ELI can arrange for Spanish classes while you are in Nicaragua. Classes take place on a weekly basis. Participants may choose to do either an immersion program or regular classes. The immersion program includes 35 hours of instruction at a cost of $345/week, and the regular program offers 20 hours of instruction at a cost of $175/week.
Participants in this program may stay with a local host family or in a “guesthouse” with other participants. The guesthouse is actually a room with beds and a bathroom, located in the home of our in-country coordinator. Both accommodations include 2 meals a day except for Sunday. Participants may also opt to find their own housing at one of the many nearby hostels. Host families provide bedding, but volunteers should bring their own towel. All host families have running water.
The start dates for the Nicaragua programs are completely flexible. We ask participants to arrive on a Thursday or Friday in order to leave time for orientation. We ask participants not to arrive December 23-26 in order to allow our coordinator and his staff to spend the Christmas holiday with their families.
Travel insurance is not included in the program fee. We prefer to let participants decide what kind of coverage they need.
All prices are listed in US Dollars. The program fees reflect the costs ELI faces when setting up a program. We work hard to keep our costs as low as possible. ELI is a registered 501(c)3 non profit. US taxpayers may be able to deduct some or all of the program fees. If you are outside the US and wondering what these costs translate to in your currency, click here for an online conversion tool that will give you the approximate current exchange rate.
After you fill out the application form on our website, our application advisor will be in touch to help you with the next steps. We have set up a checklist here for you see exactly what steps you need to take to go abroad with ELI.