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We invite you to engage in this two-week honors study abroad in Granada, Nicaragua.
This program has been canceled for fall 2012. Future programs will be organized through the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.
You will study Spanish while immersed in the Nicaraguan culture, living as a local, living with middle-class host families and engaging in community service in the oldest colonial city in mainland America. Included in the program will be:
Various community service opportunities will be available in a variety of community organizations, including schools (subject to change):
If you have a community service interest that is not listed, please let us know!
About Granada and Nicaragua
Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America, located south from Costa Rica and north from Honduras and El Salvador. This country is mostly visited by less than traditional tourists who are pleased to meet the hospitality of the Nicaraguan people. Its landscape is formed by over twenty (20) volcanoes and two (2) great lakes, including Lake Nicaragua, listed as the second largest lake in Latin America (after Lake Titicaca in Bolivia-Peru).
The program will be based in Granada, Nicaragua. Granada is located on the northwest shore of Lake Nicaragua and was founded in 1524 by the Spaniard Francisco Hernández de Córdoba. It is considered the oldest colonial city in the mainland Americas. The capital city of Managua is only 45 km's away. Granada’s location is an ideal base for easy access and travel to the Pacific coast of Nicaragua. This quaint, colonial town stands in the shadow of the Volcano Mombacho. Its inhabitants refer to Granada as “La Gran Sultana” (The Grand Sultan). The heart of the town is located around the Colon Park or Central Park where one can easily walk to visit the civic buildings, the Cathedral and all main tourist attractions. Granada is known as the most beautiful city in Central America.
Explore and learn more:
UC students stay in private, middle-class homes located in the historical center of Granada. These home stays are a fantastic way to learn more about Nicaraguan culture, develop meaningful relationships with your home stay family, and get even more time to practice your Spanish.
Students will have a private room in the home. Students will eat most meals with their families and will be able to do laundry in their homes. Homes do not have air conditioning or hot water. Accomodations are basic but comfortable.
One student is placed per host family, with selection based on student’s gender and any health needs.
Packing, Safety and Other Helpful Advice
Read this important document with packing and other information (MS Word) about traveling to Nicaragua (document is from the 2011 program; an updated version will be provided closer to the program dates for 2012).
Important Academic Details
Costs do not include expenses such baggage fees, insurance, the International Student Identity Card (ISIC, $22), passport, meals eaten away from your host family, meals at airports, vaccinations/medications (you should talk with your personal physician for recommendations), costs for additional optional excursions, other personal expenses, and a tourist card that visitors are required to purchase upon arrival in Nicaragua (estimated cost of $10 for the tourist card).
Health and Vaccinations
Contact your physician to discuss what vaccinations and heath precautions (like taking antibiotics with you or malaria prevention) are recommended.
All participants should carefully read the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) webpage on Nicaragua.
Application required. This program has been canceled for fall 2012.
UC undergraduates who are not in the University Honors Program are welcome and encouraged to apply, provided the student has a cumulative university GPA of 3.4 or above. Graduate students are not eligible to enroll.
Comments from Previous Participants:
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