Sustainable Development and Wild Nature Conservation in NICARAGUA
Apoyo Spanish School
Be a volunteer with the GAIA Program at Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve in Nicaragua. Special discounts for
and volunteering for June through August 2015.
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Study Spanish and Volunteer at the oldest and most experienced Spanish school in Nicaragua!
Between Masaya and Granada lies the Laguna
de Apoyo Nature Reserve, one of the most beautiful spots in Central America. Apoyo Spanish School is the only INTUR-approved
Spanish school in the Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve, and is part of the Nicaragua Spanish Schools Network. It is the only registered
not-for-profit Spanish school in the country. We are part of the GAIA Program at FUNDECI, which has operated in Nicaragua since 1973. All
are used to promote environmental causes, increase awareness and train local community members in important skills.
Hidden along the shoreline of the spectacular freshwater preserve, the biological research
station "Estación Biológica FUNDECI/GAIA" offers students intensive Spanish language instruction while facilitating the exploration
of Nicaragua’s ecological and cultural surroundings. In accordance with the nature of our nonprofit organization, your stay with
us provides scholarships and grants for educational, research, and conservation projects within the
local community of Laguna de Apoyo as well as in local universities. All our Spanish students participate volunteer activities during their study
periods. Volunteer activities include tree-nursery care and planting, wildlife monitoring, and care for rescued animals, and recycling.
The Apoyo crater, a nationally designated protected area, is especially noted
for the biodiversity encountered there. Nature lovers can take walks through the high-quality dry
tropical forest near the school. The school grounds alone make for excellent birdwatching: from our patio, one cane see the
Turquoise-browed Motmot, Montezuma Oropendola, Collared Aracari, and the Black-headed Trogon in the trees overhead.
Bring your binoculars, and join us on a nature walk! Iguanas, variegated
squirrels, kinkajous, and many of Nicaragua’s 65 species of bats can be seen on the premises. Howler monkeys
can be heard from the deeper forest nearby and often are directly overhead, in the trees above our patio and yard.
Endangered fishes found only in Lake Apoyo are easily sighted by SCUBA diving near our site.
These days, there are many Spanish schools in Nicaragua. How to decide which
Nicaragua Spanish School is the right one for you?
We at GAIA operate the oldest intensive Spanish language school in
Nicaragua, with the most experienced teachers in the country. We have trained many of the teachers in
other intensive Spanish language programs throughout the country. Our one-on-one instruction methods are based on years of experience in helping
better volunteers, interns and travelers. If you are looking for a
Spanish school in a rustic setting, with wild birds and monkeys overhead and
crystal water before you, and opportunities for service-learning volunteering as part of
your study program, with a Nicaraguan organization
deeply involved in the lives of the Nicaraguan people, then we think you should consider Apoyo Spanish School.
If you would like to study Spanish with us at Apoyo Spanish School, then contact us first for availability and let us know any
special circumstances you may have. Feel free to ask questions. We want to help you have the best experience possible in Nicaragua.
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Spanish classes are given by the most experienced teachers in Nicaragua. Our teachers train the teachers of other
Spanish schools. Photo Jen Moran.
Laguna de Apoyo is the best place in Nicaragua for swimming, day and night. The water is always warm and
clear. Photo Jeffrey McCrary.
Spanish classes are often held under the shade of
huge trees with monkeys looking down. Apoyo Spanish School is the oldest of the intensive Nicaragua Spanish schools. Photo
A tour of students of Apoyo Spanish School to
Catarina, with the lake and Granada in view. Photo Belén Camino.
San Juan de Oriente, on the edge of Apoyo crater, is the most important center of
artisan ceramic pottery in Nicaragua. The Gaia Program supports natural resource conservation in the region which is vital
to the livelihoods throughout the area. Photo Jeffrey McCrary.
Students at Apoyo Spanish School learn Spanish and lots about the Nicaraguan culture and environment, through volunteer activities
such as reforestation, recycling, and care of rescue animals. Photo Jen Moran.
Everyone takes a break from Spanish classes to enjoy the water at Laguna de Apoyo, the best water in Nicaragua. Photo Aaron Teasdale.