A Peace & Justice Intern is a person of college age or older who has relevant skills/experience and the desire to gain an understanding of Nicaraguan struggles for social justice within a broader historical/economic context. Interns must be able to function in Spanish. They live with host families and work with Nicaraguan partners on projects of mutual interest, usually in the fields of education or public health. Length of stay is flexible – while most come for the summer, interns may stay from one month to one year.
The program fee is $1,400 for the first month and $900 per month thereafter, to be paid in full prior to departure unless special arrangements are made. Some limited scholarships are available.
The program fee includes housing, two meals per day, ground transportation in Nicaragua, project placement, orientation, and administrative services. The program fee does not cover round-trip airfare, entry and exit visas, lunches, or incidentals such as bottled water, taxis, or telephone calls.
Each intern will have her/his own work focus, the nature of which depends on her/his particular skills and interests, and especially on the particular needs of local partners with which s/he will be collaborating. Each intern’s daily schedule will depend on the demands of her/his particular activities.
Internship projects are important and valuable to the NH/LSCP. However, we encourage interns to understand that their projects are vehicles for the relationships they form with Nicaraguans and the depth of understanding they can achieve of Nicaraguan struggles in their time here. We urge interns to make relationship and understanding the focus of their time here.
León staff will arrange for summer interns’ weekly visits or meetings to continue to enhance their understanding of Nicaragua, and in particular the work of those struggling for a more just and independent society. Meetings with local NGO’s, professionals, or organized communities are examples of weekly activities.