International Service Project - Nicaragua, Water for Waslala

Service Learning - Nicaragua

Since 2004, faculty and students have partnered with Water for Waslala to evaluate water resources in Nicaragua’s low-income rural communities, and incorporate potential development projects into the undergraduate senior design curriculum. Students on these trips are expected to identify areas of need, and also build relationships with local partners and organizations in this central mountain region.

In addition to the design and implementation of 17 water supply networks and the improvement of water quality for 10,000 residents, multidisciplinary engineering work is also being done in the areas of renewable energy and communication systems (see Nova Mobile Health).

More recent work has included:

  • Technical support for water supply projects
  • Sustainable WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) and capacity building
  • Selecting pipe sizes for a new system in Los Mangos based on population elevation changes and distances between homes
  • Designing a suspension bridge for a stream crossing to support a network pipe

The local implementing partner for water supply projects in Nicaragua is ADIS: Asociaciûn de Desarrollo Integral y Sostenible. 

Service Learning - Nicaragua

Student Reflections

“It was interesting to discover the huge number of obstacles that stood in the way between a community and the construction of what would seem to be an extremely simple and small scale water system. My trip to Waslala was indeed an eye opening, enriching and rewarding experience. Trips like these really are once in a life time opportunities and the only regret I have is not going on one sooner.” —Philip Arets ’13 ME 

 

Water for Waslala

Water for Waslala, Fall 2014

To Apply

At this time, summer and winter service trips to Nicaragua are being conducted on an invitation-only basis and are reserved for students who need to travel for project specific purposes. Other students may pursue service trips to Waslala during the spring and fall breaks. Deadlines and an application form are available here.

Learn More

For more information or to help support international service projects, contact Director Jordan Ermilio at Jordan.Ermilio@Villanova.edu or 610-519-6859. You can also make a donation through the University website, designating your gift to “Engineering Service Learning.”