Best Spanish Schools in Granada Nicaragua

Top 10 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 choose Nicaragua as the safest Central American country to visit.  Studying Spanish is a good option while visiting the 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.

With so many new schools opening every year in this colonial city, it is someway kind of difficult to choose a Spanish school in Granada to study. It 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. You cannot expect good quality 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 ten top Granada Spanish schools mentioned in this article. These are the Spanish language schools that have stood out 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 High School teachers and Online Spanish lessons. Homestay with friendly families is included in the course packet; all included packets. Most 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 projets in Laguna de Apoyo along with its partner school in that area. Students are offered to volunteer.

2. 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. Most 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.

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. 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. 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.

5. Ave Nicaraguita Spanish School (http://www.avenicaraguita.com) offers immersion courses and opportunities for volunteers. This language school is situated in El Arsenal Street. The Spanish courses help the participants to learn about the local culture and to be able to communicate effectively.  Operated by a local family, this school has contributed to the local economy by bringing lots of students to the Spanish programs which contributes to increase decent employment. The school offers Spanish courses in accordance with the student needs and availability of time. Living with a host family, afternoon activities, and Spanish instruction Monday to Friday throughout the year is part of the packet offered by this school. Some of the instructors speak English but they use it only if necessary. One week is the minimum time for a course. Students have the option to study as many weeks as they want. Transportation from Airport in Managua to Granada is provided by the school if requested.

6. Granada Spanish Lingua, (http://www.granadanicaraguaspanish.com), located a few blocks from the Central Park in Granada, offers a structured Spanish language immersion programs. The basic standard program at the school is per week and includes family homestay Sunday through Saturday and Spanish instruction Monday through Friday. Classes start any Monday of the year. There are volunteer opportunities for students. Students can register at this school for one week minimum length up to as many weeks are needed by the participants. Some of the teachers speak English and use it in case of need during the Spanish sessions. Airport transportation service to Granada, excursions, extra language tutoring, and homestay services are available separately from the basic combined program for registered students at this Spanish language school.

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.

8. 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.

9. One on One Tutoring is a family owned Spanish school, located along the street that links the Main Plaza with the Lake. It is the second oldest established Spanish language school in Granada. The school offers Spanish immersion programs; weekly lessons, one-on-one; regular class schedule 4 hours daily 5 days a week; and afternoon activities. The instructors rotate every hour, in order that students are exposed to a variety of accents as they switch between grammar, conversation and pronunciation. For a little more money students have access to an air conditioned classroom. The programs are for beginners, intermediate and advanced students, short and long-term. Classes are adapted to the students’ needs and learning style. Spanish lessons start any day of the week including weekends and holidays; school is open 8 am. to 8 pm. Optional staying with local family can be arranged through the school as well as transportation from Airport.

10. Mombacho Spanish School is situated along Calle La Libertad a few blocks from Central Park. This school opened recently but it has fast gained popularity, it provides Spanish instruction for all levels and adapted to student’s needs. The basic program includes Spanish language classes in the morning, afternoon activities, homestay. Classes are Monday to Friday all year round. The school has contact with organizations in Granada where volunteering is possible. The staff of the school is young, and enthusiastic. Airport transportation through the school is available if requested.


Masaya volcano, the tourist attraction in Nicaragua

Masaya volcano, the tourist attraction in Nicaragua

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Desafiando el intenso olor a azufre, los turistas se acercan para asomarse al pozo de lava que bulle muy cerca de la superficie en el cráter del volcán Masaya, cuya furia trataron de aplacar los indígenas en el pasado sacrificando doncellas y niños.

“Es algo extraordinario, único en el mundo”, dice a la AFP Noheli Pravia, una turista francesa mientras observa el turbulento magma que se aprecia desde el borde del cráter a menos de 100 metros de profundidad. El Masaya, el Kilauea de Hawai y el Nyiragongo de África son los únicos volcanes del mundo que forman de manera periódica efusiones de magma en su cráter, afirma el geógrafo y ambientalista nicaragüense Jaime Incer. La lava del “Masaya”, ubicado a 20 kilómetros de la capital nicaragüense, emerge a la superficie cada 25 o 30 años desde 1902 y después de un tiempo desaparece, pero mantiene la emisión de humos sulfurosos que se esparcen en los alrededores, oxidando los techos de las casas y asolando la vegetación.

Según Incer, si el material incandescente sube de nivel en cada aparición, es posible que dentro de 150 años el volcán haga una erupción similar a la de 1772, cuando el flujo llegó hasta donde hoy funciona el aeropuerto internacional. A unos kilómetros del volcán se asienta el pueblo de Piedra Quemada que guarda los vestigios de aquella erupción: un lecho de piedras volcánicas que yacen bajo un relleno de tierra. “Antes aquí no había tierra sino piedras”, dice a la AFP Sandra Pérez, uno de los 6,000 habitantes que han aprendido a vivir con el volcán y que no creen que sea una amenaza.

El pequeño cono, de 400 metros de altura, surgió hace 5,000 años. Está constituido por cinco cráteres de los cuales solo uno -llamado Santiago y el más grande- permanece activo, coronado por una densa fumarola. Hace seis meses, el agujero incrementó su actividad con flujos de magma acompañado de esporádicos microsismos. “Es la primera vez que veo algo como esto, es muy impresionante”, expresa Mijaela Cuba, una enfermera austriaca.

Ella es una de los 4,000 turistas que han subido a la ardiente garganta en las últimas dos semanas, cuando el Gobierno autorizó el ingreso de personas, aunque limitado a unos pocos minutos debido a los gases. Solo los pericos verdes y los murciélagos logran sobrevivir anidando permanentemente en el ambiente tóxico del cráter. Es “muy especial”, agrega entusiasmada la joven taiwanesa Sami Yen que toma fotos al borde del cráter desde donde se escucha el oleaje magmático.

El volcán está ubicado en la zona más poblada del Pacífico nicaragüense y forma parte de un área protegida de 54 kilómetros cuadrados, en la que sobresalen vastos campos de lava petrificada, poblada por blancos árboles de Sacuanjoche, la flor nacional. Abundan las serpientes, monos cara blanca y animales que soportan altas temperaturas, asegura el guía Luis Solano.

La boca del infierno

HISTORIA • Las llamas del “Masaya”, que hizo dos fuertes erupciones en 1670 y 1772, asustaron a los conquistadores españoles. “Es una boca de fuego que jamás deja de arder”, escribió en 1525 el primer gobernador Pedrarias Dávila, al rey de España. El fraile Francisco de Bobadilla creía que se trataba de la puerta al infierno, por lo que instaló una enorme cruz a la orilla del cráter.

Mientras que el codicioso Fray Blas del Castillo pensó que la lava era oro derretido y bajó colgado de una canasta para extraer material, según la leyenda. Los indígenas chorotegas que habitaron la zona trataron de calmar al enfurecido volcán ofreciendo en sacrificio niños y doncellas a la bruja “Chalchihuehe” que según ellos, vivía dentro del foso ardiente.

 


LAGUNA DE APOYO IN MASAYA

Laguna de Apoyo in Masaya, Nicaragua

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Una gigantesca explosión volcánica, hace unos 23,000 años, originó una profunda caldera. Por la acción de la lluvia, a lo largo de miles de años, se fueron erosionando las ásperas rocas y las laderas inhóspitas se fueron cubriendo de una densa vegetación; mientras el escurrimiento del agua, poco a poco, fue formando esta belleza natural: la LAGUNA DE APOYO. El borde de la caldera se encuentra a unos 520 metros sobre el nivel del mar, en el punto del Mirador de Catarina, lo que permite una panorámica impresionante de la laguna y sus bosques, la ciudad de Granada, el volcán Mombacho y el contorno del lago de Nicaragua.

Desde el Mirador de Catarina, hasta el espejo de agua hay una diferencia de altura de 447 metros, porque la superficie de la laguna está a 73 metros sobre el nivel del mar. Su lecho tiene forma de embudo y en su parte más profunda el fondo está a unos 100 metros por debajo del nivel del mar; posee poca superficie de playa, por lo que nadar ahí se recomienda sólo para personas que saben nadar.  Las paredes de la caldera están cubiertas por un ecosistema de bosque subcaducifolio, significa que una parte de los árboles botan sus hojas en verano, pero hay otros que mantienen su follaje siempre verde. Por eso el paisaje de las laderas conserva cierto verdor, aún en los meses más secos del año. Según una evaluación ecológica rápida realizada en la laguna, hay unas 102 especies de plantas. De aves, se encontraron 105 especies. En cuanto a mamíferos, se encontraron 36 especies, entre ellas: Oso hormiguero (Tamandua mexicana), Mono cara blanca o Mono capuchino (Cebus capucinus) y Mono congo (Allouatta palliata). También cuenta con un ecosistema de laguna cratérica, con 11 especies de peces, al menos 3 de ellas son endémicas.  Leer más en:  http://turismoruralnicaragua.blogspot.com/2011/12/la-laguna-de-apoyo.html


Volcán Masaya Nicaragua-Volcanoes

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Ex astronauta de la NASA, Scott Parazynski, fascinado con la experiencia: “Ahora soy ‘volcanauta’”

El ex astronauta Scott Parazynski y el explorador Sam Cossman, ambos estadounidenses, descendieron la noche del martes 2 de agosto, dentro del volcán Masaya hasta cerca del lago de lava, según publicaron ambos en sus redes sociales. Parazynski, quien también es médico, piloto, escalador, inventor y orador, ha compartido su emoción por la experiencia del descenso. En la red social Twitter publicó: “El equipo de Qwake me ha informado que ahora soy oficialmente ‘volcanauta’“.

En tanto Cossman, el cineasta que coordina un equipo de National Geographic (para el cual editará un documental sobre el volcán Masaya), ha publicado en Facebook e Instagram una fotografía en la que se le aprecia en el interior del coloso. “Una mirada al abismo. A probar la conectividad de los sensores para nuestro sistema de alerta temprana”, escribió Cossman.

El ex astronauta Parazynski también aprovechó las redes para contar que el lago de lava tiene “forma de corazón” y también bromeó con que se sentía “como en la playa” por el oleaje que hay en el mismo.

El objetivo del descenso era instalar 80 sensores de tecnología avanzada para medir las características del volcán, según refirió Cossman en conferencia de prensa. Todo esto alista la grabación de un documental para la cadena National Geographic. La ”próxima parada” de los exploradores será el “nivel cero”, finalizó Cossman.

 

 


Volcán Masaya Nicaragua

Sam Cossman finaliza expedición al Lago de Lava del Volcán Masaya

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En 1538, fray Blas del Castillo bajó al cráter del volcán Masaya, por medio de poleas, porque creía que la lava era oro derretido; 478 años después, el explorador y cineasta Sam Cossman es la primera persona en bajar a la zona cero del cráter Santiago, en el mismo volcán, para documentar el espectacular lago de lava que tiene asombrada a la comunidad científica nacional e internacional.

La sorprendente y peligrosa expedición de Cossman al lago de lava del volcán Masaya finalizó este miércoles. Tras 34 días en Nicaragua el explorador realizó varios descensos a la zona cero, a escasos metros del lago de lava. En una entrevista a la Revista En Vivo, de Canal 4, y al portal informativo El 19 Digital, Cossman habla un poco sobre su experiencia, los motivos de su investigación y los resultados obtenidos.

El proyecto documental sobre el Lago de Lava del volcán Masaya fue una iniciativa de Sam Cossman, realizado con el auspicio del Gobierno de Nicaragua y las empresa General Electric y Qwake. Entre los meses de noviembre y diciembre se presentará el documental filmado principalmente en Masaya, además se diseñará un sitio web interactivo sobre toda la expedición.

El último descenso y Sam se despide del Volcán Masaya

Son casi las 4 de la tarde, el viento no deja de soplar fuertemente y trae los gases, principalmente dióxido de azufre, desde el cráter a la superficie. A través de un sistema de cableado, Sam Cossman y los miembros de su equipo son subidos con mucho cuidado. De la nada, aparece el pequeño Sam Cossman, viene sonriendo, relajado, muy tranquilo, como quien regresa de darse un chapuzón en un refrescante río nicaragüense. Pero no es así. El intrépido explorador acaba de realizar su último descenso al lago de lava emplazado en el volcán Masaya. “Nosotros iniciamos hace 34 días y hoy estamos retirando los equipos de abajo, básicamente todos los equipos están arriba”, señala Cossman mientras explica que este miércoles la misión que lo trajo a Nicaragua concluyó.

Cossman ha emprendido expediciones a otros lagos de lava emplazados en volcanes alrededor del mundo, pero asegura que el que está en el volcán Masaya es el más activo y más nuevo. “Hay 6 ó 7 lagos de lava en el mundo, pero el hecho de que este sea el más nuevo ya por sí solo lo hace interesante”, dice el explorador.

Pero para Cossman el motivo más importante de su misión es saber que su investigación servirá al pueblo de Nicaragua. “A no más de 20 kilómetros de aquí hay una población de 1.5 millones de personas y nosotros podíamos hacer algo para traer paz mental para estas personas. Además esto puede ser replicado en otros lugares donde también se convive con volcanes”, señala Cossman.

A pesar de lo peligroso de la misión, Cossman comenta que en Nicaragua la apuesta para terminar con éxito el proyecto era más alta. “La apuesta aquí era más alta, aquí estábamos apostando a un beneficio que trasciende a nuestras personas, trasciende a Nicaragua y puede ser un beneficio global, entonces también la recompensa es más grande. Estoy contento porque Nicaragua va a ser la punta de lanza en esto”, afirmó.

Aventura y ciencia

La aventura que atrajo a Cossman a Nicaragua tenía una serie de objetivos científicos. “Uno de ellos era instalar sensores que nos permitirán tener mayor conocimiento de la actividad del volcán. El segundo objetivo era instalar un gravímetro en la base del nivel cero que nos va a dar una orientación de dónde viene la lava y hacia dónde va la lava de forma subterránea. Y el tercer objetivo era documentar todo esto de una forma que pueda inspirar a nuevas generaciones de científicos y de exploradores para que ellos sientan también que pueden lograr algo con la ciencia”, explicó Cossman.

En sus descensos, el explorador instaló 10 nodos con sus respectivos sensores (unos 50 sensores) que están distribuidos en el nivel cero, nivel uno y en el nivel 2. “Ya estos están conectados a internet, es decir, que todos estos están en línea con la red”, indicó. “Este tipo de datos que estamos recolectando del volcán es algo único. Estamos recolectando datos como temperatura, humedad, presión, gases, estos datos están correlacionados, es decir que no son datos individuales, sino que se puede en algún momento encontrar un patrón de comportamiento del volcán que permita con mayor precisión dar una alerta temprana o una proyección de lo que puede ocurrir”, precisó el explorador.

“Toda esta información va a estar disponible en la web para que puedan verla no solo la gente de Ineter o de General Electric, sino cualquier persona que está en la búsqueda de este tipo de datos científicos. Básicamente el mundo entero que quiera investigar sobre el volcán va a tener a mano la información y sacar una conclusión desde donde se encuentre”, comentó Cossman.

Agradecimiento a Daniel, a Rosario y al pueblo de Nicaragua

Cossman dijo sentirse agradecido del apoyo recibido por el Gobierno Sandinista a través de instituciones como el Instituto Nicaragüense de Estudios Territoriales (Ineter) y la Dirección General de Bomberos (DGB) del Ministerio de Gobernación.

Comentó que durante su estadía logró sentir la calidez de los nicaragüenses. “Básicamente sin el gobierno, y sin toda la gente que apoyó, los recursos no sólo materiales sino también el apoyo que brindó el gobierno, esto no se hubiera podido realizar”, mencionó. “Estoy muy agradecido con el Comandante Daniel (Ortega) y con la Compañera Rosario (Murillo) porque tuvieron la visión compartida de poder entender lo que significaba este proyecto para el mundo, no sólo para Nicaragua, y no sólo de tener la visión compartida sino de ejecutarlo, hacer todo lo posible para poder ejecutarlo”, aseguró Cossman.

Durante su expedición en el país, el explorador también conoció las bellezas naturales de Nicaragua. “Estamos súper agradecidos que tuvimos la oportunidad de volar en los helicópteros y para mí todo era nuevo, porque yo nunca antes había venido a Nicaragua. Toda la belleza natural, eso me marcó, yo definitivamente voy a volver a Nicaragua. Pero lo que más me llevo es la calidez de las personas y el recibimiento que he tenido aquí con las personas de Nicaragua. Para mí este es uno de los mejores lugares donde se pudo haber grabado esto en el mundo”, manifestó Sam Cossman.

Seguirá en la búsqueda de nuevas experiencias

Finalmente, Cossman aseguró que tiene un montón de ideas locas en su cabeza para continuar con sus trabajos de exploración. “Sobre todo me gusta buscar donde hay espacios o vacíos donde nadie ha investigado y sobre todo buscar lugares interesantes que puedan llevar esta idea a una mayor audiencia”, comentó. Dijo que también está trabajando en proyectos relacionados a los rayos y uno que tiene que ver con el espacio.


Spanish school in Masaya

Masaya, a folkloric and cultural city! Masaya is situated in a privileged area between Managua and Granada at only thirty minutes from the Managua international airport. In Masaya territory there are important protected areas that have big environmental impact on the surrounding areas. Some of these nature places are: the most interesting and amazing national park of Nicaragua, the unique and active Masaya Volcano National Park; and the beautiful Laguna de Apoyo nature reserve, and the Tisma Lowlands which unfortunately has been shrinking in the last 2 years due to continued droughts in Central America. Masaya is known as the capital of the Nicaraguan folklore. The Masayas, are hard-working, very creative and nice people. In the city there is a very active commerce and lots of shoe stores, hammocks stores, ceramics, handicrafts and furniture workshops are easily found everywhere. In the downtown there are also stores, pharmacies, hotels, internet cafes, restaurants, B&B, banks, ATM machines, two markets, bookstores, gas stations. Masaya is full of popular culture of Nicaragua and folklore. Throughout the year, cultural activities such as folkloric dancing, parades, carnival, cultural fairs, and religious processions are performed enriching the cultural life of this place. Catarina and San Juan de Oriente, traditional artisan villages are located at a short distance from Masaya city and are also a great sample of the folklore and popular art in this region of Nicaragua.  Masaya is very close to Granada city, both Granada and Masaya offers great opportunities get to know the Nicaraguan culture and to learn Spanish in Nicaragua! Our Spanish school offers lessons in both cities.


Spanish Immersion and Ceramic Courses in Nicaragua

The Spanish Immersion and Ceramic course in Granada is orientated to those who want to learn Spanish and be immersed in the local culture by getting in touch directly with people and workers, artisans and artists, visiting yet predominant indigenous villages and interacting with the population. The course combines Spanish and special ceramic instruction in artisans’ workshops. Minimum program required is two weeks. Four weeks is the ideal length to make some pieces and go through all the whole process. The part of the Spanish instruction is given in Granada downtown site. The ceramic course does not prepare participants to be professionals in pottery-making in just a couple of weeks but sets up the basic knowledge for further follow up and development. Besides of being educational and fun, the course provides a good challenge to discover your own skills, interact with live culture and experience it. You can even get rid of stress! 

THE COST OF THE PROGRAM INCLUDES: Transportation one way either from the Airport to Granada or vice versa. Room and board with a local family, shared bathroom, Wi-Fi access, three meals a day seven days a week, cultural activities, afternoon excursions to fresh water lakes, visit to artisan villages and more. Cost also includes twelve hours of interactive Spanish instruction per week, oral and written tests, school Workbook, other class materials for each participant, twelve hours of ceramic pottery lessons per week, and interactive participation in home-made productive factories, handicrafts workshops, and surprising activities! Public transportation fares to the workshops in villages are supplied by the program. Wi-Fi, coffee, tea, cookies, and filtered water are available at the school. Two certificates of completion are given at the end of the course: one certificate for the Spanish course, and one certificate for the Ceramic course.


INTENSIVE SPANISH COURSES IN NICARAGUA

Our Spanish school in Granada, Nicaragua offers intensive Spanish courses for 2 weeks, 3 weeks and 4 weeks. We have recently launched these scheduled Spanish lessons as all-inclusive courses as no other Spanish language schools in Nicaragua have ever offered. We are offering our best teaching experience for this program. We are assigning the best Spanish tutors for this course. We have selected the best host families in Granada for this program. We have organized the best afternoon field trips for this program. We have included the following for this program:  HOMESTAY: The number of days and night lodging in a private room with a host family, home-made meals, shared bathroom with the family, bathroom towels, room cleaning, purified water, Wi-Fi access; SCHOOL: the corresponding number of hours of Spanish instruction, coffee, cookies, filtered water, Wi-Fi access; afternoon excursions, cultural activities, certificate of completion. TRANSPORTATION: Airport pickup and return ride from Granada to Airport at the end of the course. All included in the course. For prices see: http://www.nicaragua-spanish-lessons.com/spanish-lessons-prices.html



Lodging and homestay in Granada Nicaragua

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, the hottest Central American travel destination

If the last news you heard from Nicaragua was during its years of upheaval, it’s time to update your perceptions of this Central American nation, which has traded its revolutionary reputation for modern eco-tourism. With new resorts, vibrant colonial cities, powdery Pacific beaches, the world’s largest freshwater volcanic island and plenty of opportunities to shop for traditional crafts, sip locally grown coffee and indulge in a chocolate massage (with Nicaraguan-produced organic cacao, of course), there are numerous reasons to consider a Nicaraguan holiday. We’ve got the scoop on what to do and where to go in “the new Costa Rica.”

Colonial Sights, Contemporary Sleeps

Dating back to the 1500s, Granada is Central America’s oldest city as well as Nicaragua’s most colorful. Less than an hour’s drive from the country’s international airport, the city is known for its vibrantly hued colonial buildings, many of which now house galleries, restaurants and boutique hotels. The city’s centerpiece is its sunshine-yellow Cathedral, a landmark facing the street stalls and bustling cafés in the Parque Central, the main square.

A short walk from the Cathedral, visit Mi Museo, a contemporary gallery that’s home to several thousand pieces of pre-Columbian ceramics from a private collection assembled by a Danish philanthropist that’s now open to the public. Next door, stop into the ChocoMuseo to learn about chocolate production in Nicaragua and, more importantly, sample its unique chocolate tea and other treats. True chocoholics should consider a chocolate-making class (you’ll leave with your own handmade bar) or head for the Choco Spa, where many of the facials, manicures and massages incorporate aromatic chocolate ingredients.

Read more at http://blog.forbestravelguide.com/why-nicaragua-is-becoming-a-travel-hot-spot