Details & Itinerary
Be inspired and inspire others. Contribute to the efforts of improving public health through clean water projects and educational outreach. Shadow physicians and healthcare professionals to gain practical field experience in an amazing place. Get your adrenaline pumping with a zipline canopy tour and immerse yourself with the Nicaraguan people.
This is an academic and experiential program for aspiring pre-medicine students and future healthcare providers. Note that students do not have to have any previous medical or public health experience or study to attend the program. Required is a strong interest to develop knowledge and experience! On Day 1, students fly into the capital of Managua, Nicaragua and drive via private bus to a colonial-style hotel in Granada for initial education and orientation activities. Our first full-day in country is a busy one and includes a tour of Managua with Witness for Peace and a group dinner located in the “Gran Sultana”, the historic center of Granada.
The group makes its way to small coastal community. While staying in a small eco-lodge, students work in a nearby, remote rural village deemed too small to receive healthcare aid from other organizations. Students work and collaborate with local community members and partners on several vital sanitation and hygiene projects that have been selected by the communities. Global Works takes an active role in the construction of community health centers and engage in various service projects. The group’s construction efforts are coupled with educational campaigns to inform the community of the use, efficacy, and maintenance of the wash stations. In addition to our community service work, students take an active role in assisting medical professionals in rural health visitations.
We transfer to the city of Matagalpa, settling into our locally run hotel. During the days, participants are exposed first-hand to the challenges confronting equitable healthcare in Nicaragua and the efforts to improve it through conversations with healthcare professionals and site visits to different public and private health clinics and hospitals in the region. The group will experience clinical exposure through the shadowing of healthcare providers from the Ministry of Health in their daily efforts to improve health among underprivileged populations. One evening, students design a presentation on preventative health to expecting mothers at the Casa Materna. Another night, an expert in alternative medicine shares his knowledge with us.
Following a productive week of intercultural exchange and clinical rotations, we head to the mountains of Las Peñas Blancas en el Norte. After orientation and language practice, we meet our homestay families for the next five nights. In Peñas Blancas, we volunteer with ArteSana, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support health through sustainable agriculture, permaculture, and water projects. Global Works students work alongside the volunteers on health education and rainforest ecology projects. A bonus is a visit to the town’s water source, a majestic waterfall! We also continue our intro to public health while participating in a dental brigade. While shadowing Nicaraguan dentists, we care for and educate local children and their parents about dental health. Please see The Homestay Experience for more information on how we select our partner homestay families!
Departing from the mountains, we make a stop for souvenir shopping and take a Zip-Line tour in the Mambacho Volcano Nature Reserve. Finally, we arrive to Laguna de Apoyo for a day of relaxing on the beach, exploring the lake by kayak, and reflection. Equipped with new knowledge and a fresh perspective, the group shares their accomplishments at a celebratory dinner the evening before departure. Leaving is always difficult, but the experiences gained in Nicaragua will, undoubtedly, positively influence participants’ future career paths in the medical field.
The Global Works chaperoned Group Flight departs from Dallas (DFW) for this program. Airfare is not included the tuition. Please visit Dates & Tuition for group flight costs and Flight & Travel Arrangements for more information about travel days.
Adventure & Cultural Activities
LAGUNA DE APOYO
The resort sits on a volcanic, crater lake, often referred to as the cleanest and warmest lake in Central America. Students stay in dorm-style rooms with shared bathrooms.The resort hosts serve delicious, healthy meals from the outdoor dining patios. Ample common space is available for meeting space and hammocks on the lake provide spots to relax and to cool off.
The group stays in La Garnacha, a community run eco-lodge located in Esteli, in the north western region of Nicaragua. The eco-lodge is within driving distance of our service project locations. Rooms are comfortable and shared between four students with dorm-style bathrooms. We eat in a communal dining area and meals are prepared with ingredients harvested from the lodge’s garden.
Our hotel in Matagalpa is family-owned and operated. It was created by renovating an old warehouse in which the rooms integrate pine wood with metal frames, creating a fresh and cozy atmosphere. This project was conceived to generate a low environmental impact and sustainably use local resources and recycled materials. Students stay 2-4 per room with private bathrooms.
PEÑAS BLANCAS EN EL NORTE HOMESTAYS
Students stay two per home with local families who will introduce them to the true culture of Nicaragua.