Reciprocity is central to our relationship with institutions whose curricula and pedagogy align with our ongoing development activities, and achieve research and outside the classroom goals.

"Partnerships are a reciprocal relationship between rural communities and organizations seeking to make an impact and learning from that experience"

USF professor and Leon staff member, Nicaragua
USF professor and Leon staff member, Nicaragua


ViviendasLeón seeks partnerships with Universities whose curriculum supports outside the classroom experiences in research, field work, thesis, capstone, project development and implementation.

Through partnerships we hope to advance the efficacy, scope and scale of our work among rural communities in Central America in our five program areas: Human Capacity Training, Farming and Nutrition, Water and Sanitation, Small Business development, and Infrastructure development.  

Strategies for Partnerships

ViviendasLeón works with university partners in a variety of ways.  Below are three strategies available to access funding for student research in-country.

VL “fellows” program that provides funding for research through VL large grant applications.

  1. Student selects VL project from list of projects advertised and/or presented at the University
  2. University endorses the fellowship program.
  3. VL manages the in-country program

Student applies for University funding through internal grants or a career and professional development program and provides a research plan.

  1. Student selects VL project from list of projects advertised and/or presented at the University
  2. University faculty endorse plan
  3. VL endorses plan and supports student in-country

VL partners with University faculty and development office to write grants in which a student or student groups participate

  1. Faculty participates in the project or program
  2. VL coordinates with faculty and students, and manages the in-country program

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