ETHOS Summer Breakouts

ETHOS summer breakouts are a great precursor to the ETHOS summer immersions. Generally spanning 10 days, summer breakouts send students to international locations and give them 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. Our summer breakouts have already been completed for the year, but please see the type of opportunities available for next year.

Nicaragua Breakout

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

Costa Rica Breakout

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 summer breakouts is no longer open for summer 2014. Opportunities for the next summer will be posted in the fall. Please email any questions to the ETHOS program at ethos@udayton.edu