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Short Term | Nicaragua Honors
Granada, Nicaragua; Managua, Nicaragua; Matagalpa, Nicaragua; Ometepe, Nicaragua; San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: UCF applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Honors
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Academic Level: Undergraduate Program Type: Short Term
Program Description:
Nicaragua Honors
Spring - Summer 2017

May 11- May 29, 2017

Program Description:

In Summer 2017, The Burnett Honors College will offer its highly successful study abroad program in Nicaragua.  Inaugurated in 2014, the purpose of this program is to cultivate an understanding and appreciation of Nicaraguan society and culture through service-learning projects that are developed in collaboration with our international friends and partners. 

The primary projects will involve developing and refining sustainable agricultural practices in farming communities located in the north-central mountains of Nicaragua.  One project involves increasing the capacity of tilapia fish farms to provide a healthy and cost-effective protein source in the region.  Another project will examine ways in which worm fertilizer might be commercialized and marketed.

Other projects focus on water management on a large farm near Matagalpa, Nicaragua.  There is a need to divert free-flowing spring water into a series of catchments so that vegetable fields can be irrigated during the dry season.  We will also explore the possibility of developing a system of cisterns that will capture water flow from the large tin roof over the farm’s assembly space. Many of the farmers will bring their families to this facility and we should look into developing educational/health programs that could meet some of the needs of their families.

We will develop additional projects based on the interests and backgrounds of our participating students.  For instance, we welcome ideas for service-learning projects involving disciplines as diverse as engineering, health care, business, anthropology, and education. 

Learning Outcomes:
  • To understand and experience the history, culture, politics, economics, and people of Nicaragua.
  • To explore the diverse ecosystems of Nicaragua. 
  • To appreciate the environmental challenges that small island nations face and to consider policy solutions to these problems. 
  • To recognize the impact that tourism and agriculture have on the environment of Nicaragua.
  • As a service-learning course, to work with environmental and educational agencies in Nicaragua to improve some aspect of the environment. 

Program Courses: IDH 3955H 
*Please note that all participants must enroll in this course through the Honors Advising Office and pay associated tuition to be a part of the program

Course Syllabus: To be posted

Program fee: $1500
For details on what the program fee includes please see program Budget Sheet

Payment 1: $500 (Payment due Jan. 2016)
Payment 2: $1000 (Payment due Feb. 2016)

Program Leader: Alice Korosy
Program Leader email: 

This program is currently not accepting applications.