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  • Locations: Jiquilillo, Nicaragua; Leon, Nicaragua; Managua, Nicaragua
  • Program Terms: Spring, Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
College/School: Office of the Provost Program Type: Non-Credit AU Program
AU Faculty Director(s): Amanda Denney,
Program Description:

AU Office of the Provost - Peace Corps Experience in Nicaragua (Non-Credit)



This program will expose students to different sides of Nicaragua, including grassroots work with rural communities, visit with the US Embassy, meeting the in-country Peace Corps volunteers and experiencing Nicaraguan culture and history. Students will leave with a deepened understanding of life in Nicaragua, history and culture.

Service Learning will be incorporated into the program by working on development projects restoring mangroves and co-teaching English classes. This immersion experience will give students a deeper understanding of the challenges facing Nicaragua.

The program is a non-credit, service learning experience.

Disclaimer: This program is not officially endorsed by the Peace Corps.


The program is designed for students who might be considering joining the Peace Corps or other international service organizations. Students from all majors and levels may apply.


Spring Break 2018:
  • 10 March 2018: Start date on location – date students must be in Nicaragua
  • 17 March 2018: Program end date - return to the United States 


Download a copy of the Peace Corps Experience Student Budget.pdf.

Payment Schedule:
  • 25 October 2017: $450 deposit due
  • 8 January 2018: Remaining program fee due


Students will be housed in a beach-front, cabana-style house with 2-4 people sharing a room. There are ceiling fans and Wifi, and bathrooms are shared (dorm-style). The accommodations in Leon will be similar, but not beach-front.


Nicaragua is a land full of surprises. There you’ll find the oldest cathedral in Central America, active volcanos, freshwater sharks, and a huge variety of flora and fauna. Because of this, it is an increasingly attractive tourist destination, though it definitely maintains its own unique cultural identity. It’s capital, Managua, is the third-largest city in Central America, and acts not only as the governmental hub of the country but also showcases the country’s history and arts. There you’ll find a diversity of restaurants and clubs, theatres, and museums. As Nicaragua’s economy continues to grow and become a vital member of the international arena, Peace Corps volunteers work in four sectors: Community Economic Development, Education, Environment, and Health. 


  • Peace Corps Headquarters visit
  • US Embassy visit
  • Leon City visit
  • Sunset volcano hike
*The program includes a great deal of walking, including hiking in the mountains. 


If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.


U.S. Citizens do not need a visa for this program.

Non-U.S. Citizens should verify visa requirements


Please check with the Center for Disease Control for vaccination requirements and be sure to be up to date on all required and recommended vaccinations for Nicaragua.


Contact the Faculty Director listed at the top of the page.

This program is currently not accepting applications.