Texas Tech University

Wind Energy in Nicaragua - Summer II

This service-learning program is based in Jinotega, Nicaragua. The drinkable water supply in some areas of Nicaragua has become contaminated due to infectious diseases as well as farming techniques which use fertilizer and insecticide. The infant mortality estimation is extremely high and most experts believe that a lack of clean water is the primary reason for this. Some Nicaraguan citizens do not have access to electricity in remote areas of the country or the technology to pump water from below ground past a certain depth. The clean water is approximately 60 feet below the surface.

Man digging a well for water

Students in this class will:

  • Design an off-grid (self-sustaining power) water pump that can pump water from depths greater than 60 feet
  • Use knowledge they have obtained in class to design and install the pump. The design must be repairable with parts that are available in Nicaragua.
  • Complete the water pump design prior to spring break, when students will travel to Nicaragua to complete installation. The installation must be completed in one week.

Courses Offered

  • WE 4320: Independent Study in Wind Energy

Program Fee

Program Dates

  • July 21-28, 2018

Program Open To

  • All TTU Students

Program Fee Includes

  • Airfare to/from Nicaragua
  • Lodging and meals
  • In-country transportation
  • Translators as needed
  • Internet access at the Mission

Program Fee Does Not Include

  • TTU tuition and fees
  • Passport Fees
  • Optional activities such as zip lining and a volcano visit 
  • Personal Spending Money
  • Health Insurance ($1.76/day)
  • Education Abroad Fee ($200)

For more information:

Contact:Andrew Buchok , Kacey Marshall


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