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Study Spanish and Volunteer at the oldest and most experienced of the Nicaragua Spanish schools! 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 our proceeds are used to promote environmental causes, increase awareness and train local community members in important skills to promote sustainable rural living and protection of the wild natural resources in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve.

Hidden along the shoreline of the spectacular freshwater preserve, the biological research station Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo 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 in 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.

We 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 programs throughout the country. Our one-on-one instruction methods are based on years of experience in helping foreigners become better volunteers, interns and travelers.

If you would like to study Spanish with us at Apoyo Spanish School in beautiful Nicaragua, 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.


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Laguna de Apoyo is the best place in Nicaragua for swimming, day and night. The water is always warm and clear. Photo Jeffrey McCrary.


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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 Jeffrey McCrary.


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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. Gaia supports natural resource conservation in the region which is vital to the livelihoods throughout the area. Photo Jeffrey McCrary.


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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.


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Everyone takes a break from Spanish classes to enjoy the water at Laguna de Apoyo, the best water in Nicaragua. Photo Aaron Teasdale.