Viva Nicaragua! Abroad

Global Education for Positive Social Change

Explore global issues including: human rights, globalization, climate change,  migration and human displacement and social justice while immersing yourself in the culture and environment of Costa Rica!

Internships and customized group programs in Costa Rica! 

The decision to study abroad is difficult.  Your safety and the safety of our community are a priority for us.  We have adopted COVID-19 protocols using CDC and WHO guidelines.   

As the world tries to find a new normal, are you ready to study abroad? 

All participants must show proof of vaccination.

A negative COVID test is required for travel.

Masks and social distancing in all public areas.  

Open and well-ventilated spaces for all meetings.  

Costa Rica offers an abundance of open and outdoor activities, we will use that! 

We will NOT have homestays in 2022.  Only small, locally owned, rural eco-lodges. 

No crowded areas, minimal community contact, and no high-risk populations or settings.  

Virtual meetings and classes. 

Not ready for in-person study abroad, ASK ABOUT our virtual abroad options!


Since our founding in 2007, Viva Nicaragua! Abroad has provided educational and professional opportunities for hundreds of students from partner universities around the world. Program participants gain new perspectives about global topics including human rights, human displacement, climate change, health equity,  and social justice.  The experience gained by our interns and program participants can be integrated into many academic and professional fields.  Skills such as tolerance, cultural humility, and a greater worldview are vital for all individuals working towards equity and justice in our diverse yet ever-connected world.   

Interns and groups work with refugees and immigrants in border communities of Upala or rural populations in Guanacaste. Long and short-term programs available in health, social sciences, education, conservation, and more!

Virtual programs are now available! 


Positive Social Change

We have long-standing relationships with community partners and collaborate with them to meet their needs in a sustainable manner.    All of our work focuses on providing educational opportunities that support pro-active citizen participation.  Learn from and alongside our community partners to become a catalyst for positive social change!  

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