Culture and Service in Nicaragua


Culture and Service in Nicaragua


Grade: 11th                                                    

Travel Dates: June 21 through June 28

* All tour dates are tentative until flights are booked in spring 2017

On this trip, students dive into Central America where they explore the culture and land of Nicaragua. From the capital of Managua to the historic center of Granada, students experience the vibrant heritage as they explore local markets, coffee plantations, traditional art, and more. As students immerse themselves in local culture and connect with nearby communities, they gain insight into the challenges faced—from natural disasters to political unrest—and work together with Free The Children to build long-term solutions through a series of small service project.


You will work with the award-winning charity Free The Children to better understand the needs of each community and then focus projects on those issues. Themes include education, health, clean water/sanitation, alternative income/livelihood, and agriculture/food security.

Day 1: Arrive in Managua, Nicaragua

Meet your Field Director at the airport and travel to your accommodations.  

Days 2-4: Service Project — Free the Children
As communities evolve so do their needs. Free The Children works to understand each community’s challenges and help plan service projects. Since projects are determined closer to your actual tour date, here’s a glimpse at what a typical day might look like: 

·         You’ll begin your service days in a nearby village, focusing on education, clean water and agriculture.

·         Afternoons are spent immersed in cultural activities.

·         Evenings are a chance to reflect, discuss events as a group, and draw connections between the day’s work and relevant global issues.

Day 5: Granada, Nicaragua
Travel to Granada for a guided sightseeing tour of this 16th-century city. Local markets, Moorish and Andalusian architecture, colorful buildings and ocean-views abound.

·         Enjoy breakfast at the unique non-profit Café de las Sonrisas, which is staffed by solely hearing impaired individuals. You’ll also get to view the weaving they do.

Day 6: Granada

·         Take a guided hiking tour of Masaya Volcano and enjoy panoramic views of Lake Nicaragua and the City of Granada.

Day 7: Granada

·         Zip-line through Nicaragua's lush rain forest.

·         Enjoy a guided boat tour of Las Isletas.

Day 8: Depart for home


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