Social Work Abroad Program (SWAP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to providing international learning opportunities for US-based social work students.

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Frequently Asked Questions


What should I pack?

While most everyday products are available in Nicaragua for a reasonable price, we suggest participants pack the following:


  • Passport
  • Mosquito and insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • First aid kit
  • Toiletries
  • Electricity adapter/converter
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Hot weather clothing
  • Swimsuit
  • Rain gear
  • Camera
  • Mobile phone
  • Flashlight
  • Shoes/boots for work and travel


What books do you suggest I read to learn more about Nicaragua?

5 books recommended by our Viva Nicaragua! partner are below:


  1. The Country Under my Skin by Gioconda Belli
  2. My Car in Managua by D. Forrest Colburn
  3. Harvesting Change: Labor and Agrarian Reform in Nicaragua by Laura Enriquez
  4. Life is Hard: Machismo, Danger, and the Intimacy of Power in Nicaragua by Roger Lancaster
  5. The Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan Journey by Salmon Rushdie


What international health and safety resources could you recommend? 

SWAP recommends participants review the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) website for up to date health and vaccination information regarding your travels abroad.  The US Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) offers participants the opportunity to register their travel plans and receive alerts for medical and security information in case of an emergency abroad.  All participants are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad.