Do you love learning about people and culture?
THIS COMMUNITY AND COUNTRY IMMERSION IS FOR YOU!
Travel in a way that expands who you are and what you understand about the world.
Imagine a time to do what you love.
Explore. Connect. Learn. Serve. Grow.
Join us for an intimate and hosted travel experience (we specialize in small groups!).
On this Immersion
Peer into active Masaya Volcano and see the bat caves. Connect with a new culture as you eat and stay in local homes. Take a boat tour of the Isletas of Lake Nicaragua. Enjoy being with others who share your commitment to help and your desire to discover a new culture in a personal way. Experience the wonder of Granada’s local market. Engage in the community as we teach local youth through English language games. Learn about the history of pottery-making and meet a family of artists. And don’t forget, we end with 2 glorious days by the beach.
Your Adventure Includes
All accommodations within host country: Private room at lake hostel (1 night), Private room in a Granada homestay (5 nights), Private room hotel (3 nights)
Three meals a day while staying with your host family, breakfast included at hotel stays
Airport pick up and drop off
Motorcoach Transportation throughout tour
Orientation to tour areas and community service settings
Support: 24-hour support available / Companion travel guide
Excursions to: Las Isletas, Laguna de Apoyo, Volcano Masaya, San Juan del Sur (Pacific Ocean), and more…
Flights to Managua from your host country and all other associated air taxes, ticket fees, country entry and departure taxes
Medical and Travel Insurance (mandatory)
Visa and Passport fees, Gratuities, personal expenses, and lunches and dinners when not in homestays
You should be prepared for some light physical activity like climbing stairs, lifting up to 10 lbs and walking, up to a mile, in 90°F + temperatures.
Passports are required, must be valid for six months after your return date.
Requirements: Age 18+ adult must accompany any minors
Locations: Granada (5 nights), Apoyo Lake (1), San Juan del Sur (2), Managua (1), Nicaragua
We engage with the local youth to support their English language learning.
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Sunday – Transfer from Managua airport to Laguna de Apoyo. The immersion will already have begun as you ascend the sides of this dormant volcano and then descend back down to the edge of the lake and the garden beaches. Get to know other travelers, while you swim, paddle board, and kayak the afternoon away, along this beautiful freshwater lake (in a volcano!). Overnight at the Beach Club Hostel.
Monday – A day of warm introductions: Meet a local family as we visit to learn about their family home and life in the community surrounding the Laguna. Meet your host family for the week….we guarantee you will leave wanting to know exactly how each meal came together so deliciously and looking forward to your next encounter with your newest family members. Meet Granada the colonial gem of the south as we enjoy a walking tour of town and Central Park.
Tuesday – In the morning we’ll meet the children of VivaNicaragua and then spend the afternoon touring the tiny islands “las Isletas” of Lake Nicaragua feeding the monkeys and exploring the wildlife.
Wednesday – Gather with the children of VivaNicaragua in the morning hours then spend the afternoon exploring the Central Market (el Mercado) for an authentic shopping experience.
Thursday – Gather with the children of VivaNicaragua in the morning hours then make our way to the Masaya Volcano Night Tour that takes us both high above and down below from volcano peeping to cave experience.
Friday– After breakfast with your homestay family we’ll gather one last time with the children of VivaNicargua to say farewell and share some celebration.
Saturday – We’ll make our way across the countryside by shuttle to the coastal town of San Juan del Sur (SJDS). Arrival at the tranquil Marsella beach.
Sunday – A day of respite or adventures as you swim in the hotel pool, comb the beach, catch an afternoon in the eclectic town, horseback ride along the surf beach, or catch a canopy tour. The day in SJDS will leave you refreshed, energized and wanting more.
Monday – We rise early to say goodbye to SJDS then experience a traditional Nicaraguan meal and meet a family of ceramic makers will demonstrate their traditional pottery-making in the town of San Juan de Oriente. We’ll gather for marimba music along the Catarina Mirador a vista point that looks out over the Laguna where our trip began. Transport with our driver to Managua hotel with time for reflection and discussion.
Tuesday – Transfer to the airport for return flights. ¡Nos Vemos Nicaragua!
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We welcome people of all ages! Join us with a partner, with your family, or solo. Ask about our family rates for 3 or more. Payment plans available.