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SUMMER EXPERIENCES

Stand UP Nicaragua

Stand UP for community empowerment in Nicaragua while surrounding yourself in the vibrant culture and lush natural beauty of this promising Central America nation.

  • At a Glance

    11 or 14 Days | GRADES: 8th - 12th

    Community Service: ~36 Hours
    Location: Nicaragua

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • Limited Availability
    • Limited Availability

    LAND COST

    Stand UP Nicaragua #1
    11 Days | Grades 9-12
    $3,850

    Stand UP Nicaragua #2
    14 Days | Grades 8-10
    $3,950


    SUPERVISED FLIGHT: ~$650

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (hotels and country lodging)
    • All meals 
    • All programming
    • Motorcoach
    • Medical insurance
    • Gratuity for program staff
  • Learn More:

Stand UP for Community Empowerment

BBYO invites you to spend your summer living and giving of yourself in the heart of Central America. Immerse yourself in a colorful new culture – experiencing a different way of life and contributing to the betterment of the community on volunteer projects with an ecological, educational and sustainable energy focus. We’ll also explore Nicaragua’s lush jungle landscapes – with hiking, biking, rappelling and kayaking adventures along the way.

NOTE: A basic knowledge of conversational Spanish is preferred but not required.

Elements of the Program

Strengthening a Community 

Stand UP Nicaragua focuses on providing solutions to economic, environmental and educational issues. Teens will be immersed into Nicaraguan culture and society while learning how to create change in a positive and effective manner, helping communities to become self-sustainable. 

Living in Harmony with Nature 

In addition to exploring the beautiful Nicaraguan landscape, we will also be doing a reforestation project in the mangrove forest. We’ll collaborate with the PEA (environmental education program), which is working with local youth to promote environmental consciousness!

Jewish Revival 

As an experience for Jewish teens, Stand UP Nicaragua is also an opportunity to explore your Jewish identity as we meet members of a re-emerging Jewish community. Fulfill the Jewish value of Tikun Olam (fixing the planet), and celebrate a memorable Shabbat with the small, recovering Jewish community of Nicaragua. Learn about the history of Nicaraguan Jewry and be inspired by a story of cultural and spiritual revival, even as the community continued to disappear!

An Eco Adventure

Step outside of community life and venture into nature! Throughout the experience we set aside time to explore the beauty of Nicaragua — hike on a volcano, rappel down a lush mountainside, and have the opportunity to go biking, kayaking, surfing, and so much more!

Why Nicaragua

Less traveled than some of its Central American neighbors, Nicaragua is being discovered by a new generation of travelers and volunteers alike. Nicaragua is safe, small, easy to get around, and it’s teeming with nature that is diverse and spectacular. The people of Nicaragua are friendly and welcoming. But the society remains largely underdeveloped, which means there are many opportunities to make a real impact as a Stand UP volunteer.

Program Highlights

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

 

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
Hike up to Cerro Negro and try your hand at Volcano Boarding!
Choose an adventure for an afternoon of surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, bicycling, horse riding, or fishing!

Itinerary Snapshot

A complete sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.Trip #1 | Healthy Students and Healthy Homes

Trip #1 | Healthy Students and Healthy Homes
Trip #2 | Reduce, Reuse and Reimagine

Share your passion for the environment and love of helping children as you work with underprivileged communities in Nicaragua. Through our community services projects, we will create building blocks for healthier schools, homes and lifestyles!

Granadilla (Stand UP Nicaragua #1)
La Granadilla is a rural community comprised primarily of subsistence farmers. As the school has very limited resources, we will build an organic garden that will help students learn best farming practices and healthy eating habits. Eventually the garden will provide food for lunch –  incentivizing parents to send their children to school on a more regular basis. We’ll also spend time teaching the students English and encouraging sports, all lessons in healthy living!

Thomas Borges Community (Stand UP Nicaragua #1 and #2)
Imagine living in a community with no garbage pick-up and in a home made of found materials and tin sheets. Staying healthy can be challenging! In the Thomas Borges community, we will build eco-ovens, designed to reduce the amount of smoke created in homes and the amount of wood needed for cooking. They are made in part with recycled bottles and help reduce the amount of waste. Eco-ovens improve health, help families save money and help slow deforestation in the area.

Ometepe (Stand UP Nicaragua #2)
One of the most pressing issues facing the residents on the beautiful island of Ometepe revolves around trash management. Working with local teenagers, we will help design and implement strategies to educate residents about options to reduce waste. We’ll also create ecobricks for Hacienda Merida Bilingual School. This school is built almost entirely from these ecoblocks – plastic bottles packed full with inorganic waste.

Our Partner

Global Village Connect Travel

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Nicaragua is organized in partnership with Global Village Connect Travel. Global Village Connect Travel connects people, schools and communities by developing practical solutions that improve education, economic opportunity and health through sustainable projects. They help provide immersive experiences for the teens on Stand UP Nicaragua.

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.

Stand UP Nicaragua #1 (11 Days)

DAY #1 | Monday, June 25
·  Depart from Miami Airport on a supervised flight (optional)
·  Arrive to Managua, Nicaragua
·  Evening: Welcome to Nicaragua! Start bonding with fun, interactive ice breakers
Overnight: Hotel La Granada – Granada, Nicaragua

DAY #2 | Tuesday, June 26
·  Visit La Granadilla community by cart and bull. Introduction, orientation session and brief Spanish class
·  Volunteer at the local school, garden building, sports and English development
·  Traditional cooking class with local women. Learn to make tortillas and other traditional food!
Overnight: Hotel La Granada – Granada, Nicaragua

DAY #3 | Wednesday, June 27
·  Volunteer at the local school, garden building, sports and English development
·  Hike Mombacho Volcano in the clouds. See monkeys, sloths and other wildlife!
·  Visit Masaya volcano and see its bubbling lava
Overnight: Hotel La Granada – Granada, Nicaragua

DAY #4 | Thursday, June 28
·  Continue the community service project at La Granadilla School
·  Celebrate a goodbye party with the Granadilla students
·  Pizza cooking lesson from teens and women of the community
Overnight: Hotel La Granada – Granada, Nicaragua

DAY #5 | Friday, June 29
·  Fun-filled day at Apoyo Lagoon with kayaking, paddle boarding and swimming!
·  Travel to Managua. Stop en route in Catarina for shopping and beautiful views
·  Enjoy Shabbat and a delicious dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Hotel Hex Managua- Managua, Nicaragua

DAY #6 | Saturday, June 30 
·  Begin Shabbat morning with reflective Shabbat services
·  Spend Shabbat afternoon, and dinner with the Jewish community
Overnight: Hotel Hex Managua– Managua, Nicaragua

DAY #7 | Sunday, July 1
·  Explore the town of Masaya
·  PIzzur lunch at Masaya Market
·  Kayaking, rappelling and rope swinging at Masatepe eco-camp 
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua

DAY #8 | Monday, July 2
·  Volunteer at Tomas Borges School – Educational lessons and learn about life in this community
·  Build eco-ovens in family homes
·  Traditional dance class
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua

DAY #9 | Tuesday, July 3
·  Hike up the active (and youngest!) Cerro Negro Volcano for some phenomenal views of the country
·  Volcano board to the bottom
·  Spend the afternoon finishing projects at the Tomás Borges community
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua

DAY #10 | Wednesday, July 4
·  Work with local Nicaraguan children in Las Penitas on environmental issues
·  Free time on the beach – surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, bicycling, swimming, horseback riding, or fishing
·  Goodbye party on the beach in honor of last evening together
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua

DAY #11 | Thursday, July 5
·  Depart from Managua, Nicaragua to Miami, Florida
 

Stand UP Nicaragua #2 (14 Days)

DAY #1 | Monday, July 23
·  Depart from Miami Airport on a supervised flight (optional)
·  Arrive to Managua, Nicaragua and meet up with Trek Costa Rica group
·  Welcome to Nicaragua! Start bonding with fun, interactive ice breakers
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua
 
DAY #2 | Tuesday, July 24
·   Volunteer at Tomas Borges School – Educational lessons and learn about life in this community
·  Build eco-ovens in family homes
·  Traditional dance class
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua
 
DAY #3 | Wednesday, July 25
·  Finish building eco-ovens
·  After school volunteer opportunity with Thomas Borges community
·  Visit Masaya volcano and see its bubbling lava
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua
 
DAY #4 | Thursday, July 26
·   Hike up the active (and youngest!) Cerro Negro Volcano for phenomenal views of the country
·  Free afternoon on the beach – surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, bicycling or fishing
·  Dinner on the beach
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua
 
DAY #5 | Friday, July 27
·  Fun-filled day at Apoyo Lagoon with kayaking, paddle boarding and swimming!
·  Travel to Managua
·  Enjoy Shabbat and a delicious dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Hotel Hex Managua- Managua, Nicaragua
 
DAY #6 | Saturday, July 28
·  Begin Shabbat morning with reflective Shabbat services
·  Spend Shabbat afternoon, and dinner with the Jewish community
Overnight: Hotel Hex Managua– Managua, Nicaragua
 
DAY #7 | Sunday, July 29
·  Travel to the island of Ometepe
·  Horseback ride to Ojo de Agua, fresh water springs
·  Meet up with Nicaraguan teens and group orientation
Overnight: Finca San Juan de la Isla – Ometepe
 
DAY #8 | Monday, July 30
·  Collaborate with peers from Ladislao Chwalbinsky High School
·  Garbage project at Santo Domingo beach
·  Night tour with biologist, Lenin Obando
Overnight: Finca San Juan de la Isla – Ometepe
 
DAY #9 | Tuesday, July 31
·  Hike to the San Ramon Waterfall that provides safe drinking water for the entire island
·  Donate plastic ecobricks to Hacienda Merida Bilingual School
     (hosted by environmental activist/owner Alvaro Molina)
Overnight: Finca San Juan de la Isla – Ometepe
 
DAY #10 | Wednesday, August 1
·  Altagracia Municipality Garbage Disposal visit with Nicaraguan peers
·  Afternoon visit with peers to meet their families and experience their lifestyle
·  Dinner at “Campestre” organic farm restaurant
Overnight: Finca San Juan de la Isla – Ometepe
 
DAY #11 | Thursday, August 2
·  Kayaking at Istian River. View monkeys, caiman and more!
·  Community service project
Overnight: Finca San Juan de la Isla – Ometepe
 
DAY #12 | Friday, August 3
·  Project implementation with peers at “El Recreo” site in Finca San Juan
·  Shabbat Dinner at Finca
Overnight: Finca San Juan de la Isla – Ometepe
 
DAY #13 | Saturday, August 4
·  Relaxing Shabbat on the beach
·  Goodbye party and bonfire on the beach
Overnight: Finca San Juan de la Isla – Ometepe
 
DAY #14 | Sunday, August 5
·  Depart from Managua, Nicaragua to Miami, Florida
 
 

Do 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 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.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Supervised Connections

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here. 

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here. 

  • *CLTC #2 + Stand UP Nicaragua #1
    24 Days | Current 9th – 12th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC or ILTC can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 
  • At a Glance

    11 or 14 Days | 8th - 12th

    Community Service: ~36 Hours
    Location: Nicaragua

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • Limited Availability
    • Limited Availability

    LAND COST

    Stand UP Nicaragua #1
    11 Days | Grades 9-12
    $3,850

    Stand UP Nicaragua #2
    14 Days | Grades 8-10
    $3,950


    SUPERVISED FLIGHT: ~$650

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (hotels and country lodging)
    • All meals 
    • All programming
    • Motorcoach
    • Medical insurance
    • Gratuity for program staff
  • Learn More:

Stand UP for Community Empowerment

BBYO invites you to spend your summer living and giving of yourself in the heart of Central America. Immerse yourself in a colorful new culture – experiencing a different way of life and contributing to the betterment of the community on volunteer projects with an ecological, educational and sustainable energy focus. We’ll also explore Nicaragua’s lush jungle landscapes – with hiking, biking, rappelling and kayaking adventures along the way.

NOTE: A basic knowledge of conversational Spanish is preferred but not required.

Elements of the Program

Strengthening a Community 

Stand UP Nicaragua focuses on providing solutions to economic, environmental and educational issues. Teens will be immersed into Nicaraguan culture and society while learning how to create change in a positive and effective manner, helping communities to become self-sustainable. 

Living in Harmony with Nature 

In addition to exploring the beautiful Nicaraguan landscape, we will also be doing a reforestation project in the mangrove forest. We’ll collaborate with the PEA (environmental education program), which is working with local youth to promote environmental consciousness!

Jewish Revival 

As an experience for Jewish teens, Stand UP Nicaragua is also an opportunity to explore your Jewish identity as we meet members of a re-emerging Jewish community. Fulfill the Jewish value of Tikun Olam (fixing the planet), and celebrate a memorable Shabbat with the small, recovering Jewish community of Nicaragua. Learn about the history of Nicaraguan Jewry and be inspired by a story of cultural and spiritual revival, even as the community continued to disappear!

An Eco Adventure

Step outside of community life and venture into nature! Throughout the experience we set aside time to explore the beauty of Nicaragua — hike on a volcano, rappel down a lush mountainside, and have the opportunity to go biking, kayaking, surfing, and so much more!

Why Nicaragua

Less traveled than some of its Central American neighbors, Nicaragua is being discovered by a new generation of travelers and volunteers alike. Nicaragua is safe, small, easy to get around, and it’s teeming with nature that is diverse and spectacular. The people of Nicaragua are friendly and welcoming. But the society remains largely underdeveloped, which means there are many opportunities to make a real impact as a Stand UP volunteer.

Program Highlights

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

 

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
Hike up to Cerro Negro and try your hand at Volcano Boarding!
Choose an adventure for an afternoon of surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, bicycling, horse riding, or fishing!

Itinerary Snapshot

A complete sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.Trip #1 | Healthy Students and Healthy Homes

Trip #1 | Healthy Students and Healthy Homes
Trip #2 | Reduce, Reuse and Reimagine

Share your passion for the environment and love of helping children as you work with underprivileged communities in Nicaragua. Through our community services projects, we will create building blocks for healthier schools, homes and lifestyles!

Granadilla (Stand UP Nicaragua #1)
La Granadilla is a rural community comprised primarily of subsistence farmers. As the school has very limited resources, we will build an organic garden that will help students learn best farming practices and healthy eating habits. Eventually the garden will provide food for lunch –  incentivizing parents to send their children to school on a more regular basis. We’ll also spend time teaching the students English and encouraging sports, all lessons in healthy living!

Thomas Borges Community (Stand UP Nicaragua #1 and #2)
Imagine living in a community with no garbage pick-up and in a home made of found materials and tin sheets. Staying healthy can be challenging! In the Thomas Borges community, we will build eco-ovens, designed to reduce the amount of smoke created in homes and the amount of wood needed for cooking. They are made in part with recycled bottles and help reduce the amount of waste. Eco-ovens improve health, help families save money and help slow deforestation in the area.

Ometepe (Stand UP Nicaragua #2)
One of the most pressing issues facing the residents on the beautiful island of Ometepe revolves around trash management. Working with local teenagers, we will help design and implement strategies to educate residents about options to reduce waste. We’ll also create ecobricks for Hacienda Merida Bilingual School. This school is built almost entirely from these ecoblocks – plastic bottles packed full with inorganic waste.

Our Partner

Global Village Connect Travel

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Nicaragua is organized in partnership with Global Village Connect Travel. Global Village Connect Travel connects people, schools and communities by developing practical solutions that improve education, economic opportunity and health through sustainable projects. They help provide immersive experiences for the teens on Stand UP Nicaragua.

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.

Stand UP Nicaragua #1 (11 Days)

DAY #1 | Monday, June 25
·  Depart from Miami Airport on a supervised flight (optional)
·  Arrive to Managua, Nicaragua
·  Evening: Welcome to Nicaragua! Start bonding with fun, interactive ice breakers
Overnight: Hotel La Granada – Granada, Nicaragua

DAY #2 | Tuesday, June 26
·  Visit La Granadilla community by cart and bull. Introduction, orientation session and brief Spanish class
·  Volunteer at the local school, garden building, sports and English development
·  Traditional cooking class with local women. Learn to make tortillas and other traditional food!
Overnight: Hotel La Granada – Granada, Nicaragua

DAY #3 | Wednesday, June 27
·  Volunteer at the local school, garden building, sports and English development
·  Hike Mombacho Volcano in the clouds. See monkeys, sloths and other wildlife!
·  Visit Masaya volcano and see its bubbling lava
Overnight: Hotel La Granada – Granada, Nicaragua

DAY #4 | Thursday, June 28
·  Continue the community service project at La Granadilla School
·  Celebrate a goodbye party with the Granadilla students
·  Pizza cooking lesson from teens and women of the community
Overnight: Hotel La Granada – Granada, Nicaragua

DAY #5 | Friday, June 29
·  Fun-filled day at Apoyo Lagoon with kayaking, paddle boarding and swimming!
·  Travel to Managua. Stop en route in Catarina for shopping and beautiful views
·  Enjoy Shabbat and a delicious dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Hotel Hex Managua- Managua, Nicaragua

DAY #6 | Saturday, June 30 
·  Begin Shabbat morning with reflective Shabbat services
·  Spend Shabbat afternoon, and dinner with the Jewish community
Overnight: Hotel Hex Managua– Managua, Nicaragua

DAY #7 | Sunday, July 1
·  Explore the town of Masaya
·  PIzzur lunch at Masaya Market
·  Kayaking, rappelling and rope swinging at Masatepe eco-camp 
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua

DAY #8 | Monday, July 2
·  Volunteer at Tomas Borges School – Educational lessons and learn about life in this community
·  Build eco-ovens in family homes
·  Traditional dance class
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua

DAY #9 | Tuesday, July 3
·  Hike up the active (and youngest!) Cerro Negro Volcano for some phenomenal views of the country
·  Volcano board to the bottom
·  Spend the afternoon finishing projects at the Tomás Borges community
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua

DAY #10 | Wednesday, July 4
·  Work with local Nicaraguan children in Las Penitas on environmental issues
·  Free time on the beach – surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, bicycling, swimming, horseback riding, or fishing
·  Goodbye party on the beach in honor of last evening together
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua

DAY #11 | Thursday, July 5
·  Depart from Managua, Nicaragua to Miami, Florida
 

Stand UP Nicaragua #2 (14 Days)

DAY #1 | Monday, July 23
·  Depart from Miami Airport on a supervised flight (optional)
·  Arrive to Managua, Nicaragua and meet up with Trek Costa Rica group
·  Welcome to Nicaragua! Start bonding with fun, interactive ice breakers
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua
 
DAY #2 | Tuesday, July 24
·   Volunteer at Tomas Borges School – Educational lessons and learn about life in this community
·  Build eco-ovens in family homes
·  Traditional dance class
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua
 
DAY #3 | Wednesday, July 25
·  Finish building eco-ovens
·  After school volunteer opportunity with Thomas Borges community
·  Visit Masaya volcano and see its bubbling lava
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua
 
DAY #4 | Thursday, July 26
·   Hike up the active (and youngest!) Cerro Negro Volcano for phenomenal views of the country
·  Free afternoon on the beach – surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, bicycling or fishing
·  Dinner on the beach
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua
 
DAY #5 | Friday, July 27
·  Fun-filled day at Apoyo Lagoon with kayaking, paddle boarding and swimming!
·  Travel to Managua
·  Enjoy Shabbat and a delicious dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Hotel Hex Managua- Managua, Nicaragua
 
DAY #6 | Saturday, July 28
·  Begin Shabbat morning with reflective Shabbat services
·  Spend Shabbat afternoon, and dinner with the Jewish community
Overnight: Hotel Hex Managua– Managua, Nicaragua
 
DAY #7 | Sunday, July 29
·  Travel to the island of Ometepe
·  Horseback ride to Ojo de Agua, fresh water springs
·  Meet up with Nicaraguan teens and group orientation
Overnight: Finca San Juan de la Isla – Ometepe
 
DAY #8 | Monday, July 30
·  Collaborate with peers from Ladislao Chwalbinsky High School
·  Garbage project at Santo Domingo beach
·  Night tour with biologist, Lenin Obando
Overnight: Finca San Juan de la Isla – Ometepe
 
DAY #9 | Tuesday, July 31
·  Hike to the San Ramon Waterfall that provides safe drinking water for the entire island
·  Donate plastic ecobricks to Hacienda Merida Bilingual School
     (hosted by environmental activist/owner Alvaro Molina)
Overnight: Finca San Juan de la Isla – Ometepe
 
DAY #10 | Wednesday, August 1
·  Altagracia Municipality Garbage Disposal visit with Nicaraguan peers
·  Afternoon visit with peers to meet their families and experience their lifestyle
·  Dinner at “Campestre” organic farm restaurant
Overnight: Finca San Juan de la Isla – Ometepe
 
DAY #11 | Thursday, August 2
·  Kayaking at Istian River. View monkeys, caiman and more!
·  Community service project
Overnight: Finca San Juan de la Isla – Ometepe
 
DAY #12 | Friday, August 3
·  Project implementation with peers at “El Recreo” site in Finca San Juan
·  Shabbat Dinner at Finca
Overnight: Finca San Juan de la Isla – Ometepe
 
DAY #13 | Saturday, August 4
·  Relaxing Shabbat on the beach
·  Goodbye party and bonfire on the beach
Overnight: Finca San Juan de la Isla – Ometepe
 
DAY #14 | Sunday, August 5
·  Depart from Managua, Nicaragua to Miami, Florida
 
 

Do 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 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.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Supervised Connections

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here. 

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here. 

  • *CLTC #2 + Stand UP Nicaragua #1
    24 Days | Current 9th – 12th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC or ILTC can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

Stand UP Nicaragua

Stand UP for community empowerment in Nicaragua while surrounding yourself in the vibrant culture and lush natural beauty of this promising Central America nation.

Stand UP Nicaragua

Stand UP for community empowerment in Nicaragua while surrounding yourself in the vibrant culture and lush natural beauty of this promising Central America nation.

  • At a Glance

    11 or 14 Days | GRADES: 8th - 12th

    Community Service: ~36 Hours
    Location: Nicaragua

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • Limited Availability
    • Limited Availability

    LAND COST

    Stand UP Nicaragua #1
    11 Days | Grades 9-12
    $3,850

    Stand UP Nicaragua #2
    14 Days | Grades 8-10
    $3,950


    SUPERVISED FLIGHT: ~$650

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (hotels and country lodging)
    • All meals 
    • All programming
    • Motorcoach
    • Medical insurance
    • Gratuity for program staff
  • Learn More:

Stand UP for Community Empowerment

BBYO invites you to spend your summer living and giving of yourself in the heart of Central America. Immerse yourself in a colorful new culture – experiencing a different way of life and contributing to the betterment of the community on volunteer projects with an ecological, educational and sustainable energy focus. We’ll also explore Nicaragua’s lush jungle landscapes – with hiking, biking, rappelling and kayaking adventures along the way.

NOTE: A basic knowledge of conversational Spanish is preferred but not required.

Elements of the Program

Strengthening a Community 

Stand UP Nicaragua focuses on providing solutions to economic, environmental and educational issues. Teens will be immersed into Nicaraguan culture and society while learning how to create change in a positive and effective manner, helping communities to become self-sustainable. 

Living in Harmony with Nature 

In addition to exploring the beautiful Nicaraguan landscape, we will also be doing a reforestation project in the mangrove forest. We’ll collaborate with the PEA (environmental education program), which is working with local youth to promote environmental consciousness!

Jewish Revival 

As an experience for Jewish teens, Stand UP Nicaragua is also an opportunity to explore your Jewish identity as we meet members of a re-emerging Jewish community. Fulfill the Jewish value of Tikun Olam (fixing the planet), and celebrate a memorable Shabbat with the small, recovering Jewish community of Nicaragua. Learn about the history of Nicaraguan Jewry and be inspired by a story of cultural and spiritual revival, even as the community continued to disappear!

An Eco Adventure

Step outside of community life and venture into nature! Throughout the experience we set aside time to explore the beauty of Nicaragua — hike on a volcano, rappel down a lush mountainside, and have the opportunity to go biking, kayaking, surfing, and so much more!

Why Nicaragua

Less traveled than some of its Central American neighbors, Nicaragua is being discovered by a new generation of travelers and volunteers alike. Nicaragua is safe, small, easy to get around, and it’s teeming with nature that is diverse and spectacular. The people of Nicaragua are friendly and welcoming. But the society remains largely underdeveloped, which means there are many opportunities to make a real impact as a Stand UP volunteer.

Program Highlights

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

 

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
Hike up to Cerro Negro and try your hand at Volcano Boarding!
Choose an adventure for an afternoon of surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, bicycling, horse riding, or fishing!

Itinerary Snapshot

A complete sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.Trip #1 | Healthy Students and Healthy Homes

Trip #1 | Healthy Students and Healthy Homes
Trip #2 | Reduce, Reuse and Reimagine

Share your passion for the environment and love of helping children as you work with underprivileged communities in Nicaragua. Through our community services projects, we will create building blocks for healthier schools, homes and lifestyles!

Granadilla (Stand UP Nicaragua #1)
La Granadilla is a rural community comprised primarily of subsistence farmers. As the school has very limited resources, we will build an organic garden that will help students learn best farming practices and healthy eating habits. Eventually the garden will provide food for lunch –  incentivizing parents to send their children to school on a more regular basis. We’ll also spend time teaching the students English and encouraging sports, all lessons in healthy living!

Thomas Borges Community (Stand UP Nicaragua #1 and #2)
Imagine living in a community with no garbage pick-up and in a home made of found materials and tin sheets. Staying healthy can be challenging! In the Thomas Borges community, we will build eco-ovens, designed to reduce the amount of smoke created in homes and the amount of wood needed for cooking. They are made in part with recycled bottles and help reduce the amount of waste. Eco-ovens improve health, help families save money and help slow deforestation in the area.

Ometepe (Stand UP Nicaragua #2)
One of the most pressing issues facing the residents on the beautiful island of Ometepe revolves around trash management. Working with local teenagers, we will help design and implement strategies to educate residents about options to reduce waste. We’ll also create ecobricks for Hacienda Merida Bilingual School. This school is built almost entirely from these ecoblocks – plastic bottles packed full with inorganic waste.

Our Partner

Global Village Connect Travel

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Nicaragua is organized in partnership with Global Village Connect Travel. Global Village Connect Travel connects people, schools and communities by developing practical solutions that improve education, economic opportunity and health through sustainable projects. They help provide immersive experiences for the teens on Stand UP Nicaragua.

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.

Stand UP Nicaragua #1 (11 Days)

DAY #1 | Monday, June 25
·  Depart from Miami Airport on a supervised flight (optional)
·  Arrive to Managua, Nicaragua
·  Evening: Welcome to Nicaragua! Start bonding with fun, interactive ice breakers
Overnight: Hotel La Granada – Granada, Nicaragua

DAY #2 | Tuesday, June 26
·  Visit La Granadilla community by cart and bull. Introduction, orientation session and brief Spanish class
·  Volunteer at the local school, garden building, sports and English development
·  Traditional cooking class with local women. Learn to make tortillas and other traditional food!
Overnight: Hotel La Granada – Granada, Nicaragua

DAY #3 | Wednesday, June 27
·  Volunteer at the local school, garden building, sports and English development
·  Hike Mombacho Volcano in the clouds. See monkeys, sloths and other wildlife!
·  Visit Masaya volcano and see its bubbling lava
Overnight: Hotel La Granada – Granada, Nicaragua

DAY #4 | Thursday, June 28
·  Continue the community service project at La Granadilla School
·  Celebrate a goodbye party with the Granadilla students
·  Pizza cooking lesson from teens and women of the community
Overnight: Hotel La Granada – Granada, Nicaragua

DAY #5 | Friday, June 29
·  Fun-filled day at Apoyo Lagoon with kayaking, paddle boarding and swimming!
·  Travel to Managua. Stop en route in Catarina for shopping and beautiful views
·  Enjoy Shabbat and a delicious dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Hotel Hex Managua- Managua, Nicaragua

DAY #6 | Saturday, June 30 
·  Begin Shabbat morning with reflective Shabbat services
·  Spend Shabbat afternoon, and dinner with the Jewish community
Overnight: Hotel Hex Managua– Managua, Nicaragua

DAY #7 | Sunday, July 1
·  Explore the town of Masaya
·  PIzzur lunch at Masaya Market
·  Kayaking, rappelling and rope swinging at Masatepe eco-camp 
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua

DAY #8 | Monday, July 2
·  Volunteer at Tomas Borges School – Educational lessons and learn about life in this community
·  Build eco-ovens in family homes
·  Traditional dance class
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua

DAY #9 | Tuesday, July 3
·  Hike up the active (and youngest!) Cerro Negro Volcano for some phenomenal views of the country
·  Volcano board to the bottom
·  Spend the afternoon finishing projects at the Tomás Borges community
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua

DAY #10 | Wednesday, July 4
·  Work with local Nicaraguan children in Las Penitas on environmental issues
·  Free time on the beach – surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, bicycling, swimming, horseback riding, or fishing
·  Goodbye party on the beach in honor of last evening together
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua

DAY #11 | Thursday, July 5
·  Depart from Managua, Nicaragua to Miami, Florida
 

Stand UP Nicaragua #2 (14 Days)

DAY #1 | Monday, July 23
·  Depart from Miami Airport on a supervised flight (optional)
·  Arrive to Managua, Nicaragua and meet up with Trek Costa Rica group
·  Welcome to Nicaragua! Start bonding with fun, interactive ice breakers
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua
 
DAY #2 | Tuesday, July 24
·   Volunteer at Tomas Borges School – Educational lessons and learn about life in this community
·  Build eco-ovens in family homes
·  Traditional dance class
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua
 
DAY #3 | Wednesday, July 25
·  Finish building eco-ovens
·  After school volunteer opportunity with Thomas Borges community
·  Visit Masaya volcano and see its bubbling lava
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua
 
DAY #4 | Thursday, July 26
·   Hike up the active (and youngest!) Cerro Negro Volcano for phenomenal views of the country
·  Free afternoon on the beach – surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, bicycling or fishing
·  Dinner on the beach
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua
 
DAY #5 | Friday, July 27
·  Fun-filled day at Apoyo Lagoon with kayaking, paddle boarding and swimming!
·  Travel to Managua
·  Enjoy Shabbat and a delicious dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Hotel Hex Managua- Managua, Nicaragua
 
DAY #6 | Saturday, July 28
·  Begin Shabbat morning with reflective Shabbat services
·  Spend Shabbat afternoon, and dinner with the Jewish community
Overnight: Hotel Hex Managua– Managua, Nicaragua
 
DAY #7 | Sunday, July 29
·  Travel to the island of Ometepe
·  Horseback ride to Ojo de Agua, fresh water springs
·  Meet up with Nicaraguan teens and group orientation
Overnight: Finca San Juan de la Isla – Ometepe
 
DAY #8 | Monday, July 30
·  Collaborate with peers from Ladislao Chwalbinsky High School
·  Garbage project at Santo Domingo beach
·  Night tour with biologist, Lenin Obando
Overnight: Finca San Juan de la Isla – Ometepe
 
DAY #9 | Tuesday, July 31
·  Hike to the San Ramon Waterfall that provides safe drinking water for the entire island
·  Donate plastic ecobricks to Hacienda Merida Bilingual School
     (hosted by environmental activist/owner Alvaro Molina)
Overnight: Finca San Juan de la Isla – Ometepe
 
DAY #10 | Wednesday, August 1
·  Altagracia Municipality Garbage Disposal visit with Nicaraguan peers
·  Afternoon visit with peers to meet their families and experience their lifestyle
·  Dinner at “Campestre” organic farm restaurant
Overnight: Finca San Juan de la Isla – Ometepe
 
DAY #11 | Thursday, August 2
·  Kayaking at Istian River. View monkeys, caiman and more!
·  Community service project
Overnight: Finca San Juan de la Isla – Ometepe
 
DAY #12 | Friday, August 3
·  Project implementation with peers at “El Recreo” site in Finca San Juan
·  Shabbat Dinner at Finca
Overnight: Finca San Juan de la Isla – Ometepe
 
DAY #13 | Saturday, August 4
·  Relaxing Shabbat on the beach
·  Goodbye party and bonfire on the beach
Overnight: Finca San Juan de la Isla – Ometepe
 
DAY #14 | Sunday, August 5
·  Depart from Managua, Nicaragua to Miami, Florida
 
 

Do 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 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.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Supervised Connections

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here. 

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here. 

  • *CLTC #2 + Stand UP Nicaragua #1
    24 Days | Current 9th – 12th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC or ILTC can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 
  • At a Glance

    11 or 14 Days | 8th - 12th

    Community Service: ~36 Hours
    Location: Nicaragua

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • Limited Availability
    • Limited Availability

    LAND COST

    Stand UP Nicaragua #1
    11 Days | Grades 9-12
    $3,850

    Stand UP Nicaragua #2
    14 Days | Grades 8-10
    $3,950


    SUPERVISED FLIGHT: ~$650

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (hotels and country lodging)
    • All meals 
    • All programming
    • Motorcoach
    • Medical insurance
    • Gratuity for program staff
  • Learn More:

Stand UP for Community Empowerment

BBYO invites you to spend your summer living and giving of yourself in the heart of Central America. Immerse yourself in a colorful new culture – experiencing a different way of life and contributing to the betterment of the community on volunteer projects with an ecological, educational and sustainable energy focus. We’ll also explore Nicaragua’s lush jungle landscapes – with hiking, biking, rappelling and kayaking adventures along the way.

NOTE: A basic knowledge of conversational Spanish is preferred but not required.

Elements of the Program

Strengthening a Community 

Stand UP Nicaragua focuses on providing solutions to economic, environmental and educational issues. Teens will be immersed into Nicaraguan culture and society while learning how to create change in a positive and effective manner, helping communities to become self-sustainable. 

Living in Harmony with Nature 

In addition to exploring the beautiful Nicaraguan landscape, we will also be doing a reforestation project in the mangrove forest. We’ll collaborate with the PEA (environmental education program), which is working with local youth to promote environmental consciousness!

Jewish Revival 

As an experience for Jewish teens, Stand UP Nicaragua is also an opportunity to explore your Jewish identity as we meet members of a re-emerging Jewish community. Fulfill the Jewish value of Tikun Olam (fixing the planet), and celebrate a memorable Shabbat with the small, recovering Jewish community of Nicaragua. Learn about the history of Nicaraguan Jewry and be inspired by a story of cultural and spiritual revival, even as the community continued to disappear!

An Eco Adventure

Step outside of community life and venture into nature! Throughout the experience we set aside time to explore the beauty of Nicaragua — hike on a volcano, rappel down a lush mountainside, and have the opportunity to go biking, kayaking, surfing, and so much more!

Why Nicaragua

Less traveled than some of its Central American neighbors, Nicaragua is being discovered by a new generation of travelers and volunteers alike. Nicaragua is safe, small, easy to get around, and it’s teeming with nature that is diverse and spectacular. The people of Nicaragua are friendly and welcoming. But the society remains largely underdeveloped, which means there are many opportunities to make a real impact as a Stand UP volunteer.

Program Highlights

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

 

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
Hike up to Cerro Negro and try your hand at Volcano Boarding!
Choose an adventure for an afternoon of surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, bicycling, horse riding, or fishing!

Itinerary Snapshot

A complete sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.Trip #1 | Healthy Students and Healthy Homes

Trip #1 | Healthy Students and Healthy Homes
Trip #2 | Reduce, Reuse and Reimagine

Share your passion for the environment and love of helping children as you work with underprivileged communities in Nicaragua. Through our community services projects, we will create building blocks for healthier schools, homes and lifestyles!

Granadilla (Stand UP Nicaragua #1)
La Granadilla is a rural community comprised primarily of subsistence farmers. As the school has very limited resources, we will build an organic garden that will help students learn best farming practices and healthy eating habits. Eventually the garden will provide food for lunch –  incentivizing parents to send their children to school on a more regular basis. We’ll also spend time teaching the students English and encouraging sports, all lessons in healthy living!

Thomas Borges Community (Stand UP Nicaragua #1 and #2)
Imagine living in a community with no garbage pick-up and in a home made of found materials and tin sheets. Staying healthy can be challenging! In the Thomas Borges community, we will build eco-ovens, designed to reduce the amount of smoke created in homes and the amount of wood needed for cooking. They are made in part with recycled bottles and help reduce the amount of waste. Eco-ovens improve health, help families save money and help slow deforestation in the area.

Ometepe (Stand UP Nicaragua #2)
One of the most pressing issues facing the residents on the beautiful island of Ometepe revolves around trash management. Working with local teenagers, we will help design and implement strategies to educate residents about options to reduce waste. We’ll also create ecobricks for Hacienda Merida Bilingual School. This school is built almost entirely from these ecoblocks – plastic bottles packed full with inorganic waste.

Our Partner

Global Village Connect Travel

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Nicaragua is organized in partnership with Global Village Connect Travel. Global Village Connect Travel connects people, schools and communities by developing practical solutions that improve education, economic opportunity and health through sustainable projects. They help provide immersive experiences for the teens on Stand UP Nicaragua.

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.

Stand UP Nicaragua #1 (11 Days)

DAY #1 | Monday, June 25
·  Depart from Miami Airport on a supervised flight (optional)
·  Arrive to Managua, Nicaragua
·  Evening: Welcome to Nicaragua! Start bonding with fun, interactive ice breakers
Overnight: Hotel La Granada – Granada, Nicaragua

DAY #2 | Tuesday, June 26
·  Visit La Granadilla community by cart and bull. Introduction, orientation session and brief Spanish class
·  Volunteer at the local school, garden building, sports and English development
·  Traditional cooking class with local women. Learn to make tortillas and other traditional food!
Overnight: Hotel La Granada – Granada, Nicaragua

DAY #3 | Wednesday, June 27
·  Volunteer at the local school, garden building, sports and English development
·  Hike Mombacho Volcano in the clouds. See monkeys, sloths and other wildlife!
·  Visit Masaya volcano and see its bubbling lava
Overnight: Hotel La Granada – Granada, Nicaragua

DAY #4 | Thursday, June 28
·  Continue the community service project at La Granadilla School
·  Celebrate a goodbye party with the Granadilla students
·  Pizza cooking lesson from teens and women of the community
Overnight: Hotel La Granada – Granada, Nicaragua

DAY #5 | Friday, June 29
·  Fun-filled day at Apoyo Lagoon with kayaking, paddle boarding and swimming!
·  Travel to Managua. Stop en route in Catarina for shopping and beautiful views
·  Enjoy Shabbat and a delicious dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Hotel Hex Managua- Managua, Nicaragua

DAY #6 | Saturday, June 30 
·  Begin Shabbat morning with reflective Shabbat services
·  Spend Shabbat afternoon, and dinner with the Jewish community
Overnight: Hotel Hex Managua– Managua, Nicaragua

DAY #7 | Sunday, July 1
·  Explore the town of Masaya
·  PIzzur lunch at Masaya Market
·  Kayaking, rappelling and rope swinging at Masatepe eco-camp 
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua

DAY #8 | Monday, July 2
·  Volunteer at Tomas Borges School – Educational lessons and learn about life in this community
·  Build eco-ovens in family homes
·  Traditional dance class
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua

DAY #9 | Tuesday, July 3
·  Hike up the active (and youngest!) Cerro Negro Volcano for some phenomenal views of the country
·  Volcano board to the bottom
·  Spend the afternoon finishing projects at the Tomás Borges community
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua

DAY #10 | Wednesday, July 4
·  Work with local Nicaraguan children in Las Penitas on environmental issues
·  Free time on the beach – surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, bicycling, swimming, horseback riding, or fishing
·  Goodbye party on the beach in honor of last evening together
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua

DAY #11 | Thursday, July 5
·  Depart from Managua, Nicaragua to Miami, Florida
 

Stand UP Nicaragua #2 (14 Days)

DAY #1 | Monday, July 23
·  Depart from Miami Airport on a supervised flight (optional)
·  Arrive to Managua, Nicaragua and meet up with Trek Costa Rica group
·  Welcome to Nicaragua! Start bonding with fun, interactive ice breakers
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua
 
DAY #2 | Tuesday, July 24
·   Volunteer at Tomas Borges School – Educational lessons and learn about life in this community
·  Build eco-ovens in family homes
·  Traditional dance class
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua
 
DAY #3 | Wednesday, July 25
·  Finish building eco-ovens
·  After school volunteer opportunity with Thomas Borges community
·  Visit Masaya volcano and see its bubbling lava
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua
 
DAY #4 | Thursday, July 26
·   Hike up the active (and youngest!) Cerro Negro Volcano for phenomenal views of the country
·  Free afternoon on the beach – surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, bicycling or fishing
·  Dinner on the beach
Overnight: Hotel Cacique Adiact – Leon, Nicaragua
 
DAY #5 | Friday, July 27
·  Fun-filled day at Apoyo Lagoon with kayaking, paddle boarding and swimming!
·  Travel to Managua
·  Enjoy Shabbat and a delicious dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Hotel Hex Managua- Managua, Nicaragua
 
DAY #6 | Saturday, July 28
·  Begin Shabbat morning with reflective Shabbat services
·  Spend Shabbat afternoon, and dinner with the Jewish community
Overnight: Hotel Hex Managua– Managua, Nicaragua
 
DAY #7 | Sunday, July 29
·  Travel to the island of Ometepe
·  Horseback ride to Ojo de Agua, fresh water springs
·  Meet up with Nicaraguan teens and group orientation
Overnight: Finca San Juan de la Isla – Ometepe
 
DAY #8 | Monday, July 30
·  Collaborate with peers from Ladislao Chwalbinsky High School
·  Garbage project at Santo Domingo beach
·  Night tour with biologist, Lenin Obando
Overnight: Finca San Juan de la Isla – Ometepe
 
DAY #9 | Tuesday, July 31
·  Hike to the San Ramon Waterfall that provides safe drinking water for the entire island
·  Donate plastic ecobricks to Hacienda Merida Bilingual School
     (hosted by environmental activist/owner Alvaro Molina)
Overnight: Finca San Juan de la Isla – Ometepe
 
DAY #10 | Wednesday, August 1
·  Altagracia Municipality Garbage Disposal visit with Nicaraguan peers
·  Afternoon visit with peers to meet their families and experience their lifestyle
·  Dinner at “Campestre” organic farm restaurant
Overnight: Finca San Juan de la Isla – Ometepe
 
DAY #11 | Thursday, August 2
·  Kayaking at Istian River. View monkeys, caiman and more!
·  Community service project
Overnight: Finca San Juan de la Isla – Ometepe
 
DAY #12 | Friday, August 3
·  Project implementation with peers at “El Recreo” site in Finca San Juan
·  Shabbat Dinner at Finca
Overnight: Finca San Juan de la Isla – Ometepe
 
DAY #13 | Saturday, August 4
·  Relaxing Shabbat on the beach
·  Goodbye party and bonfire on the beach
Overnight: Finca San Juan de la Isla – Ometepe
 
DAY #14 | Sunday, August 5
·  Depart from Managua, Nicaragua to Miami, Florida
 
 

Do 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 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.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Supervised Connections

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here. 

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here. 

  • *CLTC #2 + Stand UP Nicaragua #1
    24 Days | Current 9th – 12th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC or ILTC can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program.