• Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• Junior or senior status preferred; all majors are welcome. 
• 2.0 cumulative GPA
• Communication with Nicaraguan partners will largely be in Spanish, so participation is easiest when students have had at least two years of college-level Spanish or the equivalent. However, the program welcomes students with little to no Spanish who are willing to work actively with Nicaraguan translators.
• Open to UW-Madison degree-seeking students only
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Environmental Health, Environmental Science, Education

Classroom Language




Program Duration

Summer: Late May 

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Summer 2018  2/23/2018
Extended Deadline: 3/19/2018

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

Questions about this program?
Contact a Peer Advisor!

Nicaragua, Multiple
UW Colaboración Ambiental: Ecological Restoration, Climate Change and Water Stewardship

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The UW Colaboracion Ambiental: Ecological Restoration, Climate Change and Water Stewardship program is offered by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) in partnership with IAP.

Through observation, participation, and hands-on experiences, you will explore topics in environmental education, ecological restoration, civic ecology, and community engagement on this interdisciplinary program.

Gain global and cross cultural perspectives by serving as community outreach educators for Colaboración Ambiental/Latino Earth Partnership in Granada and Leon, Nicaragua. This program is approved as a Community-Based Learning course by the Morgridge Center for Public Service.

You’ll also have opportunities to work with community youth and local educators to develop relevant, place-based educational resources and plan and implement a schoolyard restoration project or rain garden.

Learning Objectives

We have overall Goals and Expectations for Study Abroad Participants, covering the personal, academic and professional aspects of study abroad. Additionally on this program, you can:

1. Learn about and experience how a Central American country is evolving to prioritize environmental education on and water stewardship at the national level.
2. Have a greater understanding that while countries are poor they also have a cadre of educated people that are capable of doing the work but only lack resources. In this same vain, to learn about all the great work being done by Nicaraguans on the topics covered.
3. Develop through real world experience an enhanced understanding of diverse cultural perspectives and relationships with the environment.
4. Acquire skills in environmental education, leadership, community engagement and restoration.
5. Acquire global and cultural competencies in working with a specific population by learning about the population on in depth, and then considering the way that this knowledge can be used to offer culturally congruent and ethical support for community-based restoration.
6. Demonstrate accountability and teamwork support to teachers implementing Earth Partnership curriculum.
7. Apply knowledge to develop sustainable and educational native landscapes on schoolyards that address community needs and interests.
8. Demonstrate global and cultural competency engaging diverse communities in addressing real world problems using leadership skills, problem-solving and action.
9. Understand and appreciate diverse perspectives and practices concerning our relationship to the environment and with people.