The Mountain School

 

The Mountain School The mountains of Matagalpa in northern Nicaragua are recognized for making some of the finest coffee in the world. Photo Eric Brazington.

The Mountain School

Spanish School and Training Center

PROYECTO ECOLOGICO FUNDECI/GAIA

Matagalpa, Nicaragua

Coffee is the backbone of the life and economy of the Nicaraguan northern highlands. The Mountain School, located in the heart of Nicaragua's coffee producing lands, provides training for groups and individuals who wish to learn more about the great story of Nicaragua, its history, its culture, its land, and its language. The GAIA program at FUNDECI hosts The Mountain School Spanish Language Program, and provides opportunities for learning and volunteering in ecology, rural development, social responsibility, education, and related topics.

Volunteers at The Mountain School can participate in a variety of activities at special prices: (1) Spanish classes, offered using the FUNDECI/GAIA methodology perfected at Apoyo Spanish School; (2) Meals and activities shared with the staff of The Mountain School and Finca Santa Emilia; (3) Opportunities to learn about environmentally and socially responsible practices in the experiences of Finca Santa Emilia and to participate in on-farm work; (4) Appreciate the rural environment and exuberant nature all around. We welcome groups of all sizes and individuals to join us in learning and sharing.

The Mountain School Spanish Language Program is part of the Nicaragua Spanish Schools Network. To read more about Spanish classes at The Mountain School, click on the link below.

The GAIA program conducts scientific research, conservation of wild natural resources, and environmental education under the auspices of the Nicaraguan Foundation for Integral Community Development (FUNDECI), a Nicaraguan nonprofit institution registered in Nicaragua since 1973. Contact us at apoyo@gaianicaragua.org, or 011-505-8882-3992. Our office is located at Estación Biológica in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. We administer the program "In Defense of Nature", operate the Biological Research Station and Hostel "Estación Biológica" in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve, conduct a number of research and conservation projects in Nicaragua, and we provide Spanish language instruction to volunteers and professionals at Apoyo Spanish School. We also offer opportunities for volunteering in biology, natural resource management, and community organization areas.

Spanish Studies and Volunteering at The Mountain School

Biodiversity and Ecology Studies at The Mountain School

Blog: Coffee Tasting at The Mountain School

Blog: Spanish study at The Mountain School

Blog: Volunteering at The Mountain School

FUNDECI/GAIA homepage

Apoyo Spanish school Nicaragua

Volunteer at Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve

Birdwatching in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve

Dive Laguna de Apoyo

Lake Apoyo Biological Research Station

Stay at Hostal "Estación Biológica" in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve

Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua

Animals of Laguna de Apoyo

Arts and Culture in Nicaragua

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Spanish classes of The Mountain School are held on the patios of the Eco-Village Casas Ecológicas in the Finca Santa Emilia. The environment is green and natural, with children and families nearby. Photo Bevan Yiu.

 

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Coffee farm worker families live alongside volunteers and students of The Mountain School in the Casas Ecológicas. Photo Stella Deppe.

 

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Spanish students at The Mountain School participate in volunteer activities such as the children's library project operated in the Eco-Vilage Casas Ecológicas and sponsored by State Street Coffee. Photo Eric Brazington.

 

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Spanish students and volunteers of The Mountain School are invited to donate school supplies for the children of the local elementary school. Photo Eric Brazington.

 

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The Mountain School is housed in the Eco-Village Casas Ecológicas in Finca Santa Emilia. Housing is made of bamboo, rustic wood and adobe, with green roofs. Photo Eric Brazington.

 

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After-school activities for the children at Finca Santa Emilia are held inside the Eco-Village Casas Ecológicas. . Photo Eric Brazington.

 

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Gaia Program director Jeffrey McCrary discusses sustainable rural development issues with students from Universidad del Norte in a visit to The Mountain School. Photo Maggie Folkesson.

 

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Hundreds of tortillas are made daily in the kitchen at Finca Santa Emilia. Photo Eric Brazington.

 

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Vegetation is exuberant, and cascades can be vigorous in Finca Santa Emilia. Photo Eric Brazington.

 

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The FUNDECI/GAIA science staff are conducting studies of the flora and fauna in and around Finca Santa Emilia. Students of biodiversity are welcome to join us in studies. Photo Eric Brazington.

 

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The Eco-Village Casas Ecológicas provides a comfortable and friendly atmosphere for learning and contributing. Photo Stella Deppe.

 

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Skies and mountain forests surround the Eco-Village Casas Ecológicas. Photo Stella Deppe.