Nicaragua Spanish Schools


Nicaragua Spanish School


Nicaragua Spanish Schools

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Apoyo Spanish School and Volunteering Program


Nicaragua Spanish Schools

Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua

Special prices for registered high school and university students, and volunteers - - Starting at $170!

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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 our proceeds 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 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.

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Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua



Students and staff visiting the Catarina overlook, with Laguna de Apoyo below.

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The nearby town San Juan de Oriente is famous for its ceramic pottery, maintaining its precolombian culture in designs and technologies.


The environment of Laguna de Apoyo is natural and nearly unspoiled. Our Spanish students and volunteers hike the surrounding forests and see wildlife such as monkeys, birds and butterflies.


Children living in Lake Apoyo Nature Reserve attend school. FUNDECI/GAIA provides school materials and educational opportunities to the children of this school.

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The natural beauty of Laguna de Apoyo is unsurpassed in Central America, and very conveniently located between Granada and Masaya.

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Lake Apoyo is the best place in Nicaragua for swimming, day and night. The water is always warm and clear.

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Spanish students at Apoyo Spanish School offer their efforts in volunteering in projects such as tree planting and other environmental activities.

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Our facilities on the edge of Lake Apoyo are integrated into the environment. Howler monkeys are often in the trees overhead.



Laguna de Apoyo from Catarina, with Granada in the background.


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