Northeastern Nicaragua Summer Break 2017

Boaco, Nicaragua

May 10-20, 2017

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At a Glance

1.5 Weeks • all costs included • fundraising available

Travel to the colonial city Boaco in the foothills of Nicaragua, and explore this beautiful cowboy town. Dig deep into sustainable agriculture through an internationally recognized 3-day GROW BIOINTENSIVE certification course. Sow seeds and dig in the dirt alongside local environmentalists as we develop sustainable agriculture projects at a non-profit clinic outside of Boaco. Experience community through an immersive homestay in rural Boaco. Finish up the trip with a few days relaxing at a volcanic crater lake called Laguna de Apoyo. This is the birth of a youth environmental movement, where students develop technical skills and the drive to change the world.

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To make a payment please log in to with your account, click the participants page, and click “make a donation”. Alternatively, mail a check to PO Box 4456, Berkeley, CA 94704.

Yes, the trip leaders are inspiring because of the way the program came together and was manifested. After working with people here and looking at our progress from prior trips I feel powerful and able to make a change if I put my mind to it.

Lucas R

GSE Student


The trip costs $2,489, including flights.

Registration and Payment Deadlines
Registration Deadline- 4/10/17 ($299)
First Deposit Due- 3/27/17 ($1,000)
Final Payment Due- 4/10/17 ($2,489)
Interest Meetings Dates
Next Student Interest Meeting: 2/14/17
Time and Place: February Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th 6:00 PM Snell Library CoLab D
Sample Itinerary

Within the municipality of Boaco, we currently work on garden projects in seven schools in the towns and communities of Teustepe, San Diego, Candelaria, Malacatoya, El Balsamo, and El Jocote. We also 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 service time supporting several of these projects (may vary).

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!

Days 2-4 Biointensive training at Clinica Verde, city visits in the afternoon.

Day 5-7 Homestay in the rural community of El Balsamo, work on Asofenix reforestation, sustainable agriculture, and sustainable energy projects.

Days 8-9 Travel to one of the various schools or communities, mentioned above, interact, play games, and work in collaboration with local students, teachers, and community members. They will then break for lunch at the worksite. After lunch workshops and continued service-work. Some afternoons we’ll break early to visit nearby waterfalls, or play pickup soccer/baseball.

Days 10-11 Relaxation at Laguna de Apoyo, a gorgeous emerald volcanic crater lake near Granada.