The AMIGOS Gap Program provides a hands-on, real-life experience for participants to unlock their potential as a catalyst for social change. Every participant will be placed in a full time volunteer internship with a local community development organization, creating a crucial opportunity to enrich their worldview before deciding on a field of study or career path.
Based on your interest, you will be placed in an internship at one of our partner community development agencies. They include:
Monthly excursions offer an opportunity for the students to explore, learn more about the local culture, have an adventure or relax, and get to know your fellow Gap participants.Hike to the top of the breathtaking Mombacho Volcano, visit the beautiful colonial town of Granada, tour a sustainable coffee plantation, or admire the biodiversity of the Nicaraguan rainforest.
Full year: Sept 1, 2016 – May 31, 2017
Fall semester: Sep 1, 2016 – Dec 17, 2016
Spring semester: Jan 23, 2017 – May 31, 2017
Nicaragua’s fascinating and tumultuous history is beautifully documented by national artists and poets such as Ruben Dario. Nicaraguans are socially engaged citizens who will share with you countless stories of the past, as well as their dreams for the future of their country. The population of Nicaragua, approximately 6 million strong, is multiethnic and includes indigenous native tribes from the Mosquito Coast and people of European, African, Asian, and Middle Eastern origin. The typical diet that you will enjoy with your host family is made up of primarily rice, black beans, chicken, cuajada (a salty cheese), and tortillas.