Since 1998, hosting high school Spanish students.
The Nicaragua Summer Exchange was created 1998, with the purpose of connecting high school Spanish students to the growing Latino youth culture.
With the help of high school Spanish teachers in Madison, WI and the school district of Granada, Nicaragua the program grew into an annual summer exchange hosting students from the U.S. Canada, and the U.K. The success of bringing youth together has been credited with a high retention in Spanish fluency. Youth tend to learn language rapidly when it revolves around the social interaction of peers. Program Director Ilba Prego is a native of Granada Nicaragua, and a former Latina community educator for Centro Hispano Madison.
Over the past 16 years the Nicaragua Summer Exchange has partnered with some of the top high schools in the U.S. In 2014 we began our partnership with the University of Leon and internships with the University of Wisconsin. We presently offer the most affordable semester abroad immersion program. We offer internships in community development, environment, health, education, art. (see our partner page for more info).