This STEM program will take a deep dive into renewable energy in Nicaragua. Travel around the country to observe solar power generation and usage in rural areas and geo-thermal energy from volcanoes. What effect does renewable energy have on communities in Nicaragua? How does this relate to conservation efforts on a global scale? Find out first-hand in the land of lakes and volcanoes!

Just two spots left on Session B! Session A is full. Choose a different project or join the waitlist.

Length Training
Dates
In-Country
Dates
Ages Application
Deadline
Price
Session A [FULL] 3 weeks

Online training on COVID-19, health and safety, mental health, travel, and AMIGOS history before departure. Leadership and orientation training take place in-country.

June 8–28 [FULL]

15–22 This session is full. Choose a different project or join the waitlist.

$5,275

If you deferred your participation from a 2020 program, your fee may be lower. Please contact Krista Boscoe at [email protected] for pricing and application details.

Session B - Two Spots Left! 3 Weeks

Online training on COVID-19, health and safety, mental health, travel, and AMIGOS history before departure. Leadership and orientation training take place in-country.

July 8–28 [2 Spots Left!]

15–22 May 15 - Apply now!

$5,275

If you deferred your participation from a 2020 program, your fee may be lower. Please contact Krista Boscoe at [email protected] for pricing and application details.

  • Session A [FULL]
  • Length
    3 weeks
  • Training Dates

    Online training on COVID-19, health and safety, mental health, travel, and AMIGOS history before departure. Leadership and orientation training take place in-country.

  • In-Country Dates

    June 8–28 [FULL]

  • Ages
    15–22
  • Application Deadline
  • Price

    $5,275

    If you deferred your participation from a 2020 program, your fee may be lower. Please contact Krista Boscoe at [email protected] for pricing and application details.

  • Session B - Two Spots Left!
  • Length
    3 Weeks
  • Training Dates

    Online training on COVID-19, health and safety, mental health, travel, and AMIGOS history before departure. Leadership and orientation training take place in-country.

  • In-Country Dates

    July 8–28 [2 Spots Left!]

  • Ages
    15–22
  • Application Deadline
    May 15 - Apply now!
  • Price

    $5,275

    If you deferred your participation from a 2020 program, your fee may be lower. Please contact Krista Boscoe at [email protected] for pricing and application details.

About the Project

Project Type

Pod-based. Maximum enrollment is 20, with two spots reserved for students from Nicaragua.

Climate

Summer is rainy season! Leon is hot and Nueva Segovia is humid and a bit cooler.

Slang

tuani = cool
prix = good friend
pulperia = small local store

Food

gallo pinto – a mix of beans and rice prepared together
nacatamales –  corn dough filled with spiced meat and potatoes, wrapped in banana leaves and cooked

Leon

Leon is one of the most important cities in the country. The city has a vibrant culture due in part to the large student population.

Volcanoes

Nicaragua is home to 19 volcanoes! Geothermal energy from the country’s active volcanoes helps power the country.

Leon Nicaragua, León, Nicaragua

Cleaner Energy for Local Communities

Solar, Geothermal, & Hydroelectric Energy

Explore renewable energy in Nicaragua and how it has impacted communities. During the project, you’ll dive into solar, geothermal and hydroelectric energy, visiting three different locations to see how communities use renewable energy to sustain their lives and livelihood.

You’ll get to tour energy plants to learn about how the production of these energies supports the country. We will also look at how NGOs, the private sector, and the government all come together to support efforts for cleaner energy throughout Nicaragua.

 

Partner Agency

Support a local organization working with appropriate and innovative technologies to improve the quality of life of Nicaraguan families and rural communities. Earn 40 service hours while volunteering on a service project!

 

Example Activities

  • Build a solar oven and learn how to make a solar panel
  • Take a boating excursion on Lago de Apanas
  • Visit a coffee farm and learn how renewable energy practices are incorporated into production
  • Tour a geothermal plant a water turbine energy system
  • Hike in the mountains in northern Nicaragua

A Day in the Life

Days 1–10 (Quarantine Period)

  • Wake up and have breakfast in small groups
  • Morning: Rotating schedule of activities, including Spanish classes, orientation, explore topics like renewable energy production and use in the U.S. and Nicaragua
  • Lunch outside
  • Afternoon: Rotating schedule of activities—Spanish classes, briefing, etc. in small groups
  • Free time to explore the grounds
  • Dinner in small groups
  • After Dinner: free time, fun group activities

 

Day 11–End of Project

  • Wake up and eat breakfast as a group
  • Morning: volunteer on a community service project, take part in fun intercultural and leadership activities
  • Lunch outside
  • Afternoon: travel to energy plants, create your own piece at a ceramic cooperative, and learn to make a solar oven. Meet local community members and take part in fun activities led by the group!
  • Dinner
  • After Dinner: fun group bonding, free time to relax

Program Pillars

Ethical Service

Learn how to create ethical service initiatives by working with–not for–a community, engaging local organizations and partners, and evaluating the impact of your work. AMIGOS works with trusted local partners that are passionate and committed to working with our volunteers on community service projects.

Cultural Humility

Cultural humility is a process of both self-reflection about your own culture as well as learning about other cultures. You will examine your own beliefs and cultural identity and gain an understanding of how structural racism has impacted societies and the roles that communities can take to lead systemic change.

Leadership

Learn, grow, and discover your leadership potential! Explore your sense of purpose and start to establish your personal goals and values through introspection and inquiry.

Just two spots left on Session B!

Apply Now

Why Choose AMIGOS?

Practice Spanish

AMIGOS programs provide a unique opportunity to experience a new culture. Volunteers report increased fluency in Spanish after completing our program. Activities go far beyond the classroom — you’ll lead activities in Spanish, learn local slang, and increase your confidence with real-world practice. You will not believe how fast your Spanish improves when you use it in conversation every day!

Have an Adventure

Travel to must-see spots in your host country! You’ll travel as a group to experience unique destinations like volcanoes, ancient ruins, national parks, and historical sites. You’ll get to see these places from the distinct perspective of someone who has spent time in that country and learned about the culture firsthand. Plus, you’ll bond with their fellow volunteers and have fun!

Travel with Trust

AMIGOS is the industry leader in health and safety management. Our staff is prepared to help you with any situation that may arise. Each volunteer receives a personalized emergency plan, as well as support from local staff teams and a professional 24-hour On-Call Safety Team of travel specialists, doctors, and mental health specialists. A Health and Wellness Coordinator is on staff with the group throughout the duration of their stay. AMIGOS also has an established network of vetted medical clinics and hospitals throughout the region.

Just two spots left on Session B!

Apply by May 15

AMIGOS was a big highlight in my life-long journey to try and serve my community and the world.
—Melanie, Volunteer in Nicaragua

Program Requirements
  • Meet the health criteria for AMIGOS participation and follow the mental health procedures if necessary.
  • Receive required immunizations and medications
  • Be age 15–22 on the project start date
  • Have taken 2 years of Spanish or the equivalent
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