I felt that I made significant, tangible differences in the lives of the people we helped and that I grew a lot as a person and a global citizen as well. My summer was life changing and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

-Constance D., Duke University,  Nicaragua

Impact Immersion

Our Social Impact Immersion program in Nicaragua is the perfect fit for those who want to spend their summer in a new environment learning about social entrepreneurship through classes, cases studies, discussions, analysis while at the same time living, engaging and working with local populations,  local NGOs and social entrepreneurs.  This is a great opportunity to create social impact, to put your skills to work and empower yourself and others.Nicaragua will welcome you with its rich history; humble, humorous and hard-working people; and varied adventures including volcano boarding, hiking, pristine beaches and colonial towns established in the 1500’s.

Eight Week Impact Immersion

Our local program leader, Tim, who resides in country, will be in contact with you in the months and weeks leading up to the program to provide you with the itinerary, a country guide, packing & preparation lists and project specific information. 

Upon arrival you will travel to the colonial city of Granada, Nicaragua. All interns spend the first two weeks living with homestay families, studying Spanish intensively, participating in development and social entrepreneurship education discussions, project content and technical training, safety and security orientation sessions and visiting communities, and development and relief organizations in nearby towns and cities. This “ramp up” segment is essential to ensure that interns can work as effectively as possible with our development professionals and constituents in the field.
To truly embed yourself in Nicaraguan culture and improve your Spanish along the way through you will live with homestay families throughout your time in Nicaragua. You will be matched with a homestay family that has been selected and trained by the Social Entrepreneur Corps team. Engage in conversations, learn about the rich history of Nicaragua, and take some time in the evening to sit outside and relax in rocking chairs.
Upon conclusion of the Foundation Building segment in Granada, interns work in small teams and each team travels to and spends two weeks in three different satellite sites including: Los Pueblos Blancos, Masaya; San Ramon, Matagalpa, and León, León. You will work alongside our local team members and community partners and can bring your energy, enthusiasm, and skills to a challenge, growth opportunity or new social innovation that can create impact with communities through engaging local partners Social Entrepreneur Corps has formed relationships with. Through hands-on fieldwork, meetings, and work sessions with your intern team, you will create solutions, deliverables, and strategic recommendations to help take the next steps forward. Learn more about what we do by looking at recent projects below or reading about our work.

Enjoy your last few days together as a group to share your projects with local counterparts and the rest of the intern team. Work with our team to create long-term plans for how they will implement your projects and incorporate recommendations. Engage and reflect with Social Entrepreneur Corps leadership about the transition back home and how to present your experience professionally and informally.

Program Details

Length: 8 weeks

Cost: $4,150

Begins/Ends: Granada

Dates: May 24 - July 17

Eligible for Columbia Business School Certificate

Social Entrepreneurship: Changemaking

additional $200

Two Week Summer Jump-Start

Do you want to expand your boundaries, gain new perspective, challenge yourself, and have a unique experience abroad before you take on your internship or job for the summer?  The Summer Jump-Start program provides university students an opportunity to travel to Nicaragua or Ecuador and join the Social Entrepreneur Corps team for two weeks.  You’ll live with homestay families, put your Spanish to the test in conversational settings, and immerse yourself in local communities while engaging with social innovations that empower local constituents and make a social impact.

Program Details

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1,500

Begins/Ends: Granada

Dates: May 10 - May 22

Highlights

  • Maximize your impact by hitting the ground running with custom-tailored grassroots consulting projects
  • Make lasting connections with Nicaraguan families through our homestay program
  • Improve your Spanish through total cultural immersion
  • Work with cutting-edge technologies and innovations
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Highlighted Recent Work

Abonatura Labels
Abonatura LabelsNicaragua
Participants created labels with product information to better present, inform and improve sales.
Campamentos de Cafe Brochure
Campamentos de Cafe BrochureNicaragua
Participants created a brochure to promote the educational projects the organization is implementing in Nicaragua.
Water Filter Warranty
Water Filter WarrantyNicaragua
Participants created a warranty card to implement a new costumer service tool for clients purchasing water purification systems.’