Internships in Nicaragua

While being the second largest Central American country, Nicaragua’s beauty is second to none! This dreamland has inspired poets and artists for centuries and captured the imagination of those who have had the fortune to have set foot on them.

Nicas (Nicaraguans) are joyful and artistic oriented people who feel very proud of their many cultural achievements and cultural traditions. After the end of their civil war in 1990 Nicaraguans have managed to build a stable and independent democracy that has allowed for foreign investments to flow in and boost the local economy, particularly in Tourism and Real Estate industries.

Like its neighbouring Central American countries, Nicaragua is blessed with most agreeable weather conditions, bewildering sights and natural landscapes which include rainforest, paradisiac tropical beaches, mountains that hide ancient aboriginal ruins, amazing volcanoes and valleys  irrigated by rivers that nourish an ever-blooming  flora of breathtaking beauty and a fauna of great diversity.

CW’s programs are placed in Granada and its surroundings. This is the first European city built in America and is being massively restored and revitalized. Located on the shore of the Nicaragua Lake, this beautiful colonial city is the perfect destination for volunteers who wish to improve their Spanish language skills and get to know Nicaraguan culture and customs at a deeper level

 

 

You can do an Internship in Nicaragua into these areas:

 

Microfinance
Education Internships 
Medicine 
Public Policy 
Social Work 
Sustainable Development 
Youth Leadership 

Requirements

All our volunteers and interns must be at least eighteen years old on their starting date of any program, unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. They must have full travel insurance and an intermediate level of Spanish language skills. Volunteers with just a basic level of this language can participate in certain projects but taking Spanish lessons

Those volunteers participating in the Medical internships must have an intermediate to advanced level of Spanish language skills and some previous medical experience.

Volunteers with some expertise or previous experience on the field of their chosen project is highly valued, but what we value most in our volunteers is a sincere willingness to help those who are in need and to be responsible, proactive, positive and compassionate.

Our Nicaragua programs minimum duration is two weeks and there is no maximum duration limit.

Since our orientation sessions begin on Friday mornings, we prefer that volunteers arrive to the country on a Thursday.

Location and duration

Our Nicaragua programs minimum duration is two weeks and there is no maximum duration limit.

Since our orientation sessions begin on Friday mornings, we prefer that volunteers arrive to the country on a Thursday.

Most programs are located in Granada and the surrounding areas, but there are placements in many other places around the country.

Orientation

On their first day in Nicaragua our volunteers will be taken on a tour in and around the city, receive all the basic information about the local customs and traditions, their host families and the programs rules and regulations. This will allow them to have an insight of the cultural and historical highlights of the country. They will be taken to their projects placements and introduced to the local staff they will be working with.


The local coordinator in charge of this orientation will also fill them in with basic safety tips and provide them with some travel advice.


This is the ideal moment for interns to clear out any remaining doubts and also a good opportunity to exchange money, buy sim phone cards, get acquainted among themselves and exchange contact details for future outings together.

Accommodation and meals

Accommodation in Nicaragua is provided by local host families carefully chosen by our local team and with plenty of experience in hosting international guests. These homestays are located in a very nice and safe neighborhood just a few minutes away from the projects placements.

Our programs include daily breakfast and dinner at the intern's homestay. Nicaraguan food is well renowned for its delicious flavour combinations and the typical meals usually include some beans, corn and chillies. 

Living with a local family is always the best way to get a deep insight of the local culture and lifestyle, and Nicaraguans are known to be very hospitable, warm and friendly.

Working Schedule

Interns tasks and schedules will vary from project to project, but a working week will usually start on Monday and end or Friday; leaving the weekends free for relaxing, socializing, sightseeing and travelling.

We try to be as flexible as possible and allow interns to take a long weekend now and then, on special request and with notice given well in advanced. 

A typical weekday may look something like this:

Between 7:00 and 8:30 AM you’ll have breakfast at your homestay.

Depending on the project you’re volunteering at, work can take place either in the morning or the afternoon, or for those Teaching English or involved in extracurricular activities some working hours in the evenings can also be required. So you may work four to five hours either in the morning or afternoon, or up to six hour throughout the day.

Evenings are free and you can take Spanish lessons, go out with friends, have dinner at home with your host family or go to a restaurant.

Weekends are free and they are the ideal time to go sightseeing and exploring the many tourists’ attractions with your new friends.

Weekends are the occasion to explore the capital city and its cafes and restaurants, or to just stay home and relax. 

 

Basic Facts

 

-Spanish is the official language, but there is also a part of the population that speaks English, Miskito, Rama, Sumo or another language.

-The total number of people that lives in Nicaragua is 6 million 212,077.

-According to the United Nations for development Program, Nicaragua is the safest country in Central American with 8.7 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.

-Like in Argentina, Bolivia and other South and Central American countries, in Nicaragua it’s used the pronoun “vos” as a part of the cultured norm.

-The Capital of Nicaragua is Managua.

-The national currency is Cordoba, but in all the country is accepted the US dollar.

-The volcano Cosigüina is located on the peninsula that has the same name as one of the most popular tourist destinations and it is actually a submerged cauldron of a great crater.

-The agriculture is in the top of economic activities, stand out the cotton, sesame, banana, coffee, cocoa, sugar cane, banana, corn, peanuts, beans and sorghum crops.

-The highest point is “Mogotón”, a mountain on the border between Nicaragua and Honduras. With a highness of 2106 meters above sea level, found in the volcanic mountain range.

For more information, visit the following link: http://www.cwabroad.org/nicaragua-p-55.html

Program Fees:

 

Internship duration Program Fee USD*
6 weeks 1539
8 weeks 1852
12 weeks 2373
16 weeks 2895
20 weeks 3372

 

*REGISTRATION FEE:  All Internship programs in Nicaragua attract a refundable* Registration Fee of USD 249 on top of the program Fee. A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment. You can calculate the value of your currency in US dollar using this currency convertor.

 

*Please read our refund policy.

What do my fees pay for?

 

Registration Fee:  Discounted program fees, Support and guidance from CW staff, program marketing costs, pre-departure assistance, CW Solidarity Fund, administration costs, staff salary, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with participants.  We need this fee just to sustain the organization.

 

Program Fee:  Accommodation with a host family, 2 meals per day, airport pick-up, orientation, program supervision, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs.

 

What’s no included: Air tickets,Vaccinations, Certificate of Good conduct, Visa, Local travels and Personal expenses, International Insurance against sickness, accident and 3er party liability. In addition to providing health insurance, the plan must cover medical evacuation and repatriation. Our participants in Nicaragua generally find USD 65 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses.