Intern Abroad

Our Intern Abroad program offers placements with our community partners in Nicaragua in the Summer of 2014. You will engage in an immersive program designed to provide you with valuable professional experience for career exploration and development.

We work with you to develop a project plan that matches your time schedule and the breadth of experience you wish to attain.  While we do not require a specific major or area of interest, we look for skills, abilities, and goals that would be beneficial for a given project.

GSE on the ground staff will be available to support you and ensure that your time abroad is well spent.

Program At a Glance:

Join GSE for a summer internship in the community of Chacraseca, Nicaragua.   We are looking for a handful of interested student volunteers to join us this summer to help further develop our organic school farm projects that will feed hundreds of local students.  Students will work alongside the local community on school garden projects and engage in other activities including practicing Spanish, living with a host family, and taking adventures to climb a volcano and visit the beaches of the Pacific Coast.  GSE works with each student to develop a learning plan to guide their individual internship.  The Summer Internship lasts for four weeks.

Location:  Located on the outskirts of the historic city of Leon, Chacraseca is a farming community in Nicaragua that has practiced industrial farming for more than 50 years, using chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and machinery. Today the land is contaminated with chemicals deep in the soil. These methods leave the once rich volcanic soils susceptible to erosion from high winds and heavy rains which greatly decrease nutrients in the soil and creates further dependency on chemicals. As a result, the community faces health and economic challenges.  A growing movement has started to express mounting interest in alternative farming methods.


Option 1: May 17-June 17
Option 2: June 22-July 22

Language:  Spanish (No previous experience required)


Program Tuition Includes:

  • Airfare to Managua, Nicaragua  from San Francisco and other travel related expenses
  • Contribution to local service effort
  • Accommodations
  • Three meals per day
  • Multiple field trips and scheduled educational, cultural and service activities
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance

Additional Program Related Expenses:

  • Applicable passport or visa fees
  • Supplemental meals or snacks
  • Personal spending money

To apply please send a completed application (GSESummerInternshipApplication) to Adam Goldberg @

Have questions?

Please contact us via email at or call 707 391-9659  if you wish to discuss how your school can work with GSE.

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