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The Summer Institute in Nicaragua trains and places up to 25 program participants to assist 12 hospitals with critical medical device repairs and other services. Participants begin with a month in Granada taking tailored courses in both Spanish and biomedical equipment. Our partner, the Nicaragua Spanish Language School, arranges homestays and provides Spanish courses. Our partners at the Duke University Developing Health Care Technology Lab provide instruction on common medical devices and methods for making repairs in Nicaragua. After the first month of training, students begin work with an EWH partner hospital in groups of two or three. Participants are typically housed in a homestay during the second month to continue building Spanish and local/cultural knowledge.

The Nicaragua program offers participants an immersive Spanish, cultural and clinical experience. Many of the EWH partner hospitals in Nicaragua have some form of technical assistance; however, gaps in training and language barriers often prevent effective equipment repair. Participants work closely with Nicaraguan technicians and medical staff in overcoming these hurdles to make equipment repairs, execute trainings, install equipment, or perform other engineering duties for the hospitals.

To view past participants' photos, videos and blogs, click here!



COST: $7100*

*More than half of SI participants typically receive EWH financial aid.

EWH need-based financial aid and other funding sources are available; click here for details.

Cost includes:

- All tuition fees  - Emergency health insurance with evacuation if needed 
- Language training  - Housing for two months
 - Cultural training  - Most meals
 - Pre-departure information and guidance  - Hospital briefings
 - Text book, lab book and all lab supplies  - Tools and hands-on instruction
 - Biomedical Equipment course and lab  - Organized group excursion
 - Tool kits and basic repair supplies  - Full-time in-country staff available 24/7
 - In-country mobile phones  - 24 hour safety hotline


2015 Nicaragua Schedule (May 17 - July 20)


EWH Summer Institute begins (May 17)
All participants meet at Augusto C. Sandino International Airport in Managua, Nicaragua, no later than 10 p.m. Meet host families.

Granada, Nicaragua (May 17 – June 16) 
May 18: Orientation and Spanish placement; first technical class; classes begin

Schedule for Monday-Thursday:

8 a.m. - noon Spanish lessons
Noon - 1 p.m. Lunch break
1 - 2 p.m. Lecture: Introduction to Medical Instruments and Measurements
2 - 5 p.m. Laboratory: Working in Developing World Hospitals





Schedule for Fridays 
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Field work in local hospital

May 23: Group Excursion/Tour

Host Hospital (June 17 – July 17)
June 16: Travel to host hospital
June 17 – July 17: Work in host hospital, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., or as determined by the hospital supervisor

End of Program Conference (July 18-19)
July 18: By 1 p.m., all participants arrive in Granada, Nicaragua
July 18-19: Poster presentations and discussion

EWH Summer Experience ends (July 20)
Shuttles to Managua Airport

Download application packet here for more details

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