Summer Experiences

CLTC + Stand UP Nicaragua

Discover what it means to be a leader on CLTC with an incredible community of your peers, and then Stand UP for community empowerment in Nicaragua while surrounding yourself in its vibrant culture and lush natural beauty.

  • Spend a transformative twelve days at Beber Camp developing and strengthening leadership skills that will shape the future of your local chapter CLTC!

    Then, join Stand UP Nicaragua where you'll be immersed in a colorful new culture – experiencing a different way of life and contributing to the betterment of a community on volunteer projects with an ecological, educational and sustainable energy focus.


    NOTE: To choose this connected experience, you must register separately for Stand UP Nicaragua and CLTC. Please inquire for additional details.
     

    Itinerary Snapshot

    A complete sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.

    PART #1 | CLTC

    At CLTC, teens will have a meaningful summer, and it’ll also be fun! They’ll make strong friendships while enjoying free time (or chofesh), new hobbies, sports competitions, leading and celebrating Shabbat and so much more!

    PART #2 | A Commitment to Service

    Granadilla
    Imagine going to school without a working bathroom? We'll be building a much needed brand new latrine for the local school in Granadilla community, 40 minutes from Granada. This will help kids stay in school. We'll also be sharing games and doing sports coaching while there.

    Thomas Borges Community
    We'll visit Thomas Borges Community school to teach healthy eating habits and sports development.

    Las Penitas
    We'll collaborate with a local project and learn how to make handbags and other crafts from found objects and garbage as well as helping the kids practice their English, a much needed skill for them to work in this small but growing tourist town. The crafts give the kids an opportunity to sell to the local hotels and restaurants and to earn an income.

    PART #3 | Nature and Adventure!

    We will spend a day on Juan Venado Island near Las Penitas Beach, not far from Leon, doing a reforestation project in the mangrove forest. We’ll collaborate with the PEA (environmental education program), which is working with local youth to create environmental consciousness! We will also spend one day working on an educational project carried out in a rural community. Most of the youths have never left the community. There is only one school that lacks materials, books and furniture. Our donation will help buy books and participants may bring books with them to donate and read with the kids at school!

    Program Highlights

    For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

     

    Bathe at Aguas Agrias natural pools
    Hike at Mombacho Volcano in the clouds
    Volunteer working with local students from the Tomás Borges community
    Experience a relaxing Shabbat with the Jewish community of Nicaragua
    Get adventurous with a day of zip lining, rappelling, and a rope swing in Masatepe
    Learn about a local co-op and how to make your very own jam
    Hike up to Cerro Negro and try your hand at Volcano Boarding!
    Spend a morning with Nicaraguan teens and learn about reforestation in Juan Venado
    Choose an adventure for an afternoon of surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, bicycling, horse riding, or fishing!
    Develop strong leadership skills to share back home at your chapter

    How the Connection Works

    As a connected experience, this program combines CLTC #5 + Stand UP Nicaragua. At the end of CLTC those making the connection will be responsible for booking their own travel to Miami International Airport where our group flight departs for Nicaragua the following afternoon. A supervised hotel stay-over will be available if needed (extra fee applies).

  • We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

    DAY #1 - #13 | CLTC

    At CLTC, teens will have a meaningful summer, and it’ll also be fun! They’ll make strong friendships while enjoying free time (or chofesh), new hobbies, sports competitions, leading and celebrating Shabbat and so much more!

    DAY #14 | Monday | Arrival in Granada, Nicaragua

    • Depart from Miami International Airport on a supervised flight (optional)
    • Arrive to Managua, Nicaragua
    • Evening: Welcome to Nicaragua! Start bonding with fun, interactive ice breakers, and a short Spanish class, learn some greetings and travel expressions
    • Overnight: Hotel La Granada - Granada, Nicaragua

    DAY #15 | Tuesday | Live Like a Local    

    • Meet La Granidilla community and take a tour of the area by cart and bull
    • Orientation and a short Spanish class to learn some greetings and travel expressions
    • Take a refreshing dip in the Aguas Agrias natural pools
    • Begin service volunteering at a local Granadilla school
    • Evening: Learn to make tortillas and other traditional food in a cooking class with local women
    • Overnight: Hotel La Granada - Granada, Nicaragua

    DAY #16 | Wednesday | Cultural Immersion

    • Hike up Mombacho Volcano
    • Fly high above the forest zip-lining through the canopy with the monkeys and sloths
    • Volunteer at the local Granadilla school
    • Evening: Visit Masaya Volcano, an active volcano where you can see the lava bubble
    • Dinner in Granada
    • Overnight: Hotel La Granada - Granada, Nicaragua

    DAY #17 | Thursday | Cross-Cultural Exchange

    • Continue the community service project working with local Granadilla students
    • Visit the Aguas Agrias natural pools with the local school children as a good-bye party
    • Make pizzas at the La Granadilla community with ovens built by BBYO teens
    • Overnight: Hotel La Granada - Granada, Nicaragua

    DAY #18 | Friday | Exploring Granada

    • Visit Masaya market with a short tour of the city
    • Travel to Managua
    • Enjoy Kabbalat Shabbat and a delicious dinner
    • Overnight: Hotel Hex Managua - Managua, Nicaragua

    DAY #19 | Saturday | Shabbat in Granada

    • Begin Shabbat morning with reflective Shabbat services
    • Spend Shabbat with the Jewish community of Granada
    • Overnight: Hotel Hex Managua - Managua, Nicaragua

    DAY #20 | Sunday | Adventures in Masatepe

    • Explore the stunning views and swim, kayak and paddle board in the warm waters of Apoyo Lagoon
    • Day of adrenaline - Spend the afternoon rappelling or try the rope swing at Masatepe eco-camp  
    • Evening: Group activity
    • Overnight: Cacique Adiact - Leon, Nicaragua

    DAY #21 | Monday | Service and Sightseeing

    • Spend the day volunteering with students from Tomás Borges community 
    • Evening: Tango dance class after dinner
    • Overnight: Cacique Adiact - Leon, Nicaragua

    DAY #22 | Tuesday | Scenic Views

    • Volcano Boarding - Hike up the active (and youngest!) Cerro Negro Volcano for some phenomenal views of the country and volcano board down
    • Spend the afternoon sharing books and reading to local children at Tomás Borges community
    • Overnight: Cacique Adiact - Leon, Nicaragua

    DAY #23 | Wednesday | Soak Up the Sun

    • Work alongside Nicaraguan teens, addressing environmental issues at Las Penitas
    • Free time – there are many options to choose from - surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, bicycling, swimming, horseback riding, or fishing (not included in cost)
    • Final dinner in Leon together
    • Overnight: Cacique Adiact - Leon, Nicaragua

    DAY #24 | Thursday | Heading Home!

    • Travel to Managua airport for return flights home

     

  • You have questions? We've got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

    How will my teen travel to the program?
    An optional group flight is offered – typically from Miami. In some cases a group flight may also depart from Newark, Atlanta, Boston, or Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to the group flight departure city. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets that mimic the group flight itinerary or book separate flight itineraries entirely and make arrangements to meet our staff in Nicaragua. Learn more about our group flights.

    Where will my teen be sleeping?
    We stay in several different kinds of lodgings – ranging from comfortable 3-star hotels to more rustic eco-lodges in the rainforest. Each teen will have their own sleeping accommodations. Our accommodations are typically outside of cities and provide space for teens to relax and explore in a safe environment.

    How is the program staffed?
    Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are posted approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure, and you can expect a staff welcome call in the lead up to summer. Learn more about our staff team.

    What's the summer weather like?
    Nicaragua is a tropical country, but the weather varies greatly from region to region. In the highland areas you can expect cooler weather in the 60s to 70s. Along the lowland coast, the weather is typically in the 80s or even 90s during the day. Finally, July falls within the Nicaragua’s rainy season. What this means is that rain is common, although it’s often brief in the late afternoon or evening.

    How do you approach security?
    The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

    What's the typical group size?
    Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Nicaragua is 25 teens.

    What's the food like?
    Meals will be either kosher or vegetarian. Some meals will be provided according to the “pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy whatever food they wish with pizur funds. Expect to eat seasoned rice, beans, tropical fruit and veggies, plantains, and much more. Vegetarians will have no problems eating well on the trip.

    For more information, check out our general FAQs.

  • This program is a connected experience, and no additional connections are available.

Spend a transformative twelve days at Beber Camp developing and strengthening leadership skills that will shape the future of your local chapter CLTC!

Then, join Stand UP Nicaragua where you'll be immersed in a colorful new culture – experiencing a different way of life and contributing to the betterment of a community on volunteer projects with an ecological, educational and sustainable energy focus.


NOTE: To choose this connected experience, you must register separately for Stand UP Nicaragua and CLTC. Please inquire for additional details.
 

Itinerary Snapshot

A complete sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.

PART #1 | CLTC

At CLTC, teens will have a meaningful summer, and it’ll also be fun! They’ll make strong friendships while enjoying free time (or chofesh), new hobbies, sports competitions, leading and celebrating Shabbat and so much more!

PART #2 | A Commitment to Service

Granadilla
Imagine going to school without a working bathroom? We'll be building a much needed brand new latrine for the local school in Granadilla community, 40 minutes from Granada. This will help kids stay in school. We'll also be sharing games and doing sports coaching while there.

Thomas Borges Community
We'll visit Thomas Borges Community school to teach healthy eating habits and sports development.

Las Penitas
We'll collaborate with a local project and learn how to make handbags and other crafts from found objects and garbage as well as helping the kids practice their English, a much needed skill for them to work in this small but growing tourist town. The crafts give the kids an opportunity to sell to the local hotels and restaurants and to earn an income.

PART #3 | Nature and Adventure!

We will spend a day on Juan Venado Island near Las Penitas Beach, not far from Leon, doing a reforestation project in the mangrove forest. We’ll collaborate with the PEA (environmental education program), which is working with local youth to create environmental consciousness! We will also spend one day working on an educational project carried out in a rural community. Most of the youths have never left the community. There is only one school that lacks materials, books and furniture. Our donation will help buy books and participants may bring books with them to donate and read with the kids at school!

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

 

Bathe at Aguas Agrias natural pools
Hike at Mombacho Volcano in the clouds
Volunteer working with local students from the Tomás Borges community
Experience a relaxing Shabbat with the Jewish community of Nicaragua
Get adventurous with a day of zip lining, rappelling, and a rope swing in Masatepe
Learn about a local co-op and how to make your very own jam
Hike up to Cerro Negro and try your hand at Volcano Boarding!
Spend a morning with Nicaraguan teens and learn about reforestation in Juan Venado
Choose an adventure for an afternoon of surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, bicycling, horse riding, or fishing!
Develop strong leadership skills to share back home at your chapter

How the Connection Works

As a connected experience, this program combines CLTC #5 + Stand UP Nicaragua. At the end of CLTC those making the connection will be responsible for booking their own travel to Miami International Airport where our group flight departs for Nicaragua the following afternoon. A supervised hotel stay-over will be available if needed (extra fee applies).

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 - #13 | CLTC

At CLTC, teens will have a meaningful summer, and it’ll also be fun! They’ll make strong friendships while enjoying free time (or chofesh), new hobbies, sports competitions, leading and celebrating Shabbat and so much more!

DAY #14 | Monday | Arrival in Granada, Nicaragua

  • Depart from Miami International Airport on a supervised flight (optional)
  • Arrive to Managua, Nicaragua
  • Evening: Welcome to Nicaragua! Start bonding with fun, interactive ice breakers, and a short Spanish class, learn some greetings and travel expressions
  • Overnight: Hotel La Granada - Granada, Nicaragua

DAY #15 | Tuesday | Live Like a Local    

  • Meet La Granidilla community and take a tour of the area by cart and bull
  • Orientation and a short Spanish class to learn some greetings and travel expressions
  • Take a refreshing dip in the Aguas Agrias natural pools
  • Begin service volunteering at a local Granadilla school
  • Evening: Learn to make tortillas and other traditional food in a cooking class with local women
  • Overnight: Hotel La Granada - Granada, Nicaragua

DAY #16 | Wednesday | Cultural Immersion

  • Hike up Mombacho Volcano
  • Fly high above the forest zip-lining through the canopy with the monkeys and sloths
  • Volunteer at the local Granadilla school
  • Evening: Visit Masaya Volcano, an active volcano where you can see the lava bubble
  • Dinner in Granada
  • Overnight: Hotel La Granada - Granada, Nicaragua

DAY #17 | Thursday | Cross-Cultural Exchange

  • Continue the community service project working with local Granadilla students
  • Visit the Aguas Agrias natural pools with the local school children as a good-bye party
  • Make pizzas at the La Granadilla community with ovens built by BBYO teens
  • Overnight: Hotel La Granada - Granada, Nicaragua

DAY #18 | Friday | Exploring Granada

  • Visit Masaya market with a short tour of the city
  • Travel to Managua
  • Enjoy Kabbalat Shabbat and a delicious dinner
  • Overnight: Hotel Hex Managua - Managua, Nicaragua

DAY #19 | Saturday | Shabbat in Granada

  • Begin Shabbat morning with reflective Shabbat services
  • Spend Shabbat with the Jewish community of Granada
  • Overnight: Hotel Hex Managua - Managua, Nicaragua

DAY #20 | Sunday | Adventures in Masatepe

  • Explore the stunning views and swim, kayak and paddle board in the warm waters of Apoyo Lagoon
  • Day of adrenaline - Spend the afternoon rappelling or try the rope swing at Masatepe eco-camp  
  • Evening: Group activity
  • Overnight: Cacique Adiact - Leon, Nicaragua

DAY #21 | Monday | Service and Sightseeing

  • Spend the day volunteering with students from Tomás Borges community 
  • Evening: Tango dance class after dinner
  • Overnight: Cacique Adiact - Leon, Nicaragua

DAY #22 | Tuesday | Scenic Views

  • Volcano Boarding - Hike up the active (and youngest!) Cerro Negro Volcano for some phenomenal views of the country and volcano board down
  • Spend the afternoon sharing books and reading to local children at Tomás Borges community
  • Overnight: Cacique Adiact - Leon, Nicaragua

DAY #23 | Wednesday | Soak Up the Sun

  • Work alongside Nicaraguan teens, addressing environmental issues at Las Penitas
  • Free time – there are many options to choose from - surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, bicycling, swimming, horseback riding, or fishing (not included in cost)
  • Final dinner in Leon together
  • Overnight: Cacique Adiact - Leon, Nicaragua

DAY #24 | Thursday | Heading Home!

  • Travel to Managua airport for return flights home

 

You have questions? We've got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional group flight is offered – typically from Miami. In some cases a group flight may also depart from Newark, Atlanta, Boston, or Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to the group flight departure city. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets that mimic the group flight itinerary or book separate flight itineraries entirely and make arrangements to meet our staff in Nicaragua. Learn more about our group flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
We stay in several different kinds of lodgings – ranging from comfortable 3-star hotels to more rustic eco-lodges in the rainforest. Each teen will have their own sleeping accommodations. Our accommodations are typically outside of cities and provide space for teens to relax and explore in a safe environment.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are posted approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure, and you can expect a staff welcome call in the lead up to summer. Learn more about our staff team.

What's the summer weather like?
Nicaragua is a tropical country, but the weather varies greatly from region to region. In the highland areas you can expect cooler weather in the 60s to 70s. Along the lowland coast, the weather is typically in the 80s or even 90s during the day. Finally, July falls within the Nicaragua’s rainy season. What this means is that rain is common, although it’s often brief in the late afternoon or evening.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What's the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Nicaragua is 25 teens.

What's the food like?
Meals will be either kosher or vegetarian. Some meals will be provided according to the “pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy whatever food they wish with pizur funds. Expect to eat seasoned rice, beans, tropical fruit and veggies, plantains, and much more. Vegetarians will have no problems eating well on the trip.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

This program is a connected experience, and no additional connections are available.