Granada, Nicaragua

EN-AA916_NICARA_G_20131022112808Program Dates: Fall Break

Have a different Fall Break. Experience Nicaragua while giving back to the local community. Participants spend a week in Granada, Nicaragua, experiencing the local culture and way of life. Days are filled with local volunteer work, cultural excursions, and discussions on Nicaragua’s history/politics. Purdue University Calumet partners with the organization Viva Nicaragua to organize volunteer work and cultural excursions to give participants a overall picture of what Nicaragua has to offer.

While there is no language pre-requisite for this program, many participants find some Spanish language skills extremely useful.

Volunteer Work & Location

Volunteer projects are dependent on student interests and skills. Viva Nicaragua volunteers have worked to educate on issues related to women’s health, worked to build a local library, teach children English, and more! The program participants will select a volunteer project or projects after being accepted to the program.

Viva Nicaragua is an organization which aims to promote social justice and sustainable development in Nicaragua while facilitating cross-cultural learning. the organization sets up all of the in-country experiences and assists in making the area connections vital to a successful volunteer program. You can find out more about the organization at

student volunteer with childThe volunteer work performed accounts for a part of the time spent in Granada, in addition to all of the other cultural activities.

Granada is a colonial town on the edge of Lake Nicaragua and has been restored, preserved, and promoted as one of Nicaragua’s primary tourist destinations. While one can see the tourist destinations, participants will also see the effects of living in Nicaragua, the poorest Central American country. 

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