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Cost & Details


Length of Program Youth
Program Fee
2 Weeks US $465 US $810
3 Weeks US $550 US $895
4 Weeks US $635 US $980
5 Weeks US $720 US $1065
6 Weeks US $805 US $1150
7 Weeks US $890 US $1235
8 Weeks US $975 US $1320
9 Weeks US $1060 US $1405
10 Weeks US $1145 US $1490
11 Weeks US $1265 US $1575
12 Weeks US $1350 US $1660

Application Fee: $200
The application fee is a separate administrative charge for all programs. It does not apply to the program fee. (Please see our application fee refund policy here)


Program fee includes:

*Airport Pickup
*Two Meals a Day (Except for Sunday)
*Orientation Upon Arrival
*Volunteer Work Placement
*In-country coordinator available 24/7

Program fee does not include:

*Round-trip Airfare
*Return trip to Airport
*Required Travel and Medical Insurance

Spanish Classes:

ELI can arrange for Spanish classes while you are in Nicaragua. Classes take place on a weekly basis. Participants may choose to do either an immersion program or regular classes. The immersion program includes 35 hours of instruction at a cost of $345/week, and the regular program offers 20 hours of instruction at a cost of $175/week.


Participants in this program may stay with a local host family or in a “guesthouse” with other participants. The guesthouse is actually a room with beds and a bathroom, located in the home of our in-country coordinator. Both accommodations include 2 meals a day except for Sunday. Participants may also opt to find their own housing at one of the many nearby hostels. Host families provide bedding, but volunteers should bring their own towel. All host families have running water.

Start Dates

The start dates for the Nicaragua programs are completely flexible. We ask participants to arrive on a Thursday or Friday in order to leave time for orientation. We ask participants not to arrive December 23-26 in order to allow our coordinator and his staff to spend the Christmas holiday with their families.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is not included in the program fee. We prefer to let participants decide what kind of coverage they need.

All prices are listed in US Dollars. The program fees reflect the costs ELI faces when setting up a program. We work hard to keep our costs as low as possible. ELI is a registered 501(c)3 non profit. US taxpayers may be able to deduct some or all of the program fees. If you are outside the US and wondering what these costs translate to in your currency, click here for an online conversion tool that will give you the approximate current exchange rate.

Apply Now

After you fill out the application form on our website, our application advisor will be in touch to help you with the next steps.  We have set up a checklist here for you see exactly what steps you need to take to go abroad with ELI.


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