Do you want your homeschooler to experience another country and culture up close?

Do you love learning about people and their lives?

Would you love to explore Nicaragua with your child but the planning process feels overwhelming?

 

THIS EXPERIENCE IS JUST FOR YOU!

Let’s start planning.

Expand who you are and what you know about the world while traveling together.

Imagine attentively learning side by side with your son or daughter.

Explore.  Connect.  Learn.  Serve.  Grow.

Join us for an intimate and hosted homeschooler focused immersion experience (we only have space for 10!)

Nicaragua For Homeschoolers
10 days, 9 nights
June 4-13, 2017

learning through connection and playful adventure

On this Homeschool 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…

Exclusions
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

Preparation
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 2-3 hrs per day, 4 days in English language games and activities

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Itinerary
Sunday – Transfer from Managua airport to Laguna de Apoyo. The immersion will already have begun as you ascend the side of this dormant volcano and then descend back down 2015-05-24-12-11-51to 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 Gloria and her family as we visit to learn about her 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.2015-05-24-12-13-24

Saturday – We’ll make our way across the countryside by shuttle to coastal town of San Juan del Sur (SJDS). Arrival at the tranquil Casa Bahia hotel on 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 as the guest of 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 and a drink 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!

Meet Your Guide
Martha Nieset has a MS in Rural Sociology focused on communities and social change. Two years ago she moved to Granada, Nicaragua with her then 7 year old son. They both studied S2015-05-15 17.47.46panish, engaged in the culture and community and adventured around the country. During that time Martha worked with VivaNicaragua!-Center for Social Justice and Cultural Understanding connecting university students in service, cultural engagement and learning opportunities in the Granada community. It was then that she realized her love for this work founding Nicaragua Immersion, with a mission to connect others who want to make friends in the community, learn Spanish, experience Nicaraguan culture, and its natural wonders up close.

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We welcome people of all ages!  Join us with just your child or the whole family. Payment plans available.

Cost:
$2,300 USD per adult & child pair. Additional adult $950. Additional child $750.

Say Goodbye to Homeschool and Hello to WORLDSCHOOL!

Ready to join us?

  1. Register here to save your spot.
  2. After receiving confirmation via email, your deposit is due within 6 business days.
  3. Start packing!  Ok, well that’s not quite it…there’s much more to come. We help you prepare and get to know other homeschool travelers with our private trip facebook group, lots of easy-prep checklists and Q&A opportunities so you feel ready to go well in advance of stepping on the plane!

Registration deadline is April 30, 2017.

SPACE IS LIMITED!

Still Have Questions?? – Contact me here!

Nicaragua Immersion works in conjunction with Viva Nicaragua! Center for Social Justice and Cultural Understanding which strives to improve the overall socio-economic conditions of all Nicaraguans through programs that emphasize education.

Link to VivaNicaragua!

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Nicaragua Immersion Cancellation/Refund Policy:
REGISTRATION A nonrefundable deposit of $300 is required to hold your place. The remainder of the full balance is due by 60 days prior to the adventure start date. Arrangements can be made for payment plans within that frame.
TRIP There is a minimum of 5 participants to confirm the trip. If there are not enough participants, it may be cancelled and your deposit will be refunded. We recommend not purchasing flights until the trip is confirmed. Should a trip be cancelled, you will be contacted immediately and receive a full refund of all trip fees or be allowed to transfer to another equivalent trip. If prefer a refund, then it will be given within 2 weeks of the cancellation. In the event of cancellation by Nicaragua Immersion we are not responsible for any expenses (travel or lodging) incurred beyond the registration fees. We recommend purchasing optional trip/travel insurance. If you have any questions about this policy please email martha@nicaraguaimmersion.com.
CANCELLATION If you must cancel your reservation for any reason within the 60 days before the trip start you will receive a 75% refund minus your deposit. Cancellations made less than 60 days from the retreat dates you will be refunded 50% payment. Retreats may be cancelled up to 60 days prior to the beginning of the scheduled dates for any reason.

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