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  • Locations: Finca Esperanza Verde, Nicaragua
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Finca EsperanzaProgram Overview

Spend a week in the mountains of Nicaragua, immersed in regenerative practices for self and local communities and ecosystems.  Finca Esperanza Verde offers a close up look at a community that is intentionally engaging in economic, social, and ecological regenerative practices.  Finca Esperanza Verde provides local Nicaraguans with profitable and sustainable ways to share their culture with visiting tourists and has received international recognition as a model of poverty alleviation through sustainable tourism and other socially responsible programs.
At Finca Esperanza Verde we will have the opportunity to learn about regenerative projects from local community members who are directly involved in co-creating resilient and abundant systems. We’ll learn about regenerative economic systems by visiting local women’s cooperatives, and organic farms.  We’ll learn about regenerative ecological systems by exploring tropical ecosystems and learning about butterflies and birds. Additionally, we’ll learn about social and cultural regeneration through involvement with a local school, local musicians, and local food traditions.
We will also explore regenerative practices through stories, readings, group reflection and guided contemplative activities, as well as daily quiet time alone, journaling, and movement such as daily morning yoga, swimming, and hiking. Locally procured healthy meals will also contribute to our regenerative practice.

Fact Sheet

Education Abroad Advisor Hannah Fischer
Get Started Attend an Ed Abroad 101 Session
Faculty Leaders Heather Burns,  Leadership for Sustainability Education (LSE)
Travel Dates TBD (Summer 2019)
Areas of Study
  • Leadership for Sustainability Education
  • Sustainability
Required Pre-Departure Meetings Yes
Credits 4
Language of Instruction  English
Host Country Language  Spanish
Housing Other - Program Provided
Class Standing Eligibility Graduate
Minimum GPA Requirements 3.00
Language Requirement No previous language study required, though some knowledge of Spanish may be helpful
Interview Required (LSE students may be exempt at discretion of faculty leader)

Program Costs

Course Tuition and Fees Additional Estimated Costs Total Estimated Costs

Course Information

ELP 510: Theory and Practice of Sustainability - Regenerative practices for self and community, 4 credits


PSU Education Abroad Scholarship Application 

Tuition and Fees Include:

  • 4 credits
  • Accommodation
  • Most Meals
  • Local Transportation
  • Insurance while abroad

Estimated Additional Costs Include:

  • Airfare
  • Visa fees
  • Immunizations
  • Non-programmed meals
  • Personal spending & sightseeing

Please note, all students enrolling for PSU credit are charged an additional PSU Rec Center Fee. For a current listing, please refer to PSU Fees. A non-refundable $50 application fee is required of all applications.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.