IIP Placements in Nicaragua
Comunidad Connect (CC)
Location: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
# of placements: 2
About: Comunidad Connect is a non-profit organization that aims to inspire communities to become actively involved in sustainable development. Their organization offers programs in medical health, clean water, environmental responsibility, youth development and cultural exchange. Through some early grants, volunteerism, and a shoestring budget, Comunidad Connect restored a neglected community space into a bustling multi-use recreational facility coined the Sports Park, and launched the town’s first municipal recycling program, which served as the basis for the environmental stewardship aspect of CC, Campo Verde. Comunidad Connect continues to enlist the support of volunteers, which has evolved into the Sustainable Tourism program, and has enabled CC to expand its purpose to include community health promotion. Their clinic now provides primary care to thousands of rural Nicaraguans.
Intern responsibilities: The IIP intern will work on one or both of the following projects:
- Impact measurement and documentation: The IIP intern would be responsible for compiling critical project data via home visits and site visits, as well as documenting qualitative data via interviews, photos, videos, etc.
- Book club development and community outreach: In 2015, CC will begin several educational projects in Los Robles, Jinotega. This project involves the development of book clubs in schools and in the community. The IIP intern will work with teachers and local health volunteers to promote reading in school and at home. This will feed directly into a larger strategy to promote and support youth development in this community of 2,000 people.
Qualifications: Background/interest in Latin American studies, information technology, systems engineering, documentation/film-making, marketing, education, public health, medicine, nursing, and/or sports recreation. Advanced Spanish (writing, speaking, reading skills at 200 level or above) is required. Skills in social media content development/management and film-making/editing would be an asset.