At a glance
Travel to Teustepe, a small city in the foothills of Nicaragua within the state of Boaco. Work alongside local student environmental leaders as we develop sustainable agriculture projects and other student-driven projects throughout the area. Discover local waterfalls, and bond with local leadership council students before traveling to Masaya and Granada to explore Nicaragua’s colonial cities, artisanal markets, and the isletas- volcano islands dotting the largest lake in Central America.
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Within the state of Boaco, GSE partners with local non profit Asofenix to support garden projects in seven schools in the towns and communities of Teustepe, San Diego, Candelaria, Malacatoya, El Balsamo, and El Jocote. We work on various family garden and reforestation projects in the rural communities of El Balsamo and El Jocote. We are in the process of developing several solar micro-grid and potable water projects in these rural communities as well. Groups will spend their days with their hands in the dirt supporting these community driven projects.
Day 1 – Depending on arrival time in Managua, participants will spend the night in the capital or will travel directly to the region of Boaco, located 90 minutes away from the airport. Students will stay at a hotel in one of two cities: Boaco or Teustepe. On day one, we’ll do an orientation, then break our and explore the city!
Day 2-5 – Students will begin with an introduction to agroecological methods, and then work and play in collaboration with local students, teachers, and community members. Afternoons, students will participate in workshops, exchange activities. and continue to support community projects. Many afternoons we’ll break early to visit nearby waterfalls, or play pickup soccer/baseball.sal
Day 6-7 – Students will spend their last days in country hiking through the mountains and learning about Nicaragua’s revolutionary leader Sandino, traveling to colonial Granada, boat around the Isletas de Granda (volcanic islands found at the entrance to Lago Cocibolca the largest fresh water lake in Central America), and visit the Artisanal markets of Masaya.
Day 8– Travel to Managua, and return home.
*Note: University groups will stay in homestays with the families that are driving community projects.
I have learned so much about the little things that can help so much. I encourage home gardens and local food.Megan Warren, El Molino
About the community
GSE Boaco is developing the next generation of environmental leaders. Through youth leadership development, nutrition education, engagement in sustainable agriculture practices, and environmental projects GSE aims to provide both experiential and curriculum-based education in the context of school and community gardens. Under the umbrella of GSE’s Garden Education and Leadership Council programs; students ranging in age from 10-26 meet weekly to engage in dynamic hands-on sessions led by local GSE staff and supported by trained schoolteachers, project partners, and community leaders.
On the ground, our programming takes an ecological approach to food security, water security, climate action, gender equality, wellbeing, and malnutrition and engages multi-generational community involvement in all aspects of program planning, implementation, and evaluation.
Our aim is to contribute to sustainable human and community development by training and empowering young people to assume the role of change-agent, generating and promoting social and environmental change at the individual, interpersonal, institutional, and community levels and within the context of current, national public policy.