Jinotega, Nicaragua

Alternative Spring Break in Nicaragua

Alternative Spring Break in Nicaragua

March 2 - 11, 2018

Program Description

This 8 day program will allow students to experience service learning by visiting the remote city of Jinotega, Nicaragua.  Students will be able to make lesson plans, teach English to elementary students in their home schools, and/or participate in a sustainable agricultural project. Students will also have the opportunity to explore culture of the region and interact with the Nicaraguans.

Program Requirements

The success of the Alternative Spring Break program depends on the responsible and enthusiastic participation of all team members.

Students will be responsible for the following:

  • Participate in the Students Committed to Service group
  • Attend group meetings before/after the spring break trip
    • Fall semester - one or two
    • Spring semester - mandatory weekly meetings held on Wednesdays, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. in room 125C Learning Resources Center/Eiche Library.
  • Participate in group fundraising efforts, community service, and social events.
  • Participate in brown bag presentations, online photo album, newspaper/magazine articles.

Program Costs

$1200 Outreach360 donation includes:

  • 7 nights at the Outreach Volunteer House in Jinotega, Nicaragua
  • In-country transportation
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Tour of the city of Jinotega
  • Demonstration of Nicaraguan coffee grading process
  • Hike the Cerro La Cruz trail
  • Tour of the following sites:
    • Women’s Black Pottery Cooperative
    • Selva Negra Eco sustainable Coffee Plantation

Airfare from Washington-Dulles to Managua, Nicaragua

Other Expenses

  • $135 -Passport
  • $150 - Immunizations
  • $150 - Bus fare to/from airport
  • $10 - required International Insurance
  • $150 - Personal expenses

$2309 - Tentative Total Program Costs
(Subject to change based on current market rates and number of participants)

Academic Requirements

Minimum 2.5 GPA

Application Process

Apply online

  • Submit your application by October 31 
  • A limited number of participant will be accepted.
  • Your judicial and academic records will be checked as a part of the application process.
  • Participate in an interview with Student Committed To Service faculty/staff leaders.


  • November 15 - A $332 deposit is required to hold your place in this program
  • December 1 - A $100 required deposit to Outreach360
  • December 15 - Airfare balance (if applicable)
  • December 16 - Submit copy of passport to the office Education Abroad Office
  • January 15 - Bus Fare balance (if applicable)
  • January 1- Purchase HTH insurance
  • February 1 - Obtain immunizations
  • February 1- Submit balance of your
  • Outreach360 donation fee

Program Leaders

Michael Baronner, Penn State Altoona’s landscape team leader. Michael’s agricultural expertise is essential in the development of sustainable orchard and crop fields.
msb7@psu.edu | 814-312-2017

Victoria Hesser, Program Assistant. Victoria has acted as program advisor and facilitator of logistics following University protocol for the program since 2010.
vjh1@psu.edu | 814-949-5212

Adam Plucinski, Instructor in Engineering. Adam joined the program spring of 2017 imparting his Agriculture Engineering experience and expertise.
arp5181@psu.edu | 814-949-5236