• Email : info@nicaraguainternship.org

  • Phone : +505 7807-6564


Center for Social Justice and Cultural Understanding was founded in 2007 with the goal of providing cross-cultural learning programs that support social justice efforts in Nicaragua.


The experiences I had in Nicaragua through Viva Nicaragua! are some that I will ever forget. Through the work we did in the community to learning about the history and culture, I was able to see things from a new perspective as well as develop a sense of cultural humility. Empowerment and education are such crucial aspects to bring about social change, and being a part of making some of an impact to work towards that is a great and rewarding feeling.

Melanie Lerner - Sacred Heart University 2016/2017

One of my favorite aspects of Viva Nicaragua was how personalized the work was to my interests. It wasn't a generic, one size fits all program. Instead, I was given a mentor who helped me set up meetings with local lawyers, doctors, police officers, and government officials who all gave me different insights into the issue of commercial sexual exploitation. All in all, the program was incredibly tailored and well thought out to meet the goals of each individual participant. I loved my time there and hope to eventually come back to Granada and the Viva Nicaragua program!

Nancy Fairbank - Human Rights Intern, Summer 2015

Viva! Nicaragua provided me with a community and kids to work with that I will remember for the rest of my life. I learned so much about youth and community development as well as the amazing culture that Nicaragua has to offer through my internship. Everyday was a new experience and I will forever thank Viva! Nicaragua for the personal and professional growth that I gained during my time in Granada."

Melody Miller - niversity of Cincinnati, 2017

Participating in a service trip with Viva! Nicaragua was a great experience, as it allowed me to utilize my developing skills while learning about another culture and the staggering health disparities throughout the country. Providing care to those with limited access was rewarding and facilitated real world learning. I can confidently say I am a better clinician because of this trip and would go back in a heartbeat!

Morgan Zaranec - University of Illinois Physical Therapy 2016


Since our founding, we have provided educational and professional opportunities for over 700 interns and volunteers from around the world and we have established partnerships with over 20 universities. Program participants obtain the skills necessary to lead direct service efforts at home and abroad. The commonality amongst our graduates is their commitment to social justice and the cross-cultural understanding obtained through their work in Nicaragua - vital skills for any professional in today’s globalized and diverse world.


We have long lasting relationships with our community partners and collaborate with them to meet their needs in a sustainable manner. Our efforts extend to clinics, hospitals, government institutions, women’s groups, human rights organizations, schools, community organizations, and children’s groups. All of our work focuses on providing need-based educational opportunities to support citizens that are pro-active in their own lives and communities.

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