Location: Sabana Grande, Totoglapa, Nicaragua

Duration: Three weeks

Dates: 2nd to 23rd June 2018


  • Hands on renewable energy and appropriate technology experience
  • Spanish classes in small groups of 3 to 4 people
  • Work closely with local experts in renewable energy and appropriate technology
  • Full immersion in Nicaraguan life, culture and Spanish language
  • Remote and beautiful location in the mountains of Northern Nicaragua
  • Keywords: PV, rocket stoves, organic farming, community development, Spanish


Looking for an alternative to the traditional internship experience? If you are looking to do something meaningful with your summer and are interested in learning more about renewable energies and appropriate technologies in a development context, this is the program for you!

Our internship grants you the opportunity to:

  • Learn from local Nicaraguan experts about renewable energy and appropriate technology.
  • Work with PV systems, rocket stoves, organic farming and more while learning about community development.
  • Be fully immersed in Nicaraguan life, culture and Spanish language.
  • Live in a remote and beautiful location in the mountains of Northern Nicaragua and visit some of the attractions such as Somoto Canyon, Laguna de Apoyo and Masaya Volcano.

Grupo Fenix is a sustainable organisation working with appropriate and innovative technologies to improve the quality of life of Nicaraguan families and rural communities in the areas of health, education, employment, environment and gender equity   Grupo Fenix’s mission is to enable community development and empowerment by facilitating technological and cultural exchanges. We also offer continuing education courses for Nicaraguan and international audiences thus generating employment and growth opportunities for the local community.

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Daily life:

Day 1: Pick up from Managua airport and transfer to hotel in Managua where you will spend the night (dinner not included).

Day 2: Pick up from Managua and transfer to Sabana Grande, stopping for lunch along the way. Upon arrival in Sabana Grande you will receive a brief orientation and have a welcome dinner with your host families and other interns.

Day 3 - 8: In the mornings, you will receive Spanish classes in small groups of three to four people.  On the first afternoon, you will receive a tour of the Solar mountain. The Solar Mountain is a mission centred on a piece of land in Sabana Grande, about 35 acres in size, about a fourth of which is flat and the rest mountainside. The land was purchased with a mandate to provide a space to show how humans can make a living while still putting more into the land than they take out of it. The rest of the afternoons you will work with community members of the Agro-Ecological Solar promotors. Work could include but is not limited to making natural insecticide, organic compost, reforesting, planting organic beans, corns and vegetables and developing a fruit orchard with a large variety of fruits. 

Day 9: JPHF, the local youth group, will take you to Totogalpa where they will give you a guided tour of la casa de tuza, el taller de pintura de jicaro, the museum, the central park, the local market and la casa gastronomica where you can learn how different traditional foods are made. You will then stop for lunch before continuing on to Ocotal where you will visit la casa de cultura, a view point and end the tour in the central park where you can take advantage of the free Wi-Fi.

Day 10: Somoto Canyon, one of the oldest rock formations in Central America, has become one of the main attractions in Northern Nicaragua. You will be accompanied by an experienced guide who will explain the volcanic rock tectonics and nature you see. You will hike, travel in boat and have the chance to swim.

Day 11 morning: Build your own solar cell phone charger.  This workshop will allow you the chance to experience what is like to build a PV panel on a small scale

Day 11 – 15 afternoons: You will receive Spanish class for two hours.

Day 12 morning: You will receive a class that prepares you to do a small PV installation.  Here you will become familiar with all of the different components of a PV system and their uses. You will also get the chance to practice wiring an installation in one of our models so that you are ready to go out into the field.

Day 13 – 15 mornings: You will work with our local PV experts to install PV systems in the local rural community.

Day 16: Travel to Granada stopping for lunch along the way. You will have the afternoon and evening free to explore this colonial city (dinner not included).

Day 17: You will visit Laguna de Apoyo where you can spend the day swimming in the beautiful volcanic lagoon and enjoy a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, you will return to Granada where you will have the evening to continue exploring (dinner not included). 

Day 18: On the way back to Sabana Grande you will stop in Masaya where you will go to the volcano, the market where you will get the chance to buy souvenirs, handcrafts and stop for lunch. You will arrive back to Sabana Grande in the afternoon.

Day 19 - 22: In the mornings. you will work with the Solar Women of Totoglapa to build improved cook stoves in houses within the community. In the afternoons, you will receive two hours of Spanish class.

Day 22 evening: Share your last dinner in Sabana Grande with your host family and those that you have worked with over the past three weeks while enjoying some typical dances from the youth group.

Day 23: Transfer to Managua, where you will spend the night, stopping for lunch along the way (dinner not included).

Day 24: Transfer to airport.

Upon completing our internship, you will be awarded a certificate and a letter of recommendation which will help you take the next step in your career. Past interns have gone on to work at the International Renewable Energy Agency, UN Capital Development Fund, Standard Solar (one of the fastest growing businesses in the United States), set up their own business in environmental education and international education tours among other things.


While on site you will stay with host families where you will have breakfast and dinner. Lunch will be provided at our clean energy restaurant. At your host family, you will have your own bedroom and shared basic washing facilities (usually bucket showers and latrines). Our families are well experienced at hosting international interns, and many interns find that it is the most influential component of their experience. By immersing yourself in the culture and language, you will have the chance to see first-hand how local people live, while also giving you the opportunity to make a lasting impact with those you both work and live with. There is no internet service available on site. However, you can easily get online in the nearby town, a short bus ride away, or can purchase a local simcard and connect via data packages. When staying in hotel accommodation (Managua and Granada) you will be sharing a room with other interns.

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  • Minimum age 18
  • Three-week commitment
  • Basic Spanish
  • Full travel & medical insurance
  • Necessary vaccinations
  • Necessary flights & visas
  • Willingness to live and work in a rural setting


  • Total fee (three weeks) - CDN $3050
  • Additional months – CDN $550*

*If you are interested in staying for longer there is a possibility to integrate into our professional exchange program if there is a skill match between you and our organisation. 

What’s Included:

Project fee includes all, accommodation, food (except where stated), purified water, in-country support, project activities, return transport from Managua to our site and airport transfers.

What’s not included:

Flights, insurance, visas (if applicable), vaccinations, internet, translation services and dinner where stated. (Mantis can arrange these details for an extra cost)