Viva Nicaragua!

photo of church in Granada, Nicaragua

Program Travel Dates: October 10-17, 2015
Application Deadline: April 17, 2015
Application Part 2 – Viva Nicaragua 2015 (PDF)

Program Snapshot

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. For more information on Granada, visit

While on the program, participants have housing and meals provided through a local host family. Typically there are 2-3 students per host family.

Past Program Excursions:

  • Zip lining
  • Attending traditional dance performance
  • Swimming at a volcano crater lake
  • Tour of historic fort
  • Visiting an area market (shopping!)


Participants have the option of participating on the program for academic credit in either Spanish or Political Science.*

Optional Academic Credit:

  • SPAN 408 “Language Practicum in Business” – 3 credit hours, ExL designated
  • POL 390 “Politics of the Global South” – 3 credit hours

*Tuition and fees for the course are billed separately from the Program Cost.

Program Costs

Program participants are responsible for paying the program cost by the schedule shown below. Financial aid grants/scholarships are not available for non-credit-bearing programs. However, participants may still be able to utilize student loans or education abroad scholarships. IAO strongly recommends that students talk to the Office of Financial Aid & Student Accounts to find out more about their individual budgets.

Program Cost: $1000


  • Transportation to/from airport in Nicaragua
  • Housing and meals with host family
  • Excursions as part of the program
  • International health insurance

Additional costs students should budget for include:

  • Tuition and fees for 3 credits (if going for academic credit)
  • Roundtrip airfare to/from Nicaragua
  • Passport/visa costs
  • Personal spending money (shopping, meals not with host family, etc.)
  • Supplies for volunteer project
  • Unexpected incidents

Payment Dates:

  • $200 deposit – April 17, 2015, or with application
    • Students are expected to pay a $200 deposit to the program at time of application. Without this deposit, you will not be admitted to the program. Once you are admitted, that payment goes towards the total program cost.
  • $800 – May 22, 2015

**Students may make payments in smaller increments or at earlier dates as long as the amounts and deadlines above are being met.

For an estimated analysis of anticipated costs and information on withdrawal policies, please refer to the program’s Financial Worksheet. (Financial Worksheet – Viva Nicaragua 2015 (PDF))

For more information on payments and information on the withdraw/refund policy, download the program’s Payment Agreement. (Payment Agreement and Refund Policy – Viva Nica 2015 (PDF))

Financial Aid & Scholarships

If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a Purdue University Calumet student, please contact the Office of Financial Aid & Student Accounts in the Enrollment Services Center, Lawshe 130 to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this education abroad program. Participants on this program may be eligible to apply for these national and institutional scholarships:

  • IAO Education Abroad Scholarship
  • Honors Program Study Abroad Scholarship

For more details concerning these and other scholarships, please see our Financial Aid & Scholarships page (

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