ETHOS Breakouts

ETHOS domestic and international breakouts are a great introductory to the ETHOS summer immersions. The domestic breakouts vary in length from a weekend to a full week and give students the opportunity to work on sustainable and appropriate hands-on projects for the U.S. Generally spanning 10 days, the international breakouts give a group of students the opportunity to be immersed in a different culture, to work with locals, and to use their engineering skills with hands-on projects. Students from all academic years and disciplines are eligible to apply for these breakouts. Please see the specific breakout opportunities below for more information.

International Breakout: NICARAGUA

The breakout will be working with a Nicaraguan partner called Grupo Fenix. Grupo Fenix was founded in 1996 by a group of students at the National Engineering University in Managua, Nicaragua who were interested in renewable energy for Nicaraguans. Their projects include implementing various renewable technologies (solar cooking, solar PV, micro-hydroelectric systems, solar water heating systems, biogas digesters) in rural communities.

Dates: May 5-15, 2014

Cost: $850/ student (includes transportation, housing, and food)

The breakout includes:

  • Instruction on solar PV and solar ovens
  • Working with locals on PV panel installation, construction of solar ovens, and PV battery chargers
  • Tour of partner organizations 
  • Tour of completed projects in the community
  • Living with a Nicaraguan host family
  • Immersion into the Nicaraguan culture
  • One-day travel excursion

International Breakout: COSTA RICA

Students on the breakout will be working with a Costa Rican partner called Heart to Honduras (H2H), a Christ centered ministry that strives to meet the spiritual and physical needs of the poor in Latin America. Their past projects include: rainwater collection systems, sanitary toilets and construction of family homes.

Dates: May 5-15, 2014

Cost: $850/ student (includes transportation, housing, and food)

The breakout includes:

  • Tour of projects completed in the community
  • Work with children in local community
  • Construction of an outdoor space where a children’s program can be run
  • Immersion into the Costa Rican culture
  • One-day travel excursion

REGISTER FOR ETHOS BREAKOUTS

The application for the ETHOS International Breakouts is no longer open for summer 2014. Please email any questions to the ETHOS program at ethos@udayton.edu