NICARAGUA SERVICE AND CULTURE
Global Routes is excited to partner with Equal Exchange and Project WOO (Wave of Optimism), among other partners, for this new program combining adventure, service, farming and public health.
The program will include extensive travel around Nicaragua’s lush landscapes; from the Northern coffee and tobacco highlands to the tropical dry coastal climate of the Pacific Southwest. At the start of the program, travel north to the Apanas Lakes region, located 80 miles north of Managua, the capital city. Here there is a lake at 3,000 feet with mountains rising up to 7000 feet above. During your group’s orientation, get to know one another and learn about a sustainable coffee farming initiative and practice your Spanish.
From there, travel south to Gigante, home base for Project WOO’s community development work*. While living in the host community, volunteer alongside Project WOO, engaging in their work with a focus on public health issues: learn about their health clinic, healthy gardening and surfing programs. This will also be an opportunity to fully immerse yourself in Spanish language learning, as you spend time with your host community conversing and learning about local life.
At the end of the you will have the opportunity to explore la Isla de Ometepe, a unique island formed by two volcanoes rising from Lake Nicaragua. Here, join forces with the volunteer sustainable farming intitiate at Project Bonafide. Enjoy some down time with your group on the water and hiking through new landscapes, including a banana plantation! This program will give you a unique look at where our food comes from and you will meet the farmers and their communities.
*Please note Project WOO is our main partner for this program, however depending on the service project and group size, the group may work with another organization based near Gigante.
Discover and explore Nicaragua’s lush landscapes, including the unique island of Ometepe, the largest volcanic island that sits in the middle of a freshwater lake.
Work alongside Project WOO and other great organizations engaging in programs to promote healthy lifestyles.
Develop a deeper understanding of sustainable agriculture.
Expand language skills, conversing with locals in Spanish about local life as you implement projects.
Learn to surf, and explore winding trails to see all of Nicaragua’s unique beauty.
Make lasting connections with local farmers, families and new friends!
NICARAGUA HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM
Dates: July 5 – July 25
Starting/Ending Point: Managua, Nicaragua
Program fee: $4,175. Travel expenses to and from Managua are not included in the program fee. Global Routes arranges group travel. Round trip airfare from New York to Managua will be approximately $TBA. Students are also encouraged to raise monies to help fund their service projects.
Group Size: maximum 18 students and 2 professional leaders
Service Component: approx. 20-40 hours
Accommodations: Group community stay, Youth Hostels, and Camping
WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE
This program is designed for students interested in traveling to an exciting destination to share in cross-cultural experiences and community service learning, and for those interested in improving their Spanish and learning about sustainable farming practices. Students should join this travel program eager to explore Nicaragua and meet new people. Students should arrive with an open mind, and be prepared to meet new people, experience new cultures, try new foods, and have the experience of a lifetime.