The developing world needs new solutions. In one of the western hemisphere’s most impoverished nations, discover how to harness science and technology to improve life in local communities.
Around the world, millions of people lack access to clean air and drinking water, and they suffer from preventable disease. Creative problem-solvers like you can do something. In Nicaragua's unique context, partner with NGOs, community experts and a diverse group of students motivated by science, design and technology challenges. Learn about key technological innovations that are being applied to address some of Nicaragua’s biggest health, economic and environmental issues. Then work together to engineer and produce these solutions within local communities. Build new sanitation structures with working hand washing facilities. Help families construct clean cook stoves and improve air quality. Design and build low-impact housing accessible for developing communities. Take part in grassroots health initiatives and spread the word to women’s groups, indigenous communities, children and schools, farmworkers and the elderly. Whether you envision a future career in environmental engineering, international development, global health or you simply have a desire to roll up your sleeves and make a difference, the opportunities in Nicaragua are boundless. Beyond community improvement projects, you’ll have the freedom to explore an inter-disciplinary topic of your choosing — one that builds skills related to your personal interests or academic major. This breathtaking land of volcanoes, beaches, tropical rainforest and historic colonial cities will transform how you see the world while empowering you to apply design, engineering and math skills to make a real impact.
“He loved his experience, especially the variety and interaction with the other students. He developed a much deeper understanding and appreciation for life in developing countries through Broadreach.” — Rania Anderson, Mission Hills, KS
- Learn about the key aspects of technology and engineering in developing countries
- Volunteer with local NGOs and engineer solutions for sanitation, clean water and safe cooking
- Surf, zip line, hike and kayak
- Experience the country's unique culture during a homestay
- Minimum 18 years old
- High school graduate
- Minimum GPA: 2.50
- Completed at least one semester at college or graduated high school over a year ago