Nicaragua: Anthropology and Health

Join our team for a 15-day immersion in Nicaraguan life and culture with a focus on health care.

Join our team for a 15-day immersion in Nicaraguan life and culture, with a focus on health care. You will engage in a full spectrum of activities as both student and educator as you participate in service learning and exchange with our Nicaraguan partners. Activities may include health clinics in remote indigenous communities, teaching projects at local health care facilities, cultural activities, and much more.

Our goal for this service-learning course is to provide you with a deeper understanding of the reality of healthcare in a resource constrained setting. This includes development of an understanding of the cultural, environmental, and social realities faced by Nicaraguans on a daily basis.

The Atlantic coast of Nicaragua provides a unique and diverse setting for our group. For more than 20 years, Tompkins Cortland has been travelling to Puerto Cabezas, the capital city of RAAN. Our history of service and learning in the community makes this experience unique and deeply rewarding for both our group and our Nicaraguan collaborators.

Date: Travel for 16 days within the first weeks of January 

Register in Spring | Fall semester courses | Travel in January

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Study abroad in Nicaragua


Travel Fee: Approximately $2,900


Roundtrip airfare from Syracuse, New York to Managua, Nicaragua, 15 nights of accommodations, all meals and non-alcoholic beverages, transportation from Managua to Puerto Cabezas, and all other in-country transport, translation services, cultural activities, workshop and activity supplies, insurance (mandatory)

Not included

Passport fees, vaccination costs, any applicable baggage fees imposed by the airlines, personal spending money (estimated $300) or tuition for associated courses.

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Students may be eligible for scholarships through the Tompkins Cortland Foundation, SUNY, Benjamin A. Gilman, and other sources. Contact instructors or the study abroad coordinator (Global Office, room 230) for more information about scholarship opportunities.

Study Abroad in Nicaragua

Courses Offered

HLTH 216, International Health on-site in Nicaragua
ANTH 260, Cultural Survey of Study Abroad of Nicaragua, 7.5 wk session, attendance required


Paula Moore, RN, CNM, MSN

Paula Moore has led this trip for over ten years! Paula teaches the international health on-site as well as many other nursing courses at Tompkins Cortland. She has been traveling and teaching the Nicaragua service learning trip to Tompkins Cortland students for the past four years. Contact Paula in room 220, at 607.844.8222, Ext. 4463, or by email at

Paul Treadwell

Paul Treadwell will be leading the group for the third time. With seven years experience leading trips to Nicaragua, Paul has developed a deep understanding of the history and culture of Nicaragua. His focus is on providing rich and meaningful learning experiences for trip participants. He also works at Cornell University where he is engaged in the development of online learning courses for adult learners. Contact Paul by email at

Study abroad in Nicaragua