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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Sometimes called the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes, this tropical country is becoming increasingly popular as an international travel destination. Ethnically diverse, with cultural influences from the Spanish rule hundreds of years ago as well as indigenous populations, Nicaragua offers a lively culture for participants to experience as they work on projects in healthcare, education, and community development.
Service Learning Placement Site
Participant responsibilities at their placement sites vary depending on the needs and expectations of their service learning placement assignments. SWAP Nicaragua 2019 placement sites may include the following:
The mission of Viva Nicaragua! is to (1) support the efforts of both public institutions and non-governmental organizations working to promote social justice and sustainable development in Nicaragua and (2) facilitate cross-cultural learning by recruiting motivated individuals to participate in experiential learning programs.
Viva Nicaragua! works to support community based social justice and sustainable development efforts in the southwest of Granada. Working with community leaders, organizations, and international interns and professionals, Viva Nicaragua! collaborates with communities to design projects to improve the overall living conditions for all Nicaraguans, especially those living in conditions of extreme poverty. Projects focus on social justice - trying to protect the human rights of people from sectors of society whom, due to their socio-economic conditions, find their rights violated on a daily basis. They have limited access to education, employment, legal protection, and healthcare. Most of projects involve work with youth, women, children, and the rural and urban poor.
Programming includes one week of morning Spanish classes. Participants will self select a beginner, intermediate, or advanced level course and have ample opportunities to utilize their Spanish at their placements sites and with their local home stay families.
Accommodations and Meals
In this fully immersive social work abroad experience, all participants will reside with a host family that has been carefully screened and selected by Viva Nicaragua! There may be 1-4 participants in each home stay setting including private and shared room accommodations. Home stay accommodations will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The homes will not have air conditioning or hot water. However each room will include a fan.
Following program completion, SWAP will organize a reunion for participants to continue their learning following re-entry into the United States. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend.