Semester Abroad in Nicaragua (Fall Semester)

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Adventure and discovery await you in the fascinating Central American country of Nicaragua. Join Students International for a semester of ministry and cultural exploration through study, service, travel, and lively interaction with local residents.

Rigorous Academics

Earn 15-16 college credits. Courses are taught by both Nicaraguan and U.S. professors.

International Development Theory and Practice (3 credits)

Peoples and Cultures of Nicaragua (3 credits)

International Internship in Nicaragua (3-4 credits)

Spanish (6 credits)

Full listing of Spanish courses.

Meaningful Vocational Ministry

Gain hands-on experience through an internship at a community ministry site related to your interests. Seasoned missionaries from Nicaragua and the U.S. run SI’s ministry sites year-round and are committed to a long-term presence within the community.

“The staff are always willing to share and learn with us. They are very involved and have a real passion for what they do. I love that the whole organization is bathed in prayer, and the staff members who I worked with are all very wise.”

Christian Mentoring & Community Life

Live and learn alongside our entire SI-Nicargua staff through classes, debriefing, Bible studies, family nights, and other community-building events. Staff live minutes away, accompany students on all program-sponsored excursions, and actively disciple and mentor students. Additional support is provided by SI staff and your sending school before, during, and after your semester.

Location, Housing & Food

“I got much more out of this experience than I was ever expecting.”
SI-Nicaragua is situated in Masaya, a city 40 minutes southeast of the capital city of Managua. While Masaya’s city center boasts a huge artisan market, frequent festivals, and streets that are busy with workers and daily life, the city is home to many poorer neighborhoods as well. Masaya is bordered by the Laguna de Masaya and a national park featuring Volcán Masaya.

Most ministry sites are within a short drive from where students stay in carefully-selected host homes, with a few sites encompassing surrounding villages as well. Students usually eat daily breakfast and dinner with host families, a packed lunch, and a community dinner with other program participants about once a week. SI works to accommodate dietary restrictions with advance notice.

Typically, the temperatures in Masaya are always high. The rainy (cool) season is May-October. Daytime temperatures between August-December run in the 80°s F, with evening temperatures in the 70°s F. Expect heavy downpours leading to muddy streets and a lush, green landscape. Masaya has a dry period December-April. Temperatures soar into the 90°s F and the landscape becomes dry and dusty.

Travel

A number of excursions are included in the program, allowing students to experience various natural, cultural and historical treasures. Typical excursions include:

“Perhaps the most meaningful part was simply realizing that this world is huge, and God is even bigger. There is so much more to it than just my little corner in Illinois.”
  • Parque Nacional Volcán Masaya – Hike in this national park featuring an active volcano.
  • Fort Coyotepe – Tour a historic political fort on a hill overlooking Masaya.
  • Granada – Explore the historic Spanish-colonial city and tour islands by boat in nearby Lago Nicaragua.
  • San Juan de Oriente – View artisans at work in this hilly cobblestoned town.
  • San Juan del Sur – Unwind for a beach weekend along the Pacific coast.
  • Managua – Check out the capital’s museums (Loma de Tiscapa, National Palace) and adventure options (ziplining!).
  • Costa Rica – Cross the southern border into Costa Rica and work with Nicaraguan immigrants at SI ministry sites on the outskirts of capital San José.

Calendar

Program dates are August 28 – December 12, 2017. Here is a general breakdown of the semester (weekend excursions not included):

Aug 26-27
Aug 28
Week 1
Weeks 2-4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8-10
Week 11
Week 12-14
Dec 6
Dec 11-12
Orientation at Greenville College, IL
Arrive in Nicaragua
Orientation & Team building
Intensive Spanish at language school 
Ministry sites
Intensive course week
Ministry sites
Intensive Spanish at language school
Cross-Cultural Experience (Costa Rica, Oct 6-11)
Ministry sites
Return home
Debriefing at Greenville College

*Program schedule, ministry sites, and excursions are subject to change.

Cost

See your study abroad advisor or contact Students International for information on cost. In most cases, your financial aid package applies.

Academic Partners

SI partners with the following schools to offer this semester program:

  • Greenville College, IL
  • Central Christian College, KS

Students from other schools may participate through an agreement with Greenville College and will receive Greenville course credit. For more details, download the Consortium Agreement:

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Next Steps

  • Apply – an application link will be available from this site beginning in January 2017.
  • Visit your study abroad advisor.
  • See your academic advisor to discuss how this program compliments your major / minor.
  • Contact Students International with any questions using the information listed below. We are happy to set up a time to talk and can even put you in touch with past participants!