Visiting the neighboring country of Nicaragua give the students a better perspective of the region’s challenges, common traits, natural beauty and culture. This is one of the advantages that ICDS’ study abroad programs give you.

Students visiting Las Isletas (365 islets in Lake Nicaragua, located in front of Granada)

As part of ICDS’ Development Studies Semester, the students have the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua and experience the contrast of two neighboring countries with different political and democratic backgrounds, and struggles.

Granada’s colonial architecture

Traditional Nicaraguan food is fairly similar to Costa Rican food; both countries share the origin of Gallo Pinto, the most traditional breakfast dish in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Also, both countries have been blessed with delicious tropical fruits all year long.

Krystyna (Development Studies, Fall Semester 2017) enjoying a fruit salad in Granada

Another similar trait between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, and other Central American countries, is the grand presence of volcanoes. Our Fall Semester students had the opportunity to visit the Masaya volcano, 20 km south from Managua.

Karishma and Regina (Development Studies, Fall Semester 2017) at Masaya volcano.

Local artisans make a living by selling their beautiful crafts to tourists. You can see these artisans at the Mercado Municipal de Masaya.

María (Development Studies, Fall Semester 2017) browsing for the best craft to take back home.

For some of the students Nicaragua meant having a second stamp in their passport, their first was Costa Rica. The stamps in your passport are always a good reminder of the places you have visited, loved and of the experiences you cherished, but they are also a reminder of the places you have yet to visit.

Students from our Development Studies Fall Semester 2017
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