Education/Women's Rights/Sustainable Development in Leon, Nicaragua

Hours per week





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León Department


A Peace & Justice Intern is a person of college age or older who has relevant skills/experience and the desire to gain an understanding of Nicaraguan struggles for social justice within a broader historical/economic context. Interns must have strong Spanish. Interns live with host families in the city of León and work with Nicaraguan partners on projects of mutual interest, usually in the fields of education, environment or public health. Length of stay is flexible – while most come for the summer, interns may stay from one month to one year.

NHLSCP is a 34 year old organization with a focus on supporting education, public health and community development on the rural community of Goyena outside Leon.

The primary work of the NH/LSCP in León is to support community organization initiatives in the rural community of Goyena. This work includes, but is not limited to:

  • Support for the preschool with capacity-building efforts for the local teachers, nutritional assistance for the students, and support for the school infrastructure.
  • Develop public health and environmental projects such as clean cook stoves, environmental education,climate change adaptation.
  • Facilitation of an after-school program for first, second, third and fourth graders, with special emphasis on small-group work and attention to those with learning difficulties. Arts, music, sports, theater education also welcome.
  • Accompaniment of a youth leadership committee, and support of the group’s educational workshops and recreational activities.
  • Support leadership development effort that build community’s capacity to address economic, environmental and political challenges
  • Women's rights organizing and gender/domestic violence education - working with Domestic Violence Prevention Program.
  • Looking at ways to address food insecurity, particularly among children.

Program Fee - The program fee is $1,400 for the first month and $900 per month there after, to be paid in full prior to departure unless special arrangements are made (some partial scholarships are available). The program fee includes housing, two meals per day, ground transportation in Nicaragua, project placement, orientation, and administrative services. The program fee does not cover round-trip airfare, entry and exit visas, lunches, or incidentals such as bottled water, taxis, or telephone calls.

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How To Apply

Contact Chris Schweitzer at or call 203.562.1607.