Best Spanish Language Schools in Granada Nicaragua

Best 7 Spanish Schools in Granada Nicaragua

By Raúl Gavarrette O.

Long has been the path since the early 80´s first Spanish language schools in Nicaragua opened in the northern Estelí Nicaraguan province. This self-sustainable clean industry has experienced a boom over the last years since late 90´s, particularly in Granada downtown, the first colonial city in Nicaragua. At the present, Granada has a growing network of independent Spanish language schools which through the years have gained experience and reputation among the increasing number of visitors that have chosen Nicaragua as the safest Central American country to visit.  Studying Spanish is a good option while visiting this tropical country. Those who are planning or have already decided to visit Nicaragua should explore the possibility to make a great combination of a vacation trip with a few days, a couple of weeks, or even months of Spanish language study in Granada language schools.

With so many new schools opening every year in this colonial city, it is some kind of difficulty to choose the best option and what Spanish school in Granada is the best for studying. It mostly depends on the interests or what you are looking for and how much you want to spend. In the city streets you will find people not necessarily teachers, offering Spanish lessons in Granada for a few cents mostly for economic reasons. Academic and effective quality should not be expected from them. Perhaps if you just want to learn some Spanish words by heard and repetition and do not want to spend much this could be an option not the best yet.

Most of the Spanish schools in Granada offer a mixture of language instruction, volunteer opportunities and excursions to nearby destinations which include crater lakes, boat tours, cigar factories, and walking city tours. Lodging with local families in Granada is also included in the Spanish studies packets offered by the language schools. Each school has different prices for the Spanish courses ranging between $280 and $350 for a week. This mainly depends on the kind of course you choose and the quality of services they offer. The more weeks you take the cheaper you get. If you are seriously considering learning Spanish in Granada Nicaragua, having fun, experiencing the culture and enjoying the surroundings and the beautiful nature, you should have a look at these seven best Granada Spanish schools mentioned in this article. These are the Spanish language schools that have stood out up to 2017 for their reputation and experience, for their ethic and honesty, and the professionalism of the business.

1. Nicaragua Spanish Schools (http://www.nicaragua-spanish-lessons.com) is an independent language school located in Granada downtown a few blocks from the Central Plaza, in the surroundings of Xalteva Church, formerly situated in Convento San Francisco. This school offers Spanish immersion courses, one-on-one lessons and in small groups from basic beginners to advanced superior levels. The courses are combined with amazing afternoon excursions to local destinations which include nature reserves, national parks, crater lakes, boat tours in Lake Cocibolca; visits to open markets, handicraft factories, active and dormant volcanoes. This Nicaraguan Spanish language school offers also Spanish and Ceramic courses; Medical Spanish courses; Spanish for College students; Spanish for travelers, Crash courses, and Online Spanish lessons. Homestay with friendly families is available; there are also all-included packets. Some of the teachers speak English but they use it only when it is necessary or requested. The maximum size of the class is four students but average size is one-two students per class. Class material is provided. Spanish instruction is usually Monday to Friday all year round opening every Monday but any student can start any day of the week according to personal schedule on arrival. Students are offered to study one week course as minimum length but can take as many weeks as desired. Airport pickup from Managua to Granada is available if requested. Volunteering is also possible previous request. The staff is very enthusiastic and dynamic. The Director and the Administrative Assistant are also very nice. This school has been providing job opportunities to its teachers since 2004 at the very early organization stage and promoted conservationist and reforestation small projects in Laguna de Apoyo along with its partner school in that area. Students are offered to volunteer. Recently the school has been chosen as the best school for training volunteers and cooperants from Asian and European countries who volunteer in Nicaragua.

 2. Nicaragua Mia Spanish School (http://spanishschoolnicaraguamia.com ) is situated on Caimito Street, near Central Plaza in Granada. It is operated by a cooperative of women who offer Spanish courses: one-on-one intensive, Spanish for travelers, business Spanish, and classes for children. The courses include class materials. The school is opened throughout the year 8-5 pm. Classes start every Monday. The basic week course includes Spanish lessons Monday to Friday in the mornings, afternoon local excursions, and homestay with Granada families. Transportation from Airport to school in Granada is provided by school at an additional cost.

3. SOL Spanish School (http://www.granadanicaraguaspanishschool.com ), a language school family owned, is located at a few blocks from Central Park and from Xalteva Church. The school offers Spanish courses from beginners to advanced levels. SOL Spanish School has a wide range of courses for the students: Spanish immersion classes; Spanish classes only; combo programs; online Spanish classes; Volunteering and Spanish classes. The standard program includes Spanish classes Monday to Friday, lodging with a host family, and local afternoon activities. The activities include visits to museums, clinics, artisan shops, local factories, farms, and NGO´s. Classes are usually 8-12m.; but they also offer afternoon lessons. The class size is 1-2 students per class. The school provides class materials. Some of the teachers speak English and use it in the class if requested by students. Transfer from Managua Airport to Granada can be arranged through the school.

 4. Spanish Dale School (http://spanishdale.com  ) is situated across from Bancentro Bank and offers one-on-one language Spanish lessons.  The school was part of APC former Spanish school for many years. They became an independent school a couple of years ago. This school is associated with a local hotel in the city and offers an optional combination of lessons and lodging. Classes are usually 8-12m.; but they also offer afternoon lessons. Local afternoon excursions are also offered by the school. One of the teachers speaks English and uses it in the class if requested by students. The school is opened every day all year round. Transfer from Managua Airport to Granada can be arranged through the school.

5.  APC Spanish School (http://apcspanishschool.com) is situated across from Central Park and offers language immersion classes.  The school is a project of the organization ‘The Association of Cultural Promoters’ (APC). Basically the school offers Spanish courses in the mornings, local daily excursions in the afternoons, room and board with local families. Students have opportunities to volunteer with local organizations through the school. Spanish courses for children are available at the APC School in Granada. Regular classes are Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The school is opened every day all year round.

6. Casa Xalteva Spanish School (http://www.casaxalteva.org) situated by the Xalteva church offers a packet stressed on volunteering. It is one of the oldest Spanish schools established in Granada. Located in a quiet location, this school offers intensive Spanish courses for beginners, intermediate and advanced language students. The class size is two-three students per class, sometimes one- to-one. Lessons take place for four hours daily from Monday to Friday. The Spanish lessons are emphasized on conversational skills. Some of the instructors at the school speak English but they use only Spanish since the first day of class to encourage the students to speak, write and read the language from the very first day in the program. Classes start every Monday all year round. Minimum length of a course is one week but students can study for weeks or months if desired. Transportation from Airport available if requested.

7. Spanish School Xpress (http://www.nicaspanishschool.com) is located in Calle Guzman, a few blocks from Central Plaza. It offers a complete program of Spanish immersion. Classes are adapted to the student’s interest and to his/her level of Spanish. The staff is young and very enthusiastic. Some of the teachers speak English if needed in the class. The basic program includes 20 hours of Spanish classes, 5 days a week, in the morning 8-12m; afternoon local activities, lodging with local families. Class material is supplied, one-on-one instruction. This Spanish school also offers customized programs, Spanish and Dancing, and business Spanish. Airport pickup provided upon request.


Spanish Schools in Granada Nicaragua list

By Raúl Gavarrette O.

Are you travelling in Nicaragua? You might be considering to spend a couple of days in Granada, the colonial city located on shores of big Lake Cocibolca. You may want to spend more than a couple of days, why not a week in this charming small city where you will pick some Spanish words or add some more expressions to your Spanish language background. Why not taking some Spanish lessons in one of the Spanish language schools located in Granada?

The Spanish schools in Nicaragua has been a boom since late 90´s, particularly in Granada downtown, the first colonial city in Nicaragua. At the present, Granada has a growing network of independent Spanish language schools. Studying Spanish is a good option while visiting this tropical country.

Most of the Spanish schools in Granada offer a mixture of language instruction, volunteer opportunities and excursions to nearby destinations which include crater lakes, boat tours, cigar factories, and walking city tours. Lodging with local families in Granada is also included in the Spanish studies packets offered by the language schools. Each school has different prices for the Spanish courses ranging between $280 and $350 for a week. This mainly depends on the kind of course you choose and the quality of services they offer. The more weeks you take the cheaper you get. If you are seriously considering learning Spanish in Granada Nicaragua, having fun, experiencing the culture and enjoying the surroundings and the beautiful nature, you should have a look at these best seven Granada Spanish schools mentioned in this article. These are the Spanish language schools that international students have chosen the most in the last 5 years.

1. Nicaragua Spanish Schools (http://www.nicaragua-spanish-lessons.com) is an independent language school located in Granada downtown a few blocks from the Central Plaza, in the surroundings of Xalteva Church, formerly situated in Convento San Francisco. This school offers Spanish immersion courses, one-on-one lessons and in small groups from basic beginners to advanced superior levels. The courses are combined with amazing afternoon excursions to local destinations which include nature reserves, national parks, crater lakes, boat tours in Lake Cocibolca; visits to open markets, handicraft factories, active and dormant volcanoes. This Nicaraguan Spanish language school offers also Spanish and Ceramic courses; Medical Spanish courses; Spanish for College students; Spanish for travelers, Crash courses, and Online Spanish lessons. Homestay with friendly families is available; there are also all-included packets. Some of the teachers speak English but they use it only when it is necessary or requested. The maximum size of the class is four students but average size is one-two students per class. Class material is provided. Spanish instruction is usually Monday to Friday all year round opening every Monday but any student can start any day of the week according to personal schedule on arrival. Students are offered to study one week course as minimum length but can take as many weeks as desired. Airport pickup from Managua to Granada is available if requested. Volunteering is also possible previous request. The staff is very enthusiastic and dynamic. The Director and the Administrative Assistant are also very nice. This school has been providing job opportunities to its teachers since 2004 at the very early organization stage and promoted conservationist and reforestation small projects in Laguna de Apoyo along with its partner school in that area. Students are offered to volunteer. Recently the school has been chosen as the best school for training volunteers and cooperants from Asian and European countries who volunteer in Nicaragua.

 2. Nicaragua Mia Spanish School (http://spanishschoolnicaraguamia.com ) is situated on Caimito Street, near Central Plaza in Granada. It is operated by a cooperative of women who offer Spanish courses: one-on-one intensive, Spanish for travelers, business Spanish, and classes for children. The courses include class materials. The school is opened throughout the year 8-5 pm. Classes start every Monday. The basic week course includes Spanish lessons Monday to Friday in the mornings, afternoon local excursions, and homestay with Granada families. Transportation from Airport to school in Granada is provided by school at an additional cost.

3. SOL Spanish School (http://www.granadanicaraguaspanishschool.com ), a language school family owned, is located at a few blocks from Central Park and from Xalteva Church. The school offers Spanish courses from beginners to advanced levels. SOL Spanish School has a wide range of courses for the students: Spanish immersion classes; Spanish classes only; combo programs; online Spanish classes; Volunteering and Spanish classes. The standard program includes Spanish classes Monday to Friday, lodging with a host family, and local afternoon activities. The activities include visits to museums, clinics, artisan shops, local factories, farms, and NGO´s. Classes are usually 8-12m.; but they also offer afternoon lessons. The class size is 1-2 students per class. The school provides class materials. Some of the teachers speak English and use it in the class if requested by students. Transfer from Managua Airport to Granada can be arranged through the school.

 4. APC Spanish School (http://spanishgranada.com ) is situated across from Central Park and offers language immersion classes.  The school is a project of the organization ‘The Association of Cultural Promoters’ (APC). Basically the school offers Spanish courses in the mornings, local daily excursions in the afternoons, room and board with local families. Students have opportunities to volunteer with local organizations through the school. Spanish courses for children are available at the APC School in Granada. Regular classes are Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The school is opened every day all year round.

5. Casa Xalteva Spanish School (http://www.casaxalteva.org) situated by the Xalteva church offers a packet stressed on volunteering. It is one of the oldest Spanish schools established in Granada. Located in a quiet location, this school offers intensive Spanish courses for beginners, intermediate and advanced language students. The class size is two-three students per class, sometimes one- to-one. Lessons take place for four hours daily from Monday to Friday. The Spanish lessons are emphasized on conversational skills. Some of the instructors at the school speak English but they use only Spanish since the first day of class to encourage the students to speak, write and read the language from the very first day in the program. Classes start every Monday all year round. Minimum length of a course is one week but students can study for weeks or months if desired. Transportation from Airport available if requested.


Nicaragua tourist destination in Central America

Condé Nast Traveller elige a Nicaragua como el destino turístico a conocer en enero

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 El turismo de Nicaragua es resaltadopor Condé Nast Traveller debido a sus bosques, clima y playas vírgenes

La prestigiosa publicación Condé Nast Traveller eligió a Nicaragua como el destino turístico número uno para conocer en enero, superando a sitios como Brasil, Burma, México o Australia. En su más reciente publicación, Condé Nast Traveller destaca que Nicaragua tiene playas vírgenes, bosques tropicales, volcanes y extraordinarios hoteles ecológicos.

“Enero tiene una doble bendición por ser el mes con las mejores temperaturas y prácticamente no hay posibilidad de que llueva en el pacífico de Nicaragua”, indican los expertos. En su crítica, Condé Nast Traveller señala a sus lectores que, tras leer el artículo, tal vez quedarán con muchas ganas de viajar para conocer este país. Nicaragua se ha destacado en los últimos años por atrapar la atención de reconocidas revistas internacionales. ¿La razón? Se trata de un país seguro, tropical, con playas vírgenes y mucha, mucha naturaleza.

A esas bondades ahora se agrega la infraestructura: En este país hay grandes inversiones para atraer a turistas de un mayor poder adquisitivo. Por ejemplo, en el tema de los hoteles ecológicos Nicaragua ya ha triunfado en los ránkings internacionales.

Condé Nast Traveller es una de las revistas más prestigiosas en el tema del turismo. Cada mes y año hace una clasificación de los destinos que las personas deberían conocer.

En enero de 2018 ha sido Nicaragua la que se llevó el primer lugar en el ránking de Condé Nast Traveller. Por Latinoamérica, además de Nicaragua aparecen en el top ten Belice y México. De Belice, Condé Nast Traveller destaca la jungla tropical y las ruinas mayas; mientras que de México reconoce unas costas exóticas, coloridas y las fiestas, entre otras bondades.

 

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NICARAGUA’S TROPICAL DESTINATION TREASURES

Keep an eye out for freshwater sharks, poetry-scribbling politicos and a colourful new species of eco-smart hotel in the Central American country.

There are places where rivers flood the imagination. In the tropics, they arc across continents, they wind towards hearts of darkness, they arrive at the sea in mile-wide deltas of dazzling brightness. TS Eliot called them strong brown gods, overflowing into legend. In Nicaragua, the Río San Juan is not so much a river as a national character – treacherous, beloved, iconic – snaking deep into the country. There was a time when the San Juan was quite the thoroughfare, an important Central American artery, heaving with pirates and adventurers eager to make a name for themselves. The river was the route to Granada, one of the grand cities of the Spanish Main. Its mansions were said to be stuffed with gold.

Lord Nelson conquered the river as a callow youth of 22; it was only a bad case of diarrhoea that forced his retreat downriver. Sir Francis Drake was here, flaunting his codpiece, as was the fearsome l’Olonnais, the French pirate famous for drinking Spanish blood. Henry Morgan, the kind of swashbuckling killer so beloved of seven-year-old boys, came up this river three times on his way to the honey pot of Granada. They built the fortress at El Castillo to ensure he didn’t make it a fourth.

These days things have gone rather quiet on the river: a few fishermen’s dugouts, the odd motorboat crossing between the banks, a ramshackle river-bus heading upstream. But there are still travellers on the San Juan, like me, bound for Granada, entranced by tropical waters and sleepy river towns and stories of Henry Morgan, and still able to break the journey at El Castillo, where the 19-year-old Rafaela Herrera once fought off a bunch of English pirates in her nightdress.

In about 200km of river between the Mosquito Coast on the Caribbean and Lake Nicaragua, El Castillo is the only place you’ll find a cold beer, a restaurant menu and an air-conditioned room. I made landfall in the early evening. Framed by rose-coloured river light, a cluster of wooden houses, weathered as prairie barns, stood on the right bank above cormorants drying their wings. There are no cars here. Everything comes and goes by the river, sacks of rice, crates of beer, outboard motors, strangers.

Pedro was the first person I met, the barman in a wide wooden room just above the Raudal del Diablo, the Devil’s Rapids. I was impressed that he could serve me a beer without stirring from his hammock. Mangrove swallows were diving on the darkening water. Pedro was dreaming of Granada. On the San Juan, people dream of Granada the way kids in Kansas dream of New York or Los Angeles. Pedro talked of,,,, (continue Reading at: http://www.cntraveller.com/gallery/nicaragua-central-america-hotel-guide )


Granada best school to learn Spanish in Nicaragua

Learning how to speak a new language requires some effort and dedication. There is an old saying that the only way to truly learn a language is to speak the language. Learning a foreign language is more than just memorizing grammar rules and vocabulary. Learning a new language implies the interaction with the locals, it is actually to become fully immersed in the traditions and the culture of the people who speak such language as their mother tongue. The advantage of being there, immersed in the country where that language I spoken is obvious since the learner is exposed to the spoken language in the streets, stores, restaurants and in any place they go. Interacting with people and being exposed to real life situations provide great opportunities to learn and practice the Spanish language. Spanish is one of the most spoken languages of the world. More than 500 million of people speak Spanish in the world. There are also many people who want to learn to speak it because they need it in their jobs or as part of their curriculum or simply because speaking such a language opens new opportunities.

No one doubts that the best way to be immersed in the culture and to learn Spanish is to study the language in Latin America. But it is not only about the classes, it is not only about studying; it is actually by traveling and getting immersed that allows one to enter into full contact with people and their culture. It is because of that reason that we want to present here Granada, Nicaragua as an amazing destination in Central America for the purpose of a successful language study. Besides of being a beautiful and charming colonial city, with amazing nature paradises nearby and very rich in history, it offers a lot of advantages such as a decade of good tradition of Spanish schools, friendly people, and a great cultural heritage. We invite you to study Spanish in our school Proyecto Lingüístico Inter-Cultural, the best Spanish school in Granada and start dreaming about your next educational and learning trip, the only difference is that this time you will come back home speaking Spanish.

 


Best Spanish Schools in Granada Nicaragua

By Raúl Gavarrette O.

 1. Nicaragua Spanish Schools (http://www.nicaragua-spanish-lessons.com) is an independent language school located in Granada downtown a few blocks from the Central Plaza, in the surroundings of Xalteva Church, formerly situated in Convento San Francisco. This school offers Spanish immersion courses, one-on-one lessons and in small groups from basic beginners to advanced superior levels. The courses are combined with amazing afternoon excursions to local destinations which include nature reserves, national parks, crater lakes, boat tours in Lake Cocibolca; visits to open markets, handicraft factories, active and dormant volcanoes. This Nicaraguan Spanish language school offers also Spanish and Ceramic courses; Medical Spanish courses; Spanish for College students; Spanish for travelers, Crash courses, and Online Spanish lessons. Homestay with friendly families is available; there are also all-included packets. Some of the teachers speak English but they use it only when it is necessary or requested. The maximum size of the class is four students but average size is one-two students per class. Class material is provided. Spanish instruction is usually Monday to Friday all year round opening every Monday but any student can start any day of the week according to personal schedule on arrival. Students are offered to study one week course as minimum length but can take as many weeks as desired. Airport pickup from Managua to Granada is available if requested. Volunteering is also possible previous request. The staff is very enthusiastic and dynamic. The Director and the Administrative Assistant are also very nice. This school has been providing job opportunities to its teachers since 2004 at the very early organization stage and promoted conservationist and reforestation small projects in Laguna de Apoyo along with its partner school in that area. Students are offered to volunteer. Recently the school has been chosen as the best school for training volunteers and cooperants from Asian and European countries who volunteer in Nicaragua.

 2. Nicaragua Mia Spanish School (http://spanishschoolnicaraguamia.com ) is situated on Caimito Street, near Central Plaza in Granada. It is operated by a cooperative of women who offer Spanish courses: one-on-one intensive, Spanish for travelers, business Spanish, and classes for children. The courses include class materials. The school is opened throughout the year 8-5 pm. Classes start every Monday. The basic week course includes Spanish lessons Monday to Friday in the mornings, afternoon local excursions, and homestay with Granada families. Transportation from Airport to school in Granada is provided by school at an additional cost.

3. SOL Spanish School (http://www.granadanicaraguaspanishschool.com ), a language school family owned, is located at a few blocks from Central Park and from Xalteva Church. The school offers Spanish courses from beginners to advanced levels. SOL Spanish School has a wide range of courses for the students: Spanish immersion classes; Spanish classes only; combo programs; online Spanish classes; Volunteering and Spanish classes. The standard program includes Spanish classes Monday to Friday, lodging with a host family, and local afternoon activities. The activities include visits to museums, clinics, artisan shops, local factories, farms, and NGO´s. Classes are usually 8-12m.; but they also offer afternoon lessons. The class size is 1-2 students per class. The school provides class materials. Some of the teachers speak English and use it in the class if requested by students. Transfer from Managua Airport to Granada can be arranged through the school.

 4. Spanish Dale School (http://spanishdale.com  ) is situated across from Bancentro Bank and offers one-on-one language Spanish lessons.  The school was part of APC former Spanish school for many years. They became an independent school a couple of years ago. This school is associated with a local hotel in the city and offers an optional combination of lessons and lodging. Classes are usually 8-12m.; but they also offer afternoon lessons. Local afternoon excursions are also offered by the school. One of the teachers speaks English and uses it in the class if requested by students. The school is opened every day all year round. Transfer from Managua Airport to Granada can be arranged through the school.

5. APC Spanish School (http://spanishgranada.com ) is situated across from Central Park and offers language immersion classes.  The school is a project of the organization ‘The Association of Cultural Promoters’ (APC). Basically the school offers Spanish courses in the mornings, local daily excursions in the afternoons, room and board with local families. Students have opportunities to volunteer with local organizations through the school. Spanish courses for children are available at the APC School in Granada. Regular classes are Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The school is opened every day all year round.

6. Casa Xalteva Spanish School (http://www.casaxalteva.org) situated by the Xalteva church offers a packet stressed on volunteering. It is one of the oldest Spanish schools established in Granada. Located in a quiet location, this school offers intensive Spanish courses for beginners, intermediate and advanced language students. The class size is two-three students per class, sometimes one- to-one. Lessons take place for four hours daily from Monday to Friday. The Spanish lessons are emphasized on conversational skills. Some of the instructors at the school speak English but they use only Spanish since the first day of class to encourage the students to speak, write and read the language from the very first day in the program. Classes start every Monday all year round. Minimum length of a course is one week but students can study for weeks or months if desired. Transportation from Airport available if requested.

7. Spanish School Xpress (http://www.nicaspanishschool.com) is located in Calle Guzman, a few blocks from Central Plaza. It offers a complete program of Spanish immersion. Classes are adapted to the student’s interest and to his/her level of Spanish. The staff is young and very enthusiastic. Some of the teachers speak English if needed in the class. The basic program includes 20 hours of Spanish classes, 5 days a week, in the morning 8-12m; afternoon local activities, lodging with local families. Class material is supplied, one-on-one instruction. This Spanish school also offers customized programs, Spanish and Dancing, and business Spanish. Airport pickup provided upon request.


Spanish schools in Granada Nicaragua- homestay

In our Spanish school in Granada we offer homestay with all the meals included. The host families we choose to work with have been personally interviewed by our staff and they will kindly welcome you in their homes. They have not only their door homes opened to international Spanish language students but their hearts. Our lodging family program offers hospitable staying in a clean private room provided with a fan; shared bathroom with the host family; private bathroom when there is a family who has it available; all the meals included. Personal clothes laundry is arrangeable with the host family as an additional service. Staying with a host family gives the students the opportunity to practice the Spanish language through interaction while learning about the local culture. Students living with our host families become part of them and are seen as a new family member. Hospitality and interaction are the keys of the Nicaraguan Spanish School lodging program. Families share time and social activities, making the students feel as part of the family. Some have young children and teenagers, which could make the staying more fun. Most of the families are catholic but do not mind hosting someone of a different religion or set of beliefs. Honesty, sincerity, good sense of humor, friendly and hard-working is part of the characteristics of our host families. Nice and kind, families are always eager to host students of any age from all over the world. Since 2006, international Spanish language students have stayed with these host families who have gained experienced in hosting and cooking even better. Some of them have made substantial investments to improve the conditions of the rooms and the ambience of the houses to give students more comfort. Nice ambience, cleanness, good service and friendship can be found in every of our Granada families. People from Holland, Austria, Canada, United States, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Australia, France, India, Croatia, Russia, Slovenia, Japan, Brazil, Serbia, Japan, Lithuania, Norway, United Kingdom, Taiwan, Korea, Zimbabwe,  Belgium, and Thailand have been hosted by these nice families and have returned to their home countries bringing with them these nice memories of their staying in Granada.

 


Nicaragua, a great tourist destination in Central America

Nicaragua, a great tourist destination in Central America

By Raúl Gavarrette O.

Nicaragua, located in the middle of Central America, is the largest country in the area with a population of about five million and a land area of 130,700 square kilometers. Situated between Honduras and Costa Rica, Nicaragua has access to the Atlantic Ocean on the East, and the Pacific Ocean on the West. Along both coasts, beautiful beaches and spectacular views are to be enjoyed. There are two big fresh water lakes: Xolotlan Lake and the Cocibolca Lake. The Cocibolca Lake is the eighth biggest lake in the world. Granada is a colonial city situated on shores of big Lake Cocibolca; there you can enjoy the islets known as Isletas de Granada with tours leaving from Puerto Asese and Cabaña Amarilla. In the big lake there are other Islands near San Jorge port known as Ometepe Island and an archipelago near San Carlos known as Solentiname Archipelago. This big lake Cocibolca flows into the Nicaraguan Caribbean through the Río San Juan. Nicaragua has been blessed by nature for having the biggest amount of active and dormant volcanoes, fresh water lakes, untouched forests and crater lakes in the whole region. After decades of political military conflicts, peace was finally established in 1990. Since then, Nicaragua has been gaining a good reputation for being a stable, democratic and a safe country for investors and tourists. Since 1990 thousands of travelers from many countries have visited Nicaragua and have enjoyed not only the climate of peace, reconciliation and safeness but the beautiful yet undiscovered cities and sandy tropical beaches this Central American country offers. Its rich history, friendly, simple and hospitable people, colonial cities, indigenous culture, volcanoes, lakes, exotic islands and unspoiled sandy beaches have turned the country, in the last decade, into one of the hottest, safest and most exciting Central American destinations. Nicaragua, a beautiful tropical country with a great biodiversity, an incredible multilingual, multicultural and multi ethnic population, and a great vocation for poetry, traditional music and literature has a lot to offer among the wide variety of locations such as the green mountains and coffee farms in the North; beautiful beaches and colonial cities on the Pacific, fantastic archipelagos and islands in the Big Lake Cocibolca; peaceful rivers and virgin jungles on the Atlantic region as well as exotic islands on the Caribbean Sea. Rio San Juan, a Nicaraguan huge river, offers beautiful jungle destinations on shores where there are ecological hotels. The Islas del Maíz known as Corn Islands are a great paradise on the Nicaraguan Caribbean. With no doubts, Nicaragua is a great destination! Enjoy it! Courtesy of Escuela de Español “Proyecto Lingüístico Inter-Cultural”, http://www.nicaragua-spanish-lessons.com


Best 7 Spanish Schools in Granada Nicaragua 2017

Best 7 Spanish Schools in Granada Nicaragua 2017

By Raúl Gavarrette O.

Long has been the path since the early 80´s first Spanish language schools in Nicaragua opened in the northern Estelí Nicaraguan province. This self-sustainable clean industry has experienced a boom over the last years since late 90´s, particularly in Granada downtown, the first colonial city in Nicaragua. At the present, Granada has a growing network of independent Spanish language schools which through the years have gained experience and reputation among the increasing number of visitors that have chosen Nicaragua as the safest Central American country to visit.  Studying Spanish is a good option while visiting this tropical country. Those who are planning or have already decided to visit Nicaragua should explore the possibility to make a great combination of a vacation trip with a few days, a couple of weeks, or even months of Spanish language study in Granada language schools.

With so many new schools opening every year in this colonial city, it is some kind of difficulty to choose the best option and what Spanish school in Granada is the best for studying. It mostly depends on the interests or what you are looking for and how much you want to spend. In the city streets you will find people not necessarily teachers, offering Spanish lessons in Granada for a few cents mostly for economic reasons. Academic and effective quality should not be expected from them. Perhaps if you just want to learn some Spanish words by heard and repetition and do not want to spend much this could be an option not the best yet.

Most of the Spanish schools in Granada offer a mixture of language instruction, volunteer opportunities and excursions to nearby destinations which include crater lakes, boat tours, cigar factories, and walking city tours. Lodging with local families in Granada is also included in the Spanish studies packets offered by the language schools. Each school has different prices for the Spanish courses ranging between $280 and $350 for a week. This mainly depends on the kind of course you choose and the quality of services they offer. The more weeks you take the cheaper you get. If you are seriously considering learning Spanish in Granada Nicaragua, having fun, experiencing the culture and enjoying the surroundings and the beautiful nature, you should have a look at these seven best Granada Spanish schools mentioned in this article. These are the Spanish language schools that have stood out up to 2017 for their reputation and experience, for their ethic and honesty, and the professionalism of the business.

1. Nicaragua Spanish Schools (http://www.nicaragua-spanish-lessons.com) is an independent language school located in Granada downtown a few blocks from the Central Plaza, in the surroundings of Xalteva Church, formerly situated in Convento San Francisco. This school offers Spanish immersion courses, one-on-one lessons and in small groups from basic beginners to advanced superior levels. The courses are combined with amazing afternoon excursions to local destinations which include nature reserves, national parks, crater lakes, boat tours in Lake Cocibolca; visits to open markets, handicraft factories, active and dormant volcanoes. This Nicaraguan Spanish language school offers also Spanish and Ceramic courses; Medical Spanish courses; Spanish for College students; Spanish for travelers, Crash courses, and Online Spanish lessons. Homestay with friendly families is available; there are also all-included packets. Some of the teachers speak English but they use it only when it is necessary or requested. The maximum size of the class is four students but average size is one-two students per class. Class material is provided. Spanish instruction is usually Monday to Friday all year round opening every Monday but any student can start any day of the week according to personal schedule on arrival. Students are offered to study one week course as minimum length but can take as many weeks as desired. Airport pickup from Managua to Granada is available if requested. Volunteering is also possible previous request. The staff is very enthusiastic and dynamic. The Director and the Administrative Assistant are also very nice. This school has been providing job opportunities to its teachers since 2004 at the very early organization stage and promoted conservationist and reforestation small projects in Laguna de Apoyo along with its partner school in that area. Students are offered to volunteer. Recently the school has been chosen as the best school for training volunteers and cooperants from Asian and European countries who volunteer in Nicaragua.

 2. Nicaragua Mia Spanish School (http://spanishschoolnicaraguamia.com ) is situated on Caimito Street, near Central Plaza in Granada. It is operated by a cooperative of women who offer Spanish courses: one-on-one intensive, Spanish for travelers, business Spanish, and classes for children. The courses include class materials. The school is opened throughout the year 8-5 pm. Classes start every Monday. The basic week course includes Spanish lessons Monday to Friday in the mornings, afternoon local excursions, and homestay with Granada families. Transportation from Airport to school in Granada is provided by school at an additional cost.

3. SOL Spanish School (http://www.granadanicaraguaspanishschool.com ), a language school family owned, is located at a few blocks from Central Park and from Xalteva Church. The school offers Spanish courses from beginners to advanced levels. SOL Spanish School has a wide range of courses for the students: Spanish immersion classes; Spanish classes only; combo programs; online Spanish classes; Volunteering and Spanish classes. The standard program includes Spanish classes Monday to Friday, lodging with a host family, and local afternoon activities. The activities include visits to museums, clinics, artisan shops, local factories, farms, and NGO´s. Classes are usually 8-12m.; but they also offer afternoon lessons. The class size is 1-2 students per class. The school provides class materials. Some of the teachers speak English and use it in the class if requested by students. Transfer from Managua Airport to Granada can be arranged through the school.

 4. Spanish Dale School (http://spanishdale.com  ) is situated across from Bancentro Bank and offers one-on-one language Spanish lessons.  The school was part of APC former Spanish school for many years. They became an independent school a couple of years ago. This school is associated with a local hotel in the city and offers an optional combination of lessons and lodging. Classes are usually 8-12m.; but they also offer afternoon lessons. Local afternoon excursions are also offered by the school. One of the teachers speaks English and uses it in the class if requested by students. The school is opened every day all year round. Transfer from Managua Airport to Granada can be arranged through the school.

5. APC Spanish School (http://spanishgranada.com ) is situated across from Central Park and offers language immersion classes.  The school is a project of the organization ‘The Association of Cultural Promoters’ (APC). Basically the school offers Spanish courses in the mornings, local daily excursions in the afternoons, room and board with local families. Students have opportunities to volunteer with local organizations through the school. Spanish courses for children are available at the APC School in Granada. Regular classes are Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The school is opened every day all year round.

6. Casa Xalteva Spanish School (http://www.casaxalteva.org) situated by the Xalteva church offers a packet stressed on volunteering. It is one of the oldest Spanish schools established in Granada. Located in a quiet location, this school offers intensive Spanish courses for beginners, intermediate and advanced language students. The class size is two-three students per class, sometimes one- to-one. Lessons take place for four hours daily from Monday to Friday. The Spanish lessons are emphasized on conversational skills. Some of the instructors at the school speak English but they use only Spanish since the first day of class to encourage the students to speak, write and read the language from the very first day in the program. Classes start every Monday all year round. Minimum length of a course is one week but students can study for weeks or months if desired. Transportation from Airport available if requested.

7. Spanish School Xpress (http://www.nicaspanishschool.com) is located in Calle Guzman, a few blocks from Central Plaza. It offers a complete program of Spanish immersion. Classes are adapted to the student’s interest and to his/her level of Spanish. The staff is young and very enthusiastic. Some of the teachers speak English if needed in the class. The basic program includes 20 hours of Spanish classes, 5 days a week, in the morning 8-12m; afternoon local activities, lodging with local families. Class material is supplied, one-on-one instruction. This Spanish school also offers customized programs, Spanish and Dancing, and business Spanish. Airport pickup provided upon request.


Nicaragua resort in rural Granada

Nekupe in Nandaime, located in Granada Nicaragua

One of you dreams of lying on the beach, and the other wants to soak up local culture and have once-in-a-lifetime adventures? If that’s the case, where to honeymoon may just be the easiest compromise you’ll make in your entire marriage. Nicaragua is the tropical destination guaranteed to please both adrenaline junkies and relaxation seekers. An ideal mix of exotic and easy, it’s a short, direct flight from Miami, Atlanta, Dallas, and Los Angeles, and U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere (along with the local currency, cordobas). It’s also a place where you can surf in the Pacific Ocean or down mountains of volcanic ash, zip line along cloud forests, tour Spanish colonial cities and sunbathe along the Caribbean coast—all in the same week if that’s how you roll. (Before your parents start having flashbacks to news anchors discussing the post-revolutionary conflict of the 1980s, reassure them that Nicaragua is the safest country in Latin America according to the Gallup Law and Order Index.) And while it’s more undiscovered and less developed than neighboring Costa Rica, Nicaragua’s tourist infrastructure is growing quickly and thoughtfully—meaning you’ll have your pick of luxury eco-resorts to serve as home base.

Where to Stay: The closest thing to having your own private island is a room at Jicaro Island Ecolodge on one of the 365 islets that dot vast Lake Cocibolca. It’s just off the waterfront of the lovely colonial town of Granada, where the Tribal Hotel is the most Insta-ready option among a plethora of inns in converted mansions whose central courtyards now hold small swimming pools. Mukul is the swankiest spot on the Pacific coast, set between an incredible surfing beach and a top of the line golf course; or Maderas Village is the perfect option for modern, free-spirited couples who enjoy waking up in the jungle before taking a morning swim at Playa Maderas, a five-minute walk down the hill. Inland, brand-new Nekupe is an intimate sporting lodge on a 1,300-acre nature reserve where rangers guide you through horseback riding, skeet shooting, and cultural excursions (an on-site spa is set to open this spring). To see a completely different part of Nicaragua (and one most tourists miss) fly to the Caribbean side of the country for a stay at Yemaya on Little Corn Island. If all of the brand-new rooms with private plunge pools are booked, fear not—the turquoise waters of the Caribbean are just a few steps away.

When to Go: It’s beach-weather warm year-round, but May-November is the rainy season, with short tropical showers and more cloud cover, especially in September and October. December-April is drier and (even) hotter. – Eleni N. Gage, Author of The Ladies of Managua.