NOBIS WORLD - NICARAGUA
Building Global Solidarity:
Listen, Witness & Learn from Visionary Community Partners

July 6-13, 2017

Nicaragua, which means “here united with the water” is a country that has merged its different heritages and cultures into a creative and lively experience of music, dancing and cuisine. And yet, 80% of Nicaraguans live on less than $2 a day, poverty and employment are two of the most pressing social challenges the country faces. Nicaraguan families struggle with poor education systems, a lack of industry and sustainable employment and accessible health care. Despite these challenges Nicaraguans demonstrate tremendous resilience and ingenuity in finding community solutions. Nobis World partners with ProNica to allow you to listen, witness and learn from their partnering grassroots organizations. In addition professional development workshops and immersion in the Nicaraguan culture you will leave having established relationships with community members and organizations that will continue to deepen and grow once you return to your classroom. Receive a professional development certificate for training in creating a culturally responsive classroom, and using the Nobis Global Action Model to guide students to complete culturally focused service-learning projects.

Program Includes
  • Cultural Immersion with excursions exploring history, agriculture, ecology, family life, and education in Nicaragua.
  • Service-Learning with ProNica, a foundation built on the awareness that people in marginalized communities understand their own problems and are in the best position to innovate solutions.
  • Professional Development 
    • An elearning component prior to travel with short readings, videos, and reflective assignments to prepare teachers before travel.
    • Hands-on action planning and social action workshops.
    • Ongoing community of support from Nobis Project and the cohort as teachers lead and document global projects in their classrooms using the Nobis Global Action Model and the Nobis Big Ideas.
    • Professional development certificate available.

Cost - $2,500
This comprehensive fee includes: shared accommodations, all meals, beverages (excluding alcoholic), excursions, activity fees, gratuities, and professional development training. Your only additional costs are airfare, emergency medical and evacuation insurance (approximately $40), passport / visa fees, and any spending money you want to bring to purchase snacks or gifts while traveling. 

Scholarships up to 50% are available first come, first served. 
Discounts for early reigstration and groups are available.  

Registration Deadline

April 1, 2017
Space is limited, apply today!

Trip Highlights
  • Discover the history of Nicaragua, immerse yourself in the culture and improve your Spanish language skills.
  • Work directly with ProNica, a foundation built on the awareness that people in marginalized communities understand their own problems and are in the best position to innovate solutions.
  • Meet with teachers in Acahualinca to discuss the struggles they experience with parental opposition to sending their children to school.
  • Experience the mountain town of Estelí and its beautiful gardens where organic herbs & plants are grown for herbal medicine.
  • Visit with the owner and tour an organic coffee farm learning about his family’s struggles to keep their land.
  • Savor a homemade traditional Nicaraguan meal in the home of a local family. 
Accommodations

Clean, comfortable accommodations of shared rooms. None of the accommodations have air conditioning or hot water. 

Dining

Eating is a big part of traveling as we experience the culture through our most primal senses of smell and taste. While traveling with Nobis World, you will experience an array of fresh food that is available in Nicaragua. Our group eats meals together to enable participants to taste a variety of dishes while also enjoying each other's company. At these group-meals, food is plentiful, made from the freshest local ingredients, and prepared with both your taste buds and your health in mind.

Airport Information

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the program location. Complimentary shuttle service to and from Managua (MGA) airport on the first day and last day of the program is provided. Participants are welcome to arrive in the destination earlier or continue traveling after the program completes, but Nobis Project will not cover any costs associated with an extension of your travel (including airport pick up or drop off at times other than those given by Nobis Project). Participants should not make travel arrangements until receiving written confirmation from Nobis Project. Nobis Project is not responsible for travel arrangements made by participants before receiving written confirmation. 

Draft Itinerary*

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What Past Participants Have to Say

“I could not envision the amount of knowledge, dialogue, friendships that developed in 8 days. We were lucky to have a group of educators passionate about their craft. Thank you for providing a safe, valuable, space to learn, grow, and explore.”

“I learned about the power of partnership. About identifying needs directly and building relationships before trying to help and solve.”

“I feel so fortunate to have had this experience with Nobis. I’m beginning to wonder if I’ll be able to attend a Nobis program elsewhere in the world?!”

“We ignited so many valuable conversations. I rediscovered the importance of putting action-minded folks in the same room.” 

“I feel enthusiastic about returning to work with a new model for delivering a service-learning project to my students.”

“I made amazing networking connections and rediscovered my love of teaching and connecting with colleagues.” 

“I rediscovered an excitement and anticipatory feeling for the school year ahead and future possibilities.”  

“Christen and Alex facilitated excellent conversation during reflection time and organized a highly impactful trip for me that will most definitely influence my teaching and possible career path. Thank you!” 

“I had no idea how much this experience would impact me! I feel more equipped to participate in and/or lead service projects. I learned a lot from all the participants and was inspired by them, and hope to connect with them in the future.” 

“I rediscovered my desire to serve in communities in the US and abroad as well as my passion for connecting with people of all ages and hearing their stories.” 

“There was a fantastic sense of camaraderie, learning, communicating, and sense of accomplishment in responding to what our community partner needed.” 

“Material was presented clearly, repeatedly, and practically. Christen is excellent at answering all questions with patience and examples; meeting participants where they are.”

“I learned to listen better and understand varying perspectives and cultures as a prerequisite in communication.”

“I learned to always push myself further in my thinking … to ask who has the power and why ... to ask questions of the organization/person I am working with in order to better understand what they need.”  

 
 
* Intinerary subject to change