in Seattle Central Community College’s course, Natural History: Tropical Ecosystems in Nicaragua (SCI 297). It offers the opportunity to take advantage of environmental learning activities through small group travel to tropical ecosystems throughout Nicaragua. During your program you will be enrolled in Seattle Central Community College’s course called Natural History: Tropical Ecosystems in Nicaragua (SCI 297). This is an independent study course designed to provide hands-on learning opportunities for undergraduate students and other individuals who undertake domestic and/or foreign travel. It offers the opportunity to take advantage of cross cultural materials, flora and fauna, geographic locations, geologic formations, museums, terrestrial ecosystems, regional customs and foods, natural history, marine ecosystems, field trips, etc. which are available only through travel. Students will participate in environmental learning activities through small group travel to tropical ecosystems throughout Nicaragua. Assignments for this class offer a chance for research and reflection, and consist of a daily journal, a research paper, and critical thinking papers.

Excursions and Activities: • Leon: City tour, volcano boarding and beach day including surf lessons and surfboard rental • Miraflor Cloud Forest Reserve: Hiking, horseback riding to the cloud forest reserve • Finca Esperanza Verde in Matagalpa • Granada: Zip lining on Mombacho Volcano and exploring Granada • Masaya: Pueblos Blancos and Laguna de Apoyo • Ometepe: Hiking Maderas Volcano, and kayaking or relaxing • San Juan Del Sur: Afternoon at the beach and goodbye party
Setting Description:
In cooperation with Seattle Central Community College, we have created this unique study abroad program that incorporates eco-adventures and volunteering. This combination provides a hands-on learning experience every day with local Nicaraguans. The volunteer program runs for days 15 days, giving you the opportunity to take part in the wide variety of eco-activities throughout Nicaragua for the remaining half of your stay. This is truly a life changing experience where you are guaranteed to walk away not only with a higher understanding of tropical ecosystems but also with in-depth knowledge of Nicaraguan culture. Volunteering: Chacocente Nature Reserve This nature reserve was formed in 1983 by the Nicaraguan government in order to conserve both the coastline and unique tropical dry forest. The area of the reserve is about 12,355 acres and protects 5 nautical miles in the sea. Chacocente is especially important for conservation for a number of reasons. Firstly, it shelters one of the

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